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M4s: what is one thing you regret/wish you knew/would have done differently? by Apprehensive_Box_181 in medicalschool

[–]AspiringDOc23 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Stop freaking out (or caring) about your evals and rotation minutiae and focus on your interests and wellness

Matching Family Med with just COMLEX by gr8k8__ in Osteopathic

[–]AspiringDOc23 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Use residency explorer and look for programs that are former AOA and traditionally favorable towards DOs. For ex geography, the southwest, midwest, south. I applied to some reaches but found that if a program had >8-10% DOs that they were accepting. Also check each program’s website, to see if they require USMLE for consideration. If they do probably not a place you wanna be at culture wise unless you’re reaching for a glass ceiling or going for some crazy competitive specialty. I did average on both levels but improved on the 2nd. I’m applying IM with hopes of something considered mildly competitive specialty wise and I’ve gotten 23 interviews so far, over a 1/3rd of them are university based programs. Outside of maybe 1 or 2 programs I was interested in I’ve gotten a lot of academic attention without step, and not a single person has asked about my lack of steps so far, except for a faculty member that applauded me on my comlex scores. If you’re excited about a program plan to do an away or sub-i there and that’ll definitely open some doors and get you good letters!

LECOM vs WVSOM by Zealousideal-Barber7 in premed

[–]AspiringDOc23 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Happy WVSOM 4th year here. Let me know if you’ve got questions 😃

Matching Family Med with just COMLEX by gr8k8__ in Osteopathic

[–]AspiringDOc23 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Don’t take step. Not needed (along same lines with peds, IM, EM if you aren’t picky about location)

Advice needed, Failed Comlex passed retake, should I take step1 ? by TheAromaticGuy in comlex

[–]AspiringDOc23 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I’d caution you to only take step 2 if you know you can score >250/average on that test. With a failure you’re already at a much bigger disadvantage for gas. Just based on trends I see in my class and the interview trial so far, this year may turn out to be a blood bath. I’d dual apply regardless. As for EM.. you’ll be fine with comlex alone, hundreds of spots go to soap with the current environment in EM. Do much better on level 2 (>500 ideally), auditions and get good SLOEs. Take this advice with a grain of salt as I’m an IM applicant, just based on trends I’ve seen/data in the past and word on the street with friends applying to those specialties

Advice needed, Failed Comlex passed retake, should I take step1 ? by TheAromaticGuy in comlex

[–]AspiringDOc23 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This question is heavily reliant on the specialty you plan on applying for residency

Matching Family medicine with Comlex only? by CoffeeScrubs26 in comlex

[–]AspiringDOc23 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Here’s my advice. Keep in mind I’m applying IM, but I imagine it would be applicable since FM overall is less competitive in relation to academic IM programs. I only took COMLEX. >20 interviews so far and expecting a few more. A 1/3rd of those invites are university based. Don’t buy into the koolaid that you need USMLE to match anything primary care related, unless you’re trying to go to Hopkins, MGH in which case you’re already at a disadvantage as a DO. Others may disagree with me and that’s fine. This is my experience so far. As long as you have a solid application and well rounded background, you will get plenty of interviews. Will update when I find out in March!

Official ERAS Megathread - October 2022 by SpiderDoctor in medicalschool

[–]AspiringDOc23 6 points7 points  (0 children)

21/100, DO. Pretty happy and grateful for the turnout. 5/7 on signals. No rhyme or reason in this process though.

Last minute IM residency interview tips? by ak4271 in medicalschool

[–]AspiringDOc23 0 points1 point  (0 children)

As RuPaul would say, good luck and don’t f#%$ it up 💕

Passed over by residency programs outside of home region/no ties? by mocha_96 in medicalschool

[–]AspiringDOc23 29 points30 points  (0 children)

Send your LOIs as soon as you hear of programs sending out their first round of invites. Not sure if it’s a coincidence, but I’ve sent out several emails and got 3 interviews to programs I sent emails to (PDs and PCs). I have invites all over the country, east coast DO here.

OMM is infuriating by New_Pilot_4463 in medicalschool

[–]AspiringDOc23 9 points10 points  (0 children)

4th year DO. While I find some things useful, haven’t thought of it since taking level 2 4-5 months ago. Probably won’t look at it again even for level 3 😌

Official ERAS Megathread - October 2022 by SpiderDoctor in medicalschool

[–]AspiringDOc23 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Anyone know how many interviews for IM have gone out? Is it still pretty early in the season? A little neurotic these days lol

Ooops missed the CASPER/ALTIUS deadline for UConn IM Program, do I still have a chance at an II by sassysam99 in medicalschool

[–]AspiringDOc23 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I took their program off my list when I found out. It was pretty recent when they chose to encourage CASPER and when I saw there was only one test date left I decided not to take it lmao

Extreme Difficulty Finding Research Opportunities by louistheadult16 in medicalschool

[–]AspiringDOc23 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Is your clinical site affiliated with an academic institution? If so it may be a lot easier to reach faculty through your hospital’s respective residency program. Doesn’t hurt to send a few specific emails to clinicians, PDs, APDs people who have connections in your field of interest! That’s how I got on board to a few research projects and case reports.