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Shadowing, DO or MD?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - DO' started by premedmijo, Oct 23, 2000.

  1. premedmijo

    premedmijo Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Sep 27, 2000
    So. Cal
    When you apply to a DO program is a letter from a DO required or prefered? I'm asking because I plan on shadowing a doctor starting in Jan., but should it be an MD or a DO? Does it matter? Do MD schools require a letter from a doctor? MD or DO? When do I ask for the letter of rec, I'm still a freshmen. Thanks for your input.
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  3. vietcongs

    vietcongs Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Oct 10, 2000
    kansas city, mo, usa
    when you apply to a DO prog, they usually prefer a rec from a DO, however some schools require a rec from a depends on what school you want to go. Since your a freshman, you could probably shadow both MD and DO and see which one you like better..but get more aquainted with the DO if you really want him/her to write u a good rec. Hope this help u. Good luck.
  4. jimmybee

    jimmybee Med/Peds Resident 10+ Year Member

    Jul 5, 2000
    Hi.....just some quick info for you about being a DO. From what I have found, you definitely should shadow a DO if you are applying to an osteo school. For Osteo schools, they do care because most of them stress SO MUCH how they differ are from MD's. They really want you to experience things that MD's don't do such as OMM. For MD schools, however, I don't really think that it matters if you shadowed a DO or an MD. That's just my oppinion though.

    [This message has been edited by jimmybee (edited 10-24-2000).]
  5. vietcongs

    vietcongs Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Oct 10, 2000
    kansas city, mo, usa
    yes, i agree with jimmybee too..if you are limited on time and apply for both programs, then you should shadow a DO since MD programs dont really care whether you shadow an MD or DO.
  6. Cobragirl

    Cobragirl Hoohaa helper ;) 10+ Year Member

    Aug 18, 2000
    In residency HELL
    My secondary to NOVA "requires" a DO recommendation....and I shadowed an MD. Now I'm trying to play catch-up! Go for the DO if you want to go that route!

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