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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - DO' started by spanky, Jan 1, 2002.

  1. spanky

    spanky Member 7+ Year Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Hi all!

    I heard a couple of years ago that there are two states in the US that do not recognize DO's as physicians and do not allow them to practice. Does anyone know if this is still true and which two states are they?
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  3. Boomer

    Boomer Supreme Sooner Member 15+ Year Member

    Sep 1, 1999
    In a house
    All states recognize DOs and have for some time now.

    Until recently (within the last year or so) Lousiana wouldn't recognize the COMLEX, so you'd have to take USMLE to practice there. Now they'll accept the COMLEX, so it's accepted by every state.

    There are five states that require DOs to do the AOA internship (OK, MI, FL, PA, and WV) in order to become licensed, however, you can get an ACGME transitional year "approved" somehow (I don't know the details of this, and there's a discussion on the Rotations board about it if you're interested). I've also heard that MI and PA are more strict, and the others are more lenient about approval of ACGME stuff, but that's hearsay, so I wouldn't really go by that.

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