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DMU vs. KCU-KC

disulfidebond23

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  1. Medical Student
    I know this has been beaten into the ground, but I'm facing the age-old dilemma. I really liked DMU and planned on attending, but then I got accepted at KCU-KC, which is a great school and would be a little closer to home.

    What do you guys think? My source was the internet, so please tell me if any of these are totally off. Thank you!

    DMU
    pros
    • I really liked the town (easy to navigate, seemed safe)
    • They have a dual-degree MPH program
    • More relaxed curriculum but still great board scores
    cons
    • You're completely on your own for 4th-year rotations (per the school)
    • DSM is cold and snowy
    • Higher tuition

    KCU-KC
    pros
    • KC is halfway between immediate and extended family
    • Rotations are more ward-based (so I've heard)
    • Tuition is ~$8k cheaper per year
    cons
    • Curriculum is more intense/higher stress level
    • Campus is in a not-so-great area, so I'd want to commute from further away
     

    amoney904

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      I think you can't go wrong either way. I personally was accepted to KCU-KC and then subsequently turned down my II from DMU. It was a bit of an impulse decision but since I am familiar with the KC area I figured I'd go all in. The rigor of the curriculum at KCU has def came up as a negative in some threads on here. I think given that they recently converted to Pass/Fail/Honors and Step 1/COMLEX 1 are now pass-fail it shouldn't be much of an issue in the future. I chose KCU because of the cheaper tuition and the fact that in theory, KC should have more opportunities for research given that UMKC/ KU Med is in town. With that being said DMU seems to have a really nice campus and their match list is pretty top-notch as far as DO schools go.
       
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      indiRanger

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        I never thought about this when applying but I'm super glad KCU isn't super OMM heavy. Only having lab 2 hours a week is a huge plus compared to some other schools. I am not positive but I am pretty sure DMU is pretty OMM heavy. But other than that, you can't really go wrong with either school!


        Edit: I'm a 2nd year at KCU
         
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