Nov 4, 2010
I was considering applying for the DO/MS programs that are available, but I was wondering about a few things...

1. If we don't get into the DO/MS program, are we still considered for the DO program itself separately?

2. What are the benefits of having an added MS degree. Would it only aid if one were interested in doing research? Or would it also help with things like getting into residencies and what not?
Jun 8, 2010
1) Most of the programs I have seen that offer the DO/MS degrees want you to apply for the MS program after your first semester, so the applications say something to the effect of, "Would you be interested in the combined DO/MS/MPH/PhD/DDS, etc. degree program?" So, usually you need to get in to the DO program first. However, I have seen programs where you can apply to both at the same time and the application states that they are separate committees that are reviewing applicants, so you might get accepted to the DO, but not the MS.

1) This depends on what you get your MS in. There are a number of options, so really this depends on your interests and the schools options of programs. I can only say that I doubt having an MS in addition to your DO will hurt you in your future... ;) Clearly it shows additional education, but then again this all depend on what you are planning on doing after med school and if you feel that the MS would help you get there. I'm sure the additional education will be looked upon favorably by PD's, but whether or not it will make the difference in your application is a very subjective thing.


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How a MS will affect you or what opportunities that are available is very dependent on what your MS is in. Some hypothetical examples I can think of: MS in nutrition may supplement your medical education and may be a way to attract some business if you were a private FP or something. And MPH may help you if you're interested in administration or public policy. A hard science MS will give you research experience, so your research skills and acumen should be stronger than someone who didn't do it, but not necessarily. Its all what you put into it. Hopefully with an MS you'd also get your name on publications, which would help out your CV and make you more attractive to research teams/groups or for writing low-risk/low-value grants until you have some lead author publications.