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I have been accepted to touro in nevada and I just found out that i'm waitlisted at western. however, I talked to the director and she said that if she can't put me in this years class i will be guarentee a seat for next year. If I am deferred to next year should I wait a year to start med school or should i just go to touro? I live very close to western so i feel more comfortable staying home. but at the same time i don't think i would want to wait another year to start med school. but i liked touro's campus too except its not near home. which school is better? does goin to either school affect my residency or education? please help!
 

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I think either school will get you what you want as long as you do the work. If you don't want to wait a year, then goto Touro. I think it is a good experience living away from home.
 
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but is western a better school then touro nevada since its an older school?
 
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It seems to me that every school has its own problems. It's a matter of what type of problems you can put up with. So you should go to the school that you're most comfortable with.

When you have a paper indicating that you're guaranteed a seat for next year at COMP, then think about choosing between two. Otherwise, you have a risk of going through the application process again, and it may against you if you don't have any improvement. Until you have that paper, you only have one choice. :)
 

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totoro723 said:
but is western a better school then touro nevada since its an older school?
No.

Go to touro. Get going while you can. :thumbup:
 

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totoro723 said:
I have been accepted to touro in nevada and I just found out that i'm waitlisted at western. however, I talked to the director and she said that if she can't put me in this years class i will be guarentee a seat for next year. If I am deferred to next year should I wait a year to start med school or should i just go to touro? I live very close to western so i feel more comfortable staying home. but at the same time i don't think i would want to wait another year to start med school. but i liked touro's campus too except its not near home. which school is better? does goin to either school affect my residency or education? please help!
Unless you have a very very strong reason to go to Western over Touro, then I would say go to Touro. If you really want Western, however, make sure you get that acceptance for the class of 2011 in writing because it would really suck to be empty handed next year.

I guess you need to ask yourself how important being near family is to you? If you think you can make the adjustment (and keep in mind that you probably won't get home all that often anyways since you'll be so busy studying) without the folks nearby, then go to Touro. If you think having familial support is going to be a great asset during your med school years, then ask for the acceptance for next year in writing from Western.
 

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You can write a letter of intent to Western. Address it to the director you talked to. Or you can call her up and let her know. Tell them you've been accepted to TOURO-NV but Western is your top choice yadiyada... and see what happen. If they wouldn't let you in then plan on attending TOURO. You're in California either way.

totoro723 said:
I have been accepted to touro in nevada and I just found out that i'm waitlisted at western. however, I talked to the director and she said that if she can't put me in this years class i will be guarentee a seat for next year. If I am deferred to next year should I wait a year to start med school or should i just go to touro? I live very close to western so i feel more comfortable staying home. but at the same time i don't think i would want to wait another year to start med school. but i liked touro's campus too except its not near home. which school is better? does goin to either school affect my residency or education? please help!
 

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totoro723 said:
I have been accepted to touro in nevada and I just found out that i'm waitlisted at western. however, I talked to the director and she said that if she can't put me in this years class i will be guarentee a seat for next year. If I am deferred to next year should I wait a year to start med school or should i just go to touro? I live very close to western so i feel more comfortable staying home. but at the same time i don't think i would want to wait another year to start med school. but i liked touro's campus too except its not near home. which school is better? does goin to either school affect my residency or education? please help!
Western. One year won't kill you, and it sounds as if being near home is important. Furthermore, you'll probably want to practice near home as well, and you'll have an easier time getting into a residency near home. True, the numbers may look the same as far as getting into residencies in general, but look at your local hospitals and clinics and see where their staff went to school. It's almost always somewhere closer than further away. It's one thing to say any school CAN get you into any residency. It's another matter to look at reality. And I know you want to get started, but this is at least a 7 year process ahead of you. One year off will actually help your further on the road.
 

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If you do go to Touro, do you think you'll always be wondering if you were better off going to Western? If so, consider taking a year off, especially if you just got your bachelor's a year off is really nice. Touro has given you a chance at achieving your goal NOW, the downside is they're so new you dont know what to expect (their first class will match next year i believe). Western of course is well-established and reputable (I'm sure though Touro will be in a few years).

Just make sure you ultimately follow your heart and not one suggestion or another..

Good luck either way!
 

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If you are burnt out...then just take the year off....If you have nothing to do and cant wait to start..just stick with Touro...the schools are comparable in my opinion...with COMP having a slight edge i will not go into the specifics tho..dont want to start a war or anytin...just my opinion..so take with a grain of Na+
 
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thanks guys...i will definately ask for that guarentee in writing. in the meanwhile i guess all i can do is just wait till aug. =)
 

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If the situation were different and you had gotten into a school that was on the east coast then I may have reconsidered waiting because of strong regional biases that one faces when wanting to do residency on the west coast. However, Touro-Nevada is still on the west coast and I'm sure many of your classmates will be from the Los Angelas area so they will be in the same predicament. I know that many AZCOM students are from LA and they have gotten residencies in the Los Angelas area without any trouble because of Phoenix' proximity to Los Angelas and southern California in general. I wouldn't sacrafice a year just to attend Western. Yes, I do think Western is a much better school than Touro-Nevada at this point in time. Western is one of the most difficult DO schools to get into so that should tell you something about the quality of the school. And I say this with the utmost respect to Touro-Nevada. Any new school will experience growing pains but it will develop quickly like AZCOM and all the other relatively new DO schools. I would go to Touro-Nevada so that's my 2 cents. Good Luck!
 
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cool...thanks...yea i think getting into a LA residency is a big part of decision as well....but does anybody know about like transfering credit? like can i take first year at touro then transfer my courses to western the following year?
 

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totoro723 said:
cool...thanks...yea i think getting into a LA residency is a big part of decision as well....but does anybody know about like transfering credit? like can i take first year at touro then transfer my courses to western the following year?
I heard that it's difficult to transfer. You must get an approval from the Dean. I may be wrong, but one thing I know for sure is that it's not like transfering in undergrad.
 

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totoro723 said:
cool...thanks...yea i think getting into a LA residency is a big part of decision as well....but does anybody know about like transfering credit? like can i take first year at touro then transfer my courses to western the following year?
The poster above is right; it's not like transferring between colleges in undergrad. It's nearly impossible to transfer among medical schools. And those who are successful in transferring have a very good reason like their spouse moved to that city for a job or an immediate family member is gravely ill and is located in the city near the medical school you wish to transfer to.

If you want to go to Western so bad that the thought of transferring was a serious option then I agree with the others and you should consider waiting a year. However, make certain you can get that promise in writing because unless it's in writing, a school isn't obligated to guarantee you a spot in the next class.
 
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