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2017-2018 Western U of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific Pomona

Discussion in 'Osteopathic School-Specific Discussions' started by chizledfrmstone, Apr 18, 2017.

  1. michellesuzie

    michellesuzie 2+ Year Member

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  3. CloverBale

    CloverBale Probationary Status Gold Donor Classifieds Approved

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    Congrats! When were you complete :)?
     
  4. michellesuzie

    michellesuzie 2+ Year Member

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    Thanks! I was complete 10/20/2017!
     
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  5. littlebelvedere

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    "Avatars of Lord AT Still" I am absolutely SLAYED
     
  6. ZdoggDO

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    Current first year here at Western U, if you all have any questions feel free to ask away.
     
  7. bestleonagg

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    What are some things you like / dislike about Western?
     
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  8. marmoora

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    My secondary was complete by the end of August and I STILL haven’t heard back from either Western campuses. This is getting frustrating!
     
  9. ZdoggDO

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    Likes:
    -All lectures are recorded and posted online about 30 min after lectures end. Makes for most weeks where I only go to campus 2 times a week (ECM and OMM)
    -Classmates are incredibly helpful and everyone is just trying to help each other get through
    -Faculty is great with few exceptions just like anywhere else
    -Being in SoCal is always nice, western is about 40 min away from Downtown LA and beaches etc.
    -I have never felt unsafe on campus (me being a male, cant speak for my female colleagues ) Campus security is 24 hours/7days and they do offer escorts to cars/rooms.
    - The overall campus environment is great

    Dislikes:
    - OMM heavy (personal preference)
    - Not enough study rooms in main building
    - No real on-campus food options
    - a little high on tuition
    - The library is fine, just fine. Most students utilize the nearby Claremont college libraries.
     
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  10. bestleonagg

    bestleonagg 2+ Year Member

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    Thanks for your input! What made you choose Western over other schools? Also, are classes P/NP or graded?
     
  11. ZdoggDO

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    Personally, I chose Western U because it is a good school with a good reputation in the area and close enough to my parents' place that I can commute (I'd rather not pay rent). Classes are P/NP.
     
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  12. bestleonagg

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    Do you know if there are any opportunities for clinical research instead of bench lab research?
     
  13. ZdoggDO

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    There are some opportunities with professors as time goes on, but I am not really a good source for that info!
     
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  14. bestleonagg

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    This may not be applicable right now, but do you feel your classes are preparing you for boards well? Multiple choice or free response?

    Do you recall how much is the deposit?
     
  15. darknecrosforte

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    No free response questions on exams here ever. Takes too long to grade 320+ students across both campuses.

    1st years only get one opportunity per semester to see if classes are preparing them for boards and 95% of students waste the chance because they "didn't feel like studying for it". It's the NBME cumulative ISSM finals. These finals are basically assessments written by the same people who write the Step 1 exam, but for whatever reason no one "takes them seriously". Am I wrong @ZdoggDO ? Happened in class of 2019 and happened in my class.

    The averages in my class are usually around 56-58%. The course director said that our class scores much higher than class of 2019. I'm pretty sure that the national average is 70 with stdev 9, so it's very meh. I'm working hard to change this "anti-tryhard on cumulatives" attitude in the class. I think that deep down, they're scared of not being able to say "it's okay I did poorly because I wasn't even doing my best". By trying my ass off, I was able to get 69% and see that my feelings after the test about my weaknesses were right (that I'm terrible at microbiology and renal pathology). So now my board prep for the next 6 months is more focused.
     
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  16. ZdoggDO

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    Ya I would agree that most students don't take it too seriously since it's usually the last exam of the semester after many other difficult exams so it's more so something to just get over with on the way to partying/going home. Based on Western's board pass rate I imagine that there must be some method to there madness though since the pass rates have been 96-100% over the past few years if I remember the intro lecture correctly. The deposit was 2 payments of $1000 ..so total deposit was $2000
     
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  17. acbakshi

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    Anyone going to the pizza social tomorrow? What are yall gonna wear, or what did yall wear, if you went to previous pizza socials?
     
  18. gokfacha

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    It’s very casual (I wore jeans and a sweater) and optional. I do recommend going if you’re in the area though.

    The advice I got from talking to current med students at the social prepped me well for my interview the next day. :)
     
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  19. acbakshi

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    Awesome, thank you for responding!
     
  20. premedstudent12345

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    Wait what pizza social? I didn't get any email about that and I am from the area.
     
  21. acbakshi

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    It was part of the II email. Also when you schedule the date of your interview, you also have the option to rsvp for the social.
     
  22. Daisysimpson87

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    I just found this figure on their web site for 2016...
    Number of Interviews Granted 684
    Number of Students Enrolled 220

    The admissions woman stated that accepted students generally take a seat 50% of the time... so I am thinking about 440 acceptances if there are 220 seats. Any thoughts?

    440/ 684 = 64%
     
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  23. Noni Mousse

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    Hi all, I'm trying to see what volunteer opportunities Western U has and all the ones I've found seem to be in Oregon which to me suggests they're all for Lebanon students. Does Pomona do all their volunteering in Oregon or where can I find information on Pomona's volunteering opportunities? If Pomona students do it all in Oregon, do they all have access to the exact same volunteering sites or how do I figure out which is for Pomona and which is for Lebanon? Here's the links I've been looking at. Thanks!

    Community Engagement & Service Learning

    Community Engagement & Service Learning » Volunteer
     
  24. Noni Mousse

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    Congrats! For both essays and interviews, do you guys think most schools prefer this response vs an actual "this is why I prefer DO" or is it just this school? Both are kinda true for me. I don't really care if I have a MD or DO (though I wonder if I'll be at a disadvantage as a DO when applying for residencies and possibly fellowships due to bias) but I do feel like DO's focus tends to align with my values a little more.
     
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  25. acbakshi

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    When asked this question I told them, essentially, I identify with the osteopathic philosophy, but if I went down the MD route, I would still be able to achieve my goal.
     
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  26. Sammmmmy

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    Does anyone know what the alternate list movement is like here? I got waitlisted :/
     
  27. michellesuzie

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    What is the best way to prepare for the MMI portion??
     

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