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A question for current DO students

Discussion in 'Medical Students - DO' started by NMH2001, May 20, 2002.

  1. NMH2001

    NMH2001 Ferret Momma 10+ Year Member

    May 26, 2001
    I am a pre-D.O. student and I am having a VERY dificult time 1.) finding a DO in my area and 2.) finding a DO willing to allow me to shadow him/her.

    I wanted to get some suggestions as to what methods you used to find a DO. I have already contacted the school in my state (NYCOM) and there is only one DO alumni in my area. I've tries the AOA website and the phone book!! HELP!!! :confused:
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  3. Dr Redcross

    Dr Redcross Junior Member 7+ Year Member

    May 12, 2002
    I can only assume that you are a student in the NY area. Have you tried the state AOA organization?? The one for NY is: <a href="" target="_blank"></a>
    If not, there are other state organizations listed on the Call them up!!
    Hope this helps!!!
  4. Claymore

    Claymore Yankees Suck 10+ Year Member

    Sep 25, 2000
    I would suggest starting with health care personnel (probably MD's) you know better, and seeing if they know any DO's you might be able to contact. Especially in NY, I would imagine many MD's will have had some experiece working with DO's in the past, and some might be friends/co-workers. If they can suggest a DO, they may also be able to help you get your foot in the door by making a quick phone call on your behalf. The DO might be more receptive once he's had one of his colleagues refer you to him, and he/she may treat you a little better. This is what I did, and it worked great for me. Good luck.
  5. SoCal

    SoCal Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    May 12, 2002
    Try posting this message on the pre-DO forum. You may get some more responses or opinions from people whom are also in the same boat. I am from NY, but living in San Diego now. I graduated college in Va. and just stumbled across a DO whom needed an office assistant. Good Luck
  6. Boris

    Boris Junior Member

    Mar 3, 2002
    New York
    I had a similar problem of finding a DO to shadow last summer. I just opened up the yellow pages and called up all the DOs that were listed. I explained my situation and asked if I could come in and volunteer. Most of the places said that they didn't need extra help, but one place told me to come in and I am still working there right now. Hope this helps. Good Luck!
  7. mddo2b

    mddo2b STOP PAGING ME....PLEASE! 7+ Year Member

    Apr 5, 2001
    Get a list of DO's from the AOA web site or the phone book. Explain to them your situation thats what i did. The physician brought me in for a pseudo-interview, liked my answers, asked for a resume an wrote me a letter of rec...the rest is history....If this does not work out, call NYCOM and see if yo could arrange a meeting with one of the physicians who work in the clinic on campus...perhaps you could shadow one of them...
    Dr. Brenda Connely works there, I worked with her at Long Beach Hospital where she is hew DME. She is a tremedous doctor who loves to teach and is a true advocate for students. I bet she might be able to help.....lots of luck.... <img border="0" alt="[Clappy]" title="" src="graemlins/clappy.gif" />
  8. Sweaty Paul

    Sweaty Paul Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Nov 5, 2001
    Kirksville MO

    Go to: <a href="" target="_blank"></a>

    This is the AOA's webpage and on the left of the screen you will see a button 'Find A D.O.' in your area or somesuch thing. I think you'll find that this will help in your quest.

    Sweaty Paul
  9. Dr JPH

    Dr JPH Banned Banned 10+ Year Member

    Feb 4, 2000

    Out of curiosity...where the heck in NY are you that you can't find a DO?

    Just curious...I live in CT (only ~ 250 DOs in the state) and I'm near several.

    Also, try checking website of local hospitals. They sometimes have a listing of their physicians and where they went to school.

    Also, try contacting NYCOM and explaining to them your situation. They may be able to help.

    Good luck.

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