CUSOM is committed to selecting applicants who will be an asset to the profession of osteopathic medicine. The goals of the admissions process are to:
1. Review each applicant as a whole person: Mind, Body, and Spirit.
2. Evaluate the potential for success in the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) curriculum.
3. Assess the applicant’s commitment and aptitude as a future practicing osteopathic physician.
4. Consider the applicant‘s interest in serving rural and underserved populations.
5. Help confirm the applicant’s commitment to the Mission of CUSOM and the osteopathic profession.
CUSOM Applications Procedure
Individuals interested in applying to the CUSOM must complete an online application through the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS) and a CUSOM Supplemental Application. All applicants must complete the AACOMAS application in order to access the CUSOM Supplemental Application.
CUSOM participates with other osteopathic colleges in a centralized application processing service called the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS). An application may be submitted online at www.aacom.org or may be obtained by contacting:
5550 Friendship Boulevard, Suite 310
Chevy Chase, MD 20815-7231
Telephone: (301) 968-4190
To initiate the application process, applicants must apply directly to AACOMAS.
AACOMAS is available to the students for the entering class from May through to March of the year applying. Detailed instructions can be accessed through www.aacom.org. Applicants must request all official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended be mailed directly from the institution(s) to the AACOMAS office. Students should also ensure all MCAT scores are forwarded directly to AACOMAS from the AAMC.
Applicants who have taken course work and/or have earned a degree from a foreign institution must also submit to AACOMAS an evaluation of their transcripts in a course-by-course fashion from one of the AACOMAS approved evaluation services.
CUSOM Secondary Application
After receipt of your primary application, CUSOM will do an initial screening of your application. Applicants who meet all admissions requirements (via the AACOMAS application process) will be invited to submit the Secondary Application and supporting documents. Please note CUSOM screens all applications and not all applicants will receive the invitation to submit a secondary application.
Applicants will receive an email notification inviting them to submit a secondary application. This email will contain information and instructions regarding how to complete the secondary application. A nonrefundable fee of $50.00 will be payable upon submission of the secondary application for admission. Instructions of how to submit the fee is included in invite for secondary email. CUSOM will waive the secondary application fee if the applicant has an approved AACOMAS fee waiver document.
The secondary application process consists of the CUSOM Secondary Application, a non-refundable processing fee, and two required letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation may not be written by a relative, including relatives through marriage.
The first letter must be from either an osteopathic physician (D.O.) or an allopathic physician (M.D.). Although a letter from an osteopathic physician is not required, it is strongly recommended.
While shadowing of a D.O is not required applicants who have shadowing experience with a D.O. demonstrate commitment to the profession and understanding of the practice of osteopathic medicine. The second letter must be from a premedical advisory committee or science faculty member (PhD) familiar with the academic work of the applicant.
Letters of recommendation which are included as part of a the pre-health committee packet or letters from an official evaluation collection service recognized by CUSOM (Interfolio or VirtualEvals) which are part of their official packet will be accepted without signature or letterhead as long as the letters are sent directly from the authors to the pre-med advisors. CUSOM will accept letters through VirtualEvals and Interfolio. CUSOM welcomes additional letters of support or recommendation from those who are acquainted with the student’s academic or professional ability. All letters of recommendation must be originals on professional or college/university letterhead, signed by the evaluator and sent directly to the Office of Admissions.
Applicants who are of Permanent Residency Status must provide a copy of their Green Card for consideration for admissions.
Candidates born outside of the United States who have become United States Citizens should provide a copy of their Citizenship Certificate.