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Issues specific to osteopathic medical education and practice as a DO.


Wed Nov 04, 2009 4:50 pm

Volunteering will be expected to a charity or special need or Medical.

Like I volunteered for BSA for 9 years plus. That counted. The extra time I spent at work did not, but I understand your point and I'm sure it was wonderful for you to do so and I think it shows good character.

Most premeds volunteer to get both the volunteering and patient experience in one, this is very possible and you need both.

the rest was just for you to see how many physicians think after awhile, we see it as you will "fit" the life style or not.

Good Luck. :mrgreen:


Thu Nov 05, 2009 9:53 am

I know that locally I can get some volunteer time at a hospital, but the kind of help I will be providing is more non-care related. Meaning the only thing I'll be able to do is transport patients, get stocked items, answer phones, etc. Is this experience sufficient enough since I do not have any licensure to directly care for patients?


Fri Apr 02, 2010 12:19 am

I went business to medicine as well. However I started college as a pre-med student and switched to business. So I already had some pre-reqs by the time I decided to go back. First of all, the road ahead is LONG, hard, and there is no guarentee of getting into medical school. With that being said, the reward is worth the effort.

What you need to do first is enroll either in a post-bacc program or as a non-degree seeking post-bacc student at the closest univeristy (not a comm. college!!!) Look up the pre-req requirements of medical schools to get an idea of what classes are required (most are nearly identical). Then start volunteering! It does not matter that what you are doing is non-clinical. You are in a clinical environment being exposed to patients and medicine. That is the most important thing. If docs or nurses see you trying to learn they will let you observe different encounters.

You should expect 5+ semesters just to complete your pre-reqs (provided you have none completed). Then 4 years of medical school, then 3-5 years of residency. It can be done at your age, but keep in mind the years it will take to pay back 200K in debt. I just turned 30 and am a 1st yr student. Another option is PA school. I do NOT know their pre-reqs but am sure they are similar to med school. Maybe slightly less classes. however you graduate in 26 months from PA school and do not have a residency. Less expensive and shorter timeframe. But you can't call yourself a doctor. Just an idea.

Good Luck


Fri Apr 02, 2010 5:21 pm

Yes, I have considered the DO, MD but PA is the direction I am considering more favorably now. I just got a job at a hospital, NOT in a clinical setting but close enough to get some shadowing opp. and questions answered.
The PA route can be anywhere as little as 5 pre req's and up to 8 or courses depending on the school. I have found an associates in PA down here in FL that I'm strongly considering. It's much cheaper than a masters in PA and in the end, from my understanding it the PANCE exam is what matters.

Keep in touch.
Thanks for all who have responded.