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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - DO' started by mazya, Jun 1, 1999.

  1. mazya

    mazya Member 10+ Year Member

    Apr 26, 1999
    I am applying for the first time to medical schools, (DO). I am not that familiar with the different DO schools and would appreciate any help you guys offer.
    1. I know that this is a very open ended question, but I need to know which DO school is top for:
    a [​IMG] research
    b [​IMG] residency opportunities for
    nephrology or internal surgery.

    2. Do you know how I can find out the school's graduating class residencies that they have gotten into

    3. What are the top 3 DO schools

    4. Which schools have DO-PhD program available.

    Thanks again for any help.
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  3. Gregory Gulick

    Gregory Gulick Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Nov 9, 1998
    Largo, Florida (USA)
    Answering your questions:

    1) RESEARCH: A good generalization is that most state-supported schools have pretty-good research departments. So, in this case, I'm guessing UNT, UMDNJ, MSU, and OSU turn out the most research. (Anyone have any other schools to add to this list?) As for a residency in nephrology or surgery, who knows. If you feel you are pretty set on specializing or doing research, why not become an MD?

    2) RESIDENCY PLACEMENT: I've only seen these on a few, rare occasions. Your best bet might be to contact the school's alumni association and see what they can do for you. I'm not sure how good of an indicator this is for school quality, however. Some osteopathic schools were founded with the sole purpose of identifying and accepting those students who want to practice in underserved areas. Thus, many of these students won't be applying for ultra-competitive residencies.

    3) TOP 3 DO SCHOOLS: I wish the world was that simple. I am asked this question CONSTANTLY via e-mail. I tell everyone the same thing: Find the school that is best for YOU based on YOUR criteria, not someone else's. We can argue all day about how school X is better than Y, but it won't accomplish anything. Each school has its strengths and weaknesses. It is your responsibility as an applicant to assess each school on your own and come to your own conclusions. Don't shirk that responsibility and let someone else decide what is best for you.

    4) DO/PhD PROGRAMS: I'll let one of the DO/PhD students answer this one as I don't know much about the medical-scientist training programs.

    Good luck.

  4. VM

    VM Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Mar 8, 1999
    I know that Ohio University receives state funding and does a lot of research (or so they state in there promotional materials) and they have a DO/PhD program (which I wasn't interested in).

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