DO and Ophthalmology

Discussion in 'Young Ophthalmologists' started by Docsted, Apr 6, 2012.

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  1. Docsted

    Docsted Banned Banned 5+ Year Member

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    Is it possible to do Ophthalmology as a DO physician?
     
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  3. Shnurek

    Shnurek Banned 2+ Year Member

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  4. RestoreSight

    RestoreSight 5+ Year Member

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    Yes it is possible. There are DO ophthalmology residency programs and DO Physicians also apply and match to allopathic residency programs. The difficulty is that you have a much smaller pool of available residencies to choose from. Ophtho is already a very competitive field. This year there were approx 430 available allopathic spots and the match rate for US Seniors was about 75% or so. There are about 110 or so allopathic residencies in the country, but you will not be looked at by 2/3 of them because you are DO. That said, I personally went on 15 interviews at a range of programs and a few lower tier programs had DO physicians on staff.

    You will need exceptional grades, have to take both the comlex and the step exams and score very well, and research is a big plus. Its not impossible, but certainly its an uphill battle.
     
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  6. OphthoBean

    OphthoBean Member 10+ Year Member

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    Hi. I am a DO and an ophthalmologist.

    If you are in California, you can meet many of my colleagues who will be meeting for our 96th Annual Clinical Assembly in Indian Wells, CA from May 9-13.

    Or check out aocoohns.org for some information.
     
  7. Docsted

    Docsted Banned Banned 5+ Year Member

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    You guys have been incredibly helpful. Thank you so much! Its my passion in life, I hope I can get there someday. I look up to you guys big time.
     
  8. Silent Cool

    Silent Cool Member Banned 10+ Year Member

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    OpthoBean,

    Where did you do your residency?

    thanks
    -sc
     
  9. OphthoBean

    OphthoBean Member 10+ Year Member

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    I trained in Detroit at MSU-COM Detroit Osteopathic Ophthalmology Consortium (POH/St. John).
     
  10. Duh Doi

    Duh Doi

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    You can, but you shouldn't since the DO programs are inferior in all the ways that count.
     
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  11. Gandalf the Pearly Gray

    Gandalf the Pearly Gray 2+ Year Member

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    Always inspiring when experts like yourself offer such gracious advice on how others should live their lives.
     
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