MD vs DO – Should I Apply to Both MD and DO Schools?

Session 26

With three different application services, and two different physician degrees, students get overwhelmed with what to do.

Should you apply to both DO and MD schools?

A question came up recently in our Facebook Hangout Group and the student asked this question. Students who have gone through this process would say of course you can. But a lot of students aren’t actually aware of this.

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[01:05] MD vs. DO and the Bias Towards DO

MD is for allopathic and DO is for osteopathic. At the end of the day, they’re both the same. They’re both physicians. But lately, the term “physician” is set by the Department of Labor and even chiropractors can call themselves physicians.

If you want to be a doctor taking care of patients and operate on patients, you can be either a DO or an MD. It doesn’t matter.

There is some built-in bias against DOs and there has been since the beginning. It is slowly eroding away though. As the older physicians are retiring and the Gen X’s coming up, we’re getting more and more openness towards DO students.

[02:40] Apply to Both MD and DO Schools

I interviewed the Dean of Michigan State University – College of Osteopathic Medicine

(DO school) and I heard a stat that 25% of all medical students right now are DO students.

At the end of the day, do you want to be a physician or do you want to go to a specific medical school? That’s the question.

If you want to be a doctor, apply to both MD schools and DO schools. Increase your chances of being a physician. It doesn’t matter at then end of the day.


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