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DO vs MD for Primary Care Sub-specialty


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    In general, graduating from an MD school will give you more options upon graduation--all else being equal. However, if you go to a DO school and do well, you will certainly have attractive options open to you.


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      Does MD vs DO matter for fellowships in internal medicine? I was really interested in hem/onc and I was not sure if it matters if I go MD or DO.

      It matters first that you get into medical school. If you dont have either MD or DO than the fellowship is a moot point. And you target medical school based on GPA/MCAT and the rest. You cannot target MD or DO based on a perception and reality that in 6-8 years down the road. So if you are a weaker candidate who gets fixated on fellowships and MD, you could find yourself wonder in 30 years why you never became a doctor.

      Besides 6-8 years from now the now combined residency systems will likely lessen the impact of MD DO
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