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Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine

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Introduction

In 1855 Michigan State University was instituted. There are 11 undergraduate and 13 graduate schools. The school began as a private institution, the Michigan College of Osteopathic Medicine, in Pontiac. By an act of the Michigan legislature in 1969, it gained its current affiliation. The College of Osteopathic Medicine opened in 1971.

Academics

4-year. Focuses on principles of normal and abnormal structure and function, which are necessary to an understanding of dysfunction in body systems of all age groups. Clinical training and problem solving are included at every level, progressing in difficulty, adding topical information and reinforcing concepts. The curriculum includes 1 year of integrated basic science courses, 1 year of systems biology courses, and 2 years of clinical clerkships that include ambulatory and inpatient care in community hospitals and health care agencies. The theories and applications of osteopathic manipulative medicine and osteopathic principles and practice are included at all levels of curriculum. In support of the school’s mission, the curriculum is designed to increase the number of graduates prepared to practice community-integrated primary care medicine to address the health care needs of the people of Michigan. This is accomplished by providing a broader scope and greater depth of practice in the ambulatory setting, by an increased emphasis on practicing medicine as part of an interdisciplinary team, and by using technology for communication, information retrieval, and education. Affiliated Teaching Hospitals Several throughout the state, including many in the Detroit metropolitan area. Housing University housing is available on campus and in the Lansing/East Lansing area.

Admissions

Completion of the MCAT and a minimum of 3 years of college (but virtually all students have bachelor’s degree by enrollment). The basic premedical science courses are required as well as 2 courses (6 credits) in English and in the behavioral sciences (psychology, sociology, anthropology). A grade point average minimum of C (2.5) is required, but a near B is recommended. An MCAT total around 25 is also desirable. Courses in biochemistry and genetics are strongly recommended. Additional courses in biology such as anatomy, cell biology, histology, and microbiology are also recommended. A supplementary application will be sent only to selected applicants. It may include a request for an essay, nonacademic information, and evaluation forms. Decisions are made after an applicant has been interviewed. There is an Early Decision Program (EDP) for exceptional students seeking admission only to this school. An entering class of 125 students is anticipated and in-state students will predominate.


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