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Osteopathic Match Day Earlier than Allopathic Match?

Discussion in 'Medical Students - DO' started by weezynation, Jan 13, 2014.

  1. weezynation

    weezynation 5+ Year Member

    Jul 8, 2011
    Next year I am planning on taking Step 1 in addition to COMLEX 1 so I can apply to allopathic residencies that do not accept COMLEX. I just found out this year's AOA match day is February 10th and the allopathic match day is March 21st. I do not understand how this works. What if you get matched to an AOA residency and then find out the following month you got matched in an allopathic residency too? This may be a dumb question but I obviously am misunderstanding something.
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  3. Neuron14

    Neuron14 2+ Year Member

    Apr 30, 2010
    If you match through the osteopathic match system you're withdrawn from the allopathic match.
  4. weezynation

    weezynation 5+ Year Member

    Jul 8, 2011
    Oh I see ok thanks.
  5. cabinbuilder

    cabinbuilder Urgent Care Physician Physician 10+ Year Member

    Nov 21, 2005
    If you are GUNG HO on getting in Allopathic then what some DO students do is take their chances, apply only MD and scramble into DO if they don't match. Risky business since you may not be able to land a residency in the end.
  6. sylvanthus

    sylvanthus EM/IM/CC PGY-5 Physician 7+ Year Member

    Sep 9, 2008
    I still think it is wisest to apply to both matches, see what interviews you get, and then decide whether or not to drop out of the DO match. Seems far too risky to just apply to one match and then suddenly realize you may not have enough interviews and be forced to scramble. Go overboard with applications and then, and only then, start dropping some and/or drop out of the DO match.
  7. Trogghunter

    Trogghunter 7+ Year Member

    Nov 16, 2009
    I think that the nrmp match stats for 'independent' applicants (DO and fmg) plateaus at 90% likelihood of matching with 10 ranked programs, for internal medicine at least. Hey, that's kind of like the oxygen dissc curve! Left shift if you interview well, I imagine.
  8. preDoGuy24

    preDoGuy24 7+ Year Member

    Sep 27, 2010
    Just to clarify, whether or not it's necessary...this is how it has always been (not just "this year's" match) the do match is always before the MD. Plan accordingly.

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  9. oingoboingo

    oingoboingo boo!

    Jun 26, 2013
    How does this work for programs that are dually-accredited?
  10. Bacchus

    Bacchus Administrator Moderator Physician 10+ Year Member

    Apr 27, 2007
    There are two matches. You should apply to your respective match. IE: Don't apply to an allopathic spot if there is an osteopathic spot. That said, if the osteopathic spots don't fill they can be moved to the allopathic match.
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  11. tactical


    Oct 14, 2013
    You decide if you will apply to AOA match, ACGME match or both.

    If you pursue both:
    If you match during the AOA match, you are done.
    If you do not match, you can scramble for open spots. If you match here, you're done.
    If you do not scramble or fail to match in the scramble, you can go through ACGME match.
    If you match ACGME, you are done.
    If you fail to match ACGME, you can still scramble.
    If you match here, you are done. If you fail to match here... You are out of options and must reapply next year.

    Basically 4 chances to match - 2 per each match.
  12. Melomare17

    Melomare17 5+ Year Member

    May 25, 2011
    Can you apply for one specialty in AOA match and a different specialty in ACGME match??
  13. Highway61

    Highway61 Drunk, exhausted, critically acclaimed, respected 2+ Year Member

    Feb 12, 2013
    Yea dude, you can apply for multiple specialties in either match if you want to.
  14. p30doc

    p30doc Ever true and unwavering 10+ Year Member

    Aug 22, 2007
    Not true, if you forgo the AOA scramble initially you can go back and scramble AOA if you fail to match/scramble ACGME. Of course with greatly reduced options, but maybe you decided FM in Detroit was better than going without a spot.
  15. tactical


    Oct 14, 2013
    Basically 4 chances to match. As stated.
  16. Mad Jack

    Mad Jack Critically Caring Gold Donor Classifieds Approved 2+ Year Member

    Jul 27, 2013
    4th Dimension
    It isn't quite a plateau but there are certainly diminishing returns beyond 10 ranks.
  17. MLT2MT2DO

    MLT2MT2DO 7+ Year Member

    Jan 21, 2008
    Curious if you did this.

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  18. hallowmann

    hallowmann SDN Lifetime Donor Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 5+ Year Member

    Mar 13, 2012
    Straight FM, or you could just scramble into one of the many unmatched TRIs to at least have a job, and apply all over again. That seems really scary though, being in a TRI with no guaranteed exit plan...
  19. sylvanthus

    sylvanthus EM/IM/CC PGY-5 Physician 7+ Year Member

    Sep 9, 2008
    Yup, I did, once I had enough MD interviews I cancelled DO ones and then dropped out of the DO match.
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  20. MLT2MT2DO

    MLT2MT2DO 7+ Year Member

    Jan 21, 2008
    Ok, good to know. I'm in a similar position as you were but am going fm/psych and psych but was anticipating skipping everything DO match related. Maybe I'll rethink my plan

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