MD/DO 100% matters for your ability to match and the overall quality of the programI’m not worried about the cost of attendance. Unfortunately, WV doesn’t have residencies in the specialtys I’m interested in. Which pushes me to consider Pikeville for its connection to Lexington & Louisville. MD/DO isn’t really a factor for me.
Radiology is definitely possible but also not extraordinarily DO friendly.I have never met a DO (even practicing surgical DOs) that has regretted their decision or felt limited by any means. I read the entire thread, & there is clearly unnecessary animosity towards DO’s from these kids. School, board exams, & extracurriculars are what you make of it; with board exams going pass/fail & the residencies combining, the playing field is about to level more. While I am still young, any surgical/top specialties have never interested me. My thoughts are towards anesthesia, radiology, or ED, & I feel there is nothing wrong with matching into rural medicine. I also see nothing wrong with working a little harder rather than relying on 2 initials to carve the path for me.
The difference in tuition is ~23,000 per year, or 23 iPad Pros per year. Even if this was MD vs MD, I would still tell you to go to the state school.Marshall is cheaper, but UPike covers cost of board exams, study materials, and virtual textbooks on the iPad Pro they provide.