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    finally got into a medical school

    The good thing: it's in state, so cheap tuition
    The VERY bad thing: It's a D.O. school, which means my future prospects are diminished about 50%. To put things into perspective, if I wanted to do cosmetic surgery as an MD, there are about 100something residencies. For a DO, there are 2. Great.

    I didn't even get into my alma mater even though I got a 30 on the MCAT and they are known to let people in that have the same or worse GPA as I do, and way lower MCAT scores (i.e. 22s and whatnot). I wanted to just stay here so I don't have to get a new house, move all my stuff, etc, etc. I mean it's better than not getting in anywhere, but it's barely better.

    Suffice to say, it could've been worse, but I am wayyyyy not happy.
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    Congrats! So exactly what is the difference between a D.O and an M.D? I've never even heard of a D.O.

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    I've never even heard of a D.O.
    Well there you go.....

    DO is Doctor of Osteopathics. It's basically the same as an MD but you take one extra class about manipulation of the body. MDs learn to treat a problem, DOs learn to treat the system/whole body. I.e. a DO will look at a person's diet, excercize habits, etc. There's a lot of prejudice against DOs though from MDs. Mds think they're a lot better even though they're both pretty much exactly the same and both get the job done just as effectively. And like I said, way less residencies for DOs. I wanted to do derm, but there are a total of ZERO dermatology residencies for DOs.
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    Well, congratulations nonetheless . It may not be an M.D., but you could get your D.O. and then if you're still up to it, have a better shot at an M.D. but then again that sounds like a whole lot of schooling... Then again you could always reapply next year? Medical school isn't always easy to get into on your first try.
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    Congrats on your acceptance. However, based on your view of this acceptance, I'd recommend that you be very certain before accepting it. It stinks if you put in all that time & are not happy with the degree/title that you end up with.... There are other options ....
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    Well there are still quite a few places out of state I have yet to hear from, and 1 more instate. However, none of them seem very likely to accept me since out of state places usually only take 2-3% out of state applicants. Since classes are 120-160, thats what? 8 people max?

    I've wanted to be a doctor since I was 10, so its better than nothing. Once you're able to practice, DO and MD are pretty much exactly the same, so it doesnt matter too much in the end, I just don't want to be sidelined into primary care like lots of DOs are. If I had to spend 8 years of my life learning to look at sore throats until I die, I would not be very pleased to say the least. I can always go and try to transfer out my first year. Like I said, its not over yet. I coudl still get in somewhere else, but I doubt it
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    Well, even if you do end up in primary care, you will still be saving a ton of lives. In fact you can probably help more people (and save lives) as a primary care physician than a specialist.
    - Daniel

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    so much for "knowledge and understanding of the healthcare system is astronomically deep"
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