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Ask the Program Director is a new feature that will focus on
providing medical students practical advice to help them navigate
the process of obtaining a residency position in internal medicine.
Issues to be covered include CV development, writing a personal
statement, the Match process, residency program interviews, and
Neither the specialty nor the medical subspecialties "require"
USMLE. Both COMLEX and USMLE are licensing exams and either full
set qualifies an individual for state licensure. If the program is
dual-accredited it is likely to be familiar with interpretation of
COMLEX scores. Scores on standardized exams are but one component
of the student application (see answers below). That being said,
high scores on USMLE will enhance the application especially in
allopathic fellowship programs. Thus, DOs considering subspecialty
training may benefit from taking the USMLEs in addition to their
Program directors are looking for students who have shown that
they can excel in many areas. The more outstanding achievements you
can document, the stronger your application will be. Excellence can
be demonstrated in any or all of these:
It is also useful to research the programs you are applying to
or interested in. Look at a program's track record of accepting DO
candidates. However, do not be discouraged by a record that shows
fewer DO candidates as the program may have not had many DO
applicants in the past. Each program may have different preferences
which could be reflected in their current house-staff roster. Also,
potentially scheduling a fourth year elective during medical school
at a few institutions that you are especially interested in and
creating a great impression can be helpful. Be prepared to
distinguish your training from allopathic training and then
consider how you would be able to utilize your experience in the
Most program directors will look at both the medical school the
student is from and his or her standardized exam scores when
evaluating an application. In addition they will look at the
transcripts, letters of recommendation, previous experiences (CV),
and personal statement prior to inviting a student for an
interview. There is no single formula for weighing the importance
of each of these, and it is likely that each program does it
slightly differently. Although some programs may prefer students
from an allopathic medical school over those from an osteopathic
school, the strengths and weaknesses of the individual applicant
are far more important. Most programs would prefer a great resident
from an osteopathic school over a weak resident from an allopathic
school. In addition, if a program has had good experience with
candidates from a particular DO school, this will also be favorable
for the candidate.
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July 2011 Issue of IMpact
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