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  • sdadmin
    Keymaster
    February 21, 2019 at 4:28 pm #2362
    1. WHEREAS, by 30 June, 2020, all U.S. osteopathic and allopathic medical students will apply to
    2. residency programs through the Single GME Accreditation System1; and
    3. WHEREAS, elective visiting medical student clinical rotations (i.e. “Sub-Is” or “Away
    4. Rotations”) are beneficial to fourth year medical students interested in specific residency
    5. programs by providing additional clinical experiences in varying specialties and subspecialties;
    6. promoting networking opportunities; and allowing for students to obtain letters of
    7. recommendations as part of their residency program application; and
    8. WHEREAS, Letters of Recommendation in the Specialty were weighted as a 4.2 out of 5 (Mean
    9. Importance Rating) by 86% of surveyed Program Directors (representing all specialties in the
    10. 2018 NRMP survey) as a selection factor for residency interview2; and
    11. WHEREAS, Personal prior knowledge of the applicant was weighted as a 4.2 out of 5 (Mean
    12. Importance Rating) by 68% of surveyed Program Directors (representing all specialties in the
    13. 2018 NRMP survey) as a selection factor for residency interview2; and
    14. WHEREAS, Audition elective/rotation within your department was weighted as a 4.2 out of 5
    15. (Mean Importance Rating) by 65% of surveyed Program Directors (representing all specialties in
    16. the 2018 NRMP survey) as a selection factor for residency interview2; and
    17. WHEREAS, as of February 8, 2019, the following U.S. medical education programs, listed as
    18. participating institutions in the AAMC’s Visiting Student Learning Opportunities (VSLO)
    19. program17, only accept applications for visiting medical student clinical rotations from students
    20. belonging to LCME accredited programs (MD programs): University of Maryland School of
    21. Medicine5, University of Virginia School of Medicine6, Larner College of Medicine at the
    22. University of Vermont7, the University of Kansas – Wichita9, Creighton University School of
    23. Medicine10, Houston Methodist Hospital17, and Washington University School of Medicine in St.
    24. Louis14; and
    25. WHEREAS, as of February 8, 2019, LSU Health School of Medicine8 states that “A student in
    26. good standing at any AAMC approved medical school (…) may be accepted for any elective
    27. listed in the LSUHSC elective catalog,” however upon further inquiry with LSUHSC
    28. Department of Student Affairs they stated that “in general” they accept applications from
    29. students from COCA accredited osteopathic medical schools but “only certain departments
    30. accept DO students.”; and
    31. WHEREAS, as of February 8, 2019, the following programs explicitly state limitations to
    32. available visiting medical student clinical rotations for osteopathic students: University of Miami
    33. Miller School of Medicine states, “students from non-LCME schools are accepted for clinical
    34. experiences at UMMSOM/JMH as OBSERVERS ONLY”11; the University of Utah School of
    35. Medicine states, “DO students are not accepted into all rotations. It is the 35 responsibility of the
    36. DO student to ensure that the rotation they request will accept DO students.”12, Tufts University
    37. School of Medicine states, “Interested students must be in good standing and their final year of
    38. an LCME accredited medical school. Students attending an Osteopathic medical school are
    39. eligible to Baystate Medical Center and Maine Medical Center, only.”13, and the University of
    40. South Alabama provides documentation on their program website with specific requirements
    41. regarding board scores for allopathic and osteopathic applicants for each rotation.15; and
    42. WHEREAS, as of February 8, 2019, the University of Colorado School of Medicine visiting
    43. medical student website states “A nonrefundable application fee of $150 for MD students is due
    44. on receipt of an offer for externship. DO and international medical students are required to pay a
    45. nonrefundable fee of $4,150 on receipt of an offer for externship.”16; and
    46. WHEREAS, the programs listed above do not represent an all-inclusive list of those that may
    47. match the aforementioned criteria; now, therefore be it
    48. RESOLVED: that the Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) recommends that the
    49. Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) supports equal opportunity for medical
    50. students from COCA accredited schools by encouraging all Visiting Student Learning
    51. Opportunities (VSLO) participating medical education programs to accept applications from the
    52. aforementioned students and offer visiting medical student clinical rotations to all qualified
    53. applicants; and, be it further
    54. RESOLVED: that the Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) recommends that the
    55. Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) encourages VSLO participating medical
    56. education programs to explicitly state any limitations to visiting medical student clinical
    57. rotations for applicants from COCA accredited schools; and, be it further
    58. RESOLVED: that the Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) recommends that the
    59. Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) encourages VSLO participating medical
    60. education programs that offer visiting medical student clinical rotations to charge students from
    61. both LCME and COCA accredited schools equal and equitable application fees, down payments,
    62. or deposits.

     
    References:

    1. Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Single GME Accreditation System. https://acgme.org/What-We-Do/Accreditation/Single-GME-Accreditation-System/articleid/4716. Accessed September 14, 2018.
    2. About VSLO. https://students-residents.aamc.org/attending-medical-school/article/about-vslo/ Accessed February 8, 2019.
    3. The National Resident Matching Program. Results of the 2018 NRMP Program Director Survey. https://www.nrmp.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/NRMP-2018-Program-Director-Survey-for-WWW.pdf. Accessed September 14, 2018.
    4. AAMC Visiting Student Application Service – Institution List. https://apps.aamc.org/vsas/public.html#/institutions. Accessed February 8, 2019.
    5. University of Maryland School of Medicine. Visiting Students. http://www.medschool.umaryland.edu/osa/Visiting-Students/. Accessed September 14, 2018.
    6. University of Virginia School of Medicine. Visiting Student Electives. https://med.virginia.edu/student-affairs/visiting-student-electives/. Accessed September 14, 2018.
    7. Larner School of Medicine at the University of Vermont. Information for Visiting Students. https://www.med.uvm.edu/mededucation/VIC/visiting. Accessed September 13, 2018.
    8. LSU Health School of Medicine. 4th Year Electives. https://www.medschool.lsuhsc.edu/student_affairs/electives.aspx. Accessed September 14, 2018.
    9. The University of Kansas. Academic & Student Affairs. http://wichita.kumc.edu/education/school-of-medicine/visiting-medical-students.html. Accessed February 11, 2019
    10. Creighton University School of Medicine. Apply to the Visiting Clerkship Program at Creighton. https://medschool.creighton.edu/current-students/visiting-students. Accessed September 14, 2018.
    11. University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Visiting Students. http://mededu.med.miami.edu/visiting-students1/visiting-students. Accessed September 14, 2018.
    12. University of Utah School of Medicine. Visiting Students. https://medicine.utah.edu/students/current-students/visiting-students/. Accessed September 13, 2018.
    13. Tufts University School of Medicine. Visiting Student Program. http://medicine.tufts.edu/Student-Services-and-Campus-Life/Registrar/Visiting-Student-Program. Accessed September 13, 2018.
    14. Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis https://md.wustl.edu/academics/visiting-students/. Accessed February 8, 2019
    15. The University of South Alabama. Visiting Student Requirements. https://www.southalabama.edu/colleges/com/currentstudents/resources/visiting-students-requirements.pdf. Accessed February 8, 2019.
    16. University of Colorado School of Medicine. Visiting Students for Academic Year 2018-2019. http://www.ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/medicalschool/education/studentaffairs/extern/Pages/default.aspx. Accessed February 8, 2019.
    17. AAMC. Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS). Institutions. https://apps.aamc.org/vsas/public.html#/institutions. Accessed February 11, 2019.

    Submitted by:
    Patrick Arpin, OMS II – Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine – SU
    Parker Stocking, OMS II – Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine – SU
    Kaitlin Zuspan, OMS II – Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine – SU
    Michael Rees, OMS II – Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine – SU

  1. Daniel Sunderland
    LECOM at Seton Hill
    Posts:
    February 22, 2019 at 11:10 am #2403

    It is contrary to the AMA’s statement that COMLEX is equivalent to USMLE, the pending match merger, and the general acceptance and equivalent licensure of DOs for MD institutions to discriminate against DO students when it comes to visiting student opportunities.

  2. AT
    Touro
    Posts:
    February 23, 2019 at 2:49 pm #2407

    Thank you for brining attention to this!

    On a separate note, I hope someone could bring forward a resolution in regards to not allowing program directors to screen out osteopathic students in ERAS. Right now they can use a simple check box to do that.