Is there an invisible third option? I have less than lukewarm sentiments for both schools.
Both are too new for my liking. UP-KYCOM is good for rural med, so if you're into that, then go for it.
SOMA ofc is very different curriculum than the standard school. 1 year in arizona and next 3 years at a community health center. And they have a sort of "problem-based, scheme, group discussion themed" system that caters to more clinical experience.
Whereas, KYCOM has standard 2 years basic science at the school and 2 yrs rotations.
SOMA would be good if I wanted to focus on COMPLEX, because its clinical oriented, while KYCOM would be more attuned for USMLE due to emphasis on basic science background.
Granted, both are not the best schools by far. However, which would most likely give a student the chance to specialize and attain an MD residency. Ik at the end of the day its about how you do yourself as a student (board scores, rank, gpa), but also your recommendations and who you know at places you served in rotations.
Btw. im looking into Pediatrics and specialize in cardiology specifically.