Osteopathic applicant for MD anesthesia with red flag

Discussion in 'General Residency Issues' started by AZnash89, Jul 31, 2015.

  1. AZnash89

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2015
    Messages:
    5
    Likes Received:
    0
    Status:
    Medical Student (Accepted)
    Hi there, long time lurker with a general residency question. I am a new fourth year student at an osteopathic program hoping to get an allopathic anesthesia residency next year. I believe that overall I am a fairly competitive applicant. My stats are:

    Step1: 238
    Step2: taking in a month
    Comlex1: 740
    Comlex2: taking in a month
    Sigma Sigma Phi member
    Rank: 15/150
    Research: During my Master's Degree
    Over 100 volunteer hours
    Leadership roles in various school organizations
    3rd year clerkship grades: all honors except surgery and one pediatric month was pass

    However, I do have a red flag that I am worried about. In 2012 I was given a minor misdemeanor disorderly conduct citation. I was acting as a designated driver in a car that was subsequently stopped, searched, and marijuana was found. I was not found to be intoxicated, and the drugs didn't belong to me, but because it was my car I was given an extra citation for disorderly conduct. I paid the fine along with the speeding ticket fine so I was technically convicted. It was technically a civil citation, no jail time, and it was expunged one year later.

    I am not trying to justify my actions in anyway, I know it was dumb. I told my medical school since it occurred right after I was accepted and they pretty much didn't care. It has never shown up on a background check, but im 100% certain that I will have to report it under misdemeanors for ERAS.

    Since then I have tried everything I could think of to overcome this blemish. I was the president of the addiction medicine club at my school, I cosponsored a volunteer event that teaches at risk teens the danger of peer pressure and drug use, and ive already scheduled three elective rotations to MD anesthesia programs.

    Assuming I can get the standard 5-10 point bump on step 2, am I likely to match at an MD program if I apply broadly? From what ive read it seems like when there are relatively minor offenses many PDs are willing to look the other way, but I know anesthesia is a little more sensitive to drug related charges than most. Thank you for all of your help in advance, ive been agonizing over this for three years and I would love some advice or peace of mind.
     
  2. Doctor4Life1769

    Doctor4Life1769 **tr0llin, ridin dirty**
    7+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2008
    Messages:
    34,260
    Likes Received:
    901
    Status:
    Resident [Any Field]
    I think you'll be fine
    My former program took someone who had a DUI expunged
     
    AZnash89 likes this.
  3. aProgDirector

    aProgDirector Pastafarians Unite!
    Moderator SDN Advisor 10+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Oct 11, 2006
    Messages:
    7,896
    Likes Received:
    6,003
    Status:
    Attending Physician
    You're worried about nothing.
     
    AZnash89 likes this.
  4. AZnash89

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2015
    Messages:
    5
    Likes Received:
    0
    Status:
    Medical Student (Accepted)
    Thats awesome news aProgDirector, I have been worried about how it might affect me for a long time. They originally wanted to charge me with possession but that was dropped, so the only conviction for disorderly conduct is what I will report. Thanks for the encouraging words!
     

Share This Page