Osteopathic Medical Scholars Program
Osteopathic Medical Scholars Program (OMSP) seeks to enrich the scope of undergraduate scholars through a variety of program expectations, responsibilities, and a strong sense of commitment to the community. In an effort to humanize the process of becoming a doctor, the program integrates an early exposure to physician and clinical skills, community involvement, and leadership roles. These experiences develop a strong support network of peers that share similar goals, explore personal strengths and weaknesses, and develop a deeper understanding of the osteopathic profession.
OMSP is a mentoring program that guides students through their undergraduate experience and through the application process at MSUCOM. Maintaining a science as well as overall GPA of a 3.5 waives the MCAT requirement for admission into MSUCOM only. If students plan to apply to other medical schools, this waiver will not apply. Participation in OMSP does not guarantee admission into MSUCOM. Participants must complete the application process which is rigorous and competitive.
The late Dean, Dr. Allen Jacobs and Dr. Norma Baptista developed OMSP in the year 2000. Their goal was to create a program that would emphasize academic excellence and a strong sense of community for a select group of students interested in osteopathic medicine. In the Fall of 2000, the first group of eight MSU undergraduates was accepted into the program. Hundreds of new scholars have entered the program since then.
Advantages of Becoming an Osteopathic Medical Scholar
- Becoming an Osteopathic Medical Scholar provides the opportunity to work in an environment of students who excel academically
- Becoming an Osteopathic Medical Scholar provides the opportunity for leadership development and community service
- Becoming an Osteopathic Medical Scholar provides early exposure to osteopathic principles and practice
- Becoming an Osteopathic Medical Scholar provides an environment conducive to the study of Osteopathic medicine and research at MSU
- Becoming an Osteopathic Medical Scholar provides you with the opportunity to receive preference among those who apply for admission to MSU COM and if you maintain a 3.5 overall and 3.5 science GPA we waive the MCAT for MSU COM admission.
Goals of OMSP
- To provide early exposure to osteopathic principles and practices
- To help develop professional attributes of maturity, integrity, compassion, respect for self and others
- To help develop leadership in campus or community organizations
- To promote academic excellence
- To provide academic guidance for Osteopathic medical school admission.
There are a number of required activities sponsored by OMSP, which include:
- Individual advising meetings with OMSP director and MSUCOM Admissions Counselors
- Monthly group meetings, including visit to the MSUCOM Anatomy Lab and MSUCOM Learning Assessment Center
- Guest lecturers from MSU campus and the local community
- Performing volunteer community service each semester
- Participating in Pre-SOMA, premedical organizations
- Interacting with first and second year osteopathic medical students
- Interviewing and shadowing Osteopathic Physicians
- Completing OST 401 seminar, featuring Osteopathic Physicians from the MSUCOM and the surrounding area.
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East Lansing, MI 48824-1316
Phone: 517- 432-2906