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EM Residencies...and even others

Discussion in 'Clinical Rotations' started by realruby2000, Feb 4, 2002.

  1. realruby2000

    realruby2000 Senior Member
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    Jun 25, 2001
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    From what I've read on this board...most AOA EM programs suck (I'm sure there are a couple that might be decent). My question is, whats the difference if you go into a crappy program or a good one? What are the major benefits? I mean, dont you become an emergency physician either way? Is the pay different? Do you run the risk of being unemployed? or are you confined to a specific geographic region?

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  3. Freeeedom!

    Freeeedom! Senior Member
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    Feb 21, 2001
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    The differences between Allopathic EM programs and DO EM programs can be extensive, but they seem to focus on a few things.
    Allopathic EM programs are recertified/approved by the Residency Review Committee (RRC) which puts each program under strict guidelines for research, attending supervision, didactic time/week, academic projects, and exposure to peds EM/ trauma etc. In the DO world, it has far less strict guidelines.
    Few DO EM residencies are at level 1 trauma centers and virtually none have the same academic guidelines found in allopathic programs. Even fewer have board certified, EM residency trained docs as attendings.
    Allopathic EM programs have worked hard to legitimize the profession...to make it a complete specialty filled with academics/research/clinical expertise. It is taken VERY seriously.
    Some programs have dual accreditation, and those are strong programs.
    But as a whole, DO programs do not "suck". They just simply do not offer what 90% of MD EM programs offer. And, all else being equal...a candidate from an Allopathic EM program has a heads up on an Osteopathic candidate for the same job. It is competition.
  4. tedsadoc2002

    tedsadoc2002 Senior Member
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    Aug 30, 2000
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    In response to the last part of your question, yes you are almost "confined" to programs that are east of the Mississippi River. Most of the programs are in Michigan and there are some in Pennsylvania, NY, NJ, Florida, Ohio, and Illinois (Chicago). (Sorry if I left out any other states)
    Check the emra website at <a href="http://www.emra.org" target="_blank">www.emra.org</a> it has a complete listing.

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