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ACOM vs PCOM-South Georgia

softboiledegg

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Hello, I already paid a deposit for PCOM-South Georgia but was also recently accepted by ACOM! Please see my attached weighted decision chart for the pros and cons of each school. Each criteria is weighted 1-5 and completely subjective, so I'd also appreciate input on whether I should adjust the weights.

To clarify my justification for some of the criteria:
-Name "Prestige": The school's name being more widely recognized may be helpful for residency placement and eventual job searching
-Tuition: Including overall cost of living, ACOM is $8,000 more expensive per year
-Rotations: Number of sites/relations with sites
-Research: Established research department with resources to help students find research
-Established Years: Which school has been around longer? Does it matter that PCOM was around for longer if their branch location is brand new?
-Later Start Date: More time for me to prepare for the move. I've got 3 weeks to figure out where to live if I go to ACOM, and over a month for PCOM-South Georgia.

I'm currently interested in orthopedic surgery residency, so I was also wondering how the merger, Step 1 P/F, research opportunities, and audition rotation sites affect DO chances? Thank you so much! ACOM_vs_PCOM_SouthGeorgia.PNG
 

robinson annulation

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i'd say PCOM-SGA.

even though SGA is a new campus, it's still under the PCOM umbrella so i'm assuming everything is the same across all 3 campuses as far as opportunities are concerned. PCOM has a pretty reputable name as well.

both schools also have excellent match lists so it'd be hard to differentiate based on that.
 

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ACOM for sure since it’s more established. Pcom-sga and Pcom-ga do not equal Pcom. They have different deans/resources and should be considered separate programs. Another reason not to go to Pcom-sga is the fact that you’ll be competing with Pcom-ga for rotation sites. ACOM has strong rotation sites that pretty much belong to them through AMEC. Also, with step 2 becoming even more important for our class, it’s better to go to a program that has a strong clinical curriculum. If for anything at all, ACOM has the edge over Pcom-sga in this regard.
 
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