Med School or Physical Therapy School

  • tbeaux

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    Jul 11, 2011 8:37 AM GMT
    I know I have to do what's right for me obviously. I get that.

    I want to either go into Sports Medicine or Sports Physical Therapy. I am having the roughest time choosing and I think I made my decision on Physical Therapy. I just need to the pros and cons of each from any of you that have gone through any of these.
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    Jul 11, 2011 11:52 AM GMT
    both are laudable fields, and difficult to get into. I've experience with applying to PT schools for two years, getting waitlisted for both years. For both, you'll need a damn good application, and even when you still do, its still based of how you did in the interview and a numbers game.

    Let me know if you've any questions about PT.. although no longer going down that path, i've a great amount of experience working in PT as an aide, and well applying haha.

    best of luck
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    Jul 11, 2011 4:27 PM GMT
    consider osteopathic medical school - you get med school plus lots of PT techniques with OMM
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    Jul 11, 2011 5:31 PM GMT
    It wasn't mentioned above, but you should really look into the field of Speech Language Pathology. It is currently dominated by women, so men are always appreciated. Practically a 100% employment rate upon finishing your graduate school and your national board exams. You can work in a variety of areas: schools, hospitals, nursing homes, private practice. You can work with kids or adults. For example, I'm currently attending my masters and will be specializing in voice therapy. I'm aiming to working in a professional voice center along side otolaryngologists and ENT's. The pay isn't as good as a doctor, but I believe better than a PT. My speciality in NYC averages about 90K. I'm telling you, its an amazing field. You should look into it.
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    Jul 11, 2011 5:37 PM GMT
    These questions are too hard! it's like deciding between a mock turtle neck and a turtle neck! ahhhhhhhh. #toughone!
  • k777

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    Mar 03, 2012 7:56 PM GMT
    I like this question alot; Right now I am a junior undergraduate and I am having the same dilemma to some extent. Right now I am shadowing a PT in Chelsea and he says its much easier academically to do. He was an Industrial Labor and Relations major back in the day in my school and he still managed to get into PT school. So if you want an easier route PT should be the way you go.

    For me, when I (hopefully) get accepted to med school I'll make sure that it is a DO program me if you want talk about this more!
  • commoncoll

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    Mar 03, 2012 8:44 PM GMT
    A PT program will be MUCH easier to get into than a medical school. While not easy, a PT program will also be less academically challenging than medicine.

    As a physical therapist, you will carry out and probably assign the treatment itself. As a physician, you will most likely just write the prescription to the PT and go with what they want to do. If you can work for a sports team, you may end up doing everything by yourself. While Sports Physical Therapy does not exist in medicine, there are sports medicine fellowships through a few fields. Medicine pay will be higher than physical therapy.

    I know very little about PT admissions and they're probably about the same, but for medical school, assuming your grades are average or above, you will have to dedicate a few months to studying for MCAT and make at least a 30. Then spend another year waiting. For example, since this is March, and you study for the MCAT and take it by May at the latest, you can submit your application by June or July and then secondary applications from the school and then wait for interview for admission to class of 2013.

    MO also has the first DO college, so that program is going to be very strong there. I would go to an MD school if I get in simply so that you have more choice come residency selection time, but then you won't get the OMM. To be fair, the only DO I have heard of practicing OMM after school was one of the admission officers at a DO school.

    The thing about medicine is, there are so many options once you do go in, you may not want to do anything to do with physical therapy or sports medicine when you come out. It's also a very long road and a roundabout way of doing what you want to do when physical therapy may be a better route for you.

    Additionally, DPT is going to be 3 years. Medicine will be 7 at the minimum, longer if you do fellowships or a longer residency. But you're pretty young, so this time difference may not ultimately mean much.