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How realistic is a match as a D.O.?

Discussion in 'Medical Students - DO' started by A-DOG, May 1, 2000.

  1. A-DOG

    A-DOG Member 10+ Year Member

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    I was just wondering how feasible it is to match in a Osteopathic or Allopathic residency for dermatology and psychiatry as a D.O. I've heard derm. is particularly tough.
     
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  3. turtleboard

    turtleboard SDN Advisor 10+ Year Member

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    This is just my opinion, but a DO matching to an osteopathic residency in derm is probably tough, making an allopathic match to derm nearly impossible. There are tons of MD students going for allopathic derm programs, and still a bunch of them fail to match every year. I can't imagine the chances are any better for DO students going for an allopathic prorgam.

    As for psych, it's relatively easy on both sides, so a allopathic-trained DO psychiatrist wouldn't be uncommon a site at all.


    Tim of New York City.
     
  4. travisco

    travisco Member 10+ Year Member

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    I work in an allopathic derm dept. as a PRA.
    I've been told that there is virtually no chance for me to match in an allopathic residency in derm as a DO student. It is a mixture of supply and demand as well as DO/MD politics. However, if you are serious about wanting to be a DO in an MD derm residency, go into the military and do a military derm residency. The military views DOs and MDs equally so you would be considered based on your individual merits rather then the letters after your name. Does anyone know how DO derm residencies rate when compared to MD derm residencies?
     
  5. turtleboard

    turtleboard SDN Advisor 10+ Year Member

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    From my understanding, most DO postgrad programs are based in "community hospitals," which generally are thought to be less competitive than "university-based" programs.


    Tim of New York City.
     

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