Applying to MSUCOM
Profile of a Successful MSUCOM Applicant
MSUCOM looks for students who are academically accomplished, committed to service and well versed in the philosophy of osteopathic medicine. In each area of evaluation, we examine your accomplishments within the context of your total life experience. Much like the way DOs approach their patients, we invite you to tell us your story.
•The average grade point for each entering class has consistently been 3.5 to 3.6, with greatest emphasis placed on the science GPA. Most important are your grades in upper level biological science classes taken during the junior and senior years or post-baccalaureate coursework.
• The average MCAT for recent entering classes is just over 27. If you are disappointed with your scores, don’t be afraid to retake the MCAT. Success in medical school requires discipline and perseverance, so we look for individuals who keep trying to improve their performance.
Letters of Evaluation: Letters of evaluation must be written on letterhead and must include the evaluator’s signature (electronic signatures are acceptable). Ideally, letters should be dated for the year of application.
The evaluation section on the MSUCOM application system will be deemed complete and suitable for review when at least three letters of evaluations are received. Evaluations should be written by individuals who know you well and who are not related to you. You may ask individuals who have supervised you in a work or volunteer experience, professors, medical professionals, coaches, clergy members, etc. We recommend that at least one letter should be written by an academic or medical professional. We do not require academic/committee/advisor recommendations, nor do we require that one of your recommendations be from an osteopathic physician. The AAMC guidelines for evaluation letters may be a useful resource for your evaluators.
You have two options to send your letters of evaluation to MSUCOM Admissions:
- Your pre-med advisor/university may submit letters on your behalf via a transmission system called VirtualEvals.
- Your pre-med advisor/university may submit letters on your behalf via a transmission system called Interfolio. If you do not have access to Interfolio through your college/university, you may open an individual account on your own.
* Please note that it may take 2 to 3 weeks for your MSUCOM status to reflect receipt of your letters of evaluation. Please do not send unsolicited letters.
•Service to Community: This is a heavily weighted factor in our review process. We look for students for whom service is a value. Think about the skills that are most important to a practicing osteopathic physician: problem solving, critical thinking, active listening, and teaching, motivating, and appreciating the importance of touch in communication, diagnosis and treatment. We encourage you to seek service opportunities where you can observe, develop and hone these skills. Consider nursing homes, hospice, crisis centers, persons with the need for medical assistance, tutoring/mentoring, coaching, etc.
•Understanding Osteopathic Medicine: There are many resources available in order to learn about the osteopathic profession. The American Osteopathic Association and American Association of College of Osteopathic Medicine are good places to begin. We also encourage you to shadow a DO, attend a presentation by an osteopathic college representative, spend a day or two with an osteopathic medical student, volunteer or work in a clinic where DOs practice. We will evaluate how much initiative you’ve shown in learning about the profession and how well you understand the philosophy.
•Other factors: We are interested in military service, extracurricular activities, paid employment, sports, overseas study and travel, virtually any experience that has added to your skills in leadership, team building and cultural competency. We cannot stress strongly enough our belief that you must be committed to and skilled in providing service to people.
Questions? The best advice we can offer is that you talk to one of our admissions advisors. Don’t wait until you’re ready to apply. Start early and develop an ongoing relationship with our staff. We have an online system, https://advising.com.msu.edu/ where you can schedule an appointment. We’re here to help you on your journey.