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.