Which degree is better for US competitive residencies? (Plastics, Optho)
I think it'd be hard too. But I do know there are some standouts each year from the Caribbean that match ophthalmology--there's an SDNer who recently matched LSU-New Orleans from Saba and SGU has a few matches over the past few years (I'm less aware of how other foreign med schools match with specialties like ophthalmology). Of course, these are extremely rare. And I thought I read somewhere that there are osteopathic ophthalmology residencies too (and maybe plastics???), but I'm not sure about that. At any rate, it probably makes the most sense to try to get into a US allo school if one wants an uber-competitive allo residency.DrMom said:Probably neither is better. You're going to have to be a top-notch student during MS1/2 and have great step 1 scores either way. (which, by the way, are the same kind of standards that the US MDs also need to meet to have a decent chance at a competitive residency spot)
Well that's interesting. My best friend is an MS-II at SGU and he has a lot of friends who wished they had gone the DO route. I guess the grass is always greener on the other side.raptor5 said:If DO wasn't your first choice go foriegn that way you won't be a disgruntled DO student that bitches about every OMM class. Not saying you would but I see it all the time and I have heard some say that they wish they would have picked Ross or SGU b/c they hate OMM.
My recommendation would be to get an MD even if you have to go foreign. Whether it is warranted or not, there is a stigma attached to the DO degree, especially in surgical and subspecialty programs.
raptor5 said:You can hide the Caribbean MD degree in your closet and lie and say you went to Harvard and you are doing FP b/c you like it. With a DO degree you can't always hide it.
Actually I have heard a foreign degree has a larger stigma surrounding it than a DO degree. Talk to old MD's, and there's a stigma surrounding DO's. Talk to old DO's, there's a stigma surrounding MD's. Talk to the generation that is part of this new age of medicine, it doesn't matter, unless the person is an ignorant prick with something lodged very deeply up his/her rectum, possibly making its way to the splenic flexure.JAMMAN said:My recommendation would be to get an MD even if you have to go foreign. Whether it is warranted or not, there is a stigma attached to the DO degree, especially in surgical and subspecialty programs.
Anybody that hides his/her degree is a very pathetic person.