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I am been accepted by a D.O. School and potentially have interview with other MD schools. The DO school will save me significantly amount of money over 4 years, but I know little about the clinical training of the schools.

What do most of the current residents think of their DO counterpart? Is the DO necessarily at a disadvantage during the 3rd/4th year training and when they are applying for residency?
 

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I am been accepted by a D.O. School and potentially have interview with other MD schools.
Why is your status listed as a medical student? Are you transferring?

The DO school will save me significantly amount of money over 4 years, but I know little about the clinical training of the schools.
It is, overall , equivalent and identical to that of MDs, save OMM.

What do most of the current residents think of their DO counterpart?
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They are indistinguishable. Look - this is a pre-med discussion. There are good DOs and crappy MDs and vice versa. I've never met a resident or attending who gives a **** whether or not someone is a DO, as long as they are bright, reliable and hard-working. Having a sense of humor and being likeable is a bonus as well.

Is the DO necessarily at a disadvantage during the 3rd/4th year training and when they are applying for residency?
There are some programs where DOs are not as competitive for residency, but this is not across the board.
 

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Moving to osteopathic.
 

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Why would you apply to DO schools if you have truly have no idea what they are or what their education entails?
 

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You say that the DO school is significantly cheaper than the MD schools, so that means you got into either TCOM, OSU, MSUCOM, Ohio, or to a lesser extent LECOM. All of those are all considered good schools with the first 3>the last 2. You should have very good clinical training at these schools, but as always being a DO you will have more difficulty matching into ACGME residency programs...
 
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"You say that the DO school is significantly cheaper than the MD schools, so that means you got into either TCOM, OSU, MSUCOM, Ohio, or to a lesser extent LECOM. All of those are all considered good schools with the first 3>the last 2. You should have very good clinical training at these schools, but as always being a DO you will have more difficulty matching into ACGME residency programs..."

It's not any of those school, it's NYCOM, the one affilated with NYIT. I heard mixed reviews regarding the schools. But it will save me some money in term of living expenses. anyone from EM or IM worked with a NYCOM graduate and care to comment?
 

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It's not any of those school, it's NYCOM, the one affilated with NYIT. I heard mixed reviews regarding the schools. But it will save me some money in term of living expenses. anyone from EM or IM worked with a NYCOM graduate and care to comment?
NYCOM has clinical rotations that are equivalent to most MD schools. Assuming you do well academically, you will have no disadvantages during 3rd/4th year or thereafter. PM me for more info.
 

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The OP sounds like he lives close to NYCOM, and only applied there as a back-up school because it's close to him.
 
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I would not say back up in that sense, I have strong geographical preference and only apply to schools in the cities

The OP sounds like he lives close to NYCOM, and only applied there as a back-up school because it's close to him.
 

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Why is your status listed as a medical student? Are you transferring?
Many pre-meds start changing their status to 'medical student' once they have received their first acceptance. I agree that it may be considered a bit deceptive, but I don't think that's the intention - it's just people's excitement of having been accepted to a medical school. I remember last year I was one of the last MS0's to change my status (as people had started doing it months before me), but after holding out for a long time I finally caved in and changed it to 'medical student' a few weeks before class started. So yeah, it's best not to misrepresent oneself, but understandably one's pride of finally having made the cut starts to take over at some point (at least before all the work of actually being in school kicks in).
 

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Many pre-meds start changing their status to 'medical student' once they have received their first acceptance. I agree that it may be considered a bit deceptive, but I don't think that's the intention - it's just people's excitement of having been accepted to a medical school. I remember last year I was one of the last MS0's to change my status (as people had started doing it months before me), but after holding out for a long time I finally caved in and changed it to 'medical student' a few weeks before class started. So yeah, it's best not to misrepresent oneself, but understandably one's pride of finally having made the cut starts to take over at some point (at least before all the work of actually being in school kicks in).
I'm not doing it until the white coat ceremony ... which is the unofficial rule KIDS!!!
 

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You can call yourself a medical student once you start orientation (which for many schools is when the white coat ceremony)
 
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I changed mine already because a lot of people on the forums see "Pre-medical" and treat you with SEVERE DISDAIN. Bitches.

Either way, NYCOM has really competitive clinicals and, from what I understand, a pretty strong EM program. (I work in an ER, with 2 DOs who graduated from NYCOM)

Geography is part of why their clinicals are so strong - the NY metropolitan area has a whole lot to offer in terms of rotation sites.
 

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I went to NYCOM, It is very competitive clinically, and you will be very well prepared by the ICC before you step foot on a ward. As far as NYCOM's residency match lists, On average 80% of NYCOM students get into a specialty each year. NYCOM is known for doing well on boards and clinicals, and pumping out specialists. NYCOM also has a VERY strong EM program, Many good acceptances in that department, Johns Hopkins and many other level 1 trauma facilities are on the list.

As far ad DO disadvantages for residencies, not many exist, almost every speciality accepts DOs and Many with only taking the COMLEX. DO students can also apply to both osteopathic and allopathic residency programs...

Hope that helps!

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