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So I went through the KCU-COM thread and saw when people interviewed and when they heard back. The average turnaround time was about 34 days with people hearing as early as 25ish days and as late as 40ish days. I used that to calculate when people from Feb 15th interview would LIKELY hear back.

34 days from 2/15 is 3/20 so I said it'll probably be the 19th/20th

40 days from 2/15 is 3/26 so I said it'll probably be this week.

TBH I was just doing this to help put you guys at ease but it seemed to rile you up instead so my bad for that. Just be patient and stay calm I'm sure you guys will hear back soon enough. Best of luck to everyone.
On March 2nd, you told DankMedstud “supposed to find out this Thursday”, which would be 2 weeks and 5 days after the interview.

The next day, TheMedicalMystery asked “How do you know this? Asking for a friend who is in the master's program”. You replied that it could be as early as that Thursday, but most likely during Spring Break or ~3/20.

You told me on March 9th “You’ll probably find out March 19th/20th”. I asked how did you know, and you did not reply.

DankMedStud asked again a couple days ago, and you said we should be hearing back this week.

Again, I appreciate you trying to help us but you have told us 4 different dates. You made it sound like you knew something. Please stop trolling me, DankMedStud, TheMedicalMystery, and others who come on here while waiting for our decisions.
 
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Damn, yall must really be bored in this quarantine huh
Hahaha I literally thought the same thing. An entire anonymous fight.

Any super nerds(kidding) want to tell me what Anki decks they have saved/ find useful? I'm finishing up my biomedical masters so I have to continue studying anyway.. for anyone who wants to tell me just to chill. I have a neuro embryology exam on Friday but I'm looking to challenge myself a little until the semester is over.
 
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Hahaha I literally thought the same thing. An entire anonymous fight.

Any super nerds(kidding) want to tell me what Anki decks they have saved/ find useful? I'm finishing up my biomedical masters so I have to continue studying anyway.. for anyone who wants to tell me just to chill. I have a neuro embryology exam on Friday but I'm looking to challenge myself a little until the semester is over.
Zanki Step 1 (AnkiKing is the same deck just sorted differently). Zanki pharmacology. Lolnotacop micro. TurnUp2OMT for OMM. Profit.
 

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I see a lot of posts saying that KCU makes their curriculum harder and there's a lot of stress at the medical school as a result. How is it harder? I'm researching the school right now, and I don't understand how they make things difficult. I'm kinda mad I didn't apply and didn't know about it. Anybody know anything about this?
 

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I see a lot of posts saying that KCU makes their curriculum harder and there's a lot of stress at the medical school as a result. How is it harder? I'm researching the school right now, and I don't understand how they make things difficult. I'm kinda mad I didn't apply and didn't know about it. Anybody know anything about this?
Overdone. Med school is hard wherever you go, none of us would know how hard or easy it is at another place. This topic has been discussed over and over on this thread: med school is hard. The curriculum is actually one of the reasons I picked KCU. It's hard, but I don't know if any other school would be easier or harder. No point pondering it.
 

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I see a lot of posts saying that KCU makes their curriculum harder and there's a lot of stress at the medical school as a result. How is it harder? I'm researching the school right now, and I don't understand how they make things difficult. I'm kinda mad I didn't apply and didn't know about it. Anybody know anything about this?
I’m going to be honest, after you get past the shell-shock of the volume of material being presented it really isn’t that bad. Also, difficulty of a program is very subjective. Med school is hard no matter where you go. Whether you went here or somewhere else, you are going to think it’s hard. After that initial shell-shock of “welcome to medical school”, it will subjectively feel the same to you as your colleagues at other schools. In terms of what makes us “more difficult”, I haven’t really been able to identify anything. With that being said, I do think our exams are harder than other schools, just based on my own interactions with other medical students. Especially our OS and PCM exams. I would never pick a medical school based off it being difficult or not. It’s going to suck no matter what. Lol
 

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I see a lot of posts saying that KCU makes their curriculum harder and there's a lot of stress at the medical school as a result. How is it harder? I'm researching the school right now, and I don't understand how they make things difficult. I'm kinda mad I didn't apply and didn't know about it. Anybody know anything about this?
I think it stems from the fact that we are a "2 pass curriculum" meaning that we go through each body system twice while most schools only do 1 pass of each body system. Its not nearly as bad as everyone seems to say on SDN. It's just more fast-paced
 

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Especially our OS and PCM exams
Can confirm, our OS tests are way harder. Supposed to make boards look like a joke though, so I guess that's one benefit. As far as PCM, they were super easy up until this year when they switched course director. This came directly from a faculty source: "the Dean doesn't want averages to be in the upper 80s, so the tests had to be made harder".
 

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Can confirm, our OS tests are way harder. Supposed to make boards look like a joke though, so I guess that's one benefit. As far as PCM, they were super easy up until this year when they switched course director. This came directly from a faculty source: "the Dean doesn't want averages to be in the upper 80s, so the tests had to be made harder".
That’s what I heard as well! Oh well. In the end it doesn’t matter. I’m here to get my degree and be the best physician that I can be. If that means I miss a HORRIBLY written question, then so be it.
 
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I think it stems from the fact that we are a "2 pass curriculum" meaning that we go through each body system twice while most schools only do 1 pass of each body system. Its not nearly as bad as everyone seems to say on SDN. It's just more fast-paced
I like this system. I can’t imagine not touching ANYTHING from neuro, or MSK, or really any of the blocks we’ve had for a year and a half and then have to take boards. That would be a big yikes come dedicated.
 

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I think it stems from the fact that we are a "2 pass curriculum" meaning that we go through each body system twice while most schools only do 1 pass of each body system. Its not nearly as bad as everyone seems to say on SDN. It's just more fast-paced

Hmmm. Interesting. Western University also uses a 2 pass system. Although, I don't know if students there gripe about the same things regarding stress.
 
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Do COB people generally come off the waitlist?
I'm gonna assume some COB students will get off the WL, but I doubt that all of them will since they also have to compete with regular applicant pool as well. I believe they can call you through end of July so I'm sure there will be a lot of movement closer to end of April / May when people decide on other schools / withdraw. If worse comes to worst you can apply early next cycle and probably have a better shot. Good luck and wish you all the best.
 
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Do COB people generally come off the waitlist?
I was waitlisted today as well. Someone asked during the interview if the COB waitlist and the general applicant waitlist is the same and Brooke said no. We are separate. So we are not on the same waitlist as other people. They waitlist a lot of COB students because they want to see how well we do second semester. Don’t freak about about being waitlisted. Keep doing well in school. If we get a 3.6+ in both semesters, I don’t see why they wouldn’t accept us. After all, they accepted us into this program with the intention of giving us spots if we do well in it(they reserve seats for us every year). So I wouldn’t worry about being waitlisted and just keep studying.
 

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I’m going to be honest, after you get past the shell-shock of the volume of material being presented it really isn’t that bad. Also, difficulty of a program is very subjective. Med school is hard no matter where you go. Whether you went here or somewhere else, you are going to think it’s hard. After that initial shell-shock of “welcome to medical school”, it will subjectively feel the same to you as your colleagues at other schools. In terms of what makes us “more difficult”, I haven’t really been able to identify anything. With that being said, I do think our exams are harder than other schools, just based on my own interactions with other medical students. Especially our OS and PCM exams. I would never pick a medical school based off it being difficult or not. It’s going to suck no matter what. Lol
Sorry still learning the med school lingo.
What is OS and PCM? Thank you! Incoming OMS1 at KCU-KC here!
 

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Sorry still learning the med school lingo.
What is OS and PCM? Thank you! Incoming OMS1 at KCU-KC here!
Osteopathic Skills, principles of clinical medicine. They’re longitudinal classes that you take throughout the first two years. Basically, how to do OMM and how to be a doctor.
 

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Sorry super basic question again, but I keep reading people on this thread post about Zanki. Is that the same as Anki? Im used to Anki from the MCAT but what is this Zanki?
Also can someone share if they use Anki in med school the same exact way as they did for the MCAT (asking those who used Anki for the MCAT and then again for med school)? If there is a different approach for Anki in med school, please share.

I will be deleting my MCAT Anki decks soon!
 

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Sorry super basic question again, but I keep reading people on this thread post about Zanki. Is that the same as Anki? Im used to Anki from the MCAT but what is this Zanki?
Also can someone share if they use Anki in med school the same exact way as they did for the MCAT (asking those who used Anki for the MCAT and then again for med school)? If there is a different approach for Anki in med school, please share.

I will be deleting my MCAT Anki decks soon!
zanki is just a deck for anki...unfortunate naming. Zanki (the deck) covers all of First Aid, pathoma, sketchy(I think) and other board resources. Really, the deck you want now is the Anking deck, which combines all of those with easily sortable tag organization. Head over to reddit.com/r/medicalschoolanki
 

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Sorry still learning the med school lingo.
What is OS and PCM? Thank you! Incoming OMS1 at KCU-KC here!
I believe that the plan starting next year is that OS and PCM will become one class for you guys. Not sure what they will call it, but apparently someone thought it was a good idea to re-integrate OMM into your "doctoring" class, because "this is an osteopathic school after all".
 
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I believe that the plan starting next year is that OS and PCM will become one class for you guys. Not sure what they will call it, but apparently someone thought it was a good idea to re-integrate OMM into your "doctoring" class, because "this is an osteopathic school after all".
Whoa really? they're combining classes for the new class? That's not gonna change next year for us 1st years, right?
 

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I believe that the plan starting next year is that OS and PCM will become one class for you guys. Not sure what they will call it, but apparently someone thought it was a good idea to re-integrate OMM into your "doctoring" class, because "this is an osteopathic school after all".
They did that for a little while for the current first years, it was cool because it was less time in the lab but when it came to testing it was a little confusing since they were still 2 different classes. But I think if they combined it into one class it would be good.
 

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I believe that the plan starting next year is that OS and PCM will become one class for you guys. Not sure what they will call it, but apparently someone thought it was a good idea to re-integrate OMM into your "doctoring" class, because "this is an osteopathic school after all".
Apparently they used to be a combined course, but were separated years ago. Now someone has decided they should be reintegrated. I don't really care, so long as they keep lab times at or under two hours.
 

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They did that for a little while for the current first years, it was cool because it was less time in the lab but when it came to testing it was a little confusing since they were still 2 different classes. But I think if they combined it into one class it would be good.
Really? I dont remember this lol. GIGU must be really getting to me
 

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Whoa really? they're combining classes for the new class? That's not gonna change next year for us 1st years, right?
I'm not sure tbh. This is just what I heard from faculty
 

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Are tornadoes common in KC City?
I know when I interviewed at the Joplin, they said they have a tornado shelter.
They're common but usually not a big deal. We had one last May where the sirens were going on and we had to shelter but it ended up dying before getting to us. That was the only time we had one that got paid attention.
 
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So I was curious about the timing to send a Letter or Intent? If you were told the admissions committee were meeting later in the week to discuss the interviews from 2-3 weeks ago, would it be beneficial to send the Letter of Intent prior to the admissions committee? Or should I wait to see what my fate is haha? Basically interviewed 2 weeks ago, admissions committee is meeting later this week. Should I send a LOI before the meeting?
 
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So I was curious about the timing to send a Letter or Intent? If you were told the admissions committee were meeting later in the week to discuss the interviews from 2-3 weeks ago, would it be beneficial to send the Letter of Intent prior to the admissions committee? Or should I wait to see what my fate is haha? Basically interviewed 2 weeks ago, admissions committee is meeting later this week. Should I send a LOI before the meeting?
So I would send it after you get on a waitlist. I got put on the waitlist and they gave me instructions on how to submit a LOI at that time. Hopefully your thank you letters and interview expressed your desire to have KCU as your number one option but also i don’t see it hurting to send it in now if you’re concerned/want to do all you can as you are waiting
 
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So I would send it after you get on a waitlist. I got put on the waitlist and they gave me instructions on how to submit a LOI at that time. Hopefully your thank you letters and interview expressed your desire to have KCU as your number one option but also i don’t see it hurting to send it in now if you’re concerned/want to do all you can as you are waiting
I was recommended to write a LOI only if I had already received a WL and had at least waited a month after the fact. It shows that you have given your LOI thought and have also considered other options you may have. Considerate, thoughtful, and intentional are what you want to convey. You may also have more to update them with in a months time, which is generally when they start pulling from the WL anyway.
 
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