Membership Discussion on Equity: Student Research and Leadership
At the upcoming October External Affairs Team Meeting, the Foundation Board will be discussing this topic. As members and friends of the Foundation, we are looking for your input for this discussion.
It goes without saying, please be courteous and respectful.
Statement from NWRPCA (Northwest Regional Primary Care Association)
Since residency matches have combined, Osteopathic students are now competing with MD students for all residency positions. Since Level 1/Step 1 of the boards is now pass/fail, residencies are putting more emphasis on research experiences, leadership experiences, and other parts of the application. MD schools, which are usually based at academic health centers, have an easy pathway for students to find research projects led by faculty to participate in. Most of our DO schools, being more community based, do not have as many ready research projects for students to get involved in. This means many students are left to find these experiences on their own, through family members, folks they have worked with in undergrad, or through networking. This may disproportionately disadvantage those who do not have physician family members, or who may not have had academic connections growing up.
In what ways could the Foundation enhance some of the equity of Osteopathic students who come from less connected backgrounds by providing some connections/avenues to research and leadership opportunities to students? Please use the comments box below.