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    Carribean MD or US DO school?

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    Would someone elaborate on pros and cons of Carribean MD schools vs. DO schools in the US?
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    old topic

    best to do a search on this topic. its one that comes up every now and then and a lot of passionate feelings, mostly misplaced, come out. Bottom line, its about the same in terms of opportunity if youre comparing the better IMG schools with better DO schools; lesser school dont provide as much opportunity for either (in terms of competitive residencies or prestigous programs if that's an issue for you).
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    SGU MD or DO school?

    Where would you start to search on this topic?
    How would you compare SGU with DO schools in the US in terms of finding residency spots and prestige? In addition, if thinking about going into academics which one would you recommend?

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    SGU MD or DO school?

    Quote Originally Posted by Giovanni2004
    Where would you start to search on this topic?
    How would you compare SGU with DO schools in the US in terms of finding residency spots and prestige? In addition, if thinking about going into academics which one would you recommend?

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    note under the big valumd logo at the top of the screen (next to FAQ) there is a search function.

    In short I think either a better DO school or sgu are equivilent to your needs. I urge you to look at residency placement lists, both type and in terms of the name of the program and see which one fits you best. Either way is a good way to go.
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    well... if both DO and Caribs are a "detour" to your goal, I'd go SGU.

    THe reason is that if you're really not digging DOs and can't stand behind their philosophy, it's gonna hurt you forever. Whereas, the Caribs will just be an inconvenience for a few years, and then you'll be an M.D. like everyone else you've looked up to.

    What I'm saying is that you'll have to live with the DO behind your name forever, but a Carribean island only lasts a few years.

    For the record, I personally dig the DO philosophy and have worked with one for over 1 year now so I'm not talking down. I just wan to fast forward a little for you.

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    US DO vs. Carib MD

    Hello! This is a very interesting subject for me, and I have often wondered the same thing. I work for a family practice residency program and have heard both sides of the story. The residents tell me this - one main advantage to attending a DO school in the states is that you don't have to mess around with the foreign exams since you've gone to school in the USA and not the Carib. However, some of my DO's have also told me that they've been treated "less than" by some who consider DO's to be less of a doctor than an MD, regardless of where the MD went to school. For what it's worth, I agree with what the others are saying - follow your heart, weigh your own pros and cons and find what will make you happy. Here are a few ideas I've tossed around for myself - DO pros - stay in US, no foreign medical school exams !!!, close to home, can always try to get tuition reimbursement to cover outrageous cost since I'm willing to live in the middle of nowhere, I like the idea of manipulation and natural remedies/body alignment stuff ~ Carib MD pros - get to live on tropical island and escape the madness of my crazy home life for 4 years, cheap (two of my residents are from UNIBE, only $10,000 per year, and now they're at our Mayo clinic residency program - yes, the MAYO clinic! *smile*), have MD (more recognized or not????).

    I am struggling with this exact same situation. Drop me a line and let me know what you decide. And for anyone out there looking for a totally kick *ss family practice residency program, give me a shout. I work at the best residency facility in the world! (again in my humble opinion!) *grin* Seriously, I love my job so much and Mercy/Mayo in Des Moines is the best, you should all come here and check it out. Take care and all the best to you and your family, Kathy ksritter01@msn.com

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    No Foreign Exams

    Dear Kathy:

    Carib. graduates take the same licensing exams as US medical graduates, that is, steps I, II, and III of the USMLE. The only exam that is not required of American grads that I can think of is the TOEFL, which to those who are native English speakers is, at best, an inconvenience.

    So there are no extra 'foreign' exams for Carib graduates.

    Hope this clarifies!

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    US DO vs. Carib MD

    Quote Originally Posted by Kritter
    The residents tell me this - one main advantage to attending a DO school in the states is that you don't have to mess around with the foreign exams since you've gone to school in the USA and not the Carib. ... Here are a few ideas I've tossed around for myself - DO pros - stay in US, no foreign medical school exams !!!, ... Carib MD pros - get to live on tropical island and escape the madness of my crazy home life for 4 years, cheap (two of my residents are from UNIBE, only $10,000 per year, and now they're at our Mayo clinic residency program - yes, the MAYO clinic! *smile*),
    I think you really have a lot of things to learn about img ed before making your decision. To begin with there are no "foreign medical student" exams these days. We take the same exams period as US students. Also, you dont spend 4 years on a tropical island; its 2 years and while not arduous, you arent on vacation and its not like being on vacation by any stretch. You also need to consider other things first when selecting an offshore school- first, the success of the students getting to and passing the usmle in a timely way (ie with their class). The ability to be licensed in the state you desire and the sort of residencies the grads get. THen things like lifestyle and cost come in. Who cares if you pay very little but can't practice after 4 years? Finally, FP is a field very easy to get no matter what you do in which case you can pick almost any route; that's why you have UNIBE folks at a "Mayo" program. I hazard to guess there are no UNIBE folks in Mayo-Rochester's orthopedics proram. if you decide to do, say, surgery or something really competitiive, picking a schoool based on cost or internet education may be the worst decision you'll ever make.

    With regard to DO' if you avoid that path merely because some people will have a poor perception of it, you may as well avoid an offshore school (to say nothing of a net school) as there exists a same bias. Most DOs go that way because they fail to get into a us allo school jus tlike IMGs. PDs know this. And most DOs never practice much manipulation although they do tend to have a superior knowledge in the Musculoskeletal system over MDs in general- specialitist in the field are all on the same page of course.

    Again, folks, this topic has been debated a lot and i urge you to do a search on it rather than open new threads.

    IN any event, either route is a viable one if you make an informed decision.
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    No Foreign Exams

    Quote Originally Posted by CptPlanet
    Dear Kathy:

    Carib. graduates take the same licensing exams as US medical graduates, that is, steps I, II, and III of the USMLE. The only exam that is not required of American grads that I can think of is the TOEFL, which to those who are native English speakers is, at best, an inconvenience.

    So there are no extra 'foreign' exams for Carib graduates.

    Hope this clarifies!
    actually IMGs dont take the TOEFL anymore.
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