In continuing with a poll I have in the Allopathic forum... I am curious how many of you allopathic hopefuls consider osteopathic schools a back-up plan, provided your allopathic endeavors are without success.
I did not apply to any osteopathic schools, but I have a lot of respect for people who apply because they want to learn osteopathy and land in an osteopathic practice. There are some great schools and residencies out there. I realize though that there are a lot of space fillers in osteopathic colleges, graduating physicians that serve as subsitute primary care doctors, lower in calories and preservatives than their allonothing peers.
If I struck out in this admissions cycle and had to reappy, would I appy DO? Probably not because I want to keep some options open (some avenues in contemporary medicine clash with the philosophies of osteopathy, and then osteopathy clashes with the philosophies of some residency directors).
If you come from a family of osteopaths, if you come from a state where the thing to do is become an osteopath, or if you want to practice traditional osteopathic medicine, emergency medicine, or something that doesn't make you look like you stole a seat in med school away from someone with a greater appreciation for osteopathy, then rock on.
I think you should add an extra category to you poll. There are some Osteopathic schools that I would choose over several of the Allopathic schools. Not 100% sure on this one, but it would defenitely be considered after the interviews.
Something to think about. DOs make up only 5% of the physician population in the US yet they serve 10% of the US public. The reason is most DOs enter into primary care while most MDs specialize.
As the number of primary care DOs increases, more MD specialists will have to respect and befriend primary care DOs in order to get referrals and more business. Not only that, the amount of DO schools is increasing. Two new schools are opening this coming fall at TUCOM-LV and LECOM-Brandenton. The power of the DOs is growing stronger each year.