For those of you that might not know, I am an Osteopathic student which means that to obtain my degree I must take the Osteopathic Boards which are a series of three exams throughout medical school, but I have the option of taking the Allopathic Boards. Many bloggers alike have talked about their perspective and given that I just signed up for my test dates, I thought I would do the same.
Given that the exams essentially test the same material (besides the additional osteopathic manipulative medicine information on the COMLEX (the D.O. boards) I have decided to take both since I will be studying the material regardless. Additionally, if I do well on both of these exams, I will be able to expand my horizons when applying for residency in a few years. During my application cycle in 2019-2020, the “merger” will have been technically finished. What’s the “merger”? As of now Allopathic and Osteopathic programs are still under different umbrella organizations and Osteopathic students participate in two different match systems for residency if they are interested in Allopathic programs as well. But with these two systems coming together there will be one application and one match for both MD and DO Students. Even with one match system, there are still two board exams and residency programs have the authority to choose which exam they consider. Therefore, to keep my options open and be able to apply to a broad range of institutions I took the plunge and signed up for two dates.
If you are deciding between which one to take as an Osteopathic student keep in mind that it is a personal decision and regardless of what others around you are doing, YOU are in control of your education!