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    Pls Help BIG 4 2011 or DO 2012

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    HI

    I was admitted to SABA this fall. However, I am still unsure of whether to go. I am thinking whether to apply to DO for 2012 term instead?

    My stats: 28Mcat 3.4GPA Clinical exposure plenty. some research experience.

    The problem is i am 25 now, if I wait one year, I would be 26 and so far I am not 100% I will get in any DO program.

    So any suggestions? Should I just head to SABA or apply DO next year? TKS

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    Quote Originally Posted by dontknowyet View Post
    HI

    I was admitted to SABA this fall. However, I am still unsure of whether to go. I am thinking whether to apply to DO for 2012 term instead?

    My stats: 28Mcat 3.4GPA Clinical exposure plenty. some research experience.

    The problem is i am 25 now, if I wait one year, I would be 26 and so far I am not 100% I will get in any DO program.

    So any suggestions? Should I just head to SABA or apply DO next year? TKS
    Your stats should get you into DO school. I would recommend going DO.
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    Really... once is probably enough for this kind of post, innit?
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    Becoming a physician isn't a long process at all. It's okay to take a few years off. The longer you wait the better! DO rox my sox.
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    If it was down to SABA or DO I'd probably go to neither. Why not choose AUC/SGU?
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    DO the DO man.

    I haven't even matriculated yet (August) and I'm already feeling the apprehension of being an IMG. People will treat you with more respect if you come from a DO school that is LCME certified than if you come from a big 4 school. And most importantly, you guys get priority in matching.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TomG View Post
    DO the DO man.

    I haven't even matriculated yet (August) and I'm already feeling the apprehension of being an IMG. People will treat you with more respect if you come from a DO school that is LCME certified than if you come from a big 4 school. And most importantly, you guys get priority in matching.

    Yeah maybe you should consider not going to med school, because you obviously have no idea what your talking about. LCME does not "certify" osteopathic medical schools. they dont certify anything- they accredite allopathic medical schools.
    thou shall not speak on what thou knows nothing about.


    OP-Go the osteopathic route if you can. Even this is not so easy anymore. I opted to goto the caribbean even though i was accepted for the following year in a D.O. school. Seeing this past years match list and talking to friends at that same osteo school, matching derm, ortho, optho, etc etc makes me regret my decision, that and AUC put me another 100k in the hole versus the other place that would not have.

    Go D.O.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buckeyes1970 View Post
    Yeah maybe you should consider not going to med school, because you obviously have no idea what your talking about. LCME does not "certify" osteopathic medical schools. they dont certify anything- they accredite allopathic medical schools.
    thou shall not speak on what thou knows nothing about.


    OP-Go the osteopathic route if you can. Even this is not so easy anymore. I opted to goto the caribbean even though i was accepted for the following year in a D.O. school. Seeing this past years match list and talking to friends at that same osteo school, matching derm, ortho, optho, etc etc makes me regret my decision, that and AUC put me another 100k in the hole versus the other place that would not have.

    Go D.O.
    and before someone says "look at this years match list we got optho"
    im not talking one spot in 10-20 years, im talking multiple in multiple high sought after specialties.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buckeyes1970 View Post
    Yeah maybe you should consider not going to med school, because you obviously have no idea what your talking about. LCME does not "certify" osteopathic medical schools. they dont certify anything- they accredite allopathic medical schools.
    thou shall not speak on what thou knows nothing about.
    Yup, will do. You've just convinced me not to attend AUC.

    LCME accredited vs. certified-wordplay and you take a crap on me... You knew exactly what I meant pal. Jeez...

    Thou shall not provoke unless ye be provoked.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TomG View Post
    Yup, will do. You've just convinced me not to attend AUC.

    LCME accredited vs. certified-wordplay and you take a crap on me... You knew exactly what I meant pal. Jeez...

    Thou shall not provoke unless ye be provoked.
    1) I would not make med school decisions based on one person's post on ValueMD
    2) They were a little harsh, but it wasn't really word play. The LCME only accredits medical schools leading to an MD degree in the US and Canada; DO schools have the AOA, which is an entirely separate organization. And, it really does depend on which hospital you're talking about. DO's still are not as well as respected as US MD's and some hospitals take more caribbean grads than DO's. That said, they do seem to have better match lists, overall.

    It's hard to say which is better. If I could do it all over again, I really don't know which I'd choose. Some of my fellow residents are DO's and they are every bit as good as any MD, and they may have an easier time matching than caribbean grads. But, I still am glad I have the MD title. It's an awful reason to choose to go to the caribbean, but I've always wanted to be an MD, and I don't want to explain that I'm a real doctor too. Nobody really know where I went to school now, I'm just an MD. The same is not true for DO's. Again, it doesn't really matter at all and if you don't care about it, I'd say you should probably go DO. But, if you have your heart set on MD, then do what you've gotta do.
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