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Areas where DOs are well-known?

Discussion in 'Medical Students - DO' started by KDocGirl, Oct 31, 2001.

  1. KDocGirl

    KDocGirl Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Sep 24, 2001
    I just got accepted to some DO schools. Although I am excited about getting started, I am a bit worried about becoming a DO and patients not knowing what a DO is. This is probably because I am from the west coast, where DOs are not heard of too often. Which states or areas around the country are DOs pretty prominent?
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  3. BADunning

    BADunning Member 7+ Year Member

    Apr 27, 2001
    From all I read and hear, Michigan is the most D.O. friendly state.
  4. Ohiobuddhist

    Ohiobuddhist Member 7+ Year Member

    Oct 17, 2001
    Athens, Ohio
    Ohio and West Virginia are pretty DO friendly. Ohio has a lot of them, but WV has ridiculous malpractice for MD and DO physicians, so I wouldn't look toward practicing there unless they fix their system. :p
  5. John DO

    John DO A.T. Still Endowed Chair 7+ Year Member

    Jun 19, 2001
    Tampa Bay, FL
    Anywhere you find rural communities, for the most part. Obviously, Missouri (the founding state) is not only DO friendly, but often DO-demanding! Oklahoma and Arkansas both offer good opportunies, also. I think you'll start to see a trend that DOs are most accepted in pockets around the country with DO schools at the epicenter. The influence radiates outward, but it usually takes a few years to see the effect.
  6. Smokey223

    Smokey223 Member 7+ Year Member

    Jun 26, 2001
    NY and PA
    savvy-congrats on your acceptances! :) I currently work at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Pennsylvania. This hospital is almost 50% DO's which is a huge contrast to when I worked in Albany, NY. In the community itself, almost every family practice office is run by DO's. Lehigh Valley is about 50 minutes north of PCOM, so I believe that areas near DO schools and states with DO schools will be more DO friendly. That's just my opinion.

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