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Can a DO become a surgeon?

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Drrrrrr. Celty

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      No, article 32 section E states, " AOA education ( Medical school +residencies) are primarily tenured towards serving areas in which are deficient in primary care. DO education should seek to produce Diplomats of Osteopathy that will act primarily as Family Medical doctors and manipulators of bones, surgical skills shall be taught but will be only a slight on the curriculum, which will focus almost entirely on primary care and family and longitudinal medicine."
      Pretty much speaking you have 0 chance of becoming a surgeon from a DO school, the AOA actually has 0 surgery positions and looks very badly upon surgery as a whole. It is consider invasive and unnecessary procedures that can in almost all situations be subsituted for OMM/OMT.
































      Yes, you can become a surgeon and there are plenty of DO and MD residencies that will accept you.
       
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            More like wizardry, with a dab of 18th century alchemy.

            Here the info that you need (I was able to wrangle it up from google) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osteopathic_medicine_in_the_United_States

            In some cases though, DOs have gone on to become the highest level of pokemon master, higher than MDs... don't let anyone tell you it can't be done!

            Remember how Jesus could cure leprosy and let the lame walk again just by placing his hands on their heads?

            OMM, nuff said.
             

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              This kid is great. Probably a high schooler who has no idea what the medical path consists of. I mean go look at his threads. Stop posting and go do some research. My god you are special /rant
               
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                No, article 32 section E states, " AOA education ( Medical school +residencies) are primarily tenured towards serving areas in which are deficient in primary care. DO education should seek to produce Diplomats of Osteopathy that will act primarily as Family Medical doctors and manipulators of bones, surgical skills shall be taught but will be only a slight on the curriculum, which will focus almost entirely on primary care and family and longitudinal medicine."
                Pretty much speaking you have 0 chance of becoming a surgeon from a DO school, the AOA actually has 0 surgery positions and looks very badly upon surgery as a whole. It is consider invasive and unnecessary procedures that can in almost all situations be subsituted for OMM/OMT. QUOTE]

                You shouldn’t give so much false hope about career possibilities for DOs. While DOs are indeed forced into OMM laden family practices, you failed the OP by neglecting to mention that only a select few are actually deemed qualified to practice family medicine, while the rest 90% of DOs will almost certainly end up working in the janitorial arts with the elite pursuing fellowships in sanitary engineering.

                Haha, sorry. I don't know very much about DOs at all. So is it a religious belief or something?
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                  I shadowed a very successful general surgeon (is that redundant?) who is a DO. Even during the short period of time I was there a prospective patient flat-out told him she was going to find an MD instead. He took it in stride.

                  That's just like I had a 98 year old man who refused to be transferred to me because I am a female doctor (I took over a practice from a retired male doctor) and he didn't believe that women should be doctors. To each his own. It's the same being DO, there are those who just personally don't want to be seen by you for whatever reason.
                   

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                    How hard is it? If you apply for residency will they give MDs first choice over DOs? Will you receive appropriate training in DO school?

                    I'm betting... that this guy is just now realizing he doesn't have a high enough MCAT or GPA to apply to MD schools, so he's rushing to find out everything he can about DO schools because he "really wants to be a surgeon" (because he thinks he can make lots of money)

                    OP... you'll get all the answers you want MUCH faster if you just do a search. You're never going to get direct answers from us, since all your questions have been beaten to death in other threads. Top right: Search.

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                      God I hope they don't let DO's become surgeons, the only reason why I am going this route is to avoid blood......

                      Haha, I guess in your mind, only surgeons touch blood ?? Terribly wrong.

                      Yes, more than 50% of D.O.s pursue the primary care. And the rest become specialists including surgeons. And FYI, even family physicians are required to be able to perform many routine procedures involving blood (e.g. the most common one: clean, sterilize, stitch wounds). Many family physicians (Yes, D.O. family physicians) also deliver babies and deal with emergency situations, especially in under-served areas.

                      Assuming you have the maturity required by health professions (e.g. research the facts before openly making a claim), if you feel uncomfortable with blood, you will not survive the 3rd, 4th year clinical rotations (not mention the at least 3 years of residency training). and I seriously doubt you can never be a qualified physician.
                       

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                        Haha, I guess in your mind, only surgeons touch blood ?? Terribly wrong.

                        Yes, more than 50% of D.O.s pursue the primary care. And the rest become specialists including surgeons. And FYI, even family physicians are required to be able to perform many routine procedures involving blood (e.g. the most common one: clean, sterilize, stitch wounds). Many family physicians (Yes, D.O. family physicians) also deliver babies and deal with emergency situations, especially in under-served areas.

                        Assuming you have the maturity required by health professions (e.g. research the facts before openly making a claim), if you feel uncomfortable with blood, you will not survive the 3rd, 4th year clinical rotations (not mention the at least 3 years of residency training). and I seriously doubt you can never be a qualified physician.

                        :whisper: I think he was kidding...
                         

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                          I'm betting... that this guy is just now realizing he doesn't have a high enough MCAT or GPA to apply to MD schools, so he's rushing to find out everything he can about DO schools because he "really wants to be a surgeon" (because he thinks he can make lots of money)

                          OP... you'll get all the answers you want MUCH faster if you just do a search. You're never going to get direct answers from us, since all your questions have been beaten to death in other threads. Top right: Search.

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                          I think that guy in the back seat has either a pacifier or a ring pop
                           
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                            Can they become anesthesiologists, or radiologists? Which sticky can I find out what a DO can become?
                            The short answer to your question is YES. The long answer to your question, do a search and you will find yourself very, very surprised at the "inferior DO" (per some posters and pre-meds, please note not real physicians or higher level medical students).

                            The sarcastic answer is nahhh not at all, DOs use Jedi Master skills so don't require anesthesia for procedures, radiology to see fractures.....
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                              Can they become anesthesiologists, or radiologists? Which sticky can I find out what a DO can become?

                              In short, D.O.s can become specialists in any specialty in medicine.
                              Here is a link of the AOA residency training opportunities (for D.O.s only, MDs are barred from it): http://opportunities.osteopathic.org/search/search.cfm

                              Also, if desired, D.O.s also have the option to match in ACGME residencies (MD residencies). However, for some very competitive specialties such as neurosurgery and dermatology, ACGME usually directors prefer their own graduate MDs to DOs.

                              Hopefully it helps.
                               
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                                :thumbup::thumbup: This

                                And ring pops can have a variety of bases!

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                                Yeah, sure ring pops apply for white base residency like the pacifer in that guy's mouth mentioned a few posts above. But do you normally see them matched with the white base? The short answer is no.

                                Matching is a competitive process, and I'm afraid ring pops are usually destined to be matched with the generic blue base, to be sold in stores in undesired parts of the US. The white base program directors normally reserve the spots for pacifiers

                                Duh
                                 

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                                  In short, D.O.s can become specialists in any specialty in medicine.
                                  Here is a link of the AOA residency training opportunities (for D.O.s only, MDs are barred from it): http://opportunities.osteopathic.org/search/search.cfm

                                  Also, if desired, D.O.s also have the option to match in ACGME residencies (MD residencies). However, for some very competitive specialties such as neurosurgery and dermatology, ACGME usually directors prefer their own graduate MDs to DOs.

                                  Hopefully it helps.

                                  I looked on the website and they did have anesthesiology :)
                                   

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                                    Yeah, sure ring pops apply for white base residency like the pacifer in that guy's mouth mentioned a few posts above. But do you normally see them matched with the white base? The short answer is no.

                                    Matching is a competitive process, and I'm afraid ring pops are usually destined to be matched with the generic blue base, to be sold in stores in undesired parts of the US. The white base program directors normally reserve the spots for pacifiers

                                    Duh
                                    I have heard of white base program directors at John Yale Hopkins that have taken ring pops.
                                     

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