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Increasing number of DO schools

Discussion in 'Medical Students - DO' started by normalforce, May 1, 2007.

  1. normalforce

    normalforce 10+ Year Member

    Jun 5, 2003
    What do you all think about the rapidly increasing number of DO schools? Good? Bad?

    I think increasing the # of DOs is a good thing, but maybe we should be emphasizing increasing the # of good osteopathic residency training programs first?

    I would like to hear your opinions.

    If you didn't know, there are 3 more DO schools opening their doors within the next year.

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  3. miglo

    miglo Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    May 20, 1999
    As someone already said in the PreDO forum, too much growth too fast.

    Expanding class sizes without increasing rotation/residency spots = BAD.
  4. mikeyb01

    mikeyb01 2+ Year Member

    Mar 12, 2007
    I recently spoke with the Director of Student Affairs who said that the deans of allopathic medical schools are beginning to get anxious because the numbers of well-qualified DOs and FMGs matching to ACGME accredited programs continues to trend upward. It is getting to a point where they feel we (DOs & FMGs) are beginning to limit the options for the graduating seniors of US MD schools.

    Evidently, they have looked at a number of potential solutions including a match for just US MD seniors. Unfilled positions would then be offered to DOs and FMGs through a second match.

    With the exception of pre-matches, I'd imagine something like this would virtually elimate our best students chances of matching to top-notch programs as we have in the past. What's more, this is at a time where there are already more DO graduates than there are AOA-approved slots for post-graduate training – a disparity that appears to be getting larger.

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