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Old 01-16-2011
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Question Osteopathic program-training or restricted license

i have some questions regarding applying for residancy

1-what is osteopathic programs?and can IMG participate in it?what is the difference between regular residency and osteopathc?

this is from ECFMG
In the United States, a license to practice medicine is granted by individual state medical licensing authorities. Each state sets its own requirements for licensure. Depending on the state, a training or restricted license may be required to participate in programs of graduate medical education. Participants in graduate medical education programs may also be required to obtain an unrestricted medical license by a certain point in their training in order to progress in the program.
do you know examples about that?
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Originally Posted by MedicalDR14 View Post
what is osteopathic programs?and can IMG participate in it?what is the difference between regular residency and osteopathc?
There are two franchises allowed to accredit medical schools and graduate medical programs - the one everyone knows about, which produces MD's (and extends the MD designation as a courtesy to MBBS/MBChB/etc holders who complete an AGCME residency), and the osteopathic one that most people have never heard of (even if their physician is one!), which produces DO's. Unfortunately, IMG's and MD holders are ineligible for the DO match (eligibility for OGME requires a DO degree and completion of the COMLEX exam). Hopefully this will change as federal funding for graduate medical education is engaged as a serious tool in health care reform, but the osteopathic administration is very invested in keeping itself alive and its funding separate. Probably not anytime soon, I'm afraid. There is really no difference between DO and MD residencies, except that osteopathic residencies theoretically include a more traditional rotating internship year. DO students are eligible for the MD match, but they have to not apply to the DO match in order to match MD, and they have to pay to take a whole extra set of boards to have a shot at many of the MD residencies. Confusing, I know, for everyone! Pretty irrelevant to the IMG though, for the foreseeable future.
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