2023-2024 Orlando College of Osteopathic Medicine

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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.
This is why I didn't apply as well. I don't understand how they actually thought this was a good idea or how applicants would be open to that, especially with BCOM Melbourne starting the same time an hour away from them

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Hey, did this school just extend their deadline to submit a primary for the 23-24 cycle to like june 28?
 
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Pulling out of this school. Spoke to the financial advisor and she said it would be about 500k debt by the time of graduation, and around 750k debt after 3 years of residency. Payments estimated to be about 6k a MONTH after all of it. The loan rates were on average 10% APR.... private loans. If you flunk you are financially screwed for life
 
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Pulling out of this school. Spoke to the financial advisor and she said it would be about 500k debt by the time of graduation, and around 750k debt after 3 years of residency. Payments estimated to be about 6k a MONTH after all of it. The loan rates were on average 10% APR.... private loans. If you flunk you are financially screwed for life
If you flunk out may as well go start a new life with the monks on a mountaintop. They will never find you 🥷
 
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Pulling out of this school. Spoke to the financial advisor and she said it would be about 500k debt by the time of graduation, and around 750k debt after 3 years of residency. Payments estimated to be about 6k a MONTH after all of it. The loan rates were on average 10% APR.... private loans. If you flunk you are financially screwed for life
If you're an Orlando native, do you think living at home for all 4 years would lower that cost significantly?
 
If you're an Orlando native, do you think living at home for all 4 years would lower that cost significantly?
I considered this, but they were saying attendance is required 5 days a week because they don't want to promote commuter culture....I live in Orlando about 40-45 minutes away via highway (with no traffic, mind you) so wasn't very practical.

Edit: They estimate housing to be about 26k, which would be around 104k over 4 years, plus whatever interest from private loan. Also need to consider that for 2 years, the rotations would be away and not likely being able to live at home in Orlando, need to airbnb or something for at least some amount of time. So, maybe you could save around 80k give or take some? And that's not considering transportation costs (tolls, gas, car upkeep), and definitely not considering the time spent driving, which is priceless...
 
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I considered this, but they were saying attendance is required 5 days a week because they don't want to promote commuter culture....I live in Orlando about 40-45 minutes away via highway (with no traffic, mind you) so wasn't very practical.

Edit: They estimate housing to be about 26k, which would be around 104k over 4 years, plus whatever interest from private loan. Also need to consider that for 2 years, the rotations would be away and not likely being able to live at home in Orlando, need to airbnb or something for at least some amount of time. So, maybe you could save around 80k give or take some? And that's not considering transportation costs (tolls, gas, car upkeep), and definitely not considering the time spent driving, which is priceless...
Ahh okay! They've already partnered up with hospitals in Orlando so you wouldn't have to move from Orlando!
 
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)
You can, and deserve to do better than OCOM.
 
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Ahh okay! They've already partnered up with hospitals in Orlando so you wouldn't have to move from Orlando!
It's not guaranteed you wouldn't. Only select sites for select rotations in Orlando.
 
Does any admitted student care to share the financial aspects? I recently applied - and now this thread has me spooked!
 
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does anyone know interview format? open/closed file? how to prep?
It's a 3 hour block but there are two, 20-minute, 1:1 interviews, open file. Boilerplate questions such as Why OCOM? Why physician? Address weaknesses, etc. Both my 1:1 gave plenty of time for questions as well. Best of luck.
 
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is it partially open file like just essays and ec or completely open file with grades?
 
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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
I applied and committed to the school, if you have any questions. I may have an Answer. They have been pretty transparent with us.
 
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It's wild, they rejected me in october post interview, and then called me this past week if i was interested in taking a seat for inaugural class
 
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for those of you who interviewed recently this month, how long did it take for you guys to hear back?
 
Did everyone who completed an interview receive the package from OCOM Admissions? Or do they only send the packages to FL residents?
 
Anyone here get an interview request but never sent a secondary app?
 
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Yeah I got rejected pre-secondary and completed my interview on 6/25! Did you do an interview yet?
I did! Kinda strange considering they didn’t have a secondary for me to go off of. They did use my primary however.
 
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I did! Kinda strange considering they didn’t have a secondary for me to go off of. They did use my primary however.
Yeah me too! I’m pretty sure the people who interviewed recently all got rejected pre-secondary. So it seems like they’re going straight to the interview since they’re struggling to fill their inaugural class.
 
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Do you know how many seats are left?
I recently found out from someone who committed that there are 80 students who have committed so far. So I'm guessing there are roughly 17 spots left since the inaugural class needs 97 students.
 
I recently found out from someone who committed that there are 80 students who have committed so far. So I'm guessing there are roughly 17 spots left since the inaugural class needs 97 students.
I get there are a number of concerns with the school, but these are US medical school spots! Are there always difficulties filling new DO schools?
 
I get there are a number of concerns with the school, but these are US medical school spots! Are there always difficulties filling new DO schools?
Haha yeah exactly! If they offer me a spot I’ll definitely be attending! The school looks promising and has a lot of potential! I would rather not attend a Caribbean medical school. Lol. Not sure! But with the new DO schools opening up just this past year seems like it’s becoming an issue.
 
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Haha yeah exactly! If they offer me a spot I’ll definitely be attending! This school looks promising and has a lot of potential! I would rather not attend a Caribbean medical school. Lol. Not sure! But with the new DO schools opening up just this past year seems like it’s becoming an issue.
Looking into it, I think they had trouble filling seats bc they gave a hard 500 MCAT requirement when applying. Most new DO schools aren't that strict when it comes to the MCAT during their first few classes.
You're right, any US MD or DO school is 10x better than going Caribbean!
 
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Looking into it, I think they had trouble filling seats bc they gave a hard 500 MCAT requirement when applying. Most new DO schools aren't that strict when it comes to the MCAT during their first few classes.
You're right, any US MD or DO school is 10x better than going Caribbean!
Yeah I think this new cycle will be way better for them in terms of filling faster as they changed the GPA and MCAT requirements from being "absolute requirements" to "soft requirements" when I looked through their website.
 
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Did anyone get accepted yet who went from pre-secondary R to interview? I have talked to a couple of people who applied here. One guy got in through the traditional method when the requirements were in place for secondaries, another went from pre-secondary R to interview to Post II R in mid June, and one person submitted a whole new application when admissions said it was worth it to submit an application for Fall 2024 a month ago and recently just received a secondary (waiting to hear back on how this went for my homie).
 
Haha yeah exactly! If they offer me a spot I’ll definitely be attending! This school looks promising and has a lot of potential! I would rather not attend a Caribbean medical school. Lol. Not sure! But with the new DO schools opening up just this past year seems like it’s becoming an issue.
Absolutely any US DO >>>> Any Carribean 24/7/365 and 366 on a leap year lol. The private loan situation sucks but it still might be worthwhile.
 
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Yeah it seems like they’re interviewing a lot of applicants but there aren’t many spots left so idk…
My friend just told me that there are 44 members in the GroupMe right now with multiple members continuously leaving as they got off Waitlists at other places. Obviously the GroupMe is probably not fully reflective of the class and I don't know if admissions knows about that GroupMe to send accepted students to so 80 committed students as of right now seems believable.
 
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Did anyone get accepted yet who went from pre-secondary R to interview? I have talked to a couple of people who applied here. One guy got in through the traditional method when the requirements were in place for secondaries, another went from pre-secondary R to interview to Post II R in mid June, and one person submitted a whole new application when admissions said it was worth it to submit an application for Fall 2024 a month ago and recently just received a secondary (waiting to hear back on how this went for my homie).
So far, I haven’t heard anyone that got accepted that got rejected pre-secondary to Interview. Oh man! Did your friend ask admissions why they rejected him post-interview?
 
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My friend just told me that there are 44 members in the GroupMe right now with multiple members continuously leaving as they got off Waitlists at other places. Obviously the GroupMe is probably not fully reflective of the class and I don't know if admissions knows about that GroupMe to send accepted students to so 80 committed students as of right now seems believable.
Yeah I also heard that DO schools are pulling people off the waitlist, especially schools like Burrell and LMU. It makes sense that these people would choose a more established DO school with federal loans over OCOM.
 
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So far, I haven’t heard anyone that got accepted that got rejected pre-secondary to Interview. Oh man! Did your friend ask admissions why they rejected him post-interview?
Gotcha gotcha yeah hopefully that changes soon and some of you guys get that A! Dunno if my friend reached back out but will be sure to double check on that later.
 
Yeah I also heard that DO schools are pulling people off the waitlist, especially schools like Burrell and LMU. It makes sense that these people would choose a more established DO school with federal loans over OCOM.
Yeah I feel that tbh. The interest rates and economy are completely whack rn. I def feel like OCOM would have filled WAY earlier if they didnt have only private loans available for students.
 
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Yeah I feel that tbh. The interest rates and economy are completely whack rn. I def feel like OCOM would have filled WAY earlier if they didnt have only private loans available for students.
Yes, esp bc they have some strong positives (P/F grading system, limited mandatory classes)
 
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