Osteopathic Medical Schools (DO)
Osteopathic medicine involves a holistic or "whole-person" approach to healthcare and osteopathic physicians receive specialized training involving the musculoskeletal system. Specifically, osteopathic treatment usually involves a system of therapy known as osteopathic manipulative medicine. While there are differences in curriculum and pedagogy, in the state of Georgia both a DO and MD will receive the same medical license and privileges to practice medicine.
Osteopathic physicians are licensed to practice the full scope of medicine in all 50 states. They practice in all types of environments, including the military, and in all types of specialties, from family medicine to obstetrics to surgery. However, the primary focus of osteopathic medicine is primary care.
For students interested in learning more about osteopathic medicine, the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) serves as a valuable resource.
There is only 1 osteopathic medical school in Georgia:
Why apply to an osteopathic medical school?
Most students who apply to an osteopathic medical school because they are not as competitive for allopathic (MD) medical schools. Indeed, the admission requirements for most osteopathic schools are lower compared with their allopathic counterparts. That said, admission into osteopathic medical school is still very competitive and it is important to perform well on both MCAT and in your science courses, just as you would for allopathic programs.
The average GPA for entering students in 2015 was: 3.5 (overall) and 3.4 (non-science)
How do I apply to an osteopathic medical school?
Osteopathic medical school prerequisites and the application process, including the MCAT, are very similar to M.D. schools. However, you will use a separate application called AACOMAS.