Maybe you wanted to add to the thread that was talking about this instead of making a new thread?Originally posted by subtlewonder
I don't understand the reasoning behind the above comments...Just because new DO schools are being built and in nice sunny locations...that devalues the degree? If anything, the opening of DO schools is a good thing. It means that our profession is expanding and will gain more recognition. Only 7% of physicians now are DOs! Secondly I think its good that they are opening schools in underserved areas that also happen to be nice places to live...who wants to go to school in Wyoming or Idaho?
Originally posted by DORoe
I think their point is finding good people to teach at these institutions is going to be difficult. I agree expanding the profession seems good at first, but the more I think about it the more I'm not sure. As has been stated the # of good DO residency's is not equal to the number of graduating DO's which forces more people to go into allopathic residency's. Now this can be debated, but if the AOA wishes to keep the distinction between DO and MD it does not serve them well to be sending so many people into MD residency's. More than likely these DO's will adopt a more MD approach (whatever that means) and will lose their DOedness (i think i invented a new word here). Plus I really don't think that Florida is an underserved areas they have a lot of medical schools in that state already. I think that these schools are going after the $ on this one. For example when I think of LECOM I know that a lot of people don't go to school there because of the horrible weather. LECOM thinks "You know if we opened up a school in a more favorable locale we could get these students that don't want to live in Dreary Erie." So they open the Bradenton campus. I guess we will all have to wait and see how the education is down there I have heard that some good prof's are moving there so it should be ok.
Originally posted by Boomer
If these schools have TRUE teaching hospital affiliations, then I see nothing wrong with opening them.
However, I suspect this will not be the case, and students will find themselves stranded come 3rd and 4th year.
Honestly, until the AOA can provide quality clinical training sites for DOs (i.e. good residencies), then I don't understand why they continue to allow the establishment of new schools and campuses.
Originally posted by subtlewonder
Yeah, you're right Bigmuny. Since MD programs are far more superior everyone here should seriously question becoming a DO, especially at these new schools and should only strive for MD programs. These new schools will be horrible and working in a community hospitals will not give us the necessary experience we need. We'll probably all fail, waste our money, and won't pass the boards. Man, I'm so glad that I ran into you.
Bigmuny talking to a patient in 10 years...."hmm, it appears that you have a small mole on your arm....however, I wouldn't even bother trying to remove it because it's probably malignant and the cancer has most likely spread throughout your body. Have you considered filing for a life insurance policy?"...
I will say one last thing to everyone...Listen up people, if you want to become good doctors and have the will and determination, you can go all the way (especially if you've made it this far). The same way that new institutions have been criticized in the past (including Andrew Still's first osteopathic school), they will be criticized today. Follow your dreams and have faith. Some people in this world gain pleasure from trying to discourage others and pointing out the worst instead of focusing on the good.