UCI do to md why?

Discussion in 'Medical Students - DO' started by zoner, Jun 12, 2012.

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  1. zoner

    zoner 7+ Year Member

    Apr 8, 2009
    Cloud 9
    So why did UCI become a MD granting med school from Do granting one?
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  3. Darthberghen

    Darthberghen 2+ Year Member

    Jun 1, 2012
    The background is on Wiki.
  4. zoner

    zoner 7+ Year Member

    Apr 8, 2009
    Cloud 9
    i looked, but the information was very confusing and not really clearly explained.
  5. Fox800

    Fox800 That drug that starts with "d"... 10+ Year Member

    This book mentions it. Should be required reading for all DO students: http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/0801878349
  6. cyclohexanol

    cyclohexanol No, no. Doggie afuera. 10+ Year Member

    Jun 28, 2005
    Snowed In
    It's not that complicated really.

    Throughout the 1950s, the two medical boards in CA decided to merge because there was no reason to have 2 medical degrees. They met multiple times by themselves and had decided to merge.

    In 1962 there was a referendum on a general election ballot, and the public overwhelmingly approved the merger. As of that election, they were officially merged into a single board that only had the power to license and oversee MDs. This resulted in the 'conversion' of the vast majority of DOs to MDs.

    Since the board could no longer license/oversee DOs, the only DO school in the state (College of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons) was changed to grant MD degrees and was renamed to California College of Medicine and later became UCI School of Medicine.

    Some die-hard DOs sued the medical board to have the merger reversed, which happened 12 years later. Now there are once again two medical boards, one that has the power to license and oversee MDs and the other for DOs.
  7. Slowpoke

    Slowpoke I haz cheezburger 7+ Year Member

    This makes much more sense than the wiki page! Thanks! Very interesting read.
  8. mkhuc

    mkhuc A regular guy (w/ fiber) 7+ Year Member

    May 13, 2009
    Go to a California D.O. program and you will learn the whole debacle in gruesome detail.
  9. BobBarker

    BobBarker Member 10+ Year Member

    Dec 13, 2005
    It is the singular moment that ensured practice rights and the longterm viability of the degree nationwide. By California openly stating the equivalency of the degrees, the door opened for DOs across the country to join hospitals where they had previously been shut out. DOs began participating in ACGME training after this, and the first wave of school expansion took place.

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