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so about them three new schools...

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical Osteopathic [ DO ]' started by jccalalafc, May 6, 2012.

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  1. jccalalafc

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    i was thinking about what the pros and cons of going to a new school were
    i saw some threads about it, but at least to me there weren't any clear answers
    a couple of things i've read that i just don't understand is: it's not good to go to a new school because you're just a guinea pig, i see where that's coming from but can someone elaborate on exactly what this means/why it's bad, and secondly, if for whatever reason, the school doesn't get full accreditation, the AACOM says there are policies to protect these students, exactly how will the students be protected?
    thanks!
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    The biggest problem is that the schools don't know what they are doing. I don't mean that as a slide to them, it is that they don't have any experience. They may be teaching classes in a way that isn't set up for boards. The tests might not be indicative of what they should be. They may not have the proper groove to help their students succeed.

    Another issue that when residency comes along, there may be big problems. Take an example. I am going to DMU. DMU was the second osteopathic school. So when I am ready to do a residency, lets say ortho, I can be confident that there were plenty of DMU residents to either go through or be around a certain program, so they can confidently say, "based on the DMU grads, this guy should be ok." There is also a good chance that someone working there may have gone to DMU. A new school won't have this. Directors might question the validity of grades, the preparations for residency, etc. All of it can be overcome, but it is a large hurdle the students from established schools don't have to deal with.

    And if you get to boards and realize that the school did a horrible job properly preparing you, you are the one who is screwed. I am not sure how people are protected though.
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    This answer should be a sticky.
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    Yes and also, though it hasn't happened and is unlikely to happen, if you are the first class for these schools there is a possiblity that they won't be fully accredited. Like I said not likely but it is possible.

    Great answer Frky.

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