Allopathic and Osteopathic Career Resources


Allopathic medical schools grant the degree of doctor of medicine (MD) while the osteopathic schools grant the degree of doctor of osteopathy (DO). Both degrees allow the recipient to work in a medical setting as physicians treating illness, disease, and prescribing medication. Osteopaths stress working with the musculoskeletal system (manipulation of the spine, muscles and joints) to heal and treat illness in addition to drugs and/or surgery. The viewpoint is that the whole body works together and to treat any ailments, you should look at and treat the whole body.


The training for both branches is very similar. Both go through four years of medial school with at least three years of residency. A student graduating from an allopathic medical school with generally go straight into residency while students graduating from an osteopathic school will do a 12 month rotating internship before beginning their residency.

Occupational Outlook Handbook - Physicians & Surgeons 





American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine - Serves the administration, faculty, and students of the 19 member osteopathic medical schools through its centralized application service (AACOMAS), government relations, finance, communications, and research/information departments.

American Academy of Family Physicians
- To promote and maintain high quality standards for family doctors who are providing continuing comprehensive health care to the public.

American Medical Student Association
- The largest independent national medical student organization. At AMSA, we understand that it takes more than medical school to make a physician, and so for the last 50 years we have been filling in the gaps of physician training in order to better serve patients and society.

American Public Health Association - The oldest and largest organization of public health professionals in the world, representing more than 50,000 members from over 50 occupations of public health. The Association and its members have been influencing policies and setting priorities in public health since 1872.

Student Doctor Network
- Provides information, resources, chat rooms, etc. for the medical student

Application Service:
American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) 


Admission Test:

 Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)