KYCOM isn't really that new. And SOMA is probably the strongest of the new programs out there. Better than some of the more established programs IMO.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 also has 2 years basic/clinical science and 2 years rotation. The 1 year in arizona and the 1st year at the community health center are both basic/clinical science years. The last two years are rotations. It's no different from any other medical school in the country in that regard.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.
First off it's COMLEX not COMPLEX. Secondly this notion that COMLEX part 1 is somehow more "clinical" than USMLE step 1 is just not true. USMLE step 1 is a really well written basic science exam. COMLEX part 1 is a poorly written basic science exam. They both test the same material (with the exception of OMM, which doesn't exist on the USMLE) and you need to know your stuff equally on both.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.