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DO applying West Coast ACGME

Discussion in 'Anesthesiology' started by TheOther, Sep 5, 2017.

  1. TheOther

    TheOther 2+ Year Member

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    Appreciate any insight that can be offered. My stats:

    -Top quartile
    -USMLE Step 1: 239
    -COMLEX Level 1: 644
    -2 research pubs
    -SSP (wannabe AOA for DOs)
    -Lots of ECs
    -Originally from CA

    Only included ones I know/heard are (relatively) DO friendly, here are specific programs. If you know if any others, I'm all ears.
    SoCal programs - Loma Linda, UCI, Cedars Sinai (excluding Riverside and Kaweah since I feel more confident with them)
    Norcal programs - UC Davis
    PNW programs - OHSU, UW, and Virginia Mason

    Thanks!
     
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  3. abolt18

    abolt18 I regret nothing. The end. 5+ Year Member

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    Only CA program I applied to was Loma Linda. Interviewed there and I loved the program.

    My scores were all marginally higher than yours, but pretty similar. No research.
     
  4. TheOther

    TheOther 2+ Year Member

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    Anyone else able to provide input?
     
  5. Scotty_G

    Scotty_G Junior Member 10+ Year Member

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    UW takes a bunch of DO's every year
     
  6. TheOther

    TheOther 2+ Year Member

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    Yeah! Noticed this on their website. Any ideas on the caliber of these applicants?
     
  7. OldGregg

    OldGregg ASA Member 5+ Year Member

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    Based on my n=1 I’d reckon you’d get an interview at UW, considering the folks I rotated with.
     
  8. Hrdrock

    Hrdrock 2+ Year Member

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    Wondering the same thing. I’m a DO as well, with nearly identical stats (238/765) applying this upcoming cycle. I talked to one of our graduates and she said she interviewed there with a 220ish step 1 but didn’t match. But they do require at least a 240 on step 1 to apply for a sub I there, which kinda sucks.
     
  9. SaltyDog

    SaltyDog Keeping the Forces of Entropy at Bay 10+ Year Member

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    Top tier CA would be really tough (UCSF, Stanford, UCLA, UCSD). Perhaps a decent shot for mid/low tier CA programs.
     
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  10. TheOther

    TheOther 2+ Year Member

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    Dang, had no idea about the 240 cut off.
    Thanks for the input! Any thoughts on PNW programs?
     
  11. SaltyDog

    SaltyDog Keeping the Forces of Entropy at Bay 10+ Year Member

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    UW, VM, and OHSU are very solid programs. I have no idea about competitiveness or DO friendliness though.
     
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  12. TheOther

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    Gotcha. I know there are DOs at both UW and OHSU. Would these be considered mid or top tier?
     
  13. SaltyDog

    SaltyDog Keeping the Forces of Entropy at Bay 10+ Year Member

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    That's a very subjective question. What do you want to do after residency? Do you want a PP job in the PNW that is staffed with a bunch of UW and OHSU grads? Then they are probably considered top tier. Do you want a research faculty position at MGH? Then they are probably mid tier. You smell what I'm steppin' in?
     
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  14. TheOther

    TheOther 2+ Year Member

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    Absolutely. I see you. Thanks for the perspective :)
     
  15. BLADEMDA

    BLADEMDA ASA Member 10+ Year Member

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    I like your list but add some more "mid tier" programs. This should include Mid tier in the Midwest to increase the probability of you matching at one of the programs.

    How about New Mexico and Arizona? Both programs accept DOs.
    https://anesthesiology.unm.edu/directory/residents.html

    Directory - Residents/Fellows | the Department of Anesthesiology
     
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  16. TheOther

    TheOther 2+ Year Member

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    Appreciate your input, Blade! My final list will definitely include mid tier programs from the Midwest and East coast too. The list I've been putting together with the wife consists of ~60 programs atm including a broad spread of "mid/low tier" spots. Our preference is here on the West. But knowing how fierce the competition is, I wanted to gather thoughts from veterans on my stats as a DO.
     
  17. yanks26dmb

    yanks26dmb 7+ Year Member

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    any idea where UC irvine fits into all of this?
     
  18. TheOther

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    I know they interview DOs. They have one on their roster, but not sure how up to date it is. From what I've gathered, they're pretty mid (possibly even low) tier as far as CA programs go.
     
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