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6 years 8 months ago #31332

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Dear Dr Levine / Other moderators of this forum,

I am a 3rd year DO student looking to match in a MD orthopedic program. I find that they'd be a better fit for me. However, coming from a relatively new program that predominantly schedules rotations in community/outpatient settings, I have had 0 opportunities to establish meaningful relationships with ortho docs in academia. Additionally, the experimentation with shelf exams has left my 3rd year grades a mix of Honors and HP despite glowing clinical evals.

Step I: 258
Step II: scheduled
Preclinical grades - at the top of the class
Clinical grades - so far a mix of Honors/HP - HP in surgery, Honors in orthopedic surgery
Publications/Research: a couple of ortho/surgery related projects pending. contributed a huge compendium of 300+ pages of clinical questions to a well-known pathology board review course. (basically, I've just tried to get my hands on anything I could given the scarcity of opportunities through my program)
Presentations: lots.
ECs: lots. TA / tutor / club officers, volunteer, etc.

My questions are the following:
1) Will my clinical grades be less relevant given the "caliber" of my program and rotation sites? i.e. would I be able to make up the difference with a solid step II score and verbal clarification of my clinical grades during the few interviews I'll be blessed to receive? ha ha
2) With 4 months available for aways, should I go all in on MD, or would you recommend that I rotate at a DO program, just in case? I would like to be a part of academia in the future and I feel that the MD side would have more opportunities for this.

It took some years of undergrad to get my act together, but I am a real soldier when it comes to getting things done now. Just need some honest direction. Please advise whenever you have a minute. I really appreciate your time.
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Re: All in or all out? 6 years 8 months ago #24025

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Thanks for your query - I would recommend that you do at least 1 sub-I at a DO program to cover that side and then choose other MD programs to rotate (if you can identify programs that have been "DO-friendly" that's icing on the cake). If you come from a relatively new program then it will be more challenging since programs may be unfamiliar so your sub-I's become even that much more important to knock it out of the park.

Good luck
wnl
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Re: All in or all out? 6 years 8 months ago #24026

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Dr Levine,

Thank you so much for the prompt response and the solid advice. That is what I will do.

Have a great weekend!

Andrew
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Re: All in or all out? 4 years 11 months ago #25675

you come from a relatively new program then it will be more challenging since programs may be unfamiliar so your sub-I's become even that much more important to knock it out of the park.
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