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Which pair of letters is better? DO and MD? Or DO and Science?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - DO' started by littleblackbear, Jul 28, 2015.

  1. littleblackbear

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    I shadowed both a DO and a MD, each with different specialties. The DO was an ER attending, and the MD was a Psychiatrist attending. However, I think the MD may be able to write me a more personal letter because I had much more one on one time with him than I did with the DO.

    I was having some problems getting science letters so I asked a teacher who doesn't really know me due to the large class size, but was willing to write me a letter (whether he follows through with it is another story).

    I only have two more open slots on my application for letters of evaluation, and don't know if I should include the MD letter or the Science teacher letter. If I include the MD letter, will DO schools think DO is my second choice even though it's not?
     
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    man i thought this was about to start a flame war about degrees
     
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    Depends on the school:
    • Some will require a science faculty member (some schools specify someone who taught you in a class as opposed to a lab mentor).
    • Some will require the DO letter.
    • Some might prefer letters from someone who's seen you "in action" (in a class, doing research, etc) vs. shadowing.
    No one right answer.
     
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  5. mw18

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    I thought so, too. All I know is I want to be Mwoods18, M.D., S.C.I.E.N.C.E.
     
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    DO Science period
     
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    I would do the DO and science
     
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    If you can get into an LCME MD school, go for it. There are parts of the country where people are biased against DOs, still a DO is better than a foreign MD in most cases.

    Boston MA, where I grew up is a very MD centric town, mostly because MDs from Ivy League schools are a dime a dozen, so consumers pick the best option for their health care dollars.
     
  9. samac

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    Why you changed the conversation to why go MD over DO I'm not sure because it wasn't being asked. . .

    Do and science letter. /thread
     
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  10. littleblackbear

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    Thank you for the advice everyone! I really appreciate it.
     
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    I would actually say the MD letter if it's more personable.
     
  12. littleblackbear

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    I am awaiting the letter from the science professor, but if he doesn't follow through, I will probably use the MD letter.
     

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