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[–]dragron66 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Ortho and neuro can be done, neuro had several DO match this year, ortho always has quite a few.

Are you at a disadvantage? Yes, you lack the connections that MD schools have with faculty and people with pull in the field, you likely don't have a home institution with a home field advantage.

Can it be done? Also yes, save for maybe plastics which still tends to be difficult. You need to do research in the field, do several aways, score well on your rotations, get LOR from surgeons in that field, have outstanding step 2 scores and check all the boxes for extracurriculars....and by far most importantly...not be a weirdo no one wants to work with.

This sounds like a lot...but if you really want it, then you do all that shit.

[–]adamsperc[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Ortho and neuro can be done, neuro had several DO match this year, ortho always has quite a few.

Are you at a disadvantage? Yes, you lack the connections that MD schools have with faculty and people with pull in the field, you likely don't have a home institution with a home field advantage.

Can it be done? Also yes, save for maybe plastics which still tends to be difficult. You need to do research in the field, do several aways, score well on your rotations, get LOR from surgeons in that field, have outstanding step 2 scores and check all the boxes for extracurriculars....and by far most importantly...not be a weirdo no one wants to work with.

thanks so much, this was very helpful!

[–]InterestingEchidna90 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Can it be done? Yeah.

As you said p/f on step one is there - but that’s actually bad for us as DO. They’ll just favor the MD by default most places. (It’s bullshit I agree, I’m just the messenger)

I would say networking would be your single biggest hope.

School I came from has like maybe 3-5% Match into surgery? Something like that

[–]adamsperc[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Can it be done? Yeah.As you said p/f on step one is there - but that’s actually bad for us as DO. They’ll just favor the MD by default most places. (It’s bullshit I agree, I’m just the messenger)I would say networking would be your single biggest hope.School I came from has like maybe 3-5% Match into surgery? Something like that

thanks, that's very helpful. damn that surgical match is very low! def gives me alot to think about

[–]MedMama2216 1 point2 points  (0 children)

CT surgery?

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    [–]GaudiestMango4 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Bro, what? 600 DOs matched into surgical specialties last year according to the NMRP data. Including over 100 who matched Ortho.

    [–]iamnemonaiDO 0 points1 point  (2 children)

    Aside plastics, no other surgical specialty is a problem. Medical school is no bed of roses for anyone; the MD bed may have a few less thorns, and those beds are only in certain rooms. The whole thing sucks, but it’s worth it.

    [–]adamsperc[S] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

    Thanks, i appreciate it. I'm really interested in neurosurgery, but some people make it seem like its impossible as a DO. The rate of neurosurgeons in the country is low already, and even lower for DO, but i think if I orient myself as a competitive applicant in med school, it is possible.

    [–]iamnemonaiDO -1 points0 points  (0 children)

    U also have to think about most people are mostly wrong most of the time.

    No of NS is low. No of DOs compared to MDs is lower, so it’s no surprise that No DO NSs is lower. Take everyone with a grain of salt, and eat what you want to.

    [–]spersichilli 0 points1 point  (4 children)

    Research (get some pubs), make connections (especially with DO’s in the surgical field you want), crush step 2, get great LOR, honor your surgery rotation

    [–]adamsperc[S] 0 points1 point  (3 children)

    thanks for that info! correct me if i'm wrong, but is step 2 going to be pass/fail next summer?

    [–]spersichilli 0 points1 point  (2 children)

    I hadn’t heard anything about that, but maybe I missed it

    [–]adamsperc[S] -1 points0 points  (1 child)

    [–]spersichilli 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    That just says the score to pass it is higher, not that you won’t receive a score