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DO Shadowing not needed

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - DO' started by iceman132, Aug 19, 2011.

  1. iceman132

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    I found this thread a while ago... Can't seem to find it now.

    It's basically a list of DO Schools that DON'T require you to shadow a DO (I have only shadowed MDs)

    If anyone has it and could share that would be fantastic!
     
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    i know the thread you are talking about, and I am not sure where it is, but all of that can be found in the AACOMAS book on their website. Just read the secondary information and it will say if a DO letter is required.
     
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    Here it is.
     

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    Much appreciated!
     
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    You don't need to shadow a DO, just obtain a LOR from one.
     
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    Thanks, but I just think that I'll skip the ones that need a DO recommendation. (Just don't see the point since there are only 8 required)
     
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    Eh, I suppose that is true. However it does benefit your application.
     
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    I agree, there are 26 DO schools. It cuts it down to 18 and I'm sure the other DO schools would like to see it on my resume.

    If I don't get in this cycle I definitely see myself begging some DOs to let me shadow.
     
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    You can always submit your application with MD letter and find a DO to shadow while you wait for your interview invite. There was at least one school who would even let you submit a DO letter by the time you're accepted. And some schools ask in their secondary "Why osteopathic medicine?" or "What specificexperience/exposure have you had with osteopathic medicine?" This kind of question could also come up in the interview. Just my .02 cents.
     
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    Do you have an LOR from a MD? Many schools (>8) require an LOR from a physician (either MD or DO).

    Plus, while you can get into an osteopathic school without shadowing a DO, I kinda feel like you are shooting yourself in the foot. How do you think it looks to adcom's when they have a student applying a DO school and they haven't even shadowed a DO? I live in an area with very few DO's and I was still able to find one and get an LOR.
     
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    Why not try for a D.O.? It may be a good experience for you anyway... or not. Plus having that D.O. LOR can only help you. Don't discount a school just because they require a letter you may have to go out of your way to obtain. No use closing doors before the game really begins.
     
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    You guys may have convinced me lol. Definitely couldn't hurt to annoy a few DOs
     
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    I am shadowing DOs but even better is to start using a DO as your primary care physician. I've been going to MD's for years and am familiar with their practices. I figured since I'm applying to DO schools I should understand the patient side of working with one. I now have a DO as my primary care provider and I think it gives me an even better insight into the differences between MD and DO then just shadowing does.
     

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