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So I'm an hs student and just had a question about DO students taking USMLEs and how COMs sponsor them.

Since most (if not all) DO schools sponsor their students to take step I, and I think step 2, and the MD degree is obtained by passing the 3 steps, then would DO schools sponsor their students to take all 3 steps and obtain the MD degree (say step 2 [cs & ck] during year 3) and take step 3 during year 4 (most MDs take it during intern year with ~2 weeks of on and off studying so shouldn't be too hard for 4th years)?

Is this a viable way to obtain an MD degree or is more then just the USMLEs needed?


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A MD school grants a MD degree and a DO grants a DO degree. DO's used to have to take the USMLE to apply to the MD only residencies, but a new residency system is being put in place by 2020 to combine the old MD and DO residencies. Many DO students will continue to take the USMLE in thought that the old MD residencies will only look at their USMLE score (among other things). Both can select any field of medicine they want.

This thread should be moved to the Pre-Medical DO boards.
 
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A MD school grants a MD degree and a DO grants a DO degree. DO's used to have to take the USMLE to apply to the MD only residencies, but a new residency system is being put in place by 2020 to combine the old MD and DO residencies. Many DO students will continue to take the USMLE in thought that the old MD residencies will only look at their USMLE score (among other things). Both can select any field of medicine they want.

This thread should be moved to the Pre-Medical DO boards.

No need I'll close it


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So I'm an hs student and just had a question about DO students taking USMLEs and how COMs sponsor them.

Since most (if not all) DO schools sponsor their students to take step I, and I think step 2, and the MD degree is obtained by passing the 3 steps, then would DO schools sponsor their students to take all 3 steps and obtain the MD degree (say step 2 [cs & ck] during year 3) and take step 3 during year 4 (most MDs take it during intern year with ~2 weeks of on and off studying so shouldn't be too hard for 4th years)?

Is this a viable way to obtain an MD degree or is more then just the USMLEs needed?


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The United States Medical Licensing Exam is used for licensure, not the granting of degrees.
 

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The United States Medical Licensing Exam is used for licensure, not the granting of degrees.

So what designation does an FMG have who passed these exams (say, from India; with an MBBS) to practice in the US?


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Nvm I got It... I'm dumb


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So what designation does an FMG have who passed these exams (say, from India; with an MBBS) to practice in the US?


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They have an MBBS degree. Depending on the state, they may be permitted to use the "MD" designation in ads, cards, coats, etc. for simplicity as they have an "international equivalent" degree, but their degree is MBBS. As far as I know, no state permits a DO to claim to be an MD. In fact, its something actively opposed by the AOA.

At my institution (possibly in my current state?) I see the MBChB, MBBS, etc. degree designation all over.
 

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Yeah, I wasn't implying that COM graduates should plaster 'MD' at the end of their name, instead of 'DO', I was just under the [wrong] impression that the MD degree was obtained by passing the USMLEs; I know now that the MD degree can only be obtained by graduating MD school (so under my previous judgement, COM grads would have both DO and MD designation as they graduated COM school and passed the USMLEs).
 
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