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    MD, DC from accredited schools on ValueMD ???

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    Just wondering if there are more Dual credentialed MD, DC physicians or becoming Physicians here on ValueMD, that can share their experience, and which DC schools they attended and which MD program they enrolled. Reasons for pursuing MD, DC, why they chose their specific schools as well as residency choice ?
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    Chiropractic School: National University of Health Sciences (NUHS) graduated in 2008.
    Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine expect to graduate in 2015.
    Specialty: Undecided.

    Experience: Originally thought about medical school right after chiropractic school but decided to practice chiropractic for a few years to test thewater. Found an associateship and practiced in Washington D.C. for about a year, had a horrible experience. The chiropractor that I worked forgraduated from Life University (a straight school), so a major conflict between our philosophy. Found another associateship and practiced in Maryland for about 1.5 year. I enjoyed it and had a positive experience, because I got to run a satellite clinic all by myself within a group practice setting. I recently had to quit that position because I'm about to start medical school this September.

    Reasons that I want to get a medical degree: First and foremost, a broader scope of practice. More career options/opportunities, don't have to deal with chiropractic dogma, and i don't want to sit there and wait for the profession to move forward. Chiropractic in general continues to be limited, not just in its scope of practice, but in public perception as well as a legitimate "healthcare profession" (Yes, I said it...I know a lot of people would disagree with me). I know I'm better than that, especially the education that I received from National, I'm very knowledgeable abouttreating MSK conditions, but I want to be more than that. I can't really call myself a "primary care physician" either, because let's be honest, our education from chiropractic school is nowhere near the training of a family physician or a general practitioner had.

    So, I studied my *** off for the MCAT while practicing full-time and applied to Caribbean schools and ended up choosing Ross University. I did not applied to any US MD or DO schools, because let's just say that my undergrad grades were not exemplary, so in a way, I'm really grateful for this opportunity to go to medical school.
    Ross University School of Medicine, M.D. (expected 2015)
    National University of Health Sciences, D.C. (2008)
    Purdue University, B.S. (2003)

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    Theres a few chiro's at my school as well. I think its a benefit to them to go into medicine knowing the MSK system.
    UMHS

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    Don't you guys think.. well.. it's a bit of a waste of life? Why not just make the best of the situation?

    I get the feeling that most go to allopathic school primarily because they aren't making a comfortable living as a chiro. Yes, I'm aware of some of the negatives that come along with being a chiro (limited scope, bad rap, chiro dogma, etc.) but what were you all making as DC's?

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    DC to MD

    Waste of a life ?? are you serious ?

    It is a waste of a life to continue working for someone, that abuses your license, and forces you to do "spinal screenings" & treat patients according to dogma instead of science.

    It is a waste of a life to know that you actually KNOW & DESERVE much more, and only can use 10% of what you learned as a DC (at most.)

    It is a waste of a life NOT to pursue your dreams and maximize your full potential while waiting for the profession to move forward with the times...
    Waste of a life you say ? well, this waste of a life just saved hundreds of lives in the past 3 years, and looking at saving many many more lives in the next coming years....and trust me, I am making the best of the situation

    So, to answer your question, NO I don't believe I wasted my life or any life for that matter.....and nor should you, or any other DC out there that think for one second that by going back to medical school that they are "wasting a life".....


    Quote Originally Posted by Chiropractic Must Change! View Post
    Don't you guys think.. well.. it's a bit of a waste of life? Why not just make the best of the situation?

    I get the feeling that most go to allopathic school primarily because they aren't making a comfortable living as a chiro. Yes, I'm aware of some of the negatives that come along with being a chiro (limited scope, bad rap, chiro dogma, etc.) but what were you all making as DC's?
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    the reasons given by rabbitgti20 are the most common. as a solo dc you can only be comfortable in your finances if you have your retirement outside of going to work as a dc everyday. there has to be something else (inheritance, real estate, etc). i certainly do not love chiro enough to do it and just make a living, and that is why i am hopefully 1 yr or less from leaving the profession (but not to do med school!). it is not a waste of time to leave any profession or job if you are going in a direction that is upward!


    Quote Originally Posted by Chiropractic Must Change! View Post
    Don't you guys think.. well.. it's a bit of a waste of life? Why not just make the best of the situation?

    I get the feeling that most go to allopathic school primarily because they aren't making a comfortable living as a chiro. Yes, I'm aware of some of the negatives that come along with being a chiro (limited scope, bad rap, chiro dogma, etc.) but what were you all making as DC's?

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    Quote Originally Posted by khiro View Post
    the reasons given by rabbitgti20 are the most common. as a solo dc you can only be comfortable in your finances if you have your retirement outside of going to work as a dc everyday. there has to be something else (inheritance, real estate, etc). i certainly do not love chiro enough to do it and just make a living, and that is why i am hopefully 1 yr or less from leaving the profession (but not to do med school!). it is not a waste of time to leave any profession or job if you are going in a direction that is upward!
    What are you going to do after quitting chiro?

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    because i am older, established with home and children, i am not going to move. looking around there are not many good jobs where i am. but i am fortunate to like teaching, so that is where i will start my post-chiro work. on paper it appears to be the perfect job. i could quit chiro and stay home and "make it" off of investments, but i feel that road is a waste b/c i am in good health, and if they will listen, i feel that i can offer students some valuable life lessons to go with the academics. i am looking forward to the change. the income from teaching plus my investments will be 66% of my chiro salary.

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    What are you going to do after quitting chiro?

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    I will post this for a friend who was a practicing DC.
    DC - Texas Chiro College, Dec 1986
    MD - St. Matts -Jan 2005 to Dec 2008
    Family medicine - started July 2010

    His reasons for going md were not unlike most other DCs. Primarily being bored with the limited scope of practice, and a lowering of reimbursement. this was a loner type of fellow who got married late in life (in his early 40s). worked in florida as a successful DC for 18 yrs before starting med school, but had considered going to med school years before actually doing it which means he is a planner; not an impulse type of guy. he and i talked about his move 2 yrs before he actually left florida. now he is PGY2 and does not regret his decision to leave chiro although between MD grad and starting residency he did work in fla as a DC.

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