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Anyone not doing AOA internship

Discussion in 'Medical Students - DO' started by H&E, Mar 25, 2002.

  1. H&E

    H&E Junior Member
    7+ Year Member

    Jun 27, 2001
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    I'm interested in hearing from those of you not doing the AOA internship.
    It's looking as though it may not be in the cards for me either as it would tack on
    an addition year to complete my postgraduate training. This extra year means
    further loan interest accrual and defering becoming an attending which also means
    one more year living on resident's salary. I am curious as to if there are any options regarding
    special dispensation to still get licensed in the 5 AOA internship requiring states without
    having done an internship. Furthermore, in the last issue of JAOA an article discussed how
    there is a shortfall AOA internship slots relative to number of graduates of DO schools.
    The numbers were something like 1800 spots vs. 2500 graduates. However all 1800 slots
    do not fill since many DO grads jump right into ACGME Residencies. My point is how can
    the 5 internship-requiring states continue to do this when theoretically there are not
    enough spots for all DO graduates to enter an AOA internship? Essentially they are denying
    licensure on the basis of not doing an internship when this option is not available to
    all seekers? Guess I wouldn't be an anal med student if I didn't write such a long topic intro.

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