Thanks for the response! I initially was accepted to KCU months ago, but more recently accepted to CCOM. I've felt a preference for KCU since they were my first acceptance. I interviewed in person at KCU and virtually with CCOM. I am from Chicago, but being close to family and the price of tuition is not an issue (to expand on this - I have lived away from home for quite some time and am flexible with my ability to visit my hometown). I can't seem to decide or decipher if one of these schools will offer me a significantly better chance of obtaining a competitive residency in obstetrics and gynecology.
IMO and from what I've seen in the DO world, there's not really a big difference between the 2 schools, so it doesn't really matter. Go with the cheapest school!!! You will still have a shot at any residency that is DO friendly anywhere in the country including Chicago. Your performance and board scores will be the biggest factors that can make or break you. Beginning of 4th year, you can still use your elective rotations to audition and make connections at specific residency programs if you want to.this is good advice and something I have done. I'm not necessarily married to the idea of being an OB/GYN, but it's definitely a pathway I am considering. The match lists feel comparable. does attending CCOM give me that big of a leg up on Chicago residencies? which school has the better reputation? does it even matter?
No, other than proximity, I don't think CCOM students have an advantage over KCU students for rotations at those places. You submit your VSLO application which contains your resume, step 1/Level 1 scores, letters of recommendation ect..., and they choose the best applicants they want to rotate with them.this is also what i am thinking - that there really isn't too much of a difference (other than the price tag). is it easier to get Chicago rotations going to CCOM? like if i wanted to rotate at Loyola or Rush would they prefer a CCOM student to one from KCU? or does it not matter if you're a visiting student