mommy2three

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Being an osteopathic applicant this cycle has been interesting and surprising to say the least - but none so more than this.

I am going to an interview soon to an allopathic residency that has never taken a DO before.
I will obviously be asking questions about how they will support me in OMT etc, but was wondering if I can ask the elephant in the room question of some version of "why me?" Or is that taboo?

Thanks guys and gals :)
 

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Personally, I wouldn't ask anything about OMT. If they aren't DOs, not only do they probably not know, they almost certainly don't care. If that's a deal-breaker for you, you should probably go somewhere else.
 

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1) I was an MD at a dual accredited residency program. I had DO applicants ask me about OMT and I gave them the best answer I could be encouraged they ask the DO's their OMT questions.
2) I d0n't think the "why me" question is off limits. I had applicants ask me that question when I did interviews. I feel that if the program can ask you "Why us?" then you should be able to ask "Why me?".
 

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I wouldn't bring OMT up. You'll be allopathic-board certified and OMM won't be required of you. There's no reason to bring it up. There may be a few faculty members comfortable enough to precept you for OMT, but you won't be able to bill for it as a resident (unless a DO precepts you).
 

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Being an osteopathic applicant this cycle has been interesting and surprising to say the least - but none so more than this.

I am going to an interview soon to an allopathic residency that has never taken a DO before.
I will obviously be asking questions about how they will support me in OMT etc, but was wondering if I can ask the elephant in the room question of some version of "why me?" Or is that taboo?

Thanks guys and gals :)
I went to a DO residency and honestly, the DO portion of it all consisted of 1 half-hour lecture with practice on each other monthly. It was NOTHING. We did OMT in clinic on the patients but the MD attending couldn't critique us. I learned how to code OMT from the coder - not the attending. You would be better off to just go to an OMT conference yearly.
 

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Personally, I wouldn't ask anything about OMT. If they aren't DOs, not only do they probably not know, they almost certainly don't care. If that's a deal-breaker for you, you should probably go somewhere else.
Agreed, don't bring it up. If the program has never accepted a DO before, you don't want to do anything that highlights the difference between you and the MD applicants, or at least not anything that the MD faculty can't/doesn't do.
 
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Thanks guys
I have interviewed at other allopathic programs which have said in their process about how they integrate OMT into curriculum and support their DO residents
I am slightly terrified at the prospect of this interview
 

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Being an osteopathic applicant this cycle has been interesting and surprising to say the least - but none so more than this.

I am going to an interview soon to an allopathic residency that has never taken a DO before.
I will obviously be asking questions about how they will support me in OMT etc, but was wondering if I can ask the elephant in the room question of some version of "why me?" Or is that taboo?

Thanks guys and gals :)
LOL if you are seriously going to push for OMT, you deserve to lose your spot and they will never allow an 'osteopath' in
 

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Even as an allopath, I always ask about OMT to all the programs , but only to a DO resident. So if a program had none, I would not ask. THere were couple schools that had perhaps only 1 and 2 DO. Some of the answers I got were:

1. No OMT in clinic, because there are no DO preceptors. We do not even have a table. I never liked OMT anyways.
2. Yes OMT in clinic, even when there are no DO preceptors. We just dont bill for it since we need a preceptor. We do have tables.
3. No OMT in clinic, because there are no DO preceptors and I am the only DO resident in the program. But I am trying to change that, I even got a table in our clinic! THey have allowed me to take courses, and now I am giving lectures to teach everyone about OMT. And pushing hard to get a DO attending to be hired.

So, ask the question to the resident. If they do not take a DO there is still a chance that you can change things see answer three above. I feel as a family physicians are very accepting to different modes of treatment.
 

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Being an osteopathic applicant this cycle has been interesting and surprising to say the least - but none so more than this.

I am going to an interview soon to an allopathic residency that has never taken a DO before.
I will obviously be asking questions about how they will support me in OMT etc, but was wondering if I can ask the elephant in the room question of some version of "why me?" Or is that taboo?

Thanks guys and gals :)
Why not just do a DO residency?
 
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Why not just do a DO residency?
Because I am hoping to complete a fellowship in sports medicine and I keep more doors open if I do a dually accredited program vs osteo only


The interview went well, they have a DO preceptor and are very open to OMT
I really loved it there and could definitely see myself there as a resident
 

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I'm an MD at a dual accredited program. I think if OMT is important to you you should always ask about it. The interview process is about really seeing where you'd be a good fit and not really that much about trying to look good- at least in my program, as long as you don't come off as a completely insufferable person we aren't going to be like NO NEVARRRR.

I'm glad that interview went well!
 
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