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What are the tradeoffs

Discussion in 'Medical Students - DO' started by Christopher Bengson, Feb 2, 2001.

  1. Christopher Bengson

    Christopher Bengson New Member

    Jan 30, 2001
    As I am interested in pursuing primary care, I was very much intrigued by the osteopathic philosophy. I have heard from many folks on this board the emphasis on additional training in manual manipulation. Given osteopathic medical programs are also four years, where do they find the time to incorporate the additional training? Is there a tradeoff that osteopathic medical students are making when they undergo this additional training? Are DO medical schools staffed only by DOs? Thanks in advance for the info.
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  3. drusso

    drusso Physician Moderator Emeritus Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 10+ Year Member

    Nov 21, 1998
    Over the rainbow
    Quick answers to your questions...

    ---The manual medicine gets incorporated as 1 extra class and lab over 2 years. Totals approximately 300-500 extra hours of training. This is very do-able. It is my impression that the academic semesters at DO schools are about 3 weeks longer than most MD schools.

    ---DO's, MD's, PhD's, and MPH's all teach at DO schools.

    ---DO schools tend to be more primary care oriented so if you're a hard-core research type or know that you want to be a subspecialist you might be a little frustrated with the educational approach and philosophy (although this in no practical way limits you from pursuing specialist training).
  4. euhsa

    euhsa Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Jan 21, 2000
    somehere near NYC
    I have also noticed that my classmates from NYCOM put in a lot more hours behind the books than my peers from allopathic school. Take that for what it's worth...
  5. M00se

    M00se Member 10+ Year Member

    Aug 1, 1999
    I don't know about any specific med schools to compare too, but I feel we go to school a lot more per week too. I go to class and lab 36 hrs per week this semester and 34 last semester.

    TUCOM class of 2004

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