2023-2024 Orlando College of Osteopathic Medicine

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One concern is this school intends to do Self Directed Learning. As per the OCOM site,

Like many modern medical school curricula, OCOM will not have mandatory in-person lectures. Watching a lecture is a form of passive learning. Evidence exists which tells us that virtual attendance at these types of sessions (content delivery sessions) actually portends better learning outcomes than in-person attendance since the student can control the speed of the lecture, go back to review something that was missed or challenging, etc. Therefore, OCOM’s curriculum will consist of self-directed learning sessions which are pre-recorded “lecture-like” sessions assigned to watch as part of the self-directed learning experience. Students will be able to watch these on their own time. Then, while in on campus sessions, students will be challenged by faculty to apply what they have learned on their own.

Are students paying upwards of 60K + to self learn? I feel this is a Medical school, not some Arts or History school. Not sure how students will learn Anatomy. Maybe I am mistaken.

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Recently did a call with them and that was something that was mentioned I was about to post. Private loan interest rates are sky high. When asked about the stats from the admissions person I am currently asked they said that the MCAT was a hard 500. There is no wiggle. Also, they basically have "lectureless" learning so make sure your are someone who can stay on task and manage a course load with basically self teaching.
self teaching Anatomy?
 
One concern is this school intends to do Self Directed Learning. As per the OCOM site,

Like many modern medical school curricula, OCOM will not have mandatory in-person lectures. Watching a lecture is a form of passive learning. Evidence exists which tells us that virtual attendance at these types of sessions (content delivery sessions) actually portends better learning outcomes than in-person attendance since the student can control the speed of the lecture, go back to review something that was missed or challenging, etc. Therefore, OCOM’s curriculum will consist of self-directed learning sessions which are pre-recorded “lecture-like” sessions assigned to watch as part of the self-directed learning experience. Students will be able to watch these on their own time. Then, while in on campus sessions, students will be challenged by faculty to apply what they have learned on their own.

Are students paying upwards of 60K + to self learn? I feel this is a Medical school, not some Arts or History school. Not sure how students will learn Anatomy. Maybe I am mistaken.
KansasCOM tried this and it didn’t work. OCOM is not going to have a good time and I bet those first year students are going to hate their lives.
 
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Hello. If you had any questions about the area happy to answer.

I've watched the school go from dirt to finished product and it is pretty remarkable. The facility and building is stunning and the general area is one of the best in Florida and fastest growing areas nationwide. Very safe and affluent and lots to do. Downtown winter garden is really nice. About 1 hour from beaches (daytona, new smyrna), 1-2 hours from tampa depending on traffic, 3.5 hr to miami. New brightline train to/from south florida is pretty sweet. It is also a few minutes from disney but not on the touristy side. It is located in the center of horizon west in the hamlin town center. Close to highways, shops, food, breweries. You can see disney fireworks every single night from the school and most places in horizon west at 845-9pm .
 
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was wondering how interview was/ how yall prepped!!
everyone was super friendly! you speak to a faculty member and a member of the admissions team and they ask you why DO, why OCOM, and other typical interview questions. i would prep those answers and also look over the OCOM website to learn more about the school. good luck!
 
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KansasCOM tried this and it didn’t work. OCOM is not going to have a good time and I bet those first year students are going to hate their lives.
Agree 100%, it will not work. OCOM seems to cut corners here, cheaper to just provide some content delivery app rather than hire faculty to deliver in person lectures.

Like many modern medical school curricula, OCOM will not have mandatory in-person lectures. Watching a lecture is a form of passive learning. Evidence exists which tells us that virtual attendance at these types of sessions (content delivery sessions) actually portends better learning outcomes than in-person attendance since the student can control the speed of the lecture, go back to review something that was missed or challenging, etc. Therefore, OCOM’s curriculum will consist of self-directed learning sessions which are pre-recorded “lecture-like” sessions assigned to watch as part of the self-directed learning experience. Students will be able to watch these on their own time. Then, while in on campus sessions, students will be challenged by faculty to apply what they have learned on their own.
 
everyone was super friendly! you speak to a faculty member and a member of the admissions team and they ask you why DO, why OCOM, and other typical interview questions. i would prep those answers and also look over the OCOM website to learn more about the school. good luck!
i appreciate you so much! was the interview open file or closed file? i can't find any info about that
 
Is the inaugural class Full?
I don't think so. I just got pulled from the WL and given an A last weekend, I will be turning it down. But yeah, it does not seem they have filled their inaugural class yet.
 
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Just got pulled from the WL this morning. Will be declining. GL to those who are waiting or are matriculating. The school is probably better than the Caribbean, but no federal loans and high COL is kinda rough.
 
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Have they offered scholarships to any incoming students?
 
Have they offered scholarships to any incoming students?
No scholarship and No Federal loans too for the next 4 years. Plus no lectures, trying to cut corners already
As per the OCOM site,

Like many modern medical school curricula, OCOM will not have mandatory in-person lectures. Watching a lecture is a form of passive learning. Evidence exists which tells us that virtual attendance at these types of sessions (content delivery sessions) actually portends better learning outcomes than in-person attendance since the student can control the speed of the lecture, go back to review something that was missed or challenging, etc. Therefore, OCOM’s curriculum will consist of self-directed learning sessions which are pre-recorded “lecture-like” sessions assigned to watch as part of the self-directed learning experience. Students will be able to watch these on their own time. Then, while in on campus sessions, students will be challenged by faculty to apply what they have learned on their own.

Are students paying upwards of 60K tuition + another 30-40 K to self learn? This is a Medical school, Faculty needs to teach, in particular Anatomy. Not sure from where or how did they reach a conclusion that "Evidence exists which tells us that virtual attendance at these types of sessions (content delivery sessions) actually portends better learning outcomes than in-person attendance"??
 
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Withdrew my A on Friday - hope it goes to one of y'all patiently waiting. Def stings a little as I honestly loved the school. I'm excited to see how it establishes itself into the med school landscape over the next few years. It will be a fantastic program
 
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Just got pulled from the WL this morning. Will be declining. GL to those who are waiting or are matriculating. The school is probably better than the Caribbean, but no federal loans and high COL is kinda rough.
The school is probably better than the Caribbean<== well, apart from being physically located in USA, there is not much going and OCOM need to prove first which would take a while. Caribbean schools have been established for a long time and students attending Caribbean schools do get residency in USA. Self learning and Virtual Anatomy and 110K COA are not good signs though.
 
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Is anyone on the boards committed to going here?

I haven’t applied but was just curious. Location is great but the private loans and lack of real instruction is pretty concerning. Policy about withdrawing acceptance is odd as well. Would provide opportunity to match in Florida/the southeast which is desireable though
 
Is anyone on the boards committed to going here?

I haven’t applied but was just curious. Location is great but the private loans and lack of real instruction is pretty concerning. Policy about withdrawing acceptance is odd as well. Would provide opportunity to match in Florida/the southeast which is desireable though
Hardly seen anyone on this Board with an "A" to OCOM and planning to attend. There were some 'A's earlier, but those folks have rescinded their A and chose some other school.

If you look at their website, the school itself is is saying

"OCOM will not have mandatory in-person lectures. Watching a lecture is a form of passive learning. Evidence exists which tells us that virtual attendance at these types of sessions (content delivery sessions) actually portends better learning outcomes than in-person attendance since the student can control the speed of the lecture, go back to review something that was missed or challenging, etc. Therefore, OCOM’s curriculum will consist of self-directed learning sessions which are pre-recorded “lecture-like” sessions assigned to watch as part of the self-directed learning experience. Students will be able to watch these on their own time. Then, while in on campus sessions, students will be challenged by faculty to apply what they have learned on their own."

The above statement by the school is a bit concerning honestly. Paying 110K as COA and taking private loan and doing self learning + Virtual Anatomy are signs that should not be ignored. Match comes later.
 
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Hardly seen anyone on this Board with an "A" to OCOM and planning to attend. There were some 'A's earlier, but those folks have rescinded their A and chose some other school.

If you look at their website, the school itself is is saying

"OCOM will not have mandatory in-person lectures. Watching a lecture is a form of passive learning. Evidence exists which tells us that virtual attendance at these types of sessions (content delivery sessions) actually portends better learning outcomes than in-person attendance since the student can control the speed of the lecture, go back to review something that was missed or challenging, etc. Therefore, OCOM’s curriculum will consist of self-directed learning sessions which are pre-recorded “lecture-like” sessions assigned to watch as part of the self-directed learning experience. Students will be able to watch these on their own time. Then, while in on campus sessions, students will be challenged by faculty to apply what they have learned on their own."

The above statement by the school is a bit concerning honestly. Paying 110K as COA and taking private loan and doing self learning + Virtual Anatomy are signs that should not be ignored. Match comes later.
Furthermore, to piggyback what was said here, with its requirement of a 500 MCAT and a 3.2 sGPA/cGPA, most applicants can get into (and are better off at) a much more established program, with a better curriculum and access to federal loans with those stats. With stats that solid, it makes it hard to rationalize attending OCOM over any other A.
 
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So you guys think they are going to really struggle to fill a class?
 
So you guys think they are going to really struggle to fill a class?
Honestly, considering they had to extend their primary application deadline for the ''23-'24 cycle, I would say they are having difficulty filling up seats for their inaugural class of 97 (?) students.
 
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So you guys think they are going to really struggle to fill a class?

Honestly, considering they had to extend their primary application deadline for the ''23-'24 cycle, I would say they are having difficulty filling up seats for their inaugural class of 97 (?) students.
and the application deadline was extended from March 1 to April 12th, 2024. Folks would have already applied by March 1, 2024.
 
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Are all the new DO schools like this or is this one especially bad
 
Just got called saying they're reevaluating candidates and if I was interested in attending in the fall. I got post-II rejected back in February...
 
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Just got called saying they're reevaluating candidates and if I was interested in attending in the fall. I got post-II rejected back in February...
Sounds like they haven’t filled their class
 
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Just got called saying they're reevaluating candidates and if I was interested in attending in the fall. I got post-II rejected back in February...
Same. I was happy to say I got accepted elsewhere.
 
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Just got called saying they're reevaluating candidates and if I was interested in attending in the fall. I got post-II rejected back in February...
I didn't even get a secondary from them and I got this call today. Guess they're having a really hard time filling a class.
 
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They just called me and offered me a seat
 
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Hey everyone! Just read through some of the posts and it seems like there are some concerns about this school, probably normal for inaugural classes. I applied this last cycle and made the mistake of not applying DO to save on some application fees, and now currently down to 2 waitlists (one of them is notorious for waitlisting many applicants and then accepting a bunch in June sometimes even July) so I'm getting a little bit nervous. I'm starting to think about reapplying just in case I don't get an acceptance, and saw on this schools website the class of 2028 is not full yet. Should I apply and see what happens, or would I be better off pulling back and taking a gap year?

If it helps

MCAT - 511
SGPA - 3.80
CGPA - 3.77

(thought this would get me into a MD program but hasn't yet)
 
Hey everyone! Just read through some of the posts and it seems like there are some concerns about this school, probably normal for inaugural classes. I applied this last cycle and made the mistake of not applying DO to save on some application fees, and now currently down to 2 waitlists (one of them is notorious for waitlisting many applicants and then accepting a bunch in June sometimes even July) so I'm getting a little bit nervous. I'm starting to think about reapplying just in case I don't get an acceptance, and saw on this schools website the class of 2028 is not full yet. Should I apply and see what happens, or would I be better off pulling back and taking a gap year?

If it helps

MCAT - 511
SGPA - 3.80
CGPA - 3.77

(thought this would get me into a MD program but hasn't yet)

Definitely Apply!! This school is beautiful.
 
Hey everyone! Just read through some of the posts and it seems like there are some concerns about this school, probably normal for inaugural classes. I applied this last cycle and made the mistake of not applying DO to save on some application fees, and now currently down to 2 waitlists (one of them is notorious for waitlisting many applicants and then accepting a bunch in June sometimes even July) so I'm getting a little bit nervous. I'm starting to think about reapplying just in case I don't get an acceptance, and saw on this schools website the class of 2028 is not full yet. Should I apply and see what happens, or would I be better off pulling back and taking a gap year?

If it helps

MCAT - 511
SGPA - 3.80
CGPA - 3.77

(thought this would get me into a MD program but hasn't yet)

I would wait a year unless you want to take private loans. Realistically you can definitely get into a more established DO school
 
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I would wait a year unless you want to take private loans. Realistically you can definitely get into a more established DO school
Right, I have no doubt about getting into some MD schools next cycle if neither of the two waitlists pan out this year. It’s definitely a nice campus and a beautiful area but the virtual anatomy with no cadaver lab and flipped classroom seem fishy.
 
The stats are around average for an MD admit so I would try again-worst case scenario is a more established DO school with federal loans.
 
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Same. I was happy to say I got accepted elsewhere.
Yes, same situation for me. I was rejected for having a 499. I was a little surprised that this was a hard cut off since the school is so new. They called me last week letting me know that they wanted to interview me. Keep in mind, I NEVER COMPLETED A SECONDARY! They are probably pretty desperate at this point. Lol it did feel good telling them that they were the ones who have been Rejected because I got into my top choice (professionally of course lol).
 
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Yes, same situation for me. I was rejected for having a 499. I was a little surprised that this was a hard cut off since the school is so new. They called me last week letting me know that they wanted to interview me. Keep in mind, I NEVER COMPLETED A SECONDARY! They are probably pretty desperate at this point. Lol it did feel good telling them that they were the ones who have been Rejected because I got into my top choice (professionally of course lol).
Congratulations! Ya I agree, really goes against the whole MCAT isn't everything.
 
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Many DO schools would have you at the front of the interview line!
Ya I did some thinking and I think I'll reapply if this cycle doesn't pan out for my waitlists. I'd LOVE to go to somewhere like MSU or UNT and I think I'd have high odds there.
 
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I don't think so. I just got pulled from the WL and given an A last weekend, I will be turning it down. But yeah, it does not seem they have filled their inaugural class yet.
Why did you turn it down? If you don't mind me asking!
 
Hey everyone! Just read through some of the posts and it seems like there are some concerns about this school, probably normal for inaugural classes. I applied this last cycle and made the mistake of not applying DO to save on some application fees, and now currently down to 2 waitlists (one of them is notorious for waitlisting many applicants and then accepting a bunch in June sometimes even July) so I'm getting a little bit nervous. I'm starting to think about reapplying just in case I don't get an acceptance, and saw on this schools website the class of 2028 is not full yet. Should I apply and see what happens, or would I be better off pulling back and taking a gap year?

If it helps

MCAT - 511
SGPA - 3.80
CGPA - 3.77

(thought this would get me into a MD program but hasn't yet)
Your stats are great, way better than mine and I got accepted in 3 DOs this cycle that just ended. I would suggest you wait out the 2 waitlists and if you didn't get in, apply this current cycle and add DO schools. With your stat, you are going to get interviews from most DO schools if not all.
 
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I did not apply to OCOM but FWIW I did get an Instagram ad saying that they were seeking applicants for this cycle and the deadline was extended to June 28...wild.
 
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I did not apply to OCOM but FWIW I did get an Instagram ad saying that they were seeking applicants for this cycle and the deadline was extended to June 28...wild.
Yeah I’m pretty sure they are trying to fill their inaugural class!
 
They probably wouldn't have had trouble if they didn't have a "hard" MCAT cutoff at 500. They would have had WAY more applicants otherwise. Sounds like this school got what they had coming
 
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They probably wouldn't have had trouble if they didn't have a "hard" MCAT cutoff at 500. They would have had WAY more applicants otherwise. Sounds like this school got what they had coming
They also had that weird “if we accept you and you commit but then go back on it, we can bad mouth you to every other school” thing until the bad press made them change it. That probably scared a lot of people off as well, and it’s why I didn’t apply. They probably learned their lesson for this cycle.
 
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They probably wouldn't have had trouble if they didn't have a "hard" MCAT cutoff at 500. They would have had WAY more applicants otherwise. Sounds like this school got what they had coming
Yeah for real I had a sub 500 and got into an established DO lmao
 
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