Osteopathic Medical Schools
Though the information given on this web site regarding human medicine is generally targeted towards allopathic medical schools (i.e., those awarding the M.D. degree), there are many similarities to osteopathic medical schools (i.e., those awarding the D.O. degree). For information specific to osteopathic medical schools, please see the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine web site.
You should also be aware that application to an osteopathic medical school will usually require that you have a letter of evaluation from an osteopathic physician. If you know a D.O. at home, you might approach him/her about shadowing him/her. There are also several D.O. doctors at Duke Medical Center whom you might contact.
Foreign Medical Schools
If you plan to practice medicine in the U.S., we do not recommend that you apply to foreign medical schools with your first application. If you are not accepted to a U.S. medical school, and you have a genuine interest in attending a foreign medical school, you may want to include one or more foreign schools in a subsequent application. Before doing so, you should research this option and discuss it with a health professions advisor.
Other Health Professions
Resources in the HPA cover careers and degree programs in public health, nursing, physician assistant, physical therapy, optometry, podiatry and several others. But the best source of information on these fields is the Internet. You will find a list of health professions with a wealth of information for each at at the ExploreHealthCareers website. In general, students making application to these programs will not be expected to use the services of the HPA to submit letters to those programs. However, you are welcome to use the resources of the HPA and to see a health professions advisor with any questions you might have regarding these programs.