Profile of a Successful MSUCOM Applicant
MSUCOM seeks students who are academically accomplished, committed to service and well versed in the philosophy of osteopathic medicine. In each area of evaluation, we examine your accomplishments within the context of your total life experience. Much like the way DOs approach their patients, we invite you to tell us your story.
•The average grade point for each entering class has consistently been 3.5 to 3.7, with greatest emphasis placed on the science GPA. Most important are your grades in upper level biological science classes taken during the junior and senior years or post-baccalaureate coursework.
• MCAT is required of all applicants. The average for recent entering classes is just over 28/505-507, and the range is somewhat narrower than for the GPA. We will be accepting both the old and new version (latest date 2013) of the exam.
•Recommendations letters from professionals must be submitted on letterhead from their organization. All letters must include the recommender’s signature (electronic signatures are acceptable). Ideally, letters should be dated for the year of application. The recommendations section on the MSUCOM application system will be deemed complete and suitable for review when at least three letters are received. Recommendations should be written by individuals who know you well and who are not related to you. You may ask individuals who have supervised you in a work or volunteer experience, professors, medical professionals, coaches, clergy members, etc. We recommend that at least one letter should be written by an academic or medical professional. We do not require academic/committee/advisor recommendations, nor do we require that one of your recommendations be from an osteopathic physician. The AAMC guidelines for evaluation letters may be a useful resource for your evaluators.
•Service to Community: This is a heavily weighted factor in our review process. We look for students for whom service is a value. Think about the skills that are most important to a practicing osteopathic physician: problem solving, critical thinking, active listening, and teaching, motivating, and appreciating the importance of touch in communication, diagnosis and treatment. We encourage you to seek service opportunities where you can observe, develop and hone these skills. Consider nursing homes, hospice, crisis centers, persons with the need for medical assistance, tutoring/mentoring, coaching, etc.
•Understanding Osteopathic Medicine: There are many resources available in order to learn about the osteopathic profession. The American Osteopathic Association and American Association of College of Osteopathic Medicine are good places to begin. We also encourage you to shadow a DO, attend a presentation by an osteopathic college representative, attend a webinar, spend a day or two with an osteopathic medical student, volunteer or work in a clinic where DOs practice. We will evaluate how much initiative you’ve shown in learning about the profession and how well you understand the philosophy.
•Other factors: We are interested in military service, extracurricular activities, paid employment, sports, overseas study and travel, virtually any experience that has added to your skills in leadership, team building and cultural competency. We cannot stress strongly enough our belief that you must be committed to and skilled in providing service to people.
Questions? The best advice we can offer is that you meet with one of our admissions advisors. Don’t wait until you’re ready to apply. Start early and develop an ongoing relationship with our staff. We’re here to help you on your journey.