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Preparing for Medical School

It is never too early to start preparing for medical school. Below you will find a list of milestones and information to assist you with your journey to medical school. 

 

Current OSU undergraduate students can find additional resources at the Pre-Professional Academic Support Services website.


Freshman Year

  • Schedule a meeting to introduce yourself to your university’s pre-health advisor to request getting on an email list to learn about upcoming events, opportunities in the medical community and pre-medical curriculum.
  • Maintain a competitive GPA.
  • Start following OSU-COM on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Linkedin.
  • Are you interested in OSU-COM for medical school? Request information so we can send you information about our recruitment events, workshops, and programs.
  • Get involved in pre-health organizations and extracurricular activities on campus. 
  • Are you interested in learning how to become a Freshmen to Physician in 7 years?  OSU-COM has a pre-admission option through the 3+1 Program.
  • Begin to gain clinical experience in health care fields through shadowing, volunteering, employment (CNA, EMT, etc.), and internship opportunities. Keep records of your experiences.
  • Look for opportunities to shadow physicians in clinical settings and keep records of your experiences.    

Sophomore to Junior Year

  • Continue to maintain a competitive GPA.
  • Are you applying to the 3+1 Program?  Submit your application in your sophomore year.
  • Continue with volunteer/work in meaningful clinical experiences, research, and shadowing.
  • Develop relationships with advisors and faculty for future letter of recommendations.
    • If your school offers a Pre-Health Advisory Committee to write a letter of recommendation, ask your advisor for more details and deadlines to apply.
  • Seek opportunities to volunteer for medical mission trips.  They not only offer great experience, but you get a chance to learn about different health care systems.
  • Stay involved in pre-health organizations and get involved in community service—look for leadership opportunities.
  • Schedule a tour and visit our campus in Tulsa or Tahlequah. 
  • Study and take practice tests for the MCAT so you’re ready prepared to take in your junior year.
  • Are you eligible for the AACOMAS Fee Waiver Program
  • How can you set yourself apart from other medical school applicants?  Find out if you’re eligible for the Guaranteed Interview Program.   
  • Mark your calendar to attend recruitment events to meet staff and OSU medical students.
  • Continue to gain clinical experience in health care fields through shadowing, volunteering, employment (CNA, EMT, etc.), and internship opportunities. Keep records of your experiences.
  • Continue to keep records of extracurricular and clinical experiences.
  • Meet with your pre-health advisor to strategize medical school application timelines, review medical school options, and review your academic coursework.

Senior Year

  • Start the application process for the (AACOMAS) American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine in May. 
    • Do not wait until the last minute!  OSU-COM’s deadline to submit is February 28 by 11:00 p.m. (CST).
  • Once AACOMAS application has been verified, you will receive your supplemental/secondary application. 
    • OSU-COM’s deadline is March 30.
  • If you’re eligible to apply through the Guaranteed Interview Program, check the box on your supplemental/secondary application.
  • Find out about other OSU-COM admission options.
  • Submit letters of recommendation.
  • Continue  to gain clinical experience in health care fields through shadowing, volunteering, employment (CNA, EMT, etc.), and internship opportunities. Keep records of your experiences.
  • Register to attend OSU-COM recruitment events and other workshops.
  • Do you have questions about the application process?  Would you like to discuss your transcript or personal statement?  Schedule an advisement with OSU-COM recruitment staff.
  • Take the CASPer situational judgement test.  Scores from the CASPer test are not required at the time of application or to be invited for an interview but it must be on file before an admissions decision is made.
  • Are you an Arkansas, Missouri, or Kansas resident?  OSU-COM offers admitted students with permanent residency from AR, MO, or KS an out-of-state tuition waiver with a score of at least 500 on the MCAT and an overall 3.5 GPA.
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