can an MD-DO couple apply for residencies together?

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  1. diggintheDOs

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    hey everyone,

    apologies if this topic has already been touched on. i'm applying to DO schools and my fiance is applying to MDs b/c he wants to super-specialize and it makes the most sense for him; i know they allow couples to apply to residencies together, but will they allow that if one is a DO and the other is an MD? obviously, we're not expecting to be at the same hospital or anything, but the same city/region would be very nice. any insight is appreciated!
     
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  3. TexasTriathlete

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    What, exactly, is your question?
     
  4. box29

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    It's called couples-match...

    http://www.nrmp.org/res_match/faq/us_seniors_faq.html#7

    Can couples use the R3 System?

    Each partner of a couple enrolls individually in the Match and indicates in the NRMP R3 System that they want to be in the Match as part of a couple. The NRMP allows couples to form pairs of choices on their primary rank order lists, which are then considered in rank order in the Match. The couple will match to the most preferred pair of programs on the rank order lists where each partner has been offered a position.

    U.S. Seniors
    Couples

    Each partner of a couple enrolls individually in the Match and indicates in the NRMP R3 System that they want to participate in the Match as a couple. The NRMP allows couples to form pairs of choices on their primary rank order lists, which then are considered in rank order in the Match. The couple will match to the most preferred pair of programs on the rank order lists where each partner has been offered a position.

    Couples can be matched into a combination of programs suited to their personal needs. In creating pairs of programs, couples can mix specialties, program types (preliminary or transitional, categorical, and advanced), and geographic locations. The partners can be matched into positions in the same institution or in different institutions. Examples are shown below.

    http://www.nrmp.org/res_match/special_part/us_seniors/couples.html

    Couples Rank Order List

    Each partner must have the same number of ranks. Each program ranked must be paired with an active program or by an indication of "No Match" (NRMP Program Code = 999999999) by the other partner, which means that one partner is willing to go unmatched if the other matches to a position in the program designated at that rank.

    If a partner's rank is for an advanced position, a supplemental rank order list for that program also must be prepared by that partner, unless the required first-year program already has been completed. If both partners choose advanced positions, each must prepare separate supplemental rank order lists. The choices made should be geographically acceptable to both partners. If both partners match to advanced programs, their supplemental rank order lists are not treated as a unit in the Match. The coupling function is done only for the primary rank order lists of the two partners. Any supplemental list will be considered individually and not paired with the partner's corresponding supplemental list. (See example below: Couple's Rank Order List of Paired Programs).
     
  5. GreenShirt

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    Yes. You would both do the allopathic couples match together (there is no osteo-allo couples match though so you both have to be apply for ACGME programs).
     
  6. DrWBD

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    If you're both participating in the NRMP Match, you should be treated equally. There is no regard to whether you are a US MD, DO, or FMG.

    The next logical question, though, might be whether you being a DO might negatively affect his chances of matching to a competitive residency in the couple's match. That's something I would ask the NRMP directly.
     

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