2021-2022 Midwestern University (Glendale, Arizona) AZCOM

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just received an interview invite. the earliest virtual one i could schedule was for 5/9.

kinda confused because this feels very late.

anyways, how did the interview go for you guys? was it pretty standard?

also, if any of you are choosing Midwestern over another school, can you explain why?

thank you in advance!!
I also received an interview this morning but will be withdrawing my application as I already have an acceptance elsewhere. I agree this invite feels very late and was very unexpected.

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just received an interview invite. the earliest virtual one i could schedule was for 5/9.

kinda confused because this feels very late.

anyways, how did the interview go for you guys? was it pretty standard?

also, if any of you are choosing Midwestern over another school, can you explain why?

thank you in advance!!
I chose Midwestern over another acceptance. There are a lot of factors I considered, but I will try to leave the relevant ones here:

I had a great experience on my interview day. Everyone was friendly and open. Community is very important to me and this felt like a place where I could find that. Additionally, my interviewers actually asked me questions about and engaged with my personal statement multiple times. The other interviews I had were largely generic questions that, because I'm not a traditional applicant, I didn't feel really gave me the opportunity to highlight why my nontraditional qualities are beneficial. Summary: Good vibes and I felt heard.

A big difference between this school and the other was the testing. The testing schedule at Midwestern is certainly daunting and was the thing that had me hesitating the most. However, during interviews they talked about how they use a lot of standardized test. The school I was comparing to uses tests written by the professors and some of the feedback I found was students felt they needed to do a lot of extra studying of board material that wasn't covered/focused on.

I am also a massive fan of their ultrasound curriculum. Every time I compared them to another school, that was the piece that stood out to me. I've seen how useful a tool US can be and I really feel it's underutilized in practice. So I'm eager to learn those techniques that I might otherwise not get to learn without doing a dedicated radiology study.

There is a podcast (a link was provided for it somewhere earlier in this thread) called The Learned Doctor Podcast. It's 4 current 1st years at Midwestern who are just talking about their experience there week to week. I've been listening to this and it has really helped to get an idea of what actually being a student there is like. Through that and as was mentioned in interviews, I have learned that Midwestern students are thought highly of in the area and do really well in the Match. So what they do, really works.

More broadly, the location is lovely. Both schools were warm weather (which is a massive plus, coming from MN). But Midwestern being right outside of Phoenix makes going back home to visit super easy. Also there are so many things to do in the area.

To address downsides:
The testing schedule is intense. I was told by students during interviews that there are 1-2 tests a week first year and 1-3 per week second year. This has seemed to be pretty accurate, based of the week to week commentary from the podcast I mentioned above. I was a little concerned that this would make it difficult to catch up if I were to fall behind at any point. However, I ultimately decided that having grades that are based on multiple test scores, rather than one large test with a few small point assignments was actually the better option.

And of course, the big one is cost. I believe they're the second most expensive DO school, aside from CCOM (their sister school in Chicago). I did hear a few comments during interviews that they wish the school would spend the money in some different ways, which is disheartening. But someone also said when COVID prevented direct interaction for practicing exams, the school was able to purchase model heads for every to practice ENT exams on. So there's something to be said about having the funds available when they're needed.

Ultimately the factor that made me feel better about the cost of Midwestern was hearing more and more about the reputation they have in the surrounding area. Don't get me wrong, it's still a TON of money that I'm more than a little stressed about. But I'd rather pay more to get a better experience/education and be ultimately more competitive for residencies.

Ok. That's probably more than you wanted! But let me know if I can answer any additional questions on my thought process.
 
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I chose Midwestern over another acceptance. There are a lot of factors I considered, but I will try to leave the relevant ones here:

I had a great experience on my interview day. Everyone was friendly and open. Community is very important to me and this felt like a place where I could find that. Additionally, my interviewers actually asked me questions about and engaged with my personal statement multiple times. The other interviews I had were largely generic questions that, because I'm not a traditional applicant, I didn't feel really gave me the opportunity to highlight why my nontraditional qualities are beneficial. Summary: Good vibes and I felt heard.

A big difference between this school and the other was the testing. The testing schedule at Midwestern is certainly daunting and was the thing that had me hesitating the most. However, during interviews they talked about how they use a lot of standardized test. The school I was comparing to uses tests written by the professors and some of the feedback I found was students felt they needed to do a lot of extra studying of board material that wasn't covered/focused on.

I am also a massive fan of their ultrasound curriculum. Every time I compared them to another school, that was the piece that stood out to me. I've seen how useful a tool US can be and I really feel it's underutilized in practice. So I'm eager to learn those techniques that I might otherwise not get to learn without doing a dedicated radiology study.

There is a podcast (a link was provided for it somewhere earlier in this thread) called The Learned Doctor Podcast. It's 4 current 1st years at Midwestern who are just talking about their experience there week to week. I've been listening to this and it has really helped to get an idea of what actually being a student there is like. Through that and as was mentioned in interviews, I have learned that Midwestern students are thought highly of in the area and do really well in the Match. So what they do, really works.

More broadly, the location is lovely. Both schools were warm weather (which is a massive plus, coming from MN). But Midwestern being right outside of Phoenix makes going back home to visit super easy. Also there are so many things to do in the area.

To address downsides:
The testing schedule is intense. I was told by students during interviews that there are 1-2 tests a week first year and 1-3 per week second year. This has seemed to be pretty accurate, based of the week to week commentary from the podcast I mentioned above. I was a little concerned that this would make it difficult to catch up if I were to fall behind at any point. However, I ultimately decided that having grades that are based on multiple test scores, rather than one large test with a few small point assignments was actually the better option.

And of course, the big one is cost. I believe they're the second most expensive DO school, aside from CCOM (their sister school in Chicago). I did hear a few comments during interviews that they wish the school would spend the money in some different ways, which is disheartening. But someone also said when COVID prevented direct interaction for practicing exams, the school was able to purchase model heads for every to practice ENT exams on. So there's something to be said about having the funds available when they're needed.

Ultimately the factor that made me feel better about the cost of Midwestern was hearing more and more about the reputation they have in the surrounding area. Don't get me wrong, it's still a TON of money that I'm more than a little stressed about. But I'd rather pay more to get a better experience/education and be ultimately more competitive for residencies.

Ok. That's probably more than you wanted! But let me know if I can answer any additional questions on my thought process.
Hi I just wanted to say thanks for the detailed explanation! Do u think the weekly tests will affect the study time for boards? It feels impossible to have an adequate amount of time for boards when school tests are so intense like that
 
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Hi I just wanted to say thanks for the detailed explanation! Do u think the weekly tests will affect the study time for boards? It feels impossible to have an adequate amount of time for boards when school tests are so intense like that
Honestly, I have no idea. Anything I would say would be pure speculation. I would have to check my notes from my interview when I get home (I interviewed in September, so it's been a hot minute). My hope is that because they used the standardized tests that are intended to mimic boards, that will be beneficial in itself.

But they must have some form of support for it as their students are competitive in the Match. There were 3 DO's who matched into Derm this year, and all three were from Midwestern. Anecdotal, of course, and more than just board scores impact matching, but that definitely still says something.
 
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There were 3 DO's who matched into Derm this year, and all three were from Midwestern. Anecdotal, of course, and more than just board scores impact matching, but that definitely still says something.
Genuinely curious, where did you get this information?

Looking at their website, neither IL nor AZ campus had derm matches in 2021. I'm not sure about 2022.
Compared to MSU-COM, another DO school, they had 2 Derm matches in 2021 and at least 1 in 2022 from what is released on their website
 
Genuinely curious, where did you get this information?

Looking at their website, neither IL nor AZ campus had derm matches in 2021. I'm not sure about 2022.
Compared to MSU-COM, another DO school, they had 2 Derm matches in 2021 and at least 1 in 2022 from what is released on their website

The 1st years in the podcast I listen to were told by one of their 3rd year friends. This is information for the most recent Match that hasn't been publicly announced by the school yet. But the different classes on campus apparently talk with each other/share information a lot and that's how the 3rd year knew and passed the information on.

Absolutely take it with a grain of salt, I know that's a bit of a grapevine way of hearing something. :)
 
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Does anybody know whether they have the names of the rotation sites? I mean the names of the hospitals they're affiliated with and not just the states
 
Sorry if this is a stupid q but do we get to choose our 3rd year rotation site? If yes then what is the lottery system for?
 
Sorry if this is a stupid q but do we get to choose our 3rd year rotation site? If yes then what is the lottery system for?
It was described to me as like a mini Match. So you rank your preferences and they have an algorithm that places people as optimally as possible. They said most people get their top 1-2 choices.
 
It was described to me as like a mini Match. So you rank your preferences and they have an algorithm that places people as optimally as possible. They said most people get their top 1-2 choices.
Ohh that makes sense, thank you!
 
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Genuinely curious, where did you get this information?

Looking at their website, neither IL nor AZ campus had derm matches in 2021. I'm not sure about 2022.
Compared to MSU-COM, another DO school, they had 2 Derm matches in 2021 and at least 1 in 2022 from what is released on their website
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Current student. Grabbed info from people posting on fb page, so not all matches are here, but about half. Some good matches I think. Probably lots of FM missing, some more EM and IM etc.
 
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I chose Midwestern over another acceptance. There are a lot of factors I considered, but I will try to leave the relevant ones here:

I had a great experience on my interview day. Everyone was friendly and open. Community is very important to me and this felt like a place where I could find that. Additionally, my interviewers actually asked me questions about and engaged with my personal statement multiple times. The other interviews I had were largely generic questions that, because I'm not a traditional applicant, I didn't feel really gave me the opportunity to highlight why my nontraditional qualities are beneficial. Summary: Good vibes and I felt heard.

A big difference between this school and the other was the testing. The testing schedule at Midwestern is certainly daunting and was the thing that had me hesitating the most. However, during interviews they talked about how they use a lot of standardized test. The school I was comparing to uses tests written by the professors and some of the feedback I found was students felt they needed to do a lot of extra studying of board material that wasn't covered/focused on.

I am also a massive fan of their ultrasound curriculum. Every time I compared them to another school, that was the piece that stood out to me. I've seen how useful a tool US can be and I really feel it's underutilized in practice. So I'm eager to learn those techniques that I might otherwise not get to learn without doing a dedicated radiology study.

There is a podcast (a link was provided for it somewhere earlier in this thread) called The Learned Doctor Podcast. It's 4 current 1st years at Midwestern who are just talking about their experience there week to week. I've been listening to this and it has really helped to get an idea of what actually being a student there is like. Through that and as was mentioned in interviews, I have learned that Midwestern students are thought highly of in the area and do really well in the Match. So what they do, really works.

More broadly, the location is lovely. Both schools were warm weather (which is a massive plus, coming from MN). But Midwestern being right outside of Phoenix makes going back home to visit super easy. Also there are so many things to do in the area.

To address downsides:
The testing schedule is intense. I was told by students during interviews that there are 1-2 tests a week first year and 1-3 per week second year. This has seemed to be pretty accurate, based of the week to week commentary from the podcast I mentioned above. I was a little concerned that this would make it difficult to catch up if I were to fall behind at any point. However, I ultimately decided that having grades that are based on multiple test scores, rather than one large test with a few small point assignments was actually the better option.

And of course, the big one is cost. I believe they're the second most expensive DO school, aside from CCOM (their sister school in Chicago). I did hear a few comments during interviews that they wish the school would spend the money in some different ways, which is disheartening. But someone also said when COVID prevented direct interaction for practicing exams, the school was able to purchase model heads for every to practice ENT exams on. So there's something to be said about having the funds available when they're needed.

Ultimately the factor that made me feel better about the cost of Midwestern was hearing more and more about the reputation they have in the surrounding area. Don't get me wrong, it's still a TON of money that I'm more than a little stressed about. But I'd rather pay more to get a better experience/education and be ultimately more competitive for residencies.

Ok. That's probably more than you wanted! But let me know if I can answer any additional questions on my thought process.
Thanks kindly for sharing this. Got accepted here too but the cost has been my biggest scare. You have really solid points-- points that I can mull to guide my decision. So thank you!
 
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Does anyone know if the class is full/the upcoming interviews will be for waitlist spots only?
 
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Thanks kindly for sharing this. Got accepted here too but the cost has been my biggest scare. You have really solid points-- points that I can mull to guide my decision. So thank you!

I'd like to add another positive. IMO I think AZCOM does rotations relatively well and will not leave you high and dry in 4th year if you can't find your own sites (outside of auditions).
 
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Has anyone who interviewed on 5th April heard anything back yet?
Yes, waitlist today. Not too disappointed given this late in cycle. Was told the class is already full so WL is as good as it could have been.
 
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Accepted! Interviewed 04/04 in person! Got the call and was in disbelief. I thought at this point it’d be a WL!
 
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withdrew my A from this school, ended up just being too expensive for me :/ best of luck to all you future DOctors!!
 
Has anyone heard of any waitlist movement yet? Been waitlisted since the end of February :/
 
Those interviewing early may, when do you expect to hear back?
 
I just withdrew my acceptance from this school. Best of luck to you all!
 
Just got the call but will withdraw my acceptance. Hopefully it'll go to one of you!
 
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About 2 weeks ago. Sorry i can't remember what the exact date was
Gotcha thank you! I interviewed here like 2 weeks ago too and was wondering when they would start getting back to us!
 
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Has anyone had success after sending a LOI?
I didn't send a LOI, but I would say 100% go for it. I heard multiple stories of people being /rejected/ from this school, contacting the dean to discuss the reason for rejection/request reconsideration, and then being granted an interview and/or accepted following the discussion. One person was even rejected TWICE before being accepted. So I would be shocked if they didn't accept a LOI. IDK how much it will change your chances, but I doubt it would hurt.
 
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Gotcha thank you! I interviewed here like 2 weeks ago too and was wondering when they would start getting back to us!
I interviewed on May 3rd. I heard Jessica say that the admissions committee meets once a month and we would hear back in 2.5 weeks. Which seems to be around May 20th? I'm starting to think I misheard though, judging by the fact that last month people got accepted on the 28th. And last year people got accepted on May 27th. So the trend seems to be at the very end of the month. Another confusing thing though is that someone reported getting accepted last friday, so I am wondering how that could have happened if the committee really does meet once a month.
 
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Just got WL'd, and im gonna ride it out
 
I interviewed on May 3rd. I heard Jessica say that the admissions committee meets once a month and we would hear back in 2.5 weeks. Which seems to be around May 20th? I'm starting to think I misheard though, judging by the fact that last month people got accepted on the 28th. And last year people got accepted on May 27th. So the trend seems to be at the very end of the month. Another confusing thing though is that someone reported getting accepted last friday, so I am wondering how that could have happened if the committee really does meet once a month.
Gotcha, I think I remember hearing something like that as well. I interviewed on May 5th so fingers crossed we both hear some good news soon!
 
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Just got WL'd, and im gonna ride it out
I suspect there's going to be a whole lotta movement at this school so don't worry. why? cheap deposit so people were more likely to accept earlier on and then drop months later, and then the expensive tuition which is going to scare away those with multiple As.
 
Accepted from the WL today! So excited! Interviewed: 4/4/2022 WL: 4/28/2022

Good luck to everyone! Keep your head up!
 
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Got placed on the alternate list this morning unfortunately, gonna send a LOI once my final grades are in
 
I shall also put a LOI, my friend
 
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I am still on the interview waitlist and had sent them an update a couple weeks ago with no response. I just reached out to them today to check on my status and found out that they are wrapping up interviews by the end of May.
 
Accepted off waitlist today, got the call about 10 min ago
 
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