Osteopathic Medical Schools

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The Anatomy of Medical Schools There is the sound of sirens, and then the doctor’s pager begins to beep crazily. An accident has happened and they need doctors in the emergency room. The ER is packed full of patients, and the doctors are rushing to the ER to help. Each doctor may choose to approach the patient’s condition in a different way. How they choose to approach the problem depends on the type of medical school they attended. In the United States, there are two types of medical schools that medical doctors attend: allopathic and osteopathic. Allopathic medical school’s train doctors to approach the problem head on with diagnosis and treatment. Osteopathic medical school’s train doctors to see the problem with a whole picture view, not …show more content…
Osteopathic medical school applicants use the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medical Application Service (AACOMAS) to apply. Applicants normally need to have a grade point average of around 3.5 on a 4.0 scale during their college career and take the same prerequisite courses as applicants to allopathic medical schools. However, osteopathic medical schools accept lower MCAT scores; the average MCAT score is around 26. Osteopathic medical schools tend to accept lower GPA and MCAT scores because they focus more on the whole character of the …show more content…
Osteopathic medicine is focused on preventive care. Instead of using several medications to treat a condition, osteopathic medicine wants to avoid the use. Students are taught not only to take into account the symptoms, but the whole body and how it correlates together. Though similar to allopathic schools in their core curriculum, osteopathic schools include osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT). OMT is the use of hands on techniques to diagnosis and treat patients. Doctors of osteopathic medicine use OMT, “OMT, your osteopathic physician will move your muscles and joints using techniques including stretching, gentle pressure and resistance”

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