The following information describes the application process for those seeking admission into the Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM):
Step 1 - Complete the AACOMAS Application
LMU-DCOM participates in a centralized application service, the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS). The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) offers prospective students a convenient, centralized on-line application service for accredited osteopathic medical schools. Through AACOMAS applicants can file one electronic application. AACOMAS then verifies and distributes the information to each of the colleges designated by the applicant. AACOMAS can be reached at www.aacom.org or AACOMAS, 5550 Friendship Boulevard, Suite 310, Chevy Chase, MD 20815-7231.
For AACOMAS application questions or assistance, please view Contacting Customer Service which includes contact information, instructions, and other important details.
Step 2 - Complete the Supplemental Application for LMU-DCOM:
For your convenience, you should complete this through AACOMAS under custom questions. The deadline for the AACOMAS application, supplemental application, and supporting documentation is March 15, 2018.
Step 3 - Submit Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) scores
All candidates must submit their most recent scores on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). Scores older than three years will not be considered. These scores need to be reported and verified on your AACOMAS application.
Applicants who wish to use coursework completed outside the United States must submit their transcripts for evaluation to one of the following services:
World Education Services
P. O. Box 745, Old Chelsea Station
New York, NY 10113-0745
Josef Silny & Associates
7101 SW 102 Avenue
Miami, FL 33173
A course-by-course evaluation is required and all course work must be designated as undergraduate, graduate or professional. LMU-DCOM will only honor evaluations from one of the above services. The evaluation must be included with the supplemental application.
Following receipt of the applicant’s completed application, a member of the Admissions Committee will holistically review the file, and decide which applicants to invite for an interview. Following the interview and receipt of all necessary information the applicant’s file will be reviewed by the committee at the weekly Admissions Committee meeting and assigned to one of the following categories: 1) Accept, 2) Alternate/Hold, or 3) Reject. Applicants will be notified in writing as soon as possible following the committee’s decision. Prior to matriculation the applicant/student must supply DCOM with official undergraduate transcripts to confirm the grades, coursework, and degrees as reported by AACOMAS.
Interviews are conducted between late-August through mid-April.
The Admissions Committee will select students for admission based on a variety of factors. When reviewing application files the committee will consider the applicant's overall grade-point average (GPA), grades in individual courses, undergraduate curriculum, prerequisite courses, any advanced-level laboratory science courses taken, exposure to osteopathic medicine and its practitioners, employment in the medical field, participation in volunteer experiences, verbal and non-verbal communication skills, background, MCAT scores and any other pertinent information. The committee will also consider the applicant's desire to practice medicine in underserved areas of the southern Appalachian region and personal connection to this area. The preceding factors are not and should not be considered exhaustive.
Obviously, LMU-DCOM seeks to attract and retain the best and brightest applicants whose career goals are consistent with the mission and purpose of the college. We seek to enroll inquisitive, intuitive, compassionate students who are passionate about the science and art of medicine and who desire to serve others in underserved areas.
Some factors will carry more weight than others, e.g. overall GPA, MCAT scores, grades in the prerequisite courses, etc. Currently, the national average MCAT score for all test-takers is 24. We anticipate that applicants with scores in this range will be competitive for admission. LMU-DCOM's average MCAT score is 27 (old style) and 502. LMU-DCOM's average science GPA is 3.40 and average non-science GPA is 3.58.
Each year LMU-DCOM will enroll a 1st-year class of 225 students. The level of competition for these seats will be determined by the number of applications received during the academic year and the academic competitiveness of the applicant pool. The admissions process is fluid and changes from year-to-year. No college knows with certainty how many applications for admission it will receive in a given year, and LMU-DCOM is no different. Thus, it is impossible for us to give exact figures for GPAs or MCAT scores which would make one competitive for admission.
We look forward to working with you in this process. Please feel free to contact us, should you have any questions.
LMU-DCOM Admissions Office
phone: 1.800.325.0900 ext. 7090