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DO In state or MD out of state

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - DO' started by superseif, Nov 29, 2005.

  1. superseif

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    Hey guys... A hypothetical question...

    Say you wanted to stay in your home state with your family and friends and got accepted in your home state DO schools but not MD schools, say you got in a top 10 MD school out of state and one of the top DO schools in your home state (about 60% of class get residencies in state). Knowing the fact that it would be difficult to return to your home state after medical school and you would probably do residency where you attended medical school. What would you do?

    Also assuming that you are not looking for really competitive residencies, looking into Internal, Family, Peds, etc...

    Thanks
     
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  3. Canuck99

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    Do you want to been an MD or a DO? It should be based on this decision.
     
  4. Yes! The blood is in the water and the sharks are circling. This has the makings of yet another (drum roll please and deep voiced narrator) DO vs. MD thread.

    I bought popcorn and smuggled in some bin candy from the grocery store. I'm ready. :)
     
  5. MikeyLu2010

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    indeed..im ready as well..just sit back and relax
     
  6. superseif

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    Well I know many people face this situation and have difficulty deciding. I know one of my relatives chose DO over a good MD school out of state, and she's now doing GI residency at UCLA... Just wanted to get everyone's opinion... What would you do?
     
  7. jbone

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    Smuggled in licorice, it's in my pants. (still got the lucky jeans, Giant fit) :thumbup: :eek:

    Dude, seriously, a top 10 MD? There really is no competition. Basically every door will be open for you at the top 10. (go ahead, FLAME ME :sleep: )
    Congrats on the acceptances, DO and MD. Do what feels right. :thumbup:
     
  8. QuikClot

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    It's not a good idea to base everything in your life on where you want to get in your career. Friends and family are important. Home is a special place. So the smart thing is to consider all the things that contribute to your happiness, not just what letters you want after your name.

    Seven years is too long to be miserable. On the other hand, it's too short to let it define your entire career. So why do you want to be in state? Have you moved around before? Are you close with your family, or is it mostly them who would be unhappy to see you go? Are you really in love with your home, or just scared ****less at the idea of having to make a bunch of new friends in a strange place where no one knew you when?

    I respect your desire to stay put. I suggest you interrogate it closely, yourself, and decide how strong it is, and how healthy it is (it may be very healthy.) Then you'll be in the best position to decide whether any negative impact to your career goals is acceptable.
     
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    If you want to go into primary care only, then go to wherever is cheaper.

    If you want to specialize, you had better go to that MD school.
     
  10. superseif

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    Thanks a lot for your reply everyone, I really appreciate your comments...

    So would it make a difference to you if it is not a top 10 school, say around the 40s or so...
     
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    It shouldn't make a difference.
     
  12. -Goose-

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    this is not the case... anywhere.
     
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    I'm suprised OSUdoc, you've always been quite the DO advocate. It was my impression that DOs are just as capable in specializing as MDs are. Sure there are select few specialties such as Derm that may be slightly more difficult for DOs but the majority of specialties are equally open to DOs.

    All i'm saying is that going the DO route isn't making you a primary care doc.
     
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    the thing about location is that its basically gonna be three years in a place bare minimum because if you go the DO route you'll more than likely HAVE to out-rotate some in the clinical years and even if you go MD and don't have to, you CAN. so it's 3 years. i wanted to go live in arizona more than anything, so azcom looked like a great fit. however, with the reality of rotations there it's 3 years. or, i could stay in my home state w/ MD tuition and the degree...loans and the degree, two things that will be present in my life alot longer than 3 years...get some out-rotations 4th year in arizona or elsewhere (really would like to get out of where i live now!) and then do residency wherever i please w/ that MD (which is gonna help in terms of residency options, no one can dispute that)

    soooo point being....you have to weigh it all out. i did and it was just more sensible to stay instate, with the MD, then choose RESIDENCY based on location. (will probably not do something ultra-competitive). the point that you are stuck where you attended med school isn't true at all, you can go wherever you please if you have competitive scores for the field you want.

    i know your situation is a bit different with the DO being in state, but there's my 2 cents!
     
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    The DO route is going to be more difficult if you intend on specializing. If you are accepted to both, and you plan on being a specialist, it would be most beneficial to attend the MD school.

    You do realize the hypothetical was talking about a top 10 MD school.

    If you turn down a top 10 MD school for a DO school and you don't plan on practicing OMM, then you must have drain bamage.
     
  16. dr.z

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    You can go learn OMM once you get the MD degree as well if the OP is interested in learning OMM.
     

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