Category Archives: Osteopathic

January-June MCAT Test Dates Now Open for Registration

Registration for the January to June MCAT Dates Now Open.

 Please be advised that registration for the MCAT exam is now open.  Students can select a date and location for January-June 2018 exam dates. Test dates in July-September will open in February 2018.   Please go to https://students-residents.aamc.org/applying-medical-school/taking-mcat-exam/register-mcat-exam/.

Remember that the MCAT will now be administered through Pearson VUE and is no longer offered through Prometric Testing Centers.

2018 MCAT Registration

Attention: 2018 MCAT registration will open on October 18, 2017 for January-June test dates. July-September test dates will open in February 2018.

New this year: Start your registration early! Any time between 10:00 AM ET on October 12 and 5:00 PM ET on October 17, you will be able to fill out the necessary background and biographical information, as well as complete the necessary consent forms in the MCAT Registration System. You will not be able to select your date and location at this time.

Starting the registration process early will allow you more time to enter your personal information and read the important MCAT policies and forms carefully before you begin searching for a test date and location on October 18. Completing your personal information and consent forms in advance does not give you priority in selecting your test date and location.

Follow @AAMC_MCAT on Twitter and the MCAT registration website for further announcements.

LECOM Open House

Students interested in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, and dental medicine are cordially invited to attend an Open House at one of the three locations of the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM):

Saturday, November 11, in Bradenton, FL

Friday, November 17,  in Greensburg, PA

Saturday, November 18, in Erie, PA

At this event you will have the opportunity to learn more about LECOM and all that it has to offer.  In addition to demonstrations and tours, there will be plenty of time to speak directly with our students, faculty, and staff.  Families and friends are welcome.  We ask that you choose a location and then RSVP as instructed through the link below:

http://lecom.edu/open-house/

If you have any questions or cannot attend the event but would still like information regarding LECOM, please contact me or visit our website at www.lecom.edu.  For additional information, you may also search for LECOM in the Apple App Store on your iPhone or iPad or download the LECOM app through Google plan on your Android smartphone or tablet.

 

AACOMAS Change: Repeat Coursework Policy-Effective 2017-2018 AACOMAS Application Cycle

If you are planning to apply to US Osteopathic Medical Schools, please see an important announcement posted this week by the American Association of Osteopathic Medical Schools (AACOM) regarding the policies on repeated work for individual DO medical schools.  We are awaiting word as to whether a central document may become available so we can see the policy for each individual US DO medical college. Once we have such information, we will post out in a timely manner.

 

Notice: Change to AACOMAS Repeat Coursework Policy for 2017-2018 AACOMAS Application Cycle

In an effort to increase transparency, the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) Board of Deans has approved the following resolution regarding the AACOMAS Repeat Coursework Policy:

Effective May 1, 2017, AACOMAS will include all course attempts in the GPA calculation. This change applies to students matriculating into the 2018-2019 academic year. In the event of multiple attempts of the same course, AACOMAS will no longer drop initial course attempts from the GPA calculation.

The current AACOMAS Repeat Coursework Policy drops initial course attempts from the GPA calculation. Over the past several years, this policy has caused confusion among applicants, pre-health advisors, and colleges, and is one of the top questions received by AACOMAS customer service. AACOM recognizes the need to streamline application policies and instructions, and we anticipate this new policy will ensure a fair, consistent, and transparent application process for all applicants.

In the upcoming 2017-2018 AACOMAS application cycle, applicants will continue to identify repeated courses during coursework entry, but they will no longer enter 0.00 credit hours for initial attempts. Credit hours for all attempts will be entered as they appear on the official transcript and all grades will be averaged. The AACOMAS application instructions will be updated in advance of the 2017-2018 application cycle to reflect this change in policy. We anticipate that this change will enable applicants to move through the coursework entry section of the AACOMAS application more quickly and with greater accuracy.

Effective May 1, 2017, applicants using the 2017-2018 application cycle Reapplicant feature in AACOMAS for matriculation into the 2018-2019 academic year must adhere to the new policy. Therefore, AACOMAS will automatically update previously verified repeated coursework to ensure all applications adhere to the new policy.

Osteopathic medical schools may continue recalculating and weighing applicant GPAs and repeated courses per their established admissions practices. The scope of this policy change is limited to the AACOMAS verified GPA calculation.

 

Why Diversity Matters in Health Care

As a health professions student, you need to be aware of the complex issues that shape the health care field in the United States. Some of the most urgent topics today revolve around our nation’s need to eliminate inequities in the quality and availability of health care for ethnic, racial and economic minorities. Closely connected to this is the need to increase both the diversity and the cultural competence of our health care workforce.

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“DO Day” at Sisters Hospital

“DO Day” at Sisters of Charity Hospital

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Location – Palmer Hall, 5th Floor 

Time 2:00-4:00 PM – Pizza available at 1:45 PM

If you are interested in learning more about osteopathic (DO) medicine, please strongly consider attending “DO Day” at Sisters of Charity Hospital.  Please see an outline of the agenda below.  Representatives from both the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) and the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYITCOM) will be presenting and available after to answer your questions.  You must RSVP for this eventPlease email Carl Lam at carllam@buffalo.edu by 12:00 p.m. Friday, October 7 if you wish to attend. There are a *limited* number of spots. Once your RSVP is confirmed, we will forward parking information to you.

Proposed Agenda

2:00 pm

20-30 minutes – Presentation by faculty/residents from the Osteopathic Training Program at Sisters

  • Mission/History/Overview of Sisters of Charity Hospital/Training Program
  • Discussion of Residency Pathways

30 minutes – Breakout Session: Small Group Demonstration of OMT by interns/residents

3:00 pm Introduction of LECOM and NYITCOM representatives

15 minutes NYITCOM

15 minutes LECOM

Presentation by medical school representative

30 minutes Q&A to LECOM and NYITCOM residents/representatives

Focus on: Curriculum and Training Programs

Admissions

Residency Placements

4:00 pm Informal Meet and Greet – LECOM and NYITCOM representatives remain available for additional questions

LECOM Open House

Students interested in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, and dental medicine are cordially invited to attend an Open House at one of the three locations of the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM):  Erie, Pennsylvania; Greensburg, Pennsylvania; and Bradenton, Florida.  The event will take place on Friday, November 11, at the Seton Hill site in Greensburg, PA, and Saturday, November 12, at the campuses in Erie, PA, and in Bradenton, FL.

At this event you will have the opportunity to learn more about LECOM and all that it has to offer.  In addition to demonstrations and tours, there will be plenty of time to speak directly with students, faculty, and staff.  Families and friends are welcome.

If you have any questions or cannot attend the event but would still like information regarding LECOM, please visit their website at www.lecom.edu.  For additional information, you may also search for LECOM in the Apple App Store on your iPhone or iPad or download the LECOM app through Google plan on your Android smartphone or tablet.