Advice for picking rotation site
Second year who will be having to pick a rotation site for the 3rd and 4th year. Open to most specialties but am all in for general surgery until board scores or interests suggest otherwise. My school has a site with a surgery residency that didn’t make the merger but still has residents. Would this be an ok site or should I select sites with residencies that made the merger? Would it at least be a good idea to do an elective there and try to get a letter from the former PD? The site is... Advice for picking rotation site (Source: Student Doctor Network)
Source: Student Doctor Network - August 19, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: Billroth_III Tags: Medical Students - DO Source Type: forums

Thread About Private Equity
I wanted to post a thread where we could discuss actual experiences with private equity. Currently, 11% of all dermatology practices are PE-owned. There is a general distaste among dermatologists for the spurt of PE acquisitions. Can anyone describe personal (or someone they know) experiences with private equity hiring? What were the pay and hours like? What was the ratio of PA/NP to MD? What was the workflow like? Both positive and negative experiences are appreciated. For those... Thread About Private Equity (Source: Student Doctor Network)
Source: Student Doctor Network - August 14, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: bad_bunny Tags: Dermatology Source Type: forums

Question About Previously AOA Residencies
In terms of applying to competitive residencies (i.e. ortho, derm, ENT) that were AOA before the merger, how much do these programs value COMLEX? From my understanding, many of these programs would put a lot of weight on comlex scores before the merger happened, so I'm wondering if they continue to do so. I guess my question is, if there is a ortho residency that still takes mostly (if not all) DO students after the merger, do you think a student with an average USMLE + stellar comlex score... Question About Previously AOA Residencies (Source: Student Doctor Network)
Source: Student Doctor Network - August 3, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: runtheball005 Tags: Medical Students - DO Source Type: forums

How much does being a DO hinder you on the west coast?
Hi! I have searched ad nauseam for a complete discussion on the matter and came up dry for my concerns. I'm only an OMS-I, but I think I want to be an allergist. I am doing my due diligence researching how this will play out if I am even successful. I see a lot of job listings in SoCal and other west coast regions say: MD degree required. A couple years ago, they'd say: ACGME residency only. (Obv with the merger, this is less effective.) The bottom line: there seems to still be... How much does being a DO hinder you on the west coast? (Source: Student Doctor Network)
Source: Student Doctor Network - July 17, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: moxymed Tags: Medical Students - DO Source Type: forums

GS/ Gas Chances as a DO w/ USMLE Step 1 P/F
With the recent news of the USMLE Step 1 exam becoming P/F for the Class of 2024, I was wondering if you guys could help shed some light on this unique situation. I will be starting medical school at NSU's KPCOM this August and will be impacted by this change. Nova Southeastern, and other DO schools, were successful in helping their students match into competitive specialties in great locations after the merger. This success can definitely be correlated to the students having excellent... GS/ Gas Chances as a DO w/ USMLE Step 1 P/F (Source: Student Doctor Network)
Source: Student Doctor Network - June 20, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: 13_Is_My_Favorite_Number Tags: Medical Students - DO Source Type: forums

Why does everyone hate on the NBOME? What about constructive feedback?
So yeah. I wanted to ask, what is your main reason for not liking NBOME? Do you think the COMLEX is badly written? Is it because of how they handled Level 2 PE during the COVID pandemic? I always thought their main job was to certify docs. And now after the merger, it is to maintain that DO identity? We're always gonna have to deal with them and the AOA anyways. But what is some constructive criticism you would give them? (Source: Student Doctor Network)
Source: Student Doctor Network - June 19, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: genessis42 Tags: Medical Students - DO Source Type: forums

reporter working on private equity story
Hi all, I'm a journalist in Los Angeles. I'm reporting a story for the New York Times Magazine about private equity acquisitions of practice groups. I'm looking for doctors with experience working for PE-owned medical practices—young anesthesiologists in particular. Your name doesn't necessarily have to appear in print. Please email if you'd like to talk. I want to hear from you. jwbarron@protonmail.com www.jessebarron.com... reporter working on private equity story (Source: Student Doctor Network)
Source: Student Doctor Network - May 30, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: thewrap Tags: Anesthesiology Source Type: forums

With combined residencies and Step 1 P/F is DO still viable?
I was previously a pretty strong DO advocate but now I'm afraid that the combined residency merger with Step 1 moving to P/F will severely impact DO applicants. Generally, MD's do better in the match and I'm enterring a DO school that is well ranked with traditionally>95% of the class matching but now I'm afraid for the future. My school does not have a dedicated residency program. Is it worth it to reapply and try to get into an MD? I'm looking at my student loan sheet at my future $240k... With combined residencies and Step 1 P/F is DO still viable? (Source: Student Doctor Network)
Source: Student Doctor Network - May 13, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: Californiacation Tags: Pre-Medical - DO Source Type: forums

DO graduates matching into orthopedic after merger
Hello All, Hope everyone is staying healthy and safe. I am in the process of applying to medical school and was interested in looking into osteopathic students matching into ortho surgery in the new system. The NRMP press release (New! Press Release: Thousands of Medical Students and Graduates Celebrate NRMP Match Results - The Match, National Resident Matching Program)... DO graduates matching into orthopedic after merger (Source: Student Doctor Network)
Source: Student Doctor Network - April 9, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: Joe Jewel Tags: Orthopaedic Surgery Source Type: forums

Osteopathic Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Reviews *Post Merger Version*
@DNC127 and I both matched into orthopedics this cycle and realized how little information is available regarding reviews on previously AOA (D.O.) orthopedic programs. The way osteopathic orthopedics works is that you will primarily get interviews from the programs you audition, and depending on your application, maybe a few more from programs you did not rotate at. That being said, choosing programs to rotate during your limited time is extremely important. Some websites... Osteopathic Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Reviews *Post Merger Version* (Source: Student Doctor Network)
Source: Student Doctor Network - March 17, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: SynapticDoctah Tags: Orthopaedic Surgery Source Type: forums

DO Match 2020 availability?
Does anyone know when we will have access to match data of this year? I am really eager to see how DO students match post-merger. (Source: Student Doctor Network)
Source: Student Doctor Network - March 11, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: Whysoez Tags: Medical Students - DO Source Type: forums

Any DO programs worth applying to as an MD post-merger?
Hi, Title is pretty self-explanatory, just wanted to see if there were any historically DO internal medicine programs that had a strong track record of fellowship matches that would be worth an application from a lower-competitiveness MD applicant. Thanks! (Source: Student Doctor Network)
Source: Student Doctor Network - March 3, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: Osteoth Tags: Internal Medicine and IM Subspecialties Source Type: forums

Advanced Cardiac Imaging CV anesthesiologists
The future is Now. CV anesthesiologists should be all over this especially for cath Lab imaging. We should be at the forefront. Heads up 3D googles for hemos and Imaging fusiin of CT and ECHO. DeBakey CV Congress: Advanced Interventional Cardiovascular Imaging This new program for cardiovascular interventionalists will teach cardiovascular imaging and interventional techniques in an intensive, hands-on setup. You will learn by doing techniques such as 3D planning using CT/MR image datasets, intra-operative image fusion, and 3D image acquis...
Source: Student Doctor Network - February 25, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: Modanq Tags: Anesthesiology Source Type: forums

How is CVS not a monopoly??
Just curious to see thoughts here. With every acquisition, I seriously wonder how the government can allow CVS to continue without being considred a monopoly? Is it really ethical to have one company own a large majority of the nation's pharmacy locations (and keep buying up more and more little guys along the way), but then also be Caremark/ESI and acquire Aetna? What loopholes is this satanic company using? The persuasion of $$$ ? (Source: Student Doctor Network)
Source: Student Doctor Network - January 12, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: SCRph2014 Tags: Pharmacy Source Type: forums

After the merger part 3: We do not accept COMLEX scores
Duke IM-Psych: We do not accept COMLEX scores in place of USMLE scores. Application Process | medicine.duke.edu Application Requirements All applications are considered without regard to race, religion, gender, or national origin. However, applicants must satisfy certain technical requirements congruent with Duke Graduate Medical Education standards to be eligible for admission. Please review these... medicine.duke.edu Duke Psychiatry: We do NOT accept COMLEX Scores in place of USMLE Scores. Trainees must pass USML...
Source: Student Doctor Network - December 22, 2019 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: jkdoctor Tags: Medical Students - DO Source Type: forums

Is only COMLEX good enough?
So my school keeps pushing the idea that after the merger, the COMLEX should be exactly equal to the USMLE. Even mentioning step 1, seems kind of taboo. But can’t this type of advice screw students over? I’m starting to feel that the only reason there is still a COMLEX after the merger is because it generates revenue (Source: Student Doctor Network)
Source: Student Doctor Network - November 18, 2019 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: genessis42 Tags: Medical Students - DO Source Type: forums

Does your DO school publish the average USMLE score for your class?
I go to KCUMB and noticed our school displayed the class board average this year (not public I don't think, but internally). Was curious what other DO school are averaging for USMLE going into the merger. COMLEX: 547.78 (n=355) USMLE: 227.18 (n=274) (Source: Student Doctor Network)
Source: Student Doctor Network - November 8, 2019 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: Dr.Bruh Tags: Medical Students - DO Source Type: forums

enough itvw's for a DO?
DO student 22X 23X very, very fortunate and lucky to have received 10 itvws so far. but i applied to around 130 and that yield is not the best. 2 of those were from aways. I understand 2018 outcomes put my chances at a good place but with the merger and increased # of applicants I can't help but be worried should I hold out hope any more will come my way? should I feel comfortable with 10? or is 15 the new magic number, especially for DO applicants? I know nobody has a steadfast... enough itvw's for a DO? (Source: Student Doctor Network)
Source: Student Doctor Network - October 27, 2019 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: throwaway2020merger Tags: Anesthesiology Source Type: forums

accreditation website
I found a website a few weeks ago that basically had a search function for all of the residencies and even the sub-specialties that listed where they were and their accreditation status (in relation to the merger) but i cant seem to find it again. Anybody have any idea what website this may have been? appreciate the help (Source: Student Doctor Network)
Source: Student Doctor Network - October 1, 2019 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: giguerex35 Tags: Medical Students - DO Source Type: forums

AOA-ACGME merger update - orthopedic version
RRC met earlier this week and 6 more osteopathic orthopedic programs gained initial ACGME accreditation, bringing the total to 14. Following programs now are ACGME accredited: Broward Plainview Metro health Cuyahoga falls Lansing Botsford Riverside Nassau South pointe McLaren Oakland Genesys Inspira/Vineland Ventura Harrisburg Update: Add 4 more programs, total of 18. Modesto Henry Ford Macomb Jersey City GrandView Update: Add 2 more programs, bringing the total to 20. KCUMB- Kansas... AOA-ACGME merger update - orthopedic version (Source: Student Doctor Network)
Source: Student Doctor Network - September 17, 2019 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: DarkHorizon Tags: Orthopaedic Surgery Source Type: forums

ERAS: Do I have to assign my COMLEX or not?
If I’m applying to mostly ACGME programs, can I just send only my USMLE transcript? Or do I have to assign my comlex transcript to all of the programs because of the merger? Thank you in advance! (Source: Student Doctor Network)
Source: Student Doctor Network - September 16, 2019 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: oOKawaiiOo Tags: Medical Students - DO Source Type: forums

AOA/Merger - NRMP Step 1 Score Reporting
3rd year DO student here, and am still on the fence about taking Step 1. Interested in FM residency. Does anyone know if it is required to report Step 1 scores on the NRMP residency application post merger completion? Previously there was still the AOA; therefore, ERAS application. Now it will only be NRMP. I'm just wondering how the actual application will look for those students who only took COMLEX. Thank you. (Source: Student Doctor Network)
Source: Student Doctor Network - September 1, 2019 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: dkog Tags: Medical Students - DO Source Type: forums

Osteopathic Recognition and MD Applicants
With the new merger I know that there are some previously AOA programs that converted but now have osteopathic recognition. What exactly does "osteopathic recognition" mean? and more importantly are these programs likely to interview or rank MD applicants or is it a waste of time and money to apply to these programs? (Source: Student Doctor Network)
Source: Student Doctor Network - August 29, 2019 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: Dr. Doctor MD Tags: Medical Students - MD Source Type: forums

Is 30 programs too little/just right/too much?
Level 1: 500-510 Level 2: 500-510 Passed PE No Step scores Should have 3 FM LOR (1 MD, 2 DO), and will be auditioning at 4 places (that I will be applying to). Is applying to 30 programs in the NE region a good number or should I apply to more? Want to stay in the general PA, NJ, DE area but matching somewhere is better than not matching! Getting nervous with the merger and the paranoia that somehow FM will become super competitive this match (2020). I know based on previous match data... Is 30 programs too little/just right/too much? (Source: Student Doctor Network)
Source: Student Doctor Network - August 14, 2019 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: Philotic Tags: Family Medicine Source Type: forums

Is residency merger good or bad?
Hello everyone. So I am a bit confused, many people are talking that in 2020 DO and MD residencies are going to merge, but what does it mean for MD and DO graduates? Will DOs be more competitive for top programs? Don't know much about residencies yet, so would like to shed light on this. (Source: Student Doctor Network)
Source: Student Doctor Network - August 2, 2019 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: spb1703 Tags: Pre-Medical - MD Source Type: forums

Current Anesthesia group getting Merged with an anesthesia management company, what is a reasonable offer?
Quick questions for those of you who have experienced this. I am currently working as an independent contractor all MD group in California. I’ve been here for 2 years, not a partner. Although I’m one of the more senior people at the particular hospital I’m working at. I was informed that there was a merger that is about to happen. My boss is told me that with this merger, I’d get a certain cash incentive over 3 years. We will continue to be independent contractors, but the national group... Current Anesthesia group getting Merged with an anesthesia management company, what is a reasonable offer? (S...
Source: Student Doctor Network - August 1, 2019 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: kire1820 Tags: Anesthesiology Source Type: forums

AOA/ACGME Merger & Assessing DO Schools
Prior to the merger, I could have chosen any osteopathic program in the country and be confident in matching without a problem. My assessment is that DO students (or schools) on the wrong side of the bell curve may be negatively impacted by increased competition at historically-AOA programs. Is it worth paying attention to the historical fraction of AOA and ACGME matches that a particular program lands? Is it innapropriate to bring up this information in "Why our school?" secondary promps... AOA/ACGME Merger & Assessing DO Schools (Source: Student Doctor Network)
Source: Student Doctor Network - June 27, 2019 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: Kardio Tags: Pre-Medical - DO Source Type: forums

Question about MD/DO merger
Now that ERAS has opened, I have been researching residency programs and came across the OK State anesthesiology program, a DO program. Their website has a list of requirements for "non-DO applicants" which looks like they require you to have 60 hours of OMM training and a DO letter of recommendation. Are DO programs allowed to have these requirements for MD students? It was my assumption that they wouldn't MD students wouldn't have to jump through these hoops with the new ACGME merger. If... Question about MD/DO merger (Source: Student Doctor Network)
Source: Student Doctor Network - June 16, 2019 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: Dantrolene FC Tags: Medical Students - MD Source Type: forums

MD/DO Degree Merger. Sooner than you think?
Hi All, I just wanted to start a discussion on the possibility of an MD/DO degree merger in the near future because I heard a couple people high up in academia say that they will merge the degrees in the next few years. One of them pointed me to a court case in 1982 (Dr. John Maceluch, et al., Plaintiffs-appellants, v. Dr. Charley E. Wysong, President of the Composite Stateboard of Medicalexaminers of Texas, et... MD/DO Degree Merger. Sooner than you think? (Source: Student Doctor Network)
Source: Student Doctor Network - June 13, 2019 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: thanosinevitable2020 Tags: Medical Students - DO Source Type: forums

Future MD DO merger?
So I'm aware that this is probably a touchy issue but I was recently made aware of the merger between MD and DO residency programs. Please correct me if I'm wrong, but the accrediting bodies for MD and DO medical schools are still separate, right? Is there any chance in the coming decades that this changes? It seems the curriculum is largely the same (as it should if both follow evidence based medicine) with the addition of OMM for DOs. Maybe I am missing something obvious, but doesn't it... Future MD DO merger? (Source: Student Doctor Network)
Source: Student Doctor Network - June 7, 2019 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: musicmasta1996 Tags: Pre-Medical - MD Source Type: forums

Private Equity in Ophthalmology
Ophthalmology and optometry is rapidly succumbing to acquisition and consolidation by private equity firms nationwide. The primary motive of private equity appears to be extraction of profit out of the practice and of older practice owners to maximize profit and exit strategy. Ophthalmologists will now become a commodity. Much has been said about the pros and cons of selling one's practice to private equity. There appears to be little upside for current associate doctors to stay or... Private Equity in Ophthalmology (Source: Student Doctor Network)
Source: Student Doctor Network - June 3, 2019 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: dantt Tags: Ophthalmology: Eye Physicians & Surgeons Source Type: forums

Does the osteopathic basic science curriculum prepare you for STEP1 by default or is there considerable more prep work needed to get ready for STEP?
I'm still trying to understand the merger and how that affects future DO students but do you think the osteopathic curriculum today will get you ready for either exam or do you really need to put in a lot of additional studying to get ready for STEP after preparing for COMLEX? I'm looking into DO schools but I don't know too much about the difference in curriculum's. (Source: Student Doctor Network)
Source: Student Doctor Network - June 1, 2019 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: SM25 Tags: Pre-Medical - DO Source Type: forums

Rocky Vista University (RVU) Acquisition by Saint George University (SGU)
I'm a first year student at RVU having just started this week. The president of RVU gave an announcement that RVU is being acquired by Medforth, which is the parent company that also owns Saint George University in Grenada. As many of you may know, SGU is the stereotypical Caribbean model for medical schools; ie high attrition low match rate. My fear is that the Caribbean model will be implemented at RVU and the education I receive will be changed for the worse. Now, my question is should I... Rocky Vista University (RVU) Acquisition by Saint George University (SGU) (Source: Student Doctor Network)
Source: Student Doctor Network - May 28, 2019 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: moogly82 Tags: Medical Students - DO Source Type: forums

Neurology residency chances
OMS IV Applying as the guinea pig in the merger class. Stats GPA> 3.6 at minimum puts me within the top half of the class. LORs: strong letters for core rotation preceptors that I worked one on one with. Comlex: 500-550, expect to be over 550 with comlex 2. No usmle and I am not taking it. I know it’s risky but it’s too late in the game and I’ll apply/go to the end of the earth if I have to. Rotations: honored every rotation except geriatrics, go figure. Extracurricular... Neurology residency chances (Source: Student Doctor Network)
Source: Student Doctor Network - May 25, 2019 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: Macsoccer42 Tags: Medical Students - DO Source Type: forums

Illinois (MD) vs Ohio University-HCOM (DO)
Hi all, recently got into Illinois' MD program as an out-of-state student, and I'm weighing that offer over OU-HCOM (in-state DO). I would really appreciate input, so thanks in advance! Illinois + Recorded, non-mandatory lectures and a systems-based curriculum + MD opens more doors for competitive specialties and residencies (especially given the upcoming ACGME merger); also won't have to worry about OMM/COMLEX + Will be in either Chicago, Peoria, or Rockford; all of which are at... Illinois (MD) vs Ohio University-HCOM (DO) (Source: Student Doctor Network)
Source: Student Doctor Network - May 13, 2019 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: bengalsix Tags: Help Me Decide: X vs Y Medical School Source Type: forums

Is the DO degree relevant anymore?
Hi all! I am going into medicine, and like all med students, I am concerned about matching. Given the recent residency merger and the indistinguishable curriculum of MD/DO schools (with the exception of the added OMM) I was wondering why there is so much resistance from the AOA to change the degree to an MD. In this current time, it seems like it just creates unnecessary bias when trying to get a residency spot. Furthermore, most DO students seem to dislike explaining what the degree is or... Is the DO degree relevant anymore? (Source: Student Doctor Network)
Source: Student Doctor Network - May 7, 2019 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: CuriousGeorgeTA19 Tags: Pre-Medical - DO Source Type: forums

Should I apply DO given the match merger?
Hi guys, I would really like some guidance on what to do. I have a 3.85 gpa with great leadership experience, clinical experience, volunteering and everything else with the exception of research. The big problem is that I have a 500 MCAT. This score obviously bars me from having any realistic chance at getting into an MD school. I have no problem with DO philosophy ( in fact I probably prefer it). If i wanted to go primary care I don't believe there would be any issue going DO, however I... Should I apply DO given the match merger? (Source: Student Doctor Network)
Source: Student Doctor Network - May 1, 2019 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: Jberto2018 Tags: Pre-Medical - DO Source Type: forums

RVU vs CNU
Hi all, I am having a hard time choosing between RVU and CNU. Here is the short list: RVU pros: Good board scores and match list Love the area Great curriculum RVU cons: Do school (which doesn’t bother me but not sure how i would be affected with the residency merger) Cnu pros: MD Good usmle scores Cnu cons: location of school Did not have a great feeling during interview day Private loans Match list didn’t seem very impressive to me Overall I like RVU better in terms of... RVU vs CNU (Source: Student Doctor Network)
Source: Student Doctor Network - April 27, 2019 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: Kodiak22 Tags: Help Me Decide: X vs Y Medical School Source Type: forums

PCP visits declined 18 percent over 4 years
Unfortunately not looking good for primary care bound physicians in the current environment where instant gratification culture has led to the proliferation of urgent care and minute clinics that cost the same up front to the patient. The Disappearing Doctor: How Mega-Mergers Are Changing the Business of Medical Care Big corporations — giant retailers and health insurance companies — are teaming up to become your doctor. www.nytimes.com Excerpt: "CVS [...], and mos...
Source: Student Doctor Network - April 26, 2019 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: MeatTornado Tags: Medical Students - MD Source Type: forums

The Kind of Anti-DO Bias We Should REALLY Be Talking About
So during my time in medical school I’ve heard all kinds of things about the upcoming merger and speculation about the types of bias we’re going to be seeing, whether it be former AOA programs preferring to still take DOs, going half and half, etc, pros and cons of students taking Step 1 and it opening doors to programs, and the like. However with my classmates preparing for their 4th year rotations and setting up always/ sub-Is/ auditions, I’ve seen some really obvious anti-DO bias on the... The Kind of Anti-DO Bias We Should REALLY Be Talking About (Source: Student Doctor Network)
Source: Student Doctor Network - April 7, 2019 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: scrublyfe21 Tags: Medical Students - DO Source Type: forums

Reapply or go DO?
3.78cgPA, 3.64sgpa, 520 MCAT I got accepted into a DO school. But with the residency merger in 2020, I don't know if that's the right call. I applied to several special master's programs so far, should I reapply MD or take the DO? I want the best chance at matching in the future. Is reapplying worth the risk? This June would be the last time I could use my MCAT. (Source: Student Doctor Network)
Source: Student Doctor Network - April 5, 2019 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: medicinepassion1 Tags: Re-Applicants [ MD / DO ] Source Type: forums

Author clarification of procedures related to primary outcome data acquisition and masking
(Source: BMJ Comments)
Source: BMJ Comments - December 4, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: forums

5th year + boards, chances in peds?
So I'm finishing 2nd year (technically 3rd year since I 5th year'd) at a D.O. school in the midwest and I'm going to be taking COMLEX in 6 weeks. I got a 360 and 380 on my baselines (just now starting to really dedicate time towards board studying) and things are kind of a mess in terms of my resume. No research, no leadership, mostly Bs. With this merger how are my odds of getting a residency in peds (assuming I will get way
Source: Student Doctor Network - May 13, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: moonwake Source Type: forums

What is the DO-MD merger?
I keep seeing mentions about this on here but I really don't get what it is...DO-only residencies will be open to MDs? (Source: Student Doctor Network)
Source: Student Doctor Network - May 9, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: orgohno Source Type: forums

What is your school's start to finish success rate?
Like caribbean schools, the numbers need to be made available on the actual success rate of each class, meaning full attrition of how many of the students that start on day one make it to graduation with a secured residency spot. I know my school has had drop outs, held back a year, and kicked students out, much higher attrition than I could imagine as a premed, but these obviously do not show up match or even "placement" statistics. Part of the schools answer to the merger has been to... What is your school's start to finish success rate? (Source: Student Doctor Network)
Source: Student Doctor Network - May 7, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: Staphylococcus Aureus Source Type: forums

EX-AOA programs after the merger
Hey everyone, Before the merger I remember everyone on SDN debating whether such a move by the AOA would ultimately benefit or harm DO students in the match, and whether those PDs will still show a preference for DO students. Now that a large number of these programs have transitioned, I was wondering what the intern classes in your area are looking like with the number of DO students still matching into these programs. It's a little concerning where I am as our IM program went from 10... EX-AOA programs after the merger (Source: Student Doctor Network)
Source: Student Doctor Network - April 24, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: radkat101 Source Type: forums

COMLEX vs USMLE post-merger
As a pre-med student applying to both DO and MD programs, I am trying my best to educate myself about the residency merger. These might be dumb questions, but I have experienced trouble researching them. Will DO schools adjust their curriculum to focus more on USMLE prep? What is the purpose of keeping the COMLEX, and what incentive is there to study for this post-merger? (Source: Student Doctor Network)
Source: Student Doctor Network - April 16, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: CJhooper123 Source Type: forums

The Disappearing Doctor: How Mega-Mergers Are Changing the Business of Medical Care
McDonaldization of healthcare. Will be interesting to watch. I predict it won’t turn out well for patients or the economy. The Disappearing Doctor: How Mega-Mergers Are Changing the Business of Medical Care (Source: Student Doctor Network)
Source: Student Doctor Network - April 8, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: Mt Kilimanjaro Source Type: forums

In light of nearly 20% not matching ACGME and AOA spots disappearing, sign this petition!
With the merger and an 80% match rate in the acgme, once the merger occurs, 1 in 5 students will have their life turned upside down with 200-400k debt and no job to show for it. Let's be proactive prior to it happening and sign this petition! I know this wont change much, but if we get it seen, the gear may start moving.... In light of nearly 20% not matching ACGME and AOA spots disappearing, sign this petition! (Source: Student Doctor Network)
Source: Student Doctor Network - March 17, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: Mona nucleosis Source Type: forums

Is MD worth it for me?? Post merger question also
I read a thread that kind of had me thinking, but basically the question was "is it reasonable to take gap years to get into MD" and one of the comments was "if you can't out compete premeds trying to get into MD schools, what makes you think you can out compete all those MD students" or something to that extent and another comment saying how even MD students don't match into those super competitive specialties. I don't consider myself to be super bright, and research isn't really my thing... Is MD worth it for me?? Post merger question also (Source: Student Doctor Network)
Source: Student Doctor Network - March 10, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: chillingpanda Source Type: forums