Do you know when they are planning to do this? I live in one of those certain states(Michigan) and would love to know.The AOA website should have information, I just received an email about it...they are starting to phase out the term internship...there will still be one you have to do, I think they'll just take out the requirments that you need to do one to practice in those certain states where a traditional year is required.
There are definitely ways to most assuredly get around the internship requirement in those 5 states...for instance, if you're interested in a particular specialty and you want to do your residency in, say, nebraska, then you wouldn't have trouble getting a license in Michigan because you could make the case that there isn't an osteopathic EM program within 500 miles (or more) of Omaha.
There are other ways as well, but this is a big one.
What about other issues besides just practicing in the 5 states? Say you want to become a PD at an osteopathic residency one day? Would you have trouble with this if you did not do the internship?
So, when applying to ortho, do I need to do an internship before I apply to ortho residencies?