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for those applying to both DO and MD programs

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - DO' started by cutes, Jun 2, 2002.

  1. cutes

    cutes Member 10+ Year Member

    May 31, 2002
    Pikeville, KY
    If you are applying to both types of programs, what do you say in an interview when they ask you why you are applying to both? I would greatly appreciate your help, because I plan to apply to both because I really want to go to med. school but I don't know what to tell them in an interview and I have heard of them asking people in the past. Thanks so much!!
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  3. Student247

    Student247 Member 7+ Year Member

    Sep 28, 2001

    I would just tell them the truth. Tell them your reasons for applying to both and hope that the person(s) interviewing are reasonable. I was also thinking of applying to both. I'm completely sold on the Osteo approach to medicine and therefore plan to apply to more osteopathic programs. But the truth is most DO programs have a greater tuition fee which amounts to more debt in the end, so I plan to apply in addition to DO schools to some MD programs which are less in tuition. I am curious, though, how one could state this in a personal essay without sounding foolish.

  4. AntGod22

    AntGod22 Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Feb 9, 2001
    Why even tell them. They dont know you applied to DO or to MD
  5. cutes

    cutes Member 10+ Year Member

    May 31, 2002
    Pikeville, KY
    This is my dillema (sp?) exactly!!! I have no idea what to do!!! I know the osteopathic manipulation works because I go to undergrad at Pikeville College where PCSOM is and have had it done. I also know that the tuition is kinda steep. What to do?
  6. DOtobe

    DOtobe 10+ Year Member

    Dec 12, 2000
    Pittsburgh, PA
    When I applied to medical school a couple years ago, I applied to both MD and DO. I only think it came up once where I applied. And all they asked was, "Where else did you apply?" and that was the end of it. I think most DO schools know that a lot of students apply both MD and DO.

    If that question were to have come up in my interviews, I was prepared to say something to the effect of, "Well, I know medical school is very difficult to get into, so I thought applying to as many schools as possible would increase my chances of becoming a doctor." I think something along those lines would work.

    Good luck! :D
  7. AnnaMags

    AnnaMags Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Dec 21, 2001
    Kansas City
    Which is more important--the amount of money you spend to become a good doctor or learning all the right tools to be the best doctor you can be? If you truly believe in OMT I would think you'd want to have that available for treating your patients. I know the amount of money it takes to go to medical school is huge, but when there is a difference in prices, it may be worth it for you to be happy and learn the most.

    Good luck in your decisions. Eventually as you go to interviews you will get a feeling of where you are supposed to be. Listen to that feeling.

    University of Health Sciences
    Class of 2006
  8. drchris33

    drchris33 MSIV 7+ Year Member

    Jan 25, 2002
    Grand Blanc, MI
    I also applied to both last year. My numbers were not the best (MCAT); I didn't even score an MD school interview.
    If I was asked the "Why both types of schools" question, especially at a DO school, my response was going to be:
    "in the beginning I didn't care what school I went to; just as long as I was admitted. But the more I researched the DO philosophy and such, I definitely would go the DO route". This is the truth, by the way; I am so glad I am going to the University of Health Sciences this fall.
    If I was asked the same question at an MD school, I really don't know what my response would have been!

  9. jhug

    jhug 1K Member 10+ Year Member

    Nov 11, 2001
    Valley o' the sun
    be sincere, they will see through you if you aren't <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" /> I told my interviewers that i had applied to both because the acronyms that follow my name are secondary to me. I will not go DO just because it's DO just as i will not go MD just because it is MD. I will go where i will be best trained in the art of medicine. If this institution can provide for me the education and training to take me where i want to go, i'll attend. It was usually at this point that my interviewer started to sell the school to me-- that is a sweet moment!

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