MD or DO Residency for Ultra-competitive specialties?

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I decided to post this message on a couple message boards here at SDN in hopes for some advice.
I have been thinking about ortho and derm residencies, but the match is ultra-competitive. The DO residencies would be "easier" to get into than the allopathic ones simply because of less students competing for each spot. That being said, what is the real difference between the two types of residencies when it comes to job opportunities? I know allopathic residencies are known for their better training, but does it make a difference when applying for positions in private practice groups? i.e. Will a group of MD orthopedic surgeons be more willing to hire a DO if he got his training at an allopathic program?

Any thoughts or experiences would be appreciated.


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In the real world, I know there would be reluctance of an established allopathic ortho group (or general,vascular,thoracic,plastics,etc.) to hire somone who did their training @ an osteopathic program. In areas where they might have trouble recruiting someone for whatever reason, they prob. would take who they could get (a lot more options in general surgery right now for anyone finishing though). For primary care fields, I think there would be less of an issue about where you trained except for some of the more exclusive groups who might only hire someone from certain allopathic programs.

BTW I don't know that allopathic derm is by neccessity more competative. The small # of osteopathic spots makes it a pretty selective group as well I imagine.