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Discussion in 'Medical Students - DO' started by rhillstr, Dec 2, 1999.

  1. rhillstr

    rhillstr Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Mar 2, 1999
    Downer's Grove, IL
    I read in the Iserson book that if you do an allopathic residency, you lose affiliation with AOA and that in some states (which?) you cannot obtain licensure (without AOA's A-0KAY). I have also heard that you can get an AOA approved allopathic residency but it's very hard and can only be done under extenuating circumstances. What are the facts here?
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  3. togo

    togo Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Sep 2, 1999
    In short, what that means is that if you ever wanted to go back and teach at an osteopathic school you couldn't.
  4. UHS2002

    UHS2002 Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Jan 11, 1999
    This is my take on the situation:

    The problem is not doing an allopathic residency but not having done an osteopathic rotating internship. For several reasons, which were discussed elsewhere on this board (you may be interested at looking at the past postings), it is very hard to do a rotating internship and then an allopathic residency (the problem is funding). But if you do your residency without having done a rotating internship, then you haven't fulfilled the AOA requirements for your licensure as a DO. No big deal in most states but 5, you just go ahead and apply for your license to the local medical board.

    The kicker is really in obtaining licensure in the 5 states where there are 2 different medical licensing boards, one for DOs and one for MDs. Because you didn't do a rotating internship, the DO board doesn't want to license you and because you are a DO and not an MD the allopathic board cannot license you, even though you may have done an allopathic residency. It is a political thing.

    As for membership in the AOA, it should not be an overriding concern. Your ability to obtain a license to practice medicine is much more important (isn't that a beautifull understatement?!). I don't know if a person who does an allopathic residency can join the AOA but I don't see why not. This person is still licensed to practice as a DO. In the unlikely event that it is indeed the case, just join the AMA!

    Again, if you don't do a rotating internship you cannot practice medicine in 5 states. That is it! Strictly speaking, it has nothing to do with the kind of residency program you do. You could always do your rotating internship and then do an allopathic residency and be licensable in all states, although this is an unlikely scenario.

    By the way, the AOA is not going to award hardship exemptions anymore. The decision was just made recently. A couple of recent classes were grandfathered in and can still apply for it, but I am not sure if the class of 2001 can, and I know for sure that my class, 2002, will not be able to. This was done because a decision was made to recognize the 1st year of an allopathic residency as fullfilling the requirement for the rotating internship, AS LONG AS it provides the equivalent training (very unlikely, so it seems a moot point to me).

  5. Elizabeth

    Elizabeth Junior Member 10+ Year Member

    Nov 24, 1999
    DuBois, PA
    do you know which 5 states have this requirement? thanks
  6. OMD 2

    OMD 2 Member 10+ Year Member

    Aug 27, 1999
    Kirksville, MO, USA
    The five states include Penn, Michigan, Florida, Louisiana and one other...[duh!]...but check me on the last one!

    As a matter of fact, ANY state that you feel interests you as a potential place to settle, I would recommend contacting them to ascertain their requirements. Also, bare in mind that these requirements change and not infrequently as I understand it. Another thing, the rotating internship requirement for these five may not be completely set in stone...I have been told there are ways to circumvent the stipulation...again, I have no confirmation on this.

    Try reading J. Weiss' book: The Definitive Guide for DOs Seeking MD Residencies. I know, the title nor the text are without content and/or semantic is still a great preface to those of us who plan to enter the NRMP match as independent candidates [all US-DO school grads are lumped into this class].

    Old Man Dave
    KCOM, Class of 2003

    Nothing Risked, Nothing Gained!!

  7. prefontaine

    prefontaine Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Nov 27, 1998
    Northern Liberties
    MI, PN, WV and OK. FL usu accepts an ACGME PG-1, if the same rotations as an AOA general internship are successfully completed.
  8. SD

    SD Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Feb 1, 1999
    Prefontaine- could you expand on the FL issue? Do you know any more details of it?
  9. prefontaine

    prefontaine Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Nov 27, 1998
    Northern Liberties
    Expand in what way?

    As UHS2002 noted, it might be a moot point, if the AOA does end up accepting ACGME PG-1 years, where the equivalent rotations are completed. It seems odd to me that they might not accept GME of a HIGHER quality.
    Of course the AOA is not known for making sense.

    After contacting the AOA three times for an application (and not receiving it) for approval of an ACGME PG-1, I decided to let my AOA membership expire and forget about AOA BC. Perhaps one of my "admirers" on this forum tipped them off!

    Anyway, what details are you interested in?

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