2017-2018 Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine (ICOM)

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  1. avhopeful

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    Are you referring to thank you notes? I just emailed mine
     
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    Yeah I ended up emailing because I didn't wanna take the chance of having them not get there before adcom meets on friday aha
     
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    Is anyone on here interviewing on 3/12 and want to meet up the day before for lunch or dinner?
     
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    My personal opinion, and I am in no way a med school admissions expert, (in fact paying a company that specializes in advising students on getting into medical school would not be a bad idea for you), but because of your low gpa, particularly your undergrad science gpa, and re-taken science courses, I think you are going to really struggle to get an acceptance. My freshman year I had a sub 2.0 semester, but only one; after that my grades continuously and drastically improved, graduate school grades were pretty solid, postbacc science gpa 4.0. Point is, I had years of academic achievement to show medical schools that I wasn't a sub 3.0 student. You need to do a 2 year medical school masters prep program and get great grades and you need an mcat in the 506 range, and a solid application with no weaknesses after that. That academic history is going to be hard to overcome. I don't say this to be mean I simply want you to understand retaking the MCAT and getting a higher score may not be enough to get you in and will just waste a year of your life when you should be in a master's program proving to schools you can excel in a rigours graduate level science curriculum.
     
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    I did neither, because by the time you fly home and write it, and then by the time they actually read it, they have probably already written their report and sent it to the admissions committee.
     
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    I say we call for a referendum to where we can at least wear scrubs or have casual Friday.
     
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    Did anyone else interview this week?
     
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    I applied the first day they accepted primaries and received an II about a week later. It only took a few days to realize this wasn't the school for me (having another acceptance helped). I'm from way out of state (south east) but didn't mind moving to Idaho or going to a DO school. The deal breakers for me where no federal funds for the first two years (I'm planning to apply for NHSC) and having to bounce across states covering ~1/6 of the lower 48 for your final two years (would be tough on my wife's career). Everyone has to weigh their own priorities, but these were mine, and attending an expensive interview wouldn't have changed them.

    As a side note to other posters talking about thank you notes: you send thank you notes because you are grateful NOT because you think it can win you brownie points before the adcom meets. That type of brown nosing is what interviewer can easily detect. If you get an II, you are competitive. If your actions show you aren't genuinely grateful for that opportunity then don't expect an acceptance. Schools aren't looking to recruit arrogant/egotistic premeds. Every one of my interviewers this cycle received a hand written thank you note personalized for what we discussed during the interview. I even sent one to the interviewer that commented that it was unfortunate I went to X for my undergrad because it wasn't an Ivy League school. Why did he still get one? Because I was grateful he helped shape my opinion of that school and made it very easy to decline their offer of acceptance a few weeks later. WIIFM only works up to a certain point.
     
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    The handbook and the administrators said business casual, so no jacket or tie required. And the business attire is only needed for morning classes. It says “students do not need to maintain professional attire after morning classes mon-fri”
     
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    I wrote mine right after the interview day was over. One professor responded right away.

    Added: I don't write my thank you notes because they might give me some sort of advantage. I wrote thank you notes because I genuinely wanted to thank my interviewers again for their time.
     
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    Does anyone know if they are still accepting applications and if the class is full?
    Is it a closed interview?
     
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    Hey guys! Throwing this out there again because some people mentioned housing.

    I have a duplex in Boise that will have two open rooms soon. My SO and I live in the master bedroom and would prefer to rent the other rooms to med students. It’s $300 a month, 10-15 from ICOM, and 5-10 minutes from downtown Boise.

    PM me for more information if you are interested.
     
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    Applications yes.
    Full, I’m pretty sure not!
    It’s open file!
     
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    awesome! thanks dude!
     
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    Do they send secondaries pretty quick??
     
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    No secondaries. It’s a highway to interview! ;)
     
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    From my interview this week, they said they had ~80 deposits.
     
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    Dang how many spots are they trying to fill? 150?
     
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    Seems like they're trying to fill the 162, but I didn't ask them specifically. Based on previous posts, people have said they'd be happy with the 150 if they can't fill the rest of the seats with good candidates.
     
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    Hey just wanted to update everyone, I just received an email from ICOM informing us that the HPSP military scholarship for ALL military branches is now open to ICOM students!
     
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    when did you interview?
     
  27. OBNUG123

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    I heard 90
     
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    Does anyone know about the average mcat they are accepting?
    How quickly did anyone receive an interview invite after aacomas was submitted ??
     
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    3 weeks and mcat IDK prolly 500+
     
  30. healthcare88

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    okay! Thanks!
     
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    Yeah I figured. I genuinely wanted to say thanks though so I just wrote emails when I got back!
     
  32. OBNUG123

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    3 Interviews, 3 Rejections
     
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    Received a call earlier today and was accepted!
     
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    Congrats! I hope to hear similar news shortly after my interview in 3 days!
     
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    Accepted. I've only used SDN to gage the interviews I've received.

    Timeline:
    1/9:app received
    1/24:interview invite
    3/7: interview date
    3/9: acceptance

    Stats: 3.4/3.4 cgpa/sgpa with very strong upward trend. 504 MCAT
    EC:
    -Research:
    6 manuscripts (2 publications, 2 submitted, 2 in prep)
    -500+ hours shadowing

    Hope this helps others!
     
  38. iHamzoo

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    Accepted 3/9!

    cGPA 3.5 MCAT 503

    Applied 1/9
    Interview invite 1/24
    Interview 3/5
    Accepted 3/9

    Anyone with suggestions on where to live/suggestions for apartments (looking to live alone) please message me. Thanks!
     
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    there's a list of apartment complexes and how far they are from school on the website
     
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    Awesome thank you!!!
     
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    For those who want an earlier interview, an interview spot is going to open up for 3/19 (I will be calling to withdraw this upcoming Monday). Hoping my spot goes to one of you!
     
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    Are they mainly accepting students from the Idaho region?? or outside the region as well? I'm form the midwest.
     
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    At my interview I had 15 people, only two were from Idaho and only one from surrounding areas. I'm OOS and got accepted. They will drill you on why ICOM and why Boise but if you need some pointers on how to answer that in a way that aligns with your experiences let me know!
     
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    Can anyone speculate on when they might turn to the waitlist to start filling spots?
     
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    Everyone from my interview was OOS. I'm from FL and was just accepted. My first interviewer really grilled me on my application, we didn't really cover "why Idaho/ICOM" it was more me explaining all of my sub par grades/MCAT and my ECs. My second interview was all about "why Idaho/ICOM". It was very conversational, but they did want to know why I applied to a school across the country without ever visiting the area before. They really wanted to make sure I knew what kind of area I would be serving during med school. My third interview was mostly questions about the healthcare system. I think as long as you show how you fit ICOM's mission, you should be fine. It seems like at this point in the cycle they've interviewed most of the preferred states students and are interviewing mainly OOS.
     
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    They have a waitlist but the class isnt filled??
     
  47. Applicants who have been rejected can request to be put onto the waitlist.
     
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    That's strange. Never heard of that before.
     
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    This was also said on my interview day.
     
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    Does anyone know if this school is willing to look at unofficial transcripts before official transcripts are received by AACOMAS? I have one missing and its taking forever.
     
  51. I had asked that too (because I needed my date of graduation added, all classes and grades were identical) and they said no. It has to be official. ):
     
  52. Probably because it's a new school so if they don't have as many acceptances as they need to actually fill their class they can just pull off people they've already interviewed from the waitlist? I dunno. Someone said a few days ago they were only up to 80 or so deposits.
     

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