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What degree is best for specialty residencies?

Discussion in 'Clinical Rotations' started by nathan, Jan 16, 2001.

  1. nathan

    nathan Member 10+ Year Member

    Jan 15, 2001
    Joplin, MO USA
    I have recently been accepted to UHS College of Osteopathic Medicine. There is also a great possibility that I will be accepted to UMKC School of Medicine (as an advanced standing student- which has some drawbacks because there are a few medical courses that I would not be able to take). Therefore, I'm most likely to go the DO route. I would like to know, from those of you who are about to be, in, or have completed residency, if DOs have great difficulty in matching a specialty residency, such as orthopedic surgery. I work for a group of cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons, and like those specialties also. I like the DO approach to medicine and feel that it really suits my personality and taste for medicine, however, I want to make sure that it is the right decision for the future, say 5 to 15 years from now? Please help.
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  3. Neurogirl

    Neurogirl Resident Extraordinaire 10+ Year Member

    Sep 29, 2000
    If you go the DO route you should be able to go into any specialty you want. However, the truth is there are still some barriers for DOs and if you're seriously interested in any surgical field, especially ortho, you might be better off going MD. Although it's not unheard of, it is rare for a DO to get an allopathic surgical residency. Of course you always have the option of choosing an osteopathic residency, but keep in mind that there are only a few osteopathic surgery programs.

    [This message has been edited by Neurogirl (edited 01-16-2001).]
  4. Pikevillemedstudent

    Pikevillemedstudent Bengals Fan 10+ Year Member

    Jan 23, 2000
    As far as ortho is concerned, there are 57 available spots and only 51 filled. 6 open spots sounds good for matching. As for cardiology, there are 8 DO programs. Not alot but an MD IM residency isn't that hard to get. As for cardiothoracic surgery, there are only two programs. That sucks but hey it is WAY to soon to be choosing a specialty.
  5. UHS2002

    UHS2002 Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Jan 11, 1999
    If you are 100% sure, no shadow of doubt in your mind, that you want to go into a surgery program, go MD. There simply are more allopathic programs avaliable in surgery...and surgery is one of the last bastions of prejudice against DOs (as well as against anyone else who doesn't go into surgery... [​IMG]).

    Otherwise, I think you might be happier at UHS than UMKC. It is not that UMKC doesn't have a great program, they really do. The maturity of the students, at first, leaves much to be desired. As they progress through their rotation years, they get better, and I have met some terrific residents from UMKC. But their behavior during pre-clinical years, and in the very first months of rotation reminds me too much of the undergrad croud.
  6. livquiv

    livquiv Member 10+ Year Member

    Jul 31, 2000
    Kansas City
    Do you happen to know where I might find the matching results in ortho that you mentioned? I am particularly interested in openings in particular hospitals in OH & MI. Thank you.
  7. Pikevillemedstudent

    Pikevillemedstudent Bengals Fan 10+ Year Member

    Jan 23, 2000
    I sure do.

    I assume you are from a DO school, if not, this does not apply to you because DO residencies are for DO's only. You will be happy to know that there are openings in OH, MI, NY, and MO. Happy hunting!

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