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Discussion in 'Medical Students - DO' started by leesa1, Jul 24, 2001.

  1. leesa1

    leesa1 New Member

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    Did anyone out there have a difficult time getting a D.O. to call them back to shadow them? I have been in contact with the offices of 2 D.O.'s since June and so far have not received a call back from either one. Am I going about this all wrong? So far I have left voice mail and messages with the front desk, both of which say they allow students to shadow them. Any suggestions would be extremely helpful since it's about time to send in letters of rec.
    Thanks!
     
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  3. alperaar

    alperaar Junior Member

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    What state are you in? Whatever it is, call the state's Osteopathic Assc. and ask them if they can refer you to a good d.o. to shadow. If not, keep calling the ones you know.
     
  4. together

    together Senior Member

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    Persistence is the key. Keep calling, go to their offices, make yourself known!

    Together
     
  5. DOtobe

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    I went about looking for a D.O. to shadow by sending them letters. If you send a letter you know it gets directly to them instead of possibly being erased on a voice mail or not getting passed on by the receptionist at the front desk. Good luck on your search for a D.O. to shadow! :D
     
  6. Popoy

    Popoy SDN Super Moderator

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    Easiest possible way is for you to get hooked up by someone who knows a DO.... Do you work/volunteer in a hospital? You might want to ask the docs, nurses, administrators there that you know to help you out.

    Don't do only 2 DO's.... try to do as many as you can....

    You can try showing up in person or any of the above poster's ideas....

    There's many ways you can try to get a DO to allow you to shadow, but you also have to keep in mind that there are things that may prevent them from allowing you to shadow (thus the no reply).

    If you can't get a DO letter then your final option is to get an MD letter... Yes, some of the osteopathic medical schools do accept MD letters of recommendation....

    Good luck
     
  7. abbeydesert

    abbeydesert Senior Member

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    Writing a letter is no guarantee, since a lot of physicians don't open their own mail either. Primary care physicians get tons of correspondence from specialists, medical journals, advertisements, etc. and usually have a front office staff sort through all the junk. My suggestion is to find more physicians to contact and keep trying. When you call, ask the receptionist when is a good time to get in touch with the physician (for the physician I worked with, the best time was before she saw the first patient at 8:15.)
    Or better yet- just stop by the office in person. Dress up nice, introduce yourself to the front office staff, leave a resume and a brief letter of introduction with the receptionist, explaining who you are and what you want. In your note, make sure you include your contact information and add that you will call back in the next few days.

     

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