Students

You're starting your journey toward becoming a DO. Learn how to navigate medical school and prepare for next steps in your career.

The path to DO starts here

Osteopathic medical school will set the foundation for your entire medical career. The late nights studying and countless hours in the anatomy lab will help you become the best doctor you can be. You've got this—and we're here to help.

Med School Timeline

View a timeline of key milestones you'll achieve in the next four years.

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Rotations

Make your transition from the classroom to the exam room.

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Exam Prep

Take the first steps toward medical licensure with the COMLEX.

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Residencies & Internships

Get tips on applying to programs and navigating the AOA Match.

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Standing strong

Make an impact with SOMA

With 45 chapters serving nearly 15,000 members, the Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) is the nation’s largest network of osteopathic medical students. As a member of SOMA, you’ll build leadership skills, advance health policy and represent the voice of your fellow medical students.

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As a student, the AOA will help you:

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In the spotlight

Helping babies breathe in Tanzania

Mallory Mitchell, OMS IV, is advocating for resources and equipment for some of the planet’s tiniest patients. As a second-year medical student serving at Shirati Hospital, she was part of a U.S. team sent to train birth attendants on a new life-saving protocol. Read more about her remarkable journey.

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Why we advocate

More than 1,000 osteopathic medical students and DOs converged on Capitol Hill in March to advocate for preservation of student loan programs and the protection of medical volunteers via the Good Samaritan Health Professionals Act. Check out the video below to learn more about DO Day 2018.