So I'm in the middle of my 3rd yr on clinical rotations Try to setup Away Rotations for 4th yr. I have already encounter issues of allopathic/ACGME programs that outright said "we do not take osteopathic medical students for oto rotations", regardless what my credentials were. I find it kind of odd, where their associated hospital further away affiliated with the same allopathic/ACGME program that only offered primary care takes osteopathic medical students. Then i proceeded to look up NRMP matching data and charting outcome from last year. so only 1 osteopathic senior matched into otolaryngology out of 360-something spots. I have graduated with B.S. and Masters from First tier school, done a lot of research, did a lot of work for pharmaceutical company. Good grades in Osteopathic Med School. Honored Surgery and two other rotations that I have been on so far at Allopathic Hospitals with good letter of rec from Dept Chair. USMLE Step 1 was 225/94 I'll be taking USMLE Step 2 CK hopefully by Aug/2009 My C.V. is 2+ pages long with significant activities and experiences + past research/pubs So what are my chances? According to NRMP if i'm a allopathic u.s. senior i'd have at least 85% chance of matching somewhere (doesn't have to be brand name oto residency) with the stats i have. however, as grouped as "independent applicant" by NRMP (osteopathic, FMG, IMG) are all grouped as 1 has less than 5-8% chances of matching with the same stats. So what's really preventing me (who is a U.S. senior rotated at allopathic hospitals and received U.S. medical education and took the same USMLE) from matching to an ACGME oto residency? I'm planning on rotate at the programs I'm interested in. If you guys have some feedback of potential obstacles or is it a good idea/bad idea to rotate at the program i'm interested in? i would really appreciate it. Thanks Let's say , if I rotated at your program (resxn or the throat) with my stats as an osteopathic student and worked really hard and get along with most people, would I at least able get an interview/or be ranked at your program for match?