Originally Posted by Ahockey21
I have been pre-accepted into Nova Southeastern for Fall of 2013. I have yet to apply to other schools and am currently in the process of doing so.
With this pre-acceptance I can apply for the military HPSP program and pretty much guarantee my acceptence into that. If I wait the scholarship becomes more competitive.
I do not care what intials come after my name only that I have available every opportunity I would like to explore. I know DO's can do every MD does but what are my chances of getting specialties in surgical areas, interventional rad and card? If I choose Nova (which I really like) am I forfetting oppurtunites?
Also I am only 21 I could always do grad school or a 2nd bachelors and go to an MD school but I am excited for Nova and ready to be done with undergrad.
When you do HPSP, you most likely do your residency through the military. So your chances of doing those specialties depends on a combination of your board scores and available spots in the military/chances of deferment.
I suggest taking a year off. Starting medical school in the Fall 2013. Take the boards COMLEX and USMLE. Do well in them and when it comes time for residency you first go through the military match. If you dont match, you get deferred into civilian. Chances are, unless you do something uber competitive, you do your residency through the military.