Maintain competitive academic standing in all coursework.
Make contact with your school’s pre-health advisor.
Carefully select extracurricular activities on campus and in your local community
that are of interest to you. Choose a wide variety of activities; however, do not
get so involved that you jeopardize your academic performance. Do not join an activity
because you think it will “look good.” Rather, do what you enjoy. Gain experience
working with others and building leadership skills. Reflect on those experiences and
consider how they will assist you in a future career in medicine.
Look for licensure programs to gain valuable skills as a certified nursing assistant,
medical assistant, EMT, etc. Keep track of your hours working with patient populations.
Look for work/volunteer opportunities in a healthcare setting where you will work
with different types of medical professionals, including osteopathic physicians.
Along with your degree program’s freshman/sophomore coursework requirements, you should
begin completing required coursework for admission to PCOM. You can find the list
of required and advisable courses on our DO program application requirements page. If your schedule permits, you should begin fulfilling your English requirement in
your freshman year-preferably English Composition.
Summer Research and Workshops
Apply early for any summer research/workshop positions if you are interested. Although
not a PCOM requirement, a research background will aid you in any science field you
may choose, including medicine.
Begin building relationships with your faculty; when it is time to request letters
of recommendation, they will be able to speak to your abilities as a student and future