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1 Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

2 Outline Brief History of Osteopathic Medicine What is a D.O.? Life at PCOM Admission Process Class Profiles How to be a more competitive applicant Biomedical Science Program Other Programs Tuition and Financial Aid Q and A

3 Andrew Taylor Still ( ) Father of Osteopathic MedicineFather of Osteopathic Medicine Dr. Still was dissatisfied with Medicine of the 19 th Century.Dr. Still was dissatisfied with Medicine of the 19 th Century. Started Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, Missouri in 1874.Started Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, Missouri in He founded Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1892, which is now A.T. Still University.He founded Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1892, which is now A.T. Still University.

4 Andrew Taylor Still ( ) Dr. Still developed a philosophy that focuses on the unity of all body parts.Dr. Still developed a philosophy that focuses on the unity of all body parts. He recognized the body’s ability to heal itself and stressed preventive medicine.He recognized the body’s ability to heal itself and stressed preventive medicine. He identified the musculoskeletal system as the key element of health.He identified the musculoskeletal system as the key element of health.

5 What is Osteopathic Medicine? Focuses on examining and treating the whole person not just the symptoms.Focuses on examining and treating the whole person not just the symptoms. Focuses on preventative maintenance.Focuses on preventative maintenance. Uses manipulation (OMM/OMT) as a modality of treatment.Uses manipulation (OMM/OMT) as a modality of treatment. Training as a generalist first and a specialist second.Training as a generalist first and a specialist second.

6 Osteopathic vs. Allopathic SimilaritiesSimilarities Application processApplication process Four year programFour year program National boardsNational boards State licensing boardsState licensing boards Unlimited rights to practice all phases of medicine (including writing prescriptions)Unlimited rights to practice all phases of medicine (including writing prescriptions) DistinctionsDistinctions Philosophy (holistic/preventive care) Emphasis on musculoskeletal system Generalist education/Primary care(Family practice, OB/GYN, Pediatrics, General Internal Medicine)

7 PCOM’s Location Located in PhiladelphiaLocated in Philadelphia On the boarder between Philadelphia and Montgomery CountiesOn the boarder between Philadelphia and Montgomery Counties Urban School with a suburban feelUrban School with a suburban feel Close to Manayunk, Center City District, Museums, and Fairmont ParkClose to Manayunk, Center City District, Museums, and Fairmont Park

8 Life at PCOM 1 st and 2 nd years1 st and 2 nd years “Doctors from Day One”“Doctors from Day One” Integrated CurriculumIntegrated Curriculum Primary care skills integrated with basic and clinical biomedical sciences and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM). Primary care skills integrated with basic and clinical biomedical sciences and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM). Systems-Based CurriculumSystems-Based Curriculum Uses a variety of methods to present this information:Uses a variety of methods to present this information: Lectures, laboratory study, small group conferences, student-centered study and projects, problem-oriented cases, and selected symposia.Lectures, laboratory study, small group conferences, student-centered study and projects, problem-oriented cases, and selected symposia.

9 Life at PCOM Opportunities for research, community service, and campus involvementOpportunities for research, community service, and campus involvement Sigma XI Scientific Research SocietySigma XI Scientific Research Society Center for Chronic Disorders of AgingCenter for Chronic Disorders of Aging Clubs and interest groups on campus:Clubs and interest groups on campus: Rugby, PCOM East, Surgery Club, Pediatric Club, etc.Rugby, PCOM East, Surgery Club, Pediatric Club, etc.

10 Standardized Patient and STAN Robotic SimulationRobotic Simulation Stan (Top Right)Stan (Top Right) Noel and Hal (Bottom Right)Noel and Hal (Bottom Right) Can simulate a variety of Different Medical ConditionsCan simulate a variety of Different Medical Conditions Practice Emergency Care in a risk free environmentPractice Emergency Care in a risk free environment

11 Life at PCOM 3 rd and 4 th Years3 rd and 4 th Years Series of clerkships Urban (required) Rural (required) International (elective)

12 After Graduation 2011 Graduates have gone into all the major specialties for residency but a majority go into a primary care role Graduates have gone into all the major specialties for residency but a majority go into a primary care role. Examples of locations:Examples of locations: Walter Reed Medical Center Pennsylvania Hospital Temple University Hospital Thomas Jefferson University Hospital Drexel Hanemann University PCOM – Mednet Consortium

13 Admission Process Apply Through Centralized Application Service- AACOMASApply Through Centralized Application Service- AACOMAS https://aacomas.aacom.org/https://aacomas.aacom.org/ Supplemental ApplicationSupplemental Application Premedical Committee/Advisor LetterPremedical Committee/Advisor Letter Personal StatementPersonal Statement Additional supporting letters of recommendation (faculty, PhD’s, MD’s, etc.)Additional supporting letters of recommendation (faculty, PhD’s, MD’s, etc.) D.O. Letter (strongly recommended)D.O. Letter (strongly recommended) Admissions Committee InterviewAdmissions Committee Interview

14 2011 Class Profile 4,531 applicants in the pool4,531 applicants in the pool 684 were invited to interview684 were invited to interview 597 were interviewed597 were interviewed 401 were accepted401 were accepted 268 matriculated in Class of matriculated in Class of 2015

15 2011 Class Profile (cont’d) Overall GPA: 3.47Overall GPA: 3.47 Science GPA: 3.37Science GPA: 3.37 Non-Science GPA: 3.57Non-Science GPA: 3.57 MCAT Scores: A verage of at least 8 per sectionMCAT Scores: A verage of at least 8 per section 49% male, 51% female49% male, 51% female 66.4% Pennsylvania residents66.4% Pennsylvania residents 178 PA Residents178 PA Residents 90 Other States in the US90 Other States in the US

16 2011 Class Profile (Georgia Campus) 1,856 applicants in the pool1,856 applicants in the pool 462 were invited to interview462 were invited to interview 315 were interviewed315 were interviewed 256 were accepted256 were accepted 135 matriculated in Class of matriculated in Class of 2015

17 2011 Class Profile (Georgia Campus) cont’d Overall GPA: 3.36Overall GPA: 3.36 Science GPA: 3.24Science GPA: 3.24 Non-Science GPA: 3.48Non-Science GPA: 3.48 MCAT Scores: 25MCAT Scores: 25 61% male, 39% female61% male, 39% female 39% Georgia residents39% Georgia residents 53 GA Residents53 GA Residents 82 Other States in the US82 Other States in the US

18 How can I be a more competitive applicant? Apply early in application cycle (Rolling Admission)Apply early in application cycle (Rolling Admission) Share experiences with premed advisorShare experiences with premed advisor Recommended courseworkRecommended coursework BiochemistryBiochemistry ImmunologyImmunology Anatomy & PhysiologyAnatomy & Physiology MicrobiologyMicrobiology If possible, take a preparatory class for the MCATIf possible, take a preparatory class for the MCAT Shadow a DOShadow a DO VolunteerVolunteer Post Baccalaureate or Graduate ProgramPost Baccalaureate or Graduate Program

19 Biomedical Science Program Program offered at both campusesProgram offered at both campuses Two Year Master’s Degree ProgramTwo Year Master’s Degree Program First Year First Year Coursework similar to 1st year medical student.Coursework similar to 1st year medical student. Molecular Basis of Medicine, Infectious Process, Anatomy, Physiology, Histology, Pharmacology, Neuroscience Molecular Basis of Medicine, Infectious Process, Anatomy, Physiology, Histology, Pharmacology, Neuroscience Second Year Second Year Several TracksSeveral Tracks Thesis, Non-Thesis, Forensic Biology,Thesis, Non-Thesis, Forensic Biology, Organizational Leadership in the BioscienceOrganizational Leadership in the Bioscience

20 2011 Class Profile-Biomedical Science 414 Applicants414 Applicants 146 Accepted146 Accepted 79 Matriculated79 Matriculated Average GPA: 3.28Average GPA: 3.28 Average MCAT: 22Average MCAT: 22 (At least 7 on each section) Average GRE: 1034Average GRE: 1034 Verbal: 430 Quantitative: 604 Writing: 3.93

21 Dual Degree Programs D.O./ PhD Biomedical Research (PCOM and University of the Sciences)D.O./ PhD Biomedical Research (PCOM and University of the Sciences) D.O./Masters of Business Administration (with St. Joseph’s University)D.O./Masters of Business Administration (with St. Joseph’s University) D.O./Masters of Public Health (with Temple University)D.O./Masters of Public Health (with Temple University) D.O./PhD in Health Policy (with the University of the Sciences)D.O./PhD in Health Policy (with the University of the Sciences) D.O./Masters of Science in Forensic Medicine (PCOM Graduate Program)D.O./Masters of Science in Forensic Medicine (PCOM Graduate Program) D.O./Masters of Science in Organizational Development and Leadership (PCOM Graduate Program)D.O./Masters of Science in Organizational Development and Leadership (PCOM Graduate Program)

22 Other Degree Programs Physician Assistant Studies (MS)Physician Assistant Studies (MS) Forensic Medicine (Pathway, MS)Forensic Medicine (Pathway, MS) School Psychology (MS, EdS, PsyD)School Psychology (MS, EdS, PsyD) Counseling and Clinical Health Psychology (MS)Counseling and Clinical Health Psychology (MS) Clinical Psychology (PsyD, CAGS, post-doc)Clinical Psychology (PsyD, CAGS, post-doc) Organizational Development and Leadership (MS) (Philadelphia and Georgia Campus)Organizational Development and Leadership (MS) (Philadelphia and Georgia Campus) Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) (Georgia Campus)Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) (Georgia Campus)

23 Tuition and Fees Tuition and Fees per year Tuition and Fees per year DO program = $40, 812DO program = $40, 812 Biomedical Science = $21,779 (certificate)Biomedical Science = $21,779 (certificate) Does not include room and board or other expenses.Does not include room and board or other expenses. Will vary depending on living situationWill vary depending on living situation

24 Financial Aid Several Sources of AidSeveral Sources of Aid Loans (Public and Private)Loans (Public and Private) Need-based grantsNeed-based grants Merit-based scholarshipsMerit-based scholarships Apply through FAFSA and internal applicationApply through FAFSA and internal application Questions?Questions? Contact Office of Financial AidContact Office of Financial Aid

25 Suggested Reading Gallagher, R. Michael and Humphrey II, Frederick ‑Gallagher, R. Michael and Humphrey II, Frederick ‑ Osteopathic Medicine ‑ A Reformation in Progress Gevitz, Norman ‑Gevitz, Norman ‑ The DO's: Osteopathic Medicine in America Northrup, George -Northrup, George - Osteopathic Medicine – An American Reformation Walter, Georgia Warrener -Walter, Georgia Warrener - Osteopathic Medicine: Past and Present

26 Websites American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic MedicineAmerican Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicinehttp://www.aacom.org American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (aacomas)American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (aacomas) https://aacomas.aacom.org American Osteopathic AssociationAmerican Osteopathic Associationhttp://www.osteopathic.org MCATMCAThttp://www.aamc.org/students/mcat/start.htm

27 Upcoming Events DO Open House – Friday, April 13 thDO Open House – Friday, April 13 th 4pm – 8pm EST4pm – 8pm EST Graduate Programs Open House – Friday, April 20 thGraduate Programs Open House – Friday, April 20 th 6pm – 8pm EST6pm – 8pm EST

28 Connect with PCOM Find us on the PCOM Facebook and UTube pages.Find us on the PCOM Facebook and UTube pages.

29 PCOM Office of Admissions 4170 City Avenue Philadelphia, PA Phone: Fax:


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