You should apply to DO if your stats are at median for MD or less.I had everything lined up and ready to apply for MD programs first and then planned to wait a few weeks and apply to several DO programs. However, the AAMC has not received or processed my transcripts as expected and it looks like it may be a while before they do so. The ONLY thing holding up my application verification is AAMC processing the transcripts.
This along with several other shortcomings with the AAMC has me seriously reconsidering my MD path- DO was my second choice however, my AACOMAS has already received and processed my transcripts and the application is ready to go. I am really impressed with AACOMAS.
Anyone else in the same boat with trying to time their MD/DO applications appropriately? Issues with the AAMC have really delayed everything and I am frankly discouraged with their application process. Thoughts??
If this is sufficient to discourage you, you are in for a rough ride (with either degree!).Issues with the AAMC have really delayed everything and I am frankly discouraged with their application process. Thoughts??
If this is sufficient to discourage you, you are in for a rough ride (with either degree!).
I am the AAMC's chief critic but I don't let that keep me from the work I cherish.
4) Geography and life issues necessitate sticking close to home and thus the nearby DO school.Not really inclined to divulge publically where I attend. I like the school I attend a lot. I've felt I've gotten a good education and faculty and administration are generally very nice. I certainly don't regret my choice.
You really need to figure out how you learn best and see if the school fits your style. For me, I like watching recorded lectures in the privacy of my home and doing things at my own pace. Maybe that's right for you or maybe you'd be really into some discussion based PBL format. I did not want to deal with putting on a show at this stage.
I wouldn't go DO because AMCAS sucks. MD offers way more opportunities. The DO path is ideal if:
1) you are a borderline MD student. The "3.5/510" sorts who are not quite good enough but who worked too hard to risk an SMP, or your first cycle had bad results.
2) you were a poor student and are going the "redemption" path.
3) you are interested in OMM for some reason.