RadsDO, excellent post and advice. Some thoughts re that post and some others:
I matched at Barnabas this year, you got mostly everything right about the program, I'll just comment on the "resident morale" portion. The morale is great and the residents have a tremendous sense of comraderie. They stay late to help out with studies, go out together, eat lunch everyday together, laugh and have a great time together, I could go on and on... but suffice it to say that the resident comraderie is the strongest I've ever seen at any program. Theres an R2 who puts together Brant/Helms club from his own time to help out the R1s; they're one big family. I could be wrong, but I don't think the PD's son has gone through the program, I think he's still in high school.
In re to your other comments, I think it can only help to spend a night or two on (short) call or come in for a little bit on the weekend. But you're right not to overdo it, because personality is very important in rads - you want to show your coworkers that you have a life and you might actually be interesting to have around.
In re to docmd, it's a shame that you (and your mom) are misinformed.
I can only comment about Barnabas, but in terms of volume, they were reading, on average, 50 CTs/night on call when I was there. That was a lot more than other programs I saw - about 5x some of the other MD programs I interviewed at, in fact. So volume is not a function of MD vs DO, it's a function of the program.
The other concern you expressed was in re to diversity of pathology; this will always be a problem in radiology. Some places will see a lot of something; but this a function of academic vs community centers, not MD vs DO. You could be at a MD community hospital and not see as many aortic dissections. (Did you really see 5 dissections in 1 day?)
Finally, everyone is doing a fellowship now bc of the new testing/rules, which means it matters more where you do your fellowship rather than whether you're a DO or MD. I imagine any type of concern about whether you did a DO residency or MD residency stems more from community vs academic settings rather than perceived bias. In fact, there are several D.O. program directors in the country. Barnabas grads go on to UCSF, Columbia, Mt Sinai, blah blah blah - the point is, they're not forced to be in the midwest either for fellowship or afterward, they're doing just fine getting jobs on the "coasts."
I guess you also gained the sense that DO attendings are all general radiologists and therefore can't properly train D.O. residents? Not sure about other programs, but at Barnabas it's not the case. Anyway, theres something to be said for the general guy who can read a CXR in a neonate and an MRI.
Let's not scare the poor guys trying to match in the upcoming year, they're neurotic enough as it is
Again, great post radsDO!