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AMCAS thinks i'm from a medically underserved county?!

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by asunshine, Jun 8, 2006.

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  1. asunshine

    asunshine can't sing but i got soul 5+ Year Member

    May 8, 2006
    (Milwaukee county, that is). i thought that was a little weird, but there ARE many gaps in care due to white flight.

    anyone else suprised that they came from a medically underserved county? gee, when they ask if i'm willing to work in an underserved area, i guess i could go buy the house next door to my parents and say yes. (i actually do plan on serving the underserved, just didn't realize the definition was so...lax?)

    to find out, click "print application" on AMCAS, and next to your parents' county of residence, see if you have a (U). (R) means rural.
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  3. Sophie

    Sophie Lead Foot 10+ Year Member

    Apr 14, 2003
    Sacramento, CA
    Every location I entered AMCAS deemed underserved. :p
  4. strawberryfield

    strawberryfield 10+ Year Member

    Jun 29, 2005
    Yeah, mine was underserved... but I already knew that beforehand... there are soooo many underserved areas. :rolleyes:

    Does anyone know if that helps with admission at all?? just curious. :confused:
  5. NonTradMed

    NonTradMed Perpetual Student 7+ Year Member

    Ditto here. Most the counties I lived in were deemed 'underserved'. I didn't find it useful.
  6. *sunny*

    *sunny* ... 10+ Year Member

    Mar 20, 2001
    i came up as underserved also... for no aparent reason. i wonder how they come up with that classification anyway.
  7. thedelicatessen

    thedelicatessen In Memory of Riley Jane Moderator Emeritus 5+ Year Member

    Jan 23, 2006
    Yeah, it's interesting that they consider Los Angeles County in CA to be underserved. I know there are major medical disparities in the inner cities, but there are also very affluent areas in the county that are definitely not underserved.
  8. Em1

    Em1 Senior Member 5+ Year Member

    Oct 9, 2005
    I seriously doubt the Hampton Roads area as a whole is medically underserved, but AMCAS said my city was. I think most doctor's offices just happen to be located in Va Beach and Norfolk, 15-30 min from my city, instead of in it. (my city = my county, btw)
  9. LJDHC05

    LJDHC05 Former Chicken Slayer 5+ Year Member

    Jun 23, 2005
    My county (Worcester, MA) is medically underserved. I wouldn't call my town medically underserved because we have a nice big medical center downtown and there are lots of yuppies driving mercedes, but there are parts of Worcester that are VERY underserved and some rural areas on the other side of the city that are about 35-45 minutes away from a medical center.

    I think that part of the AAMC's definition of underserved includes percentage of people who are uninsured. It's not really a suprise to find uninsured people anywhere to me, considering the expense...
  10. Depakote

    Depakote Pediatric Anesthesiologist Moderator Emeritus Lifetime Donor 10+ Year Member

    Nov 2, 2004
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    It said St. Louis County was underserved when I filed.

    Had absolutely no bearing on my application. In fact, I've been snubbed by my state school and St. Louis University 2 years running.
  11. R.P. McMurphy

    R.P. McMurphy Guest

    Apr 23, 2006
    soooooo is anyone's place NOT underserved? I mean LA? don't they have some of the best hospitals in the country there?

    i really don't get the point of that classification?
  12. lilnoelle

    lilnoelle Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

    Feb 21, 2006
    3 of the 4 counties in Kansas City are not considered underserved. I know there is one or two more counties in Kansas that aren't considered underserved, but the rest of the counties are.
  13. Topspin82

    Topspin82 Shaken *and* Stirred 5+ Year Member

    Aug 21, 2004
    Yeah, where I'm from, there *seems* to be a saturation of medical practices and hospitals but you still have to wait 1-3 weeks to see a halfway decent specialist. :laugh:
  14. Bubblehead-to-MD

    Bubblehead-to-MD Emergency Blow! 5+ Year Member

    Jan 10, 2006
    Baltimore, MD
    I'm in Hampton Roads too, but still claim Pittsburgh, PA as my home. What do you do here? Does the EM1 = Electrician's Mate?
  15. LizzyM

    LizzyM the evil queen of numbers SDN Advisor 10+ Year Member

    Mar 7, 2005
    I've seen this formula recently although I can't put my hands on it at the moment. In part, it scores a county's infant mortality rate (number of babies who die before their first birthday per 1,000 live births), the proportion of the population that is over 65, the number of primary care providers per 1,000 population (you can have a big medical center but if everyone is a super-specialist it can be hard to get an appointment for routine preventive care & early detection), and the proportion of the population that is medicare or uninsured (I'm a little fuzzy on this last one).
  16. SanDiegoSOD

    SanDiegoSOD Milk was a bad choice 7+ Year Member

    Jul 5, 2004
    Sunny California
    San Diego was deemed underserved, which blew me away. I'm sure that Southern San Diego is underserved, but the area that I lived in (La Jolla) was certainly not underserved by any stretch of the imagination.
  17. LizzyM

    LizzyM the evil queen of numbers SDN Advisor 10+ Year Member

    Mar 7, 2005
    When the geographic division is by county, you can often end up with a designation that does not appear to apply to smaller sub-units of the county.
  18. ClosetNerd

    ClosetNerd Senior Member 2+ Year Member

    May 10, 2006
    Are you sure the "U" doesn't mean Urban?
  19. mdavey

    mdavey Member 5+ Year Member

    Mar 28, 2006
    yea, poor me from Orange County, we are also underserved :(
  20. Carmenita79

    Carmenita79 Senior Member 2+ Year Member

    May 10, 2006
    Yeah, check out the last page of AMCAS U=underserved and R=rural
  21. rajad10

    rajad10 Senior Member 5+ Year Member

    Jul 7, 2004

    yea, im from orange county, fla. surprised me
  22. shantster

    shantster Eye protection! 10+ Year Member

    That's what that meant. I was reading over my application and didn't know what it meant, but I figured it wasn't a problem since it popped up everywhere on Milwaukee County.

    There are some underserved areas there, but I guess you can make that statement for any county that has a city.
  23. DarkFark

    DarkFark Senior Member 5+ Year Member

    Feb 5, 2005
    AMCAS considered middlesex county (suburban central New Jersey) to be underserved. I didn't expect that at all.
  24. Do you have to list every place you've ever lived or something?
  25. Kriyaban

    Kriyaban Downstate c/o 2011 2+ Year Member

    Jun 10, 2006
    According to AMCAS, I was born, raised, and now am doing my post bac in 3 different medically underserved NY counties.....weird though, because there are several hospitals close to where I lived in each of those places
  26. jsnuka

    jsnuka Senior Member Moderator Emeritus 5+ Year Member

    May 2, 2006
  27. mdavey

    mdavey Member 5+ Year Member

    Mar 28, 2006
    haha, i actually meant orange county, CA; like the tv show (lamest show ever btw)
  28. Duchess742

    Duchess742 Banned Banned

    Apr 8, 2006
    Philadelphia, PA
    yeah, all 3 of my places (birth, home, and school) are underserved, including philadelphia!! so...i guess if i'm asked whether i'd be willing to work in an underserved area, my response is gonna be 'hell yeah!' :D
  29. ClosetNerd

    ClosetNerd Senior Member 2+ Year Member

    May 10, 2006

    woops... thanks for the correction carmentia

    wow I'm underserved too :confused:
  30. aliziry

    aliziry Je suis le Roi de Rein 2+ Year Member

    Apr 17, 2006
    So now the question becomes home many bloody doctors does a place need to be considered served. Im guessing even Manhattan is underserved. Blimey
  31. jsnuka

    jsnuka Senior Member Moderator Emeritus 5+ Year Member

    May 2, 2006
    I think that you guys need to look at it from the standpoint of generalists i.e. there IS a dire need for internists, pediatricians, geriatricians, family practicioners in just about every community.

    There are far toom any specialists. Everybody cannot be a surgeon, nor should everyone desire to be one, but that is where we are right now in medicine. At the same time, there are still communities where folx do nto want to practice medicine and forget about them living there in a hope that they will lead the community into some sort of renaissance.

    So while the numbers may seem misleading, they are true. There is a crying need for generalists in the inner city i.e the ghettos of America. the same call is going unanswered in the farmlands of America and the reamining Native American reservations/tribal communities in this country.

    The question is, is there REALLY anyone out there who gives a damn and is not pursuing a career in medicine for the money?
  32. aliziry

    aliziry Je suis le Roi de Rein 2+ Year Member

    Apr 17, 2006

    Sign me up for working in the ghetto mate. I dont care as long as the city has more than 5 million people sign me up.
  33. Then they need to start paying FP docs better. It's just like any other boring job. You have to pay well to get people to do it.

    Yes, I'm doing it because I find it challenging and amusing. The nice paycheck that goes along with EM is only a nice plus.

    Screw that. You can have it.
  34. aliziry

    aliziry Je suis le Roi de Rein 2+ Year Member

    Apr 17, 2006
    Thanks I will enjoy it.
  35. I'm not going through several years of undergrad, a masters program, med school and residency to work in a cesspool. Actually I'm doing all of this as a way to get away from areas like that. Watch your wallet.
  36. aliziry

    aliziry Je suis le Roi de Rein 2+ Year Member

    Apr 17, 2006
    I grew up in places like that so I can handle myself. It will be a homecoming mate. No one says you have to work there I just said I wanted to.
  37. Like I said, more power to you. I can handle myself as well. Put it this way, I come from a family where I don't trust most of them further than I can throw them. All but two of my cousins are best defined by Irish term, "pikey" : Calling them "white trash" or "trailer trash" is giving them far too much credit.

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