good question -- i don't know what to think about those, but all the do schools seem to have tons of them. my thought is that it's a mix. some people didn't match and wound up doing a transitional year. other people going on to specialties might be listed just as transitional/traditional year instead of listing both that the their second year specialty match.
That makes since exlawgirl. KCUMB has a 98% pass rate on the boards which is very respectable compared to TCOM's 95%. I'm still concerned, but I guess thats the reality of going for a DO program. I was looking at NYCOM which has a really impressive match list. Didn't list any traditionals either.
There are 5 states that still require a 1 year traditional internship to be licensed as a DO. The schools in those states (inl PA and 4 others that I can't remember, but NY is NOT one of them) will usually have lots of students doing them because of this requirement. Many specialties require a prelim/transitional, etc year before they officially start at the PGY-2 level, so the DO traditional internship will fulfill this requirement for many.
btw...to the best of my knowledge...a traditional internship is kind of like a continuation of the 3rd/4th years of medical school, in that you rotate through all of the major specialties for a few months at a time....only now your responsibility level is way up as you are a Doctor...
okay....traditional match is continuation of your 3rd 4th year, but with more reponsibility?
same question, what distinguishes traditional and transitional? are they equivalents except traditional match is requirement for DO certification and transitional match is only prelim for certain specialties?
which specialties require this traditional/transitional year?
95% passing rate? They told me it was 98%...hmm....maybe I heard wrong