Faebinder said:picture yourself as a program director.... you got patients and residents to worry about... your spouse is driving you nuts about the kids... You just filtered 80-100 applicants (a lot more for bigger programs) by their step 1 and 2 scores and now you have to read each one's 3+ LoRs, transcripts, dean's letter (several pages), CAF and Personal Statments....
Hmmm..... I'm definitely not an expert but my guess is the impact is soooo low that the chance of this making a difference between you and the next guy is negligable..... save the money and use it to apply to 3 more programs.. increase the chances of an interview.
DUH! I was asked the similar question by a med student a couple of weeks back who wanted to join the AOA to boost her app residency (yes she was not a member of the AOA but I was not clear why she wasn't a member). I must have intermixed the scenario. No more posting late night for me.kalico said:Faebinder, are you in the right thread? The OP is ALREADY a resident and wants to know if it's worth renewing membership in the American Osteopathic Association... not to help his/her application.
I'd actually like to know the answer to the question myself. Are there benefits?
You mean all of those hot-shot docs who brag about being AOA aren't all DO's??!!DOCTORSAIB said:I could see the benefits of being an AOA member as a DO student, especially if you're applying to competitive allopathic residency programs.
The PD will assume you were in the top 10% of your med school class and invite you for an interview. During the interview, he/she will commend you for your hardcore work and prestigious AOA membership.
You will assume you were invited b/c you bring so much more to the table than the next guy/girl. Obviously, you will be flattered when they compliment you...
Everybody goes to sleep happy.
Moral of the story: Being a member of the AOA is a great thing!
(Disclaimer: please note the sarcasm!)
Hey, I never got a shirt!group_theory said:but the AOA shirt is cool ... the same symbol used by Alpha Omega Alpha is used by the AOA. You can use the shirt to get the attention of 1st year medical students