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Discussion in 'General International Discussion' started by shakia, Jul 12, 2002.

  1. shakia

    shakia Member 7+ Year Member

    Jun 30, 2002
    I got in to both NYCOM (DO School) and SGU (carribean), which o is a better option? thanx for ur comment.:confused:
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  3. DOnut

    DOnut Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Dec 17, 2001
    New Orleans, LA
    Definitely NYCOM!!!!
  4. Dr. MAXY

    Dr. MAXY Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Mar 13, 2002
    Tulsa, Oklahoma
    DAMN CAN'T YOU MAKE UP YOUR MIND....... it's like Tupac said...everywhere I go, I see the same question.

    Maybe I should spell it out for you.

    N Y C O M
  5. Winged Scapula

    Winged Scapula Cougariffic! Staff Member Administrator Physician Faculty Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 15+ Year Member

    Apr 9, 2000
    hSDN Member
    This same topic has been rehashed a number of times over the last few years. The overwhelming consensus is to choose a US school, ANY school, over a Caribbean school. The "stigma" against DOs ranges from noticeable to non-existent across the country but is greater for IMGs (even though, it is generally a problem for pre-med and med students rather than residents and practicing physicians or your patients).

    Your life will be much easier should you choose NYCOM.
  6. drusso

    drusso Physician Moderator Emeritus Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 10+ Year Member

    Nov 21, 1998
    Over the rainbow
    My experience is that it is still DO's hands-down respect-wise. Even in MD hospitals...
  7. 1. NYCOM
    2. Yes, many do care and do take the time to find out where you went to medical school and where you did your residency. You'd be surprised how much patients know about their doctors these days -- especially since this information is now so accessible via the internet. I've found that patients do much more research than we give them credit for.
  8. ApacheIndian

    ApacheIndian philomath 10+ Year Member

    Apr 3, 2002
    Boy am I gonna get it for this lol...

    I'd pick SGU in a hearbeat.
  9. drusso

    drusso Physician Moderator Emeritus Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 10+ Year Member

    Nov 21, 1998
    Over the rainbow
    Why? The red-tape, the hassles, the high tuition, the third-world living conditions? What motivates your opinion?
  10. ApacheIndian

    ApacheIndian philomath 10+ Year Member

    Apr 3, 2002
    The "M.D."
  11. kittyjuice

    kittyjuice Member 7+ Year Member

    Jun 23, 2002
    cali i superficial? id pick an MD over a DO in a friggin heartbeat.

    DO is not as marketable...thats just bottom line. if you want to establish a private practice as a DO you will get a lot more people asking what the hell a DO is. Especially with certain foreign communities in the US.

    Also, from my very limited understanding, DO's only practice in the United States, right?

    So from my limited and ignorant understanding, a DO cant really practice anywhere else in the world?

    ok, flame me...haha
  12. Skip Intro

    Skip Intro Registered User 10+ Year Member

    Apr 29, 2002
    In my experience, there is no stigma at all, whether it be DO or MD (US IMG flavor) or whatever once you're out there working. Although I'm probably starting to sound like a broken record, I've worked with all kinds of doctors and no one gives a rat's behind what you are, where you got, or what your motivations for becoming a doctor were in the first place provided you do your job and do it well.

    For example, the principal investigator at one of my best clinical sites, during a pancreatic cancer study I managed a few years back while working in the Biotech industry, was a DO. He managed 9 clinical sites (CCOP - Clinical Community Oncology Program) and was responsible for overseeing every aspect of the study at his trial center. No one ever questioned his authority, no one looked down on him, and he was also perceived as somewhat of an authority in the area with regards to clinical oncology.

    I couldn't agree more.
  13. stephew

    stephew SDN Super Moderator Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    Im a bit dismayed that a moderator would suggest that there is a real "conventional wisdom" about SGU vs DO (I am using SGU since I am from this school and I accept that not all IMG school are equal- there are very shifty ones out there. I am not excluding all other IMG school however). Kimberly no doubt believes what she says, and she posts intelligently, but I must respectfully disagree with her.

    In the past DOs had a clear advantage in Ortho and ER. Not so for ER anymore and not so clear for ortho. In my discussion with program directors, it seems to be that program directors will have their own biases; some know and like DOs, some SGU students.

    In either case, a prog director knows both an SGU student and a DO student went that way because they failed to obtain a spot in a US med school (please, no flames about the DO philosophy and I wont bore you with the odd IMG who thinks their "international education" was a better option than US based allopath school). After that, they will rely on what they know of the program the applicant comes from and the applicant. In sum: anyone who feels that "-------- is the ONLY way to go dude!" really is covering a lack of objectivity with volume. Its just not that obvious.

    All the best,
    SGUSOM '99

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