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Chances of DO students for residency spots

Discussion in 'Clinical Rotations' started by healer2be, Oct 22, 1999.

  1. healer2be

    healer2be Junior Member 10+ Year Member

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    I know there are DO and MD residency spots. What is the difference between them? and if focused on primary care, does it matter which type I go for?
     
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  3. prefontaine

    prefontaine Senior Member 10+ Year Member

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    There are AOA and ACGME residencies (not 'DO and MD').

    Generally speaking, the ACGME residencies have higher standards.

    Opportunities tend to better if you are ABMS BE/BC, so yes, it probably does make a difference.

    Of course, you can always do both.
     
  4. healer2be

    healer2be Junior Member 10+ Year Member

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    Thanks for the reply. However I am unsure of the what the acronym ABMS BE/BC stand for. Also,do I need to concern myself with the standing of the DO School regarding residency or just rely on my own board scores,etc.

    Please post reply.
     
  5. prefontaine

    prefontaine Senior Member 10+ Year Member

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    Board eligible/board certified

    ABMS is the gold standard and often considered to be the only BE/BC that counts (by hospitals, medical centers, etc).

    The DO school doesn't make that much difference. ACGME res dir rarely make much of a distinction between the schools...they tend to group them together.

    Studies indicate that board scores are weighted low on the list of what ACGME res dir look for when ranking applicants. ~7 out of 10, if I remember correctly. When I was applying, I told them that I passed and never provided the #s and I did not sit for part 2 until after the interviews. It did not matter. AOA programs tend to be more concerned about board scores, though I did not apply to any. This is what my classmates relayed to me.

    Get Isserson's book on 'Getting Into A Residency', it explains most of what you need to know.
     

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