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Orthopaedic as a DO?????

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - DO' started by Mr. Eastern Medicine, Jan 8, 2002.

  1. Mr. Eastern Medicine

    Mr. Eastern Medicine Member 7+ Year Member

    Oct 11, 2001
    Hello. I just want to know if you could become an orthopaedic surgeon as a DO.
    If yes, is it harder to get a residency spot in orthopaedic than MDs?

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  3. Freeeedom!

    Freeeedom! Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Feb 21, 2001
    I am a ninja
    You are premed right? DO's, if they choose to do so, have their OWN residency system. So there are orthopedic residency programs specifically for Osteopathic residents. They tend to be in smaller hospitals which are not university affiliated.
    Some DO's choose the allopathic ACGME programs...and this has been historically more difficult for DO applicants to match with. Especially surgical programs. I am doing the allopathic match.
  4. IceDoctor

    IceDoctor Junior Member 7+ Year Member

    Oct 22, 2001
    In regards to the Orthopedic question, I am in the same boat. I am desiring to be an orthopedic surgeon as well through the D.O. route. The mentor I am shadowing is a D.O. and is an orthopedic surgeon who completed his residency at an osteopathic program and then proceeded onto a post doc fellowship at an allopathic institution. In regards to his knowledge, he is one of the top orthopedists here in the Cincinnati area as he not only combines what he learned in residency but uses the OMT training as well. Many patients tend to feel that the OMT training, especially in orthopedics, is a helpful tool. I hope this added some insight to your inquiry.
  5. Kadyra

    Kadyra Will drive for music. 7+ Year Member

    Nov 22, 2001
    Glendale, AZ
    I read on AOA's website today that they did away with the orthopaedic match and you now have to apply to individual hospitals for residencies. Has anyone else heard about this or have any more information? AOA kinda glossed over it on the site...
  6. Monkey5555

    Monkey5555 Junior Member 7+ Year Member

    Oct 10, 2001
    not sure about the residency stuff, but i have 2 family friends who are both orthopedic surgeons (both DOs) in florida. don't know where they went to school or anything either. in post is utterly uninformative aside from the fact that, yes, DOs can become orthopedic surgeons. :rolleyes:
  7. Jalopycat

    Jalopycat 10+ Year Member

    Apr 20, 2001
    A D.O. did my hand surgery a couple of years ago. It's my guess that is a common practice, along with family medicine and ER.
  8. rickmyster78

    rickmyster78 Member 10+ Year Member

    Aug 22, 2001
    Syracuse, NY
    According to AOA, there are 800 DO orthopedic surgeons in the US. That's just the ones that are registered with the AOA database. There are more that are not registered of course. Does anyone find this number too small?
  9. Popoy

    Popoy SDN Super Moderator 10+ Year Member

    Apr 22, 2001
    During our Osteopathic Principles and Philosophy course, we were told that in a few years that Osteopathic Orthopedic Surgeons will outnumber Allopathic Orthopedic Surgeons.... As far as the exact reference to this, unfortunately I cannot remember. Some of the OMM fellows at DMU-OMC have become Orthopedic Surgeon Residents.... And there's more to come.

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