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The osteopathic profession supports two different types of internships. The first is a traditional internship, a one-year program taken directly after graduation from medical school that provides diverse clinical experiences across a variety of medical specialties.  It is often a choice of medical school graduates who are uncertain of their career direction and want to experience a general clinical program prior to pursuing a residency choice.  It can also be taken to qualify for allopathic (ACGME) advanced residencies, that is, medical specialties that match at the PGY-2 year and require completion of a separate 1-yr internship program prior to entry.

Students on InternshipThe second type of internship is associated with the osteopathic Option 2 specialties that include: diagnostic radiology, NMM/OMT, ophthalmology, pathology, and physical medicine and rehabilitation.  While graduating medical students are selected for these specialties, their first year is considered an attached internship year and they receive an internship certificate upon successful completion of the first year.  The second postdoctoral year is considered the start of the residency program.  Each Option 2 specialty has a structured internship curriculum that approximates a traditional internship but includes more required rotations related to the specialty. 

Recent AOA changes in their definition of residency programs have diminished the number of graduates seeking traditional internships and more hospitals have opted to offer fewer of them.  The majority of specialties are now considered Option 1, which means that the first year of training is considered the first year of the residency. 

Osteopathic Internship and Residency positions are applied to, and awarded through, the AOA Match program, with the exception being Option 3 residency programs.