When considering the difference between D.O. and M.D. degrees, it is worth considering the applicant pool to each program. While the path to earning a medical degree is competitive regardless of the route taken, the statistics show just how competitive.
D.O. degree seekers According to the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, of those applying to osteopathic medical schools in the 2011 application cycle:
- Average overall grade point average was 3.41
- Average MCAT score was 25.6
- Verbal 8.37
- Physical sciences 8.28
- Biological sciences 9.01
M.D. degree seekers According to the Association of American Medical Colleges of those applying to allopathic medical schools in 2011:
- Average overall grade point average was 3.5
- Average MCAT score was 29
- Verbal 10.0
- Physical sciences 10.1
- Biological sciences 10.4
The number of first-time applicants to allopathic medical schools in 2011 reached an all-time high of 32,654 students, a 2.6 percent rise from the previous year, according to an AAMC report.
Total enrollment increased by 3 percent over last year, with 19,230 students in the 2011 entering class for M.D. degrees.
According to the AACOM, 5,620 new students enrolled at one of the nation’s 26 colleges of osteopathic medicine, a 3.7 percent increase over last year’s incoming class.
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