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Ok, I am in DO school now and had 2 kids before I started. Most people I know had their child between first and second year or at the end of second year. You only have the summer off between first and second year. You do not have the option to take summers off after that. You get a one month vacation slot years 3 & 4. You do your vacation when you have the baby. I would not advise being pregnant and trying to do a surgery rotation - lots of long long hours on your feet. The school I go to is very family friendly and they work with students who are pregnant - you never know if you will have comlications, bed rest, C-section etc. You have to be aware that things happen and not everyone has easy deliveries. A friend of mine who is a DO has her first baby after 2nd year and the second baby right after graduation. In DO school the rotations are fairly laid back where I am. The most difficuly is surgery like I said. Otherwise its just like going to work everyday and I get home usually by 4pm depending on the rotation. I just finished my psysch rotation with a DO who is pregnant with her 4th child and she's just finishing her residency now. It is very possible. The first and second years is classwork and studying so being pregnant would be fairly easy, its finding good childcare and lack of sleep afterward that is the hard part.
Originally posted by doc-to-be:
Hello, there. I am so glad I found this website! This is the information I've been needing. I am JUST beginning my journey to becoming a DO. I will begin a premedical program in May. I plan to do my residency in psychiatry.
I am REALLY interested in hearing from DOs who had children while in school (especially those who did/are doing their residencies in psychiatry). I don't have children yet, but my husband and I want to start within the next few years. What would you say is the best year to have a baby? After first year? After second year? Once rotations begin? Or, is every year equally hard?
Also (this will sound like a naive question), do you have the option to take an occasional summer off? I ask because my mom had me while in law school, and she planned for me to be born after finals so she could have the summer with me before she went back to school. Is this realistic for DO students?
Any thoughts would be MUCH appreciated. Thanks!
Originally posted by <studentmom>:
I am a mom of three children, ages14,10 and 2years. I got married when I was 17 to an awesome person through arranged marriage. I put my dream on hold while he pursued medicine. Now I feel it is my turn, I got accepted to med school this year. I am extremely happy that I got in, but I have to leave my family and relocate to another state. This has really put a damper on my celebration. Are there anybody in similar situation? If so reply.