What specifically is a academic program? Is that like working at a university as a professor?Vince said:From what I saw on the interiew trail, DO radiology residencies are at community hospitals so its much more about getting the work done and I think there are less didactics. Most of the teaching was at the viewbox and everything else was resident driven. Some of the equipment at DO hospitals isn't as advanced as the stuff you'll find at academic university MD radiology residencies. From what I saw, at the DO programs you don't really have a set month on Chest, etc....you just kind of do it all each day. Some argue that's great to get you ready for private practice. Others argue that its better to learn as much as you can over a month and that repitition helps you retain it.....I guess its just perspective and choice that you want out of your residency training.
I think it would be easier to go into academic radiology if you were trained at an academic program, and most of those are MD residencies.
I don't really think you're limited in your job opportunities. There are plenty of large group practices with a mixture of DO and MD radiologists. There are many DOs that have gone on to complete allopathic rad fellowships in neuro, VIR, MSK, even some that are interventional neuro trained as well...they are not nearly as common as their MD counterparts...but they do exist...just do a google search under osteopathic radiologist and you'll find plenty of webpages with MD/DO rad practices.hans19 said:I have no experience with osteopathic residency-trained radiologists. I think the vast majority of private practice jobs are with groups with people that did allopathic residencies. Most groups will look for ABR-boarded radiologists. I think anything other than that will severely limit your options at the end of training. Some one correct me if I'm wrong.
Therefore there is no advantage of doing an osteopathic rads residency over allopathic. Maybe its less competitive, but again, what good is that if your job options are limited?
I know of several DOs in allo residencies or that have trained in allo residencies. If you decide to go to a DO med school, I'd still recommend an allopathic residency.