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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - DO' started by BamaAlum, Sep 18, 2001.

  1. BamaAlum

    BamaAlum 10+ Year Member

    Jun 5, 2001
    I have a dilemma. I am in the process of applying and I lack only my physician recommendation to have my file complete. Here's the problem: I have an M.D. who I have known for quite some time and I know would right me an excellent rec. But I know that most schools either require or PREFER to have a D.O. rec. I could shadow a D.O. at this point and get a rec., but there is no way he can get to know me as well as the M.D. does, not to mention the delay it would cause in completing my file. Is it better to get the D.O. rec just to have a D.O. rec. or to use a rec. from an M.D. who knows me better?
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  3. johnthestreak

    johnthestreak master of disaster 10+ Year Member

    Aug 29, 2001
    inside your head
    hey yea, i'm in the same boat. i'm thinking of just going up to some DO's office and just asking him for a rec.
  4. Amra

    Amra A Quiet Voice of Reason 10+ Year Member

    Jun 20, 2001
    South Beach, Florida
    Well, if the MD knows you that well, have him send a letter. DO preferred - good MD helps!

    An idea: call the osteopathic schools that you are applying to and ask if they have an alumni practicing in your area. Then call the alumn and set up a time to see them.

    Hope I helped!
  5. innerpower

    innerpower Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Jan 23, 2001
    Chino Hills
    They do prefer to see a letter from a D.O. but it's not absolute necessity.

    I've gone w/o a letter from a D.O., and I had no problem getting into my first choice school. (Western U/COMP) :D

    If you're sure that you can get an excellent rec letter from an M.D., use that letter.

    It's much better to have a great rec letter from an M.D. than a very superficial letter from a D.O. who barely knows you.

    By the way, if you haven't shadowed a D.O. yet, you should definitely do it!

    It's something you can mentione on your secondary and also on your interview.

    It'll not only look good on your application, but it's a great way to see a D.O. in action.

    Good Luck w/ your applications!
  6. sport

    sport Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Aug 29, 2001
    Eugene, OR
    I actually submitted both a letter from a DO and an MD. I may be in a special situation since I work with an MD. A DO that I shadowed offered to write me a letter after only one afternoon, he said that schools look at the letter as an initial evaluation from someone in the DO community that would like to call you a colleague....I don't know if that helps, good luck :D

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