MD & DO Family Med Competitiveness out west

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Oct 31, 2018
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MS3 currently in the process of developing a list of programs to apply to. Are students on the east coast at a significant disadvantage applying for programs at west? Seems like the programs I am interested in that advertise true full spectrum training that prepare you to be 'the guy' in rural/underserved areas are all out west with very few present in the east.

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I would consider doing an away rotation at a program if you have no apparent ties to the area, or writing a program-specific personal statement is an option as well to express why you are interested in that particular program. I don't think you're at a huge disadvantage if you're otherwise a good fit. Plenty of great full-spectrum programs in the midwest as well (e.g. Indiana, Kansas, etc.) if you're willing to live in a "flyover state."