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anonymous asked:

Right now I have two acceptances- one DO and one MD. I think the DO program is a better fit for me because I like the curriculum/rotations better, and they have a lot of residencies. Although this is the case, people keep telling me I should go to the MD school. Why do some people think that any MD school is better than a DO school? Do you feel that you had all the same opportunities as the MDs?

There are some people who think that MD is the best thing ever and that anyone who doesn’t go the MD route is settling (be that going DO, NP, PA, RN, etc). While these people tend to be very vocal about their thoughts, in my experience they tend to fall into two camps. Either they are MDs who are holding on to an antiquated thought that there is no doctor like a medical doctor, or they are lay people who assume everyone in a white coat is a MD. Really, most people assume their doctor is an MD, even if their “doctor” is a physicians assistant. I don’t know why many people assume white coat=MD, but I think it’s getting better with more public awareness about the complexity that is health care. The AOA is launching a new ad campaign to help raise awareness of the awesomeness that is osteopathic medicine. I say we take it one step further and petition Shonda Rhimes to add a new DO character to Grey’s Anatomy. A loveable but sassy pediatric intern perhaps. 

I don’t think that being a DO has stood in the way of me getting any of the opportunities that MD’s get. In fact, at the moment DO’s have more opportunities because we get to be a part of the American Medical Association and the American Osteopathic Association (that’s two times the chance for national leadership positions if that’s your thing). Plus at the moment DO’s have more residency opportunities because they can apply to osteopathic and allopathic positions (granted this will no longer be true once the single accreditation system comes into play, but my point that there is no lack of residency opportunities). 

Now I can (and have) go on for ages about why I love being a DO. But it doesn’t matter that I love it, and it doesn’t matter what people are telling you. Pick the school that fits you the best, and don’t let anyone make you feel bad for doing what’s right for you. 

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani tells NPR that most people in his country want a continued U.S. troop presence and that his government is determined to make sure that the self-declared Islamic State does not gain a foothold.

Ghani, on an official visit to the United States, spoke in a wide-ranging interview with Morning Edition host Renee Montagne on Monday.

He says the perception that Afghans are eager for U.S. troops to leave the country is simply untrue. “They see the United States as critical to their future,” he says.

Ghani, who came to power in September succeeding longtime President Hamid Karzai, is expected to spend Monday at Camp David, Md., for discussions with Secretary of State John Kerry and to meet with President Obama at the White House on Tuesday.

Ashraf Ghani: U.S. Critical To Afghanistan’s Future

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