Doing well on Step I is the best thing you can do for yourself if you are interested in any moderately competitive specialty. I am not sure but maybe some of these would like to see a good Step II - but not many places most likely. Few take Step III.
That being said, I recived my unrestricted medical license via the USMLE pathway. Never took COMLEX III.
yeah, what's the advantage?
Not a whole lot. I didn't do so hot on Step I so I had to blow Step II out (which I did thank god). Took I and II of the COMLEX of course because they were required for graduation. So it came down to Step III. I wanted to get it out of the way early so I took it during an elective month of my internship. At the time it was only offered in certain places on certain days whereas the USMLE was anytime on the computer. I knew I was going to a state w/o a DO licensing board and that they would take USMLE and that the chances of me ever leaving said state were/are slim to none and even if I do it ain't gonna be to one of the "big 5". Plus I hate the AOA and it gave me a way (albeit kind of stupid) to give them the big middle finger.
so, do states WITH DO licensing boards require DOs to license through them?
So the question is - is it worth it to take USMLE 2-CK and 2-CS (in addition to the COMLEX series that the school will require for graduation)
Yes... You get to throw away all your OMM papers after you take the 2nd Comlex and never have to think about the proper way to feel CSF pulsation again. You get to never worry about AOA membership. You never have to worry about Osteopathic CME, or tenderpoints on specialty board exams.
Taking all three USMLEs is the way to go.
However, it's my impression that to successfully execute this strategy you have to do the allopathic match and go to an ACGME only certified residency. If you match into one of the residencies that is dually-accredited, the two letters on your degree will force you into filling AOA checkboxes...?
So here's to hoping that fewer program directors bother with AOA accreditation for their programs as well.