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One of the MD physicians I shadowed is writing me a letter, but I do not have DO one. I am going to have to shadow a new DO to get one. I have tried calling every DO in a 1hr vicinity to me and no one has allowed shadowing. Additionally, I even contacted all of the DOs in the town of my university because I would be willing to go there just to shadow and none of them have had space either. Should I keep trying? And maybe look at places 2hours away or would the MD letter be enough? Thanks!
 

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One of the MD physicians I shadowed is writing me a letter, but I do not have DO one. I am going to have to shadow a new DO to get one. I have tried calling every DO in a 1hr vicinity to me and no one has allowed shadowing. Additionally, I even contacted all of the DOs in the town of my university because I would be willing to go there just to shadow and none of them have had space either. Should I keep trying? And maybe look at places 2hours away or would the MD letter be enough? Thanks!

There are DO programs that require that letter unfortunately so if those select ones are ones that you want to apply to I would suggest to keep trying!
 

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There are DO programs that require that letter unfortunately so if those select ones are ones that you want to apply to I would suggest to keep trying!


I called the ones that do require it and most of them said that they would accept the MD as well, but then a few them were very vague and insisted that they could not tell us details until we applied. Which is kinda weird to me b/c does that mean that even if they require something they could overlook it or that they just want me to apply and pay then be rejected
 

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There are DO programs that require that letter unfortunately so if those select ones are ones that you want to apply to I would suggest to keep trying!

Andfor the ones that don't require it, how important is it still? I've heard a lot of ppl say that's it is still essential
 

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IMO, i would keep trying to find a DO and get that DO LOR. It'll save u the hassle of limiting your options of where you can apply and a lot of the DO schools ask about ur experience with osteopathic medicine, so it would be helpful to have some background to talk about, even though most DO's dont really use OMT or anything in practice
 
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    Andfor the ones that don't require it, how important is it still? I've heard a lot of ppl say that's it is still essential

    There's a lot of discussion on the topic. But I'm on the side of it being a high yield component of your application. A DO LOR can help an average applicant standard out a bit more, displays more commitment and interest in OMM/Osteopathic philosophy, and validates that you actually invested time into learning about how a DO practices. It also allows you the opportunity to during the interview discuss experiences and or perceptions when asked about why DO.
     
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    This has been discussed 1000X on SDN.

    This is akin to asking if you need another point or 2 on your mcat. Can you get in without it? Maybe at some schools, but how would you feel if you were right on the edge or waitlisted? Would you regret not getting one? Every school I interviewed at discussed my time with DOs extensively.

    Also, you need to be able to answer the question, "why DO?" Every year at this time weekly someone is completing secondaries or interviews and struggles with such and asks for advice on SDN. If you have shadowed a DO then that's easier to answer.

    I can't speak for all DO programs but the one at my university (well former university now) had a majority of applicants have DO letters.

    So read tips on getting in shadowing experience and get a letter if at all possible!

    Good luck!
     
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    While some schools require a DO LOR (mine doesn't) you'll always be helped by having one.

    One of the MD physicians I shadowed is writing me a letter, but I do not have DO one. I am going to have to shadow a new DO to get one. I have tried calling every DO in a 1hr vicinity to me and no one has allowed shadowing. Additionally, I even contacted all of the DOs in the town of my university because I would be willing to go there just to shadow and none of them have had space either. Should I keep trying? And maybe look at places 2hours away or would the MD letter be enough? Thanks!
     
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    I called the ones that do require it and most of them said that they would accept the MD as well, but then a few them were very vague and insisted that they could not tell us details until we applied. Which is kinda weird to me b/c does that mean that even if they require something they could overlook it or that they just want me to apply and pay then be rejected

    See, you should have asked them about something you know is essential to an application and used that as the control response. Like a LOR from a science faculty member who taught you. Then you can compare the degree of vagueness in each question.
     
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