My name is SC. I am a chiropractor in NJ and I will be starting medical school this fall at SUNY Upstate in New York. My goal is orthopedic surgery.
As an accomplished surgeon and chiropractor, I felt compelled to reach out to you and introduce myself. I realize that you must be extremely busy but if you could find the time to answer a few questions I would really appreciate it.
I am curious to know what your opinion is on the surgical field and what advice you would have for a new medical student such as myself. Did you find that your chiropractic education and clinical experiences helped you in medical school? If so, in what ways? Is there anything you would do differently if you were in my shoes starting this new journey? Is there any other advice you would give to someone hoping to secure a surgical residency position in the further?
Thank you so much for you time. I hope we can stay in touch. There doesn’t seem to be many chiropractors who have made the change to surgeon or at least I haven’t found many. I really look forward to your response.
Congratulations! This is an excellent transition and you will be well served in medicine by your chiropractic background, especially if you want to go into orthopaedics.
Chiropractic allowed you to see the benefits of listening carefully to patients and understanding non-operative care which will be an important advantage in the orthopedic world.
I would not have done anything differently in my education. For surgical residencies (orthopaedics in particular), you need great numbers (test results) and great letters of recommendation. Spend some time learning research and try to get your name on some papers. Volunteer on committees and make yourself known. You will be exhausted from medical school but persevere.
There are a small handful of M.D., D.C.s out there and smaller still of spine related ones.