Barry vs. Western

Discussion in 'Pre-Podiatry Students' started by Pod88, May 6, 2012.

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  1. Pod88


    Sep 19, 2011
    I've seen threads like this, but not quite the same. I've narrowed down my decision to be between Barry University and Western. I've made tons of pros and cons lists, and they are still so even. I love the sports medicine aspect in Barry and the large latin american influence there since I want to be a truly bilingual Podiatrist. But then again, being in California and close to home, and being with Dr. Harkless is something that I definitely can't look over as well. So I was just wondering what all of your thoughts were on this decision. Thank you so much
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  3. flyhi

    flyhi 7+ Year Member

    Sep 17, 2008
    Can't you be truly bilingual in California?!
  4. Pod88


    Sep 19, 2011
    Definitely! But there was a much larger latin american influence in the Miami area and in the clinic that we visited. Spanish seemed to be a much more important necessity at barry than at western. I lived in south america for a number of years, and the cuban and puerto rican culture in Miami is more similar to what I'm familiar with rather than the Meican culture found more in Pomona.
  5. bmhsacosta


    Apr 17, 2012
    Op is correct, the Latin influence in Miami is much greater than that of Pomona. Just returned from my interview and about 95% of the people I encountered in a weekend in Miami assumed I spoke Spanish fluently. This is a much greater number that I have experienced in LA my whole life. I personally can't comment on Western, but what I gathered from Barry was the care they showed for their students. Dr. Jensen also was very cool to talk to and definitely seemed to be there for the students. Anyway goodluck with your decision, I was in the same position you are with Barry and another school.
  6. If you're from California Western sounds like a great choice... But wouldn't it be great to get out and see something else?
  7. MaxillofacialMN

    MaxillofacialMN Osteopathic Foot Dentist 7+ Year Member

    Dec 2, 2009
    The Grand Ballroom
    I second dyk's comment. It's only four years. If you want to practice in Cali do your clerkships and residency there (even that isn't required).

    It sorta seems like western has arguably better stats at the moment, but as long as you aren't in the lower 15% of your class, that really doesn't matter.

    Also, I don't know how many times I have to say this on here before the point comes across, but go to the school with the best women. The clear winner is Barry.
  8. msion

    msion 7+ Year Member

    Nov 15, 2009
    go to the place that's the cheapest.
  9. unitix

    unitix 5+ Year Member

    Sep 17, 2008
  10. Paulywog

    Paulywog 7+ Year Member

    May 31, 2007
    Aventura, Fl
    PM me if you have more questions about Barry that I could answer for you. I am from Cali, came to Barry and will be doing my residency outside of Cali as well. I am interested in working on Cali when all is said and done. You don't have to go to school or residency where you want to settle. Florida was an amazing 3.5 years for me. You will not have another experience like this anywhere else. It is a different country down here in south Florida.

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