Hey guys I'm an osteopathic 3rd year student who's interested in Urology. I am for sure applying for DO urology. I've taken the step 1 comlex and usmle and got 612 and 241 respectively. I'm trying to determine if it is worth taking the USMLE step 2 and applying to MD urology. I do have research experienced and have been published. I am in the upper half of my class as far as ranking. SO basically should i spend the money/time to apply to MD institutions? I will not be rotating in any MD institutions due to the fact that I would rather use my auditions to rotate with DO insititutions. What do you guys think?
It'll be very tough to match at an MD residency program without having done an away at one. I personally think it'd be a waste of your time and money to apply to MD residencies without having rotated at one, I don't think anyone will take you seriously. What about doing one at a DO and one at an MD?
Hey,Send me a PM. I think we go to the same school, same year. Not that I have an answer(s) to your question but I can tell you what I have found out by talking to past applicants. For anyone else reading basically it is summed up as the following:As a DO, or really an applicant, you should aim to rock boards, excel in aways, make connections!!!!!, work your tail off, and be a little lucky. As to where to apply with the merger of ACGME and AOA your guess is as good as anyones currently. A past Osteopathic applicant posted their experience in a previous post a couple years back, they were much more verbose then I. Reading it answers most questions. Search "DO applicant" and it should surface. Best of Luck.
My home program accepted their first DO student and we couldn't be happier. He is a great resident and an absolute joy to be around. I spoke with him about his journey through aways and interviews. Needless to say he worked his tail off and did his research. He did somewhere around 6-8 away rotations in both DO and MD programs. He called every urology program that had a DO as a faculty member and would ask the coordinators if they would accept a DO resident. It sounded like a lot of work but in the end it paid off. Best of luck.