What would you do?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by pbehzad, Sep 24, 2002.

  1. pbehzad

    pbehzad Faddayy
    7+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Jun 20, 2002
    Messages:
    714
    Likes Received:
    2
    Ok well tonite me and some buddies were out on study dates with orgo kim and i asked them if you dont make it to med school would you apply to a DO school. well one of my friends was like i would reapply the following year, and keep trying. some of my other friends were like no, and would just give up on the med school thing. NOW before i go any further i do not see MDs and DOs differently. My physician back home is a DO, so im not trying to belittle anyone or any medical ideology. Now i was thinking well if these people want to become dr.s why would they not apply to do school or are people just wanting md because of the name and prestige it carries? i know common perception among alot of uneducated people is DOs are secondary to MDs, which is BS. i think if you really want to be a dr. and cant get into a MD med school, then DO is a legit way to go, i mean MD and DO do the same thing as far as patient care (im not talkign about specialties). If you really want "to help people" and cant get into md why not go do? Im sure this MD vs DO conversation has shown up a billion times before, but im just wondering what everyone else would do? Would you go DO, i mean personally i think DOs are more dedicated to being doctors because they have to put up with more peoples **** about their degree then mds do?
     
  2. Note: SDN Members do not see this ad.

  3. Samoa

    Physician Pharmacist 10+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2002
    Messages:
    8,339
    Likes Received:
    974
    I don't think I could convince an admissions committee that I think OMM is a legitimate form of medical therapy. Your opinion may differ, and that's fine.
     
  4. secretstang19

    secretstang19 Member
    7+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2002
    Messages:
    99
    Likes Received:
    0
    I definitely wouldn't have any problem with going DO. My doctor is a DO, too, and he practices medicine the same way that a family doc MD would. I want to go into primary care and work in a rural area, so I don't think being a DO would affect my career plans much (although I did only apply to allopathic schools).

    The only thing is, I'm not sure that it's THAT much easier to get into osteopathic schools than allopathic. It is statistically a bit easier, but not as much as you might think, especially if you're an out-of-stater applying to an osteopathic school (most of which are state-supported).
     
  5. turbon

    turbon Member
    7+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2002
    Messages:
    26
    Likes Received:
    0
    "i know common perception among alot of uneducated people is DOs are secondary to MDs, which is BS. "

    I know many people that went DO b/c they couldn't get into an MD program in US.

    Do you think that they think MD is superior to DO?
     
  6. Random Access

    Random Access 1K Member
    7+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2002
    Messages:
    1,302
    Likes Received:
    0
    Will someone summarize the difference between osteopathy and allopathy? Or at least post a good link that does?...


    -RA
     
  7. SMW

    SMW Grand Member
    7+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2001
    Messages:
    3,760
    Likes Received:
    1
    Osteopathy emphasizes palpatory diagnosis and manipulative therapy. Kind of like a GP who also does chiropractic. Although, not all DO are GPs. One of the best dermatologists in Anchorage is a DO, and MDs refer to him all the time. Here's a link.
     
  8. BananaSplit

    BananaSplit Senior Member
    7+ Year Member

    Joined:
    May 29, 2002
    Messages:
    360
    Likes Received:
    1
    I think one biggest considerations is whether you want to work outside the US or not. If you ever want to work for the UN, the Red Cross, or Doctors without Borders, or provide relief in some sort of catastrophe outside the US, it's better to be an MD. Most other countries won't recognize a DO degree by itself, and someone with an MD will have to sign off on documents for you.

    BananaSplit
     
  9. Street Philosopher

    10+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2000
    Messages:
    6,276
    Likes Received:
    7
    that sucks.

    On the original topic, I think that for many people, and myself included, medicine offers so much more than just helping people or playing doctor. There are many things to think about, and prestige is a factor for many. But more importantly in this case, is not so much the degree of prestige, but the public perception that a DO is a second-chance MD of sorts. That is, it's not so much that people are worried about not getting the prestige that they want, it's more about avoiding the stigma of DO, whether deserved or not. At least, that's my guess.
     

Share This Page