Ok, I have yet another dilemma. I'm applying EM, but I don't know whether to do the DO or MD match. I've heard different things from 2 different attendings, advising me to do different things. Here's my story: Went on 4 DO interviews (turned down 7)... would only rank 1 DO program out of 4. This particular program was in my favorite geographical location, had some of my favorite people, but there's some things that aren't quite ironed out in the program yet. What are these things? Well, the trauma out-rotation is rocky becuase the hospital they wanted to send the residents to hasn't struck a deal yet, Peds is same situation as trauma. Some off service rotations have also been rocky since this is the first time other services in the hospital have had residents. AOA requirements aren't quite filled, which is easily changed. The EM residency is the only residency at this hospital and it's fairly new. I loved the people though, and loved the location. The problem is that it doesn't quite have all the resources I'm looking for in a residency (aside from the above mentioned, i.e. EMS observation, not very academic). I was told that they loved me and want me to come there, and I know if I were to rank them in the DO match, they would rank me and I would go there. Basically, I have a spot. Went on 10 MD interviews, would rank about 7 or 8/10. My top 3 choices overall would be in this match. I just don't know what my chances are at actually matching at these places, being DO student and all (2 of them are ridiculously competitive.... my #1 and #2, that typically don't take DOs). My faves are everything I want in a residency academically and are well-established programs. The people and locations I would be happy with. I just don't want to end up not matching. I've recieved 2 different pieces of advice: 1. Do MD match, "You'll match, don't worry. Your training is the only training you will get and you don't want anything left out, so going to a place that you know will prepare you will be better. You have to think of your education first". ----Now I agree with this. But I can't reiderate enough that I'm completely terrified of not matching. TERRIFIED. Yes, I've looked at the statistics a million times. I'm still freaking out. 2. Do DO match because "You know you have a spot at a place you like even though it's not your top 3, and your residency is what you make of it and no matter what you know you'll be an ER doc at the end. It's competitive, you should go where you get in". ----This fuels my fear of bypassing the DO match to go into the allo match... and not matching. Should I do it? So what the hell should I do????? I haven't slept in like 3 days. I feel like crap, and I hate the fact that this process has messed with my head as much as it already has. I need a vacation.