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osteopathic physcian and allopathic residency

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - DO' started by persianrug, Jul 28, 2006.

  1. persianrug

    persianrug Senior Member
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    another question:

    how difficult/easy is it for an osteopathic student to do equally well on the USMLE as an allopathic student? i was under the impression that osteopathic medical schools have the same curriculum as allopathic schools, which means that both types of students would be equally equipped to take the USMLE. however, is that really so, or would an osteopathic student face significant challenges in taking the USMLE vs. the COMLEX?
     
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    No, they don't have the same curriculum.

    DO's get more anatomy + OMM

    MD's get more biochemistry, biostatistics, genetics, and research

    (Edit: "They don't have the same curriculum" means that there are minor differences only, and not major differences, as later posters will imply.)
     
  4. cicatrix

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    I thought you DOs had the same curriculum with some different areas of emphasis. That's pretty different from saying that the curriculum isn't the same.
     
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    You're right.

    I'll edit the post, as not to confuse people who must constantly nitpick others' posts.
     
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    I sure hope that you do a better job of explaining things and answering questions in person than you do on here.
     
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    Megalofyia 425 lbs and growing
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    I think it also depends on the school. I'm not sure that I've had any more emphesis on anatomy than any other medical student, and my class seems rather gunho on biochemistry.
     
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    The COMLEX and USMLE emphasize these differences, regardless of what your school did.
     
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    Just a funny note-- your user name came up in Jeopardy tonight. The category was "People who suck." The $1000 answer was "Who is cicatrix?" Of course, I'm sure it wasn't you, but some other cicatrix...still, wouldn't you call that a pretty big coincidence?
     
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    hmm....should i start the popcorn?....
     
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    My two cents (I am applying this year). From what I have read the first time USMLE pass rate for an osteo student is about 70% compared to like 90-95% for allo students. As OSUdoc08 pointed out there are differences in curriculum, which is the reason for the discrepency in USMLE pass rates. COMLEX pass rates are for the most part in the upper 90% range.

    Just out of curiosity, why do you feel it is necessary to do an allo residency? I shadowed a highly successful Ophthalmologist (D.O.) that did an osteopathic residency and he has a reputation for being a highly skilled surgeon/physician.
     
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    -location
    -sheer number of opportunities
    -shorter training (no internship year)
    -larger hospitals, academic medical centers
    -did i say location?
     
  13. DrFeelgoodMD

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    I'm pretty sure all ophthalmologists have to do an internship in IM during their transitional year before starting their 3 year residency......but I could be wrong :oops:

    J
     
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    No, there is no "internship in IM."

    Either way, I think that was just an example, and the question wasn't specialty specific.
     

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