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Osteopathic Medical School Admissions – 2015 Entering Class – Top 10 Statistics

According to a report recently published by the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, “there were 3.20 applicants for each COCA[*]-approved seat in the first-year class.” Below are MedEdits’ top 10 statistics for the 2015 osteopathic medical school entering class. 20,477 applicants 6,392 COCA-approved seats Mean applicant age: 25 16,967 applicants had a baccalaureate…


Medical School Admissions: Lessons Learned 2017

  AMCAS 2017 opens in early May and the next wave of applicants is preparing to submit applications, so it seems apropos to summarize some key observations I have made while privately advising medical school applicants. Here is my list of some essentials for medical school applicants to improve their chances of acceptance. Submit an early…


Dr. Freedman’s Osteopathic Medicine Article in U.S. News & World Report Medical School Admissions Doctor

December 29th, 2014 Read Dr. Freedman’s latest latest article about Osteopathic Medicine in a recent edition of the U.S. News & World Report Medical School Admissions Doctor. Fewer than 50 percent of medical school applicants to traditional allopathic medical schools are accepted, which leaves many applicants wondering about their other options.  These include osteopathic or off-shore…


AMCAS® Application: Must You Submit On June 7th?

It is important to submit your medical school application as early as possible, but applicants should be aware of other rate limiting steps that may undermine an early application submission: 1) Transcripts. Even if you submit your application early, it won’t be verified by the AMCAS® until your transcripts have been received. 2) Letters of…


AACOMAS 2017!

If you are applying to medical school through the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service®* (AACOMAS®), you can submit your application soon! What are the major differences between AACOMAS® and The American Medical College Application Service® (AMCAS®)? 1) The AACOMAS® personal statement can be up to 4500 characters (including spaces) whereas the…


AMCAS® Activity and Most Meaningful Entries

Unsure of what to write for your AMCAS® activity and most meaningful entries? Read an example below from The MedEdits Guide to Medical School Admissions Admissions. Experience Description: The Adult Day Health Center is a comprehensive facility that offers a variety of services to members of the community. My duties at the Adult Day Health Center is to…


Residency accreditation agencies join forces to create a unified system

Beginning in July 2015, allopathic and osteopathic residency programs no longer will be accredited separately under an initiative announced jointly by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM). By establishing uniform standards for graduate medical education programs nationwide, the…


Medical School Personal Statement: A few guidelines to follow

How should you start your medical school personal statement? You hear conflicting advice. Some tell you not to open with a story. Others tell you to always begin with a story. Regardless of the advice you receive, be sure to do three things: 1) Be true to yourself. Everyone will have an opinion regarding what…


AMCAS, TMDSAS and AACOMAS Applications 2010

by Jessica Freedman, MD, www.MedEdits.com The AMCAS application system will open “on or about May 4th, 2010.” You can start working on your application when the system opens but you cannot submit until early June. For applicants who do not have a premed committee that is sending a letter packet, keep in mind that you…