I am currently attending NYIT College of Medicine (NYITCOM), an Osteopathic Medical school, and am now in my third year! The DO degree doesn’t differ much from the MD degree, aside from the osteopathic manipulative medicine technique (OMM). DO’s are trained with a holistic approach to medicine, and taught to treat the person as a whole rather than in isolated parts or diseases. DO’s still have 4 years of school, 2-7 years of residency, and can also take the same exams. In today’s society, the average person really doesn’t distinguish a DO and an MD. If you are interested in reading more about the DO degree, click here.
I chose the DO degree because I was passionate about preventative care. A large proportion of DO’s go into family or internal medicine, and I felt this was the best way to integrate my background in public health and fitness with my future career as a physician. Additionally, my program at NYIT placed a greater emphasis on patient interaction, and allowed me to have clinical exposure beginning already in the first year. It’s an attractive option for many non-traditional students, so I think I’ve fit in well!
I was thrilled to be accepted to NYIT-COM’s Doctor Patient Continuum Program, which is a problem based learning program during the first two years. I learned through case studies in small groups of 8 students and decided each day what to learn for the next session- no lectures! In the process I gained experience interpreting labs, EKGs, and imaging along with the tools to develop a differential diagnoses. I loved problem based learning, and can honestly say it was undoubtedly the best decision I could have made for myself. I felt more than prepared for my board exams and rotations third year.
This year I spent the fall in my first rotations: psychiatry, pediatrics, and surgery. I was selected to be an “academic scholar” at my school, which means that I’ll take an extra year to teach first and second year students, hone my OMM skills, and assist with research. This started in January of 2015 (and I LOVE it so far)- then I pick up my rotations right where they left off in January of 2016.
If you have any questions about my experiences feel free to email me or leave a comment below!