Is There Finally a D.O. Equivalent to the MSAR?
Kaitlyn Rizzo is a second year medical student at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is originally from Northeast Ohio and attended the University of Dayton for a B.S. in Exercise Physiology. Kaitlyn attended a summer 2017 Fellowship in Lisbon, Portugal and hopes to return there one day.
Balancing the MD/DO Scales
With 35 colleges of osteopathic medicine in the U.S., 56 teaching locations, 33 states with osteopathic medical schools, and 30,000 students training to become osteopathic physicians, the letters DO are as important as ever.
You may have heard that our nation faces a physician shortage, and with osteopathic medicine representing a rapidly growing field with a growth rate of about 5% per year, premedical students could always use another resource to utilize when applying to osteopathic medical schools.
Students pursuing the MD track have long been relying on the MSAR, short for “Medical School Admissions Requirements,” to help them better understand the medical school admissions process… but it is restricted to covering only MD programs. The MSAR is a complete collection of three years worth of statistics and information for any given MD and LCME-granting institution in the United States and Canada.
It seems that, with all of that extremely insightful information in one place, it is only right that future DO candidates have a counterpart to help them in their admissions process as well. Perhaps by popular demand, or rather necessity, Choose DO has emerged to do just that.
*Cue a collective round of applause from the entire osteopathic medical community.*
A resource that parallels the MSAR in being a searchable medical school database for any DO school in the country, Choose DO aims to help you find the osteopathic medical program that is best suited for you. This is especially important when realizing that osteopathic physicians can “choose any specialty, prescribe drugs, perform surgeries, and practice medicine anywhere in the United States,” as stated on the Choose DO site.
That means that DO students have a LOT of options to choose from when it comes to what to practice, where to practice, and, most importantly, where to START.