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Discussion in 'Osteopathic School-Specific Discussions' started by chizledfrmstone, Apr 18, 2017.
They said not to send LOIs until after you've interviewed.
I assumed we were talking about people on the waitlist, i.e. they've already interviewed.
I have the 2018 match results if anyone is interested. DM me for the excel sheet.
Any thing in addition to the LOI that could help me get off the waitlist?
I am unsure of what my school’s policy is, but many schools have a ranked or ordered waitlist. Once it is made it may be fairly set. For many of these schools, unless you have something substantial to update your file, a LOI or update letter at this point probably won’t make a difference. For instance in a ranked waitlist (based on MCAT, GPA, interview scores, etc.) a new publication could be a difference maker in positioning. In an ordered one (based off of time) it likely wouldn’t.
But I am not in admissions, so take that with a grain of salt.
Otherwise it is a waiting game. It always gets tough come this time of the cycle.
I hear animal sacrifices to a nameless, faceless god are highly encouraged.
I also interviewed on that date but was waitlisted. I really hope the waitlist moves a lot
How big is your class and do you know a lot of people who got off the waitlist?
Could you ask them when they got off the waitlist please!?
I think we're beating a dead horse here. Be patient! I spoke with one of the admissions officer and told me there is NO ranking system and that we can get an email/phone call anytime between now and the day before classes start. It is literally random regardless of when you interviewed, stats, etc. It would be nice if we all got in this cycle, but we should start preparing for a potential gap year to better prepare ourselves next year.
I find it next to impossible to believe something can be completely unranked. You think they pick names out of a hat?
Legend has it that the admissions committee meets at the stroke of midnight every full moon, dressed in black hoods amongst candle light. They throw chicken bones upon an altar devoted to gods long since forgotten, whose names cannot be said with the tongues of men. The bones shall fall and the wizened soothsayers, older than time itself, shall read the bones; "...and lo, we take two souls from the waitlist this eve..."
I assumed unranked meant there isn't a rank WE can use to figure out where we are on the waitlist simply by GPA or MCAT score but they have their own algorithm that factors in different pools of applicants (demographics, etc) they have to pick from...
Yeah I was wondering this also before I was waitlisted back in January(AR). So I contacted them and they were fine with it. I sent a LOI back in january. I got accepted at LECOM and Pending open seat at ATSU. So really hope I find out from here or other schools before I got apartment shopping for LECOM in a couple of weeks.
Just do all you can. If you think it may help you then write that letter! Worst thing that can happen is they say “we aren’t receptive to letters of interest” and you’re in the same boat you are in right now. If you are really passionate about attending then I would let them know
If you were accepted to atsu would you still go to Lecom? Just curious on your decision and why. Thanks!
I really dont know why I would choose ATSU over LECOM. LECOM is way cheaper, almost half the price and also closer to home. however, ATSU just seemed like a better program in a good location. It seems like the complete opposite compared to LECOM. ATSU in AZ is just a cooler place than LECOM-SH (Greensburg PA). Plus ATSU seemed more relaxed and happy than LECOM when i interviewed. However my parents and girlfriend absolutely hate the idea of me moving across the country(From VA). But I feel that ATSU would be a stronger program than LECOM. I really still dont know. But if I can get the loans for ATSU and hear back reasonably fast then I might, but times running out soon. So seems like I might have to stick with LECOM.
I feel the same way. The primary reason why I would go to LECOM is the tuition but I loved my experience at SOMA much more; they really do a great job selling their program on interview day. I like their use of community health centers to reach underserved populations and just feel their mission is more aligned with mine. I also think I would be more productive to watch lectures at 2x speed and only go to class if I have questions rather than it being mandatory. I know LECOM has that independant pathway but the students in that pathway say they never go to lecture because the professor often talks about material they're not tested on and I don't know how I feel about that.
So I didn’t interview at SOMA, but did interview at ATSU- KCOM and also was happy with their program. I was also accepted to TouroNY and was really happy with their program as well! The issue for me is that I live close to TouroNY, but idk if I should commit to a new school (Touro-Middletown just had its first match) because of location or If I should go to a more well established school that is in the middle of Missouri. Lol
Yeah I interviewed at LECOM Seton Hill which is PBL based. And I think I would do well in a PBL setting, however I wish it was easier to switch or take lectures if I decided it wasn’t for me.
NYITCOM Really impressed me. Their program seemed awesome, and I loved the integration of technology into the curriculum. That’s another reason ATSU impressed me also. But they are almost double the price and further away than LECOM. So it’s almost hard to choose. I kind of splurged on my undergraduate school, I spent a lot of money and time on a school cause of its name and in the end didn’t think it was worth it. Which is why I’m hesitant to do the same for med school. Especially with NYIT, I used to live on Long Island as a kid, and my dad did his residency at Stony Brook. So he loves any university from the area cause he had a good experience with all of them.
In the end it’s all about the money. If it’s reasonable and worth it, NYIT then ATSU then LECOM. But LECOMS price is amazing. It’ll be nice to get out of med school with minimal debt and not be too far from home.
People say here not to worry about the price and go wherever you will do best, but it’s hard to tell where that would be!
I’m accepted pending seat at ATSU, so if I hear back soon (the list started moving last week) then maybbeee, I might take it. I loved Phoenix and I loved the area. Would be great to have a chance to explore different communities across the country.
But if nothing in the next 2 weeks, I’m going apartment hunting at the end of the month and my date will be sealed.
Lol that’s the biggest thing with DO schools, they are in some really weird places. And rightfully so, DO was founded as a frontier philosophy. But I have had a couple of friends attend TOURO (in CA) and love the program. I would feel like it would transfer over well across all of their campuses? Idk too much about the school outside of the ridiculous secondary fee cost.
It would be fun to be in the NY campus, but ATSU-KCOM is a very strong program. I guess it depends on how much you like southern weather and it’s rurality(if that’s a word).
Interviewed 3/16 waitlisted 3/28 accepted 4/16 !!!
Westbury or Jonesboro?
Congratulations!!! Did you send any update letter?
I did not send an LOI
Interviewed 2/16, WL 3/2, accepted today 4/16 to Old Westbury as well. LM 66 (3.4 GPA, 512 MCAT). Currently in a post-grad gap year, sent an LOI 3/6. Doing part-time research in my gap year, did not send an update to the adcom as I don't have any pubs from that yet.
Congrats to everyone who got accepted today!
I as well interviewed on March 16 and was waitlisted 3/28 and got in today!
Mcat 506 and science gpa 3.88 and wrote lots of letters and called the admissions office often!
Good luck to everyone!
Congrats to everyone! Was it an email?
congrats, I know you have been waiting on this. Hopefully we will be classmates next year
Thanks so much!
Amen to that!
Congrats to those accepted! Waitlist seems to be moving earlier than previous cycles. Hopefully there will be more movement!
Just saw your post....awesome news! I know you were on several waitlists. Congratulations!!!
Old Westbury or Jonesboro?
I was waitlisted on 3/2.. hoping to hear back soon as the OW is my top choice
Congrats everyone who got accepted! So, it sounds like this movement is for OW only? Did anyone waitlisted at JB get an acceptance?
does anyone out there know whether touro harlem or nyitcom is ranked higher?
which school gets better residencies?
anyone deciding or already decided between the 2 have any insight into what influenced their decision?
NYITCOM is significantly older and probably more established as a result; Touro has the benefit of being IN NYC not just nearby although the Harlem campus is in an interesting location so if that matters to you take it for what it's worth. Touro also has a stated goal of trying to practice in under-served communities such as Harlem, so if that's not your thing NYITCOM is probably the better option.
does anyone else have any comments on nyitcom vs touro harlem?
To kinda add to this, TouroCOM-NYC says that they have a goal of trying to practice in under-served communities, but none of their rotations are in Harlem or even in the inner city (other than Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center, in BK). Source https://tourocom.touro.edu/academics/do-program/clinical/rotation-site-map/
One of the reasons why I chose NYIT-COM vs TouroCOM is because their rotation sites are in places where I want to end up doing my residency. NYIT-COM has sites in BK, queens, and the Bronx. Source Clinical Education Institutions | College of Osteopathic Medicine | NYIT
Also, if it matters, we've had close to 100% placement rates for residency (another thing I'd look at when comparing schools): Outcomes Data | College of Osteopathic Medicine | NYIT
Question. If you send an update to the admissions office - for example a LOI - does the admissions committe get notified?
They actually say not to send in letters of intent or updates.
Hey guys. Current second year at NYIT-COM. I would like to share some of my experiences.
I'll keep this part short. The admin can be difficult to work with. Living around Glen Cove is expensive. Tuition is expensive. Fortunately I live in Brooklyn, so I can commute to school without paying 800-1200 a month for just rent.
I love the friends I've made at school. NYIT-COM has the EPP program where physicians from abroad, who couldn't get a residency in the US, can become physicians in the US. They have been an amazing resource. The school tries to place one of these EPP students in each lab group. The EPP in my anatomy group was the best. Till this day (as I wither away studying for boards), he still sits down to explain concepts to me. They were physicians and needed to pass STEP 1 to get into our school, so they definitely know a lot and are more than happy to share their knowledge with you.
As for rotations, NYIT-COM gives you the option to rotate at one hospital for your third year or travel to a different hospitals for each rotation. The nice thing is if you really interested in one hospital, it's a really good idea to go there for your third year and establish yourself. You would have to apply to those hospitals/sites if you're interested. In my case, I really want to see a lot of cases and work with a diverse community, so I was accepted into the regional rotation at Jamaica Hospital. My friend, who is interested in PM&R, got accepted to NUMC. Their PM&R residency director gives lectures at our school so it's great for him to get to know her in a classroom setting and now at the hospital.
Last thing I want to mention are the summer opportunities. I'm not sure if it's a big thing in Touro-COM, but volunteering abroad is an option. The school does have its own programs which students have to pay for. BUT if you create your own project/reach out to organizations on your own, the school offers fellowships for that. I volunteered at a clinic in Cambodia. Everything was paid for by the fellowship. If you're into research, lots of people to work with on campus and not all of the projects are medically related. Another one of my friend worked with an anatomy professor and she studied whale cochlea for her project. She presented at 2 conferences and won 1st place at one of them.
The most important things for residency are your board scores, your letters of rec, and your CV. I think the environment at the school, the people you work with, and the opportunities presented there will do you good.