Anonymous asked: Why are you going DO instead of MD? Especially with a 33 MCAT. Did you get into any MD schools? I am genuinely curious and don't mean any disrespect, it's just that DO is typically thought to be less prestigious.
I did expect to get into an MD school and I applied to a lot of them. But it didn’t work out, not sure if it was something with my letters of recommendation or maybe because of my institutional action. Then I thought about doing a masters program and reapplying. However, while in the middle of that application process, the medical school called to offer me a seat. The DO school I will be attending is very close to home (a huge factor because I’m really tight with my family) and it is known to be one of the best DO schools in the nation. When I interviewed, we were given their match list for 2013 and they had everything from IM/FM/EM to surgery and anesthesiology. Although some people may think DO schools to be less prestigious, my pediatrician was a DO and I adored her. I think it truly has more to do with the actual person than the educational institution when it comes to determining how good a physician someone will become. Sure, some schools may offer more opportunities than others but Midwestern offers plenty of wonderful opportunities for their students. Furthermore, there has been a continuous upward trend in the number of osteopathic medical students these past few years and I anticipate that it will continue the next few years. Those who were accepted into an allopathic school are very lucky to be granted such an opportunity - but so am I for being given the opportunity to attend such a well-respected osteopathic school.
I really recommend anyone who has had trouble with gaining acceptances to allopathic schools in the past or is anxious about something like their GPA or MCAT to look into what DO schools have to offer.