Notice of AACOMAS Repeat Coursework Policy Change for 2017-2018 AACOMAS Application Cycle

Please read all this information and share this widely with other pre-meds looking at D.O. school admission. If you were planning to apply to osteopathic schools with the former grade replacement policy and would like to speak to an advisor on how to move forward with the new policy, please give us a call at 619-594-3030 or email at to schedule an appointment.
Dear Pre-D.O. students,
Advisors have just learned about a new AACOMAS policy for D.O. school applicants. The detailed policy is at the end of this message.
Beginning with the upcoming cycle (2017 for 2018 admission), ALL grades, including ALL course repeats, will be calculated in your DO medical school application GPA. This includes re-applicants whose AACOMAS GPAs will be recalculated in compliance with this policy. The policy also states that “osteopathic medical schools may continue recalculating and weighing applicant GPAs and repeated courses per their established admissions practices. The scope of this policy change is limited to the AACOMAS verified GPA calculation.”   While the schools will, of course, look at courses completed and for grade trends, it is unrealistic (in my opinion) to expect that the individual medical schools will have the time or resources to re-calculate GPAs for thousands of applicants.
Advisors around the country were taken by surprise with this announcement on Tuesday, and many have been outspoken over the last two days, at least on our national listserv and directed to AACOMAS, which is where we received this information. (We were instructed by AACOMAS not to notify students until today after they put this new information on their website.) AACOMAS has, however, remained steadfast in implementing this immediately.
For many pre-meds, this new policy will have no effect on your application. However, students hoping to improve their academic competitiveness by re-taking required and other science courses should schedule a meeting with me to discuss a different plan moving forward.  You can schedule an appointment at the beginning of the spring semester as soon as the advising appointment schedule is finalized.
I’m disappointed with this change in policy as are many other advisors, but these kinds of changes can be expected over time. What I find not acceptable–and what we will need to pay close attention to–is a change like this, unannounced until the time it is to be implemented.  We, students and advisors, should have had ample time to modify plans in preparation for this major change in the way the academic preparedness of D.O. school applicants will now be assessed.
SDSU pre-medical students and medical school applicants have much to offer to the world, and HPAO is here to support you on your path to medical school!  Enjoy the rest of your break.

Notice: Change to AACOMAS Repeat Coursework Policy for 2017-2018 AACOMAS Application Cycle

In an effort to increase transparency, the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) Board of Deans has approved the following resolution regarding the AACOMAS Repeat Coursework Policy:

Effective May 1, 2017, AACOMAS will include all course attempts in the GPA calculation. This change applies to students matriculating into the 2018-2019 academic year. In the event of multiple attempts of the same course, AACOMAS will no longer drop initial course attempts from the GPA calculation.

The current AACOMAS Repeat Coursework Policy drops initial course attempts from the GPA calculation. Over the past several years, this policy has caused confusion among applicants, pre-health advisors, and colleges, and is one of the top questions received by AACOMAS customer service. AACOM recognizes the need to streamline application policies and instructions, and we anticipate this new policy will ensure a fair, consistent, and transparent application process for all applicants.

In the upcoming 2017-2018 AACOMAS application cycle, applicants will continue to identify repeated courses during coursework entry, but they will no longer enter 0.00 credit hours for initial attempts. Credit hours for all attempts will be entered as they appear on the official transcript and all grades will be averaged. The AACOMAS application instructions will be updated in advance of the 2017-2018 application cycle to reflect this change in policy. We anticipate that this change will enable applicants to move through the coursework entry section of the AACOMAS application more quickly and with greater accuracy.

Effective May 1, 2017, applicants using the 2017-2018 application cycle Reapplicant feature in AACOMAS for matriculation into the 2018-2019 academic year must adhere to the new policy. Therefore, AACOMAS will automatically update previously verified repeated coursework to ensure all applications adhere to the new policy.

Osteopathic medical schools may continue recalculating and weighing applicant GPAs and repeated courses per their established admissions practices. The scope of this policy change is limited to the AACOMAS verified GPA calculation.


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