Can any DO people currently applying to/currently in Los Angeles/West coast residencies help me?


2+ Year Member
Aug 12, 2015
Medical Student
So I've ravaged this site in terms of finding advice for LA area DO friendly residencies that are also good feeders into fellowships, but I didn't find any recent threads. I've checked the websites for most of the residencies and they don't give much information on whether the residents are DO/MD and I also wanted to get an honest opinion from people on here.
That being said:
I'm currently a MSIII in a DO school in the east coast, originally from SoCal. My goal is to get a residency in the Los Angeles area, the ones I love so far are CHLA (top choice), Kaiser LA, UCLA, and UCLA Harbor. (I'm planning on doing another away at USC LAC to see how I like it). Which of these programs would you say are fairly receptive to DOs given decent ECs, letters, and board scores? (I don't want to give my board scores on SDN).
I'm also open to residencies on the west coast as well, I'm looking into OHSU in Portland for example.
any advice is appreciated!


Child, Adolescent & Adult Psychiatrist
10+ Year Member
Aug 20, 2006
San Francisco
Attending Physician
WesternU COMP grad here. I did my MD psych residency out-of-state & MD child psych fellowship in SoCal. I can only comment on primary care & allopathic psych residencies in SoCal, but my classmates and other DO grads were in all the places you mentioned above as well as Orange County Kaiser, UCI, Loma Linda, Riverside, & UCSD. I don't have any specific knowledge about osteopathic programs here, but I recall my classmates matching very well for SoCal family medicine; and a good number of my classmates in Arrowhead San Bernardino County ER, IM, FM, Ob, Surg, and NeuroSurg. The other successful MD or DO SoCal primary care matches that I recall are Ventura, Northridge, UCLA Oliveview, UCLA Santa Monica, UCLA Kern Bakersfield, CA Hospital LA, Kaiser Woodland Hills, Kaiser Fontana, White, Glendale Adventist, PIH Downey, Chino Valley, and Pomona. I don't know of any DO residents at LB Memorial or Miller Women & Children, and only a few at UCLA main campus. Again, I don't know about the USMLE/COMLEX requirements, the quality of these training programs, but only the geography...if you are committed to an osteo education, then OPTI-West programs might be a good way to go. Or if you have more interest in an allopath education (no one should fault you, we are all equals now :)) the FREIDA AMA Online search will be your guide. Good luck!
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