2023-2024 Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM)

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For Cleveland you stay around Cleveland and do rotations with Cleveland clinic.
Students at Cleveland rank their preferences out of 5. Cleveland Clinic (the entire range, so this includes Akron and CCF Wooster), University Hospitals, MetroHealth, Lake Health, and (I think) Akron.

Don't quote me on that, because I'm only confident on those first 4 options.

Yes they will try to take into account your rotation rankings. No, nothing is guaranteed. Most people get what they want, generally.


OU-HCOM has really strong clinical rotations.
Like ppl have said it’s basically an MD school that gives a DO diploma. While there is a preference for primary care here, if you want to specialize OU will give you a great shot at it.

Yes, they tend to be strong rotations. But as with all medical rotations at all other schools, individual experiences will vary based on location, luck, local culture within a particular hospital/department service, and who your preceptors are.

Essentially, not wrong, but on paper we ARE a DO school. You will get a DO education, which is to say, a "holistic" osteopathic education. Which is to say, an MD education plus the osteopathic stuff (that less than 5% of DOs use in their daily practice). If you go to HCOM, please take the OMM/OMT seriously. Because it's free points on your school exams and we need to know it cold for our boards. If you want to use OMM after graduation...great. If not...also great.

I put holistic in quotes because allopaths have long since caught up in providing what we consider holistic care. I've never had an MD who didn't take the same wide approach (mind body spirit etc etc) that we learn as DOs. My doctors, PCP and specialists, span both MDs and DOs. Both treat me as a whole patient rather than just a disease.

Also, preceptors and clinicians have mentioned to me (before I attended HCOM and also since matriculating) that they often prefer the HCOM students compared to the other local allopathic students. Others note there is a slight advantage we have. In part because we are more team-oriented, have had life experiences (mature/older), and we're not shy about touching patients when it comes time to evaluate, palpate, or help physically transfer patients from bed to table. Generally speaking, since we practice OMM skills each week, we tend to be ahead of our allopathic peers when it comes to hands-on physical examinations. So yeah, we're very hands-on. These skills translate well, even in situations where we won't actually employ the osteopathic stuff. We've learned to practice these skills and develop a comfort level with patients much earlier in our training compared to our allopathic colleagues.

This is not to say one is better than the other. I merely point out earlier differences in our medical training. In practice, MD and DO are two sides of the same coin.

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does OU-HCOM have any internal ranking? Or is it true P/F during preclinical years?
 
Students at Cleveland rank their preferences out of 5. Cleveland Clinic (the entire range, so this includes Akron and CCF Wooster), University Hospitals, MetroHealth, Lake Health, and (I think) Akron.

Don't quote me on that, because I'm only confident on those first 4 options.

Yes they will try to take into account your rotation rankings. No, nothing is guaranteed. Most people get what they want, generally.




Yes, they tend to be strong rotations. But as with all medical rotations at all other schools, individual experiences will vary based on location, luck, local culture within a particular hospital/department service, and who your preceptors are.

Essentially, not wrong, but on paper we ARE a DO school. You will get a DO education, which is to say, a "holistic" osteopathic education. Which is to say, an MD education plus the osteopathic stuff (that less than 5% of DOs use in their daily practice). If you go to HCOM, please take the OMM/OMT seriously. Because it's free points on your school exams and we need to know it cold for our boards. If you want to use OMM after graduation...great. If not...also great.

I put holistic in quotes because allopaths have long since caught up in providing what we consider holistic care. I've never had an MD who didn't take the same wide approach (mind body spirit etc etc) that we learn as DOs. My doctors, PCP and specialists, span both MDs and DOs. Both treat me as a whole patient rather than just a disease.

Also, preceptors and clinicians have mentioned to me (before I attended HCOM and also since matriculating) that they often prefer the HCOM students compared to the other local allopathic students. Others note there is a slight advantage we have. In part because we are more team-oriented, have had life experiences (mature/older), and we're not shy about touching patients when it comes time to evaluate, palpate, or help physically transfer patients from bed to table. Generally speaking, since we practice OMM skills each week, we tend to be ahead of our allopathic peers when it comes to hands-on physical examinations. So yeah, we're very hands-on. These skills translate well, even in situations where we won't actually employ the osteopathic stuff. We've learned to practice these skills and develop a comfort level with patients much earlier in our training compared to our allopathic colleagues.

This is not to say one is better than the other. I merely point out earlier differences in our medical training. In practice, MD and DO are two sides of the same coin.
Funny you say this because ive heard the same thing as well.
im actually working with OSU M1's and we were comparing our curriculum. Their pt clinical experience as M1's is low. On top of this they haven't even gone over how to write SOAP notes. OU-HCOM throws you into the fire very quickly in terms of pt experience. I do however envy that they don't have mandatory classes which I heard can be a pain for us during second year when we are studying for boards.
 
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Funny you say this because ive heard the same thing as well.
im actually working with OSU M1's and we were comparing our curriculum. Their pt clinical experience as M1's is low. On top of this they haven't even gone over how to write SOAP notes. OU-HCOM throws you into the fire very quickly in terms of pt experience. I do however envy that they don't have mandatory classes which I heard can be a pain for us during second year when we are studying for boards.
What happens if you end up skipping classes? Curious on how strict they really are on this.
 
What happens if you end up skipping classes? Curious on how strict they really are on this.
We get 3 excused absences that you can only use for very specific days. You basically can't miss OMM, Med morph etc.
I think if you miss a class or two, you would probably be okay as long as you have a good reason. I haven't heard of someone skipping a lot of classes yet. Maybe a second year would be able to give a better response to that.
 
OOS accepted at Cleveland campus, still under consideration for TCC! Regardless of the TCC outcome I'm so grateful for my first A :)
 
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What happens if you end up skipping classes? Curious on how strict they really are on this.
People will notice if the same group member is missing. Eyebrows will eventually be raised and the professors and school will probably take notice. There are also attendance codes for the classroom based lectures, and attendance sheets for labs and small group sessions (each small group coach will take attendance). EDIT: unexcused absences will count against you on the school's residency application letter

In addition to the 3 personal days per semester, there are also sick days and professional days (I believe... for attending conferences or school sanctioned leadership events).

I think the mandatory attendance isn't that bad. Sure, lots of us grumble about it, but we're also paying good money to get a proper education. We all have those days where we wish attendance wasn't mandatory, but keep in mind that Preclinicals are just two years anyways.

I personally enjoy most of the lectures, I feel like I'm engaged when I'm in the room and with my groupmates.When it gets closer to dedicated, I might be singing a different tune however...
 
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What happens if you end up skipping classes? Curious on how strict they really are on this.
They are very strict. You have to submit absences and have them approved. If you have unexcused absences they will go on your residency application and you have to explain them to programs.
 
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They are very strict. You have to submit absences and have them approved. If you have unexcused absences they will go on your residency application and you have to explain them to programs.
Ah ok. Thanks for clarifying. I wasn't sure what the formal consequences were for folks with unexcused absences.
 
Does OU-HCOM still host the predoc interest group? I was reading about it in previous years but wasn't sure if that it was still a thing this year
 
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Does OU-HCOM still host the predoc interest group? I was reading about it in previous years but wasn't sure if that it was still a thing this year
Yes. You can email Bre Koch for info
 
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Submitted my secondary back in June, I feel like i’m behind with hearing all the interviews and acceptances
 
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II today for 11/28, ORM IS MCAT 502, science gpa 3.7 cgpa 3.8 non science 3.9, super excited as this school is close to my family and my current top choice! Goodluck to everyone this cycle
 
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II today for 11/28, ORM IS MCAT 502, science gpa 3.7 cgpa 3.8 non science 3.9, super excited as this school is close to my family and my current top choice! Goodluck to everyone this cycle
When did u submit secondary ?
 
IS II this afternoon. Submitted secondary 08/23

Dublin campus preferred.
 
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Interviewed 11/28, got the call with the A that night! However waitlisted to #1 preferred campus Dublin, anyone know how likely it is to get off the waitlist?
Thanks!
 
When getting the interview invite, do they tell you if they are still considering you for one of the regional campuses, or do we jut assume that the invite is considering us for all campuses we selected?
 
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When getting the interview invite, do they tell you if they are still considering you for one of the regional campuses, or do we jut assume that the invite is considering us for all campuses we selected?
The invite considers your first choice. If you don't have ties to the region, though, you usually get placed in Athens and are considered for the other ones depending on the WL movement.
 
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I haven’t heard anything back and Im getting nervous, should I start working on a back up plan?
 
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I just wanted to pop in and let people know that I received an A with low stats! Don’t give up hope! I have 496 MCAT and 3.6 GPA. Submitted my secondary in early August and interviewed in early November. They called me the same night of my interview with my acceptance.
 
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I just wanted to pop in and let people know that I received an A with low stats! Don’t give up hope! I have 496 MCAT and 3.6 GPA. Submitted my secondary in early August and interviewed in early November. They called me the same night of my interview with my acceptance.
Congratulation! Was it instate?
 
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I just wanted to pop in and let people know that I received an A with low stats! Don’t give up hope! I have 496 MCAT and 3.6 GPA. Submitted my secondary in early August and interviewed in early November. They called me the same night of my interview with my acceptance.
Are you instate? I am oos and I am curious about getting in with MCAT below 500 and a 3.9 sgpa
 
Current HCOM-Athens student here :) If anyone is looking to move into Athens early and is looking for housing starting January, please dm me! I have a studio apartment that I am subleasing.
 
I really would love to go here, but I have not received II, OOS though. I am still hopeful
 
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Anyone confident with the waitlist movement? I’m lowkey scared I won’t get admitted 😭😭
 
Does anyone know how much longer OUHCOM will continue to interview?
 
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Does anyone know how much longer OUHCOM will continue to interview?
If I recall correctly, their website says they interview on Tuesdays until late April. Best of luck to you, hope we both hear something from them soon!
 
I submitted my secondary today after pushing it back for awhile. Do you guys think it’s too late??
 
IS II today. Any interview tips for those who have already had one? I wasn’t expecting to even hear back from them to be honest.
 
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IS II today. Any interview tips for those who have already had one? I wasn’t expecting to even hear back from them to be honest.
Current 4th year at HCOM and help out with interviews periodically!

I would talk up why you want to be a doc in Ohio (about the region’s needs, personal connection, etc), why you are interested in learning osteopathy, and know the program inside and out so your answers can be specific to what HCOM offers

They should also tell you who you are interviewing with at the beginning of the day, so I would take your breaks to look up those professors and ask them tailored questions about their roles.

They really just want to see that you are personable and have a face to the accolades! Good luck!

Feel free to DM me (any of you!) with specific questions too 😊
 
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IS II today. Any interview tips for those who have already had one? I wasn’t expecting to even hear back from them to be honest.
Very relaxed, look up the questions on the SDN page, nail the why DO and OU and have fun! They are all really cool.
 
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