2+ Year Member
- May 3, 2014
- Medical Student
I got into both CUSOM and LECOM-Bradenton and I'm having trouble deciding which school I should send my deposit to, both are due in the next 4-6 weeks. Any help would be great, especially from current students. Below is my list of pro's and con's for each school.
- I'm an NC resident and my parents and most of my extended family live around 1.5/2 hrs away from the school. My family would be happier if I stayed close-by.
- Every person I interacted with at Campbell seemed very nice and friendly. I sent thank-you emails to my interviewers and most of them replied back with thoughtful words of encouragement. This really makes me think that the faculty and staff really want the students to succeed here.
- I like the fact the school is affiliated with a medium-sized university that is already has a great reputation in the community. I think this gives the school a greater sense of permanence within the community...in comparison to a free-standing medical school/health science institute.
- I liked the pre-clinical curriculum with its mix of lab and lectures and weekly PBL sessions. Additionally, their block-system provides a one-week break in between.
- The facilities they have are amazing ... much better than one of the state MD schools.
- I think I would fit in well here.
- The school does not have an established reputation yet and is not fully accredited. I feel as if in 10-15 years from now Campbell will be one of the best DO schools out there. Nonetheless, I do not know if it is in my best academic and future interests, to go to a school that is still trying to make a name for itself.
- I'm from a more urban part of NC, so living in Lillington would be an adjustment
- School had the highest COMLEX scores out of all the DO schools, and above average USMLE Scores
- I loved the location of the school. It was in a nice suburban area that was very close to the beach
- Tuition is about 10k cheaper
- More established reputation than Campbell
- PBL curriculum will probably make me a better doctor, because it asks students to apply basic science concepts to clinical situations. I think that the system Campbell has is preferable.
- All of those lovely institutional policies ( strict dress code, no food/water while in class)
- I went to the Starbucks close to campus to decompress/ kill time before my flight home and I ran into some 2nd and 3rd year students. They started to tell me how they hated the school, there was some level of corruption within the school's administration, and that the students are pretty much on their own for setting up rotations