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Discussion in 'What Are My Chances?' started by osteohack10, 05.19.14.

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  1. osteohack10

    osteohack10 2+ Year Member

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    Hey SDNers -
    I am in the process of finalizing my school list and I have a solid idea of where I am looking, but I am seeking some outside advice and tips to help me maximize my chances. I have a 3.4 cGPA and a 3.47 sGPA, 29 MCAT (waiting for an approval on a repeat that would put me at a 3.54 sGPA). ECs include working in the ED full time on nights for 3 years during my undergrad, volunteered at another EMS organization, executive member in my fraternity, sat on a committee for a multimillion dollar campus philanthropy for 3 years and taught 2 courses at my undergrad school. Did a 1 year formal post bacc, finished with a 3.8 out of it and will be applying June 1. Anyone have any suggestions on programs I'd have a shot at?
     
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  3. medickdb

    medickdb 5+ Year Member

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    You'll be fine. Post your school list and we can tell you if it's worth applying to certain places based on in state preference, etc.
     
  4. osteohack10

    osteohack10 2+ Year Member

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    Thanks for the quick reply. These are the 12 I am definitely going to throw my hat in the ring at, but am thinking I will add 3+ more if anyone had some suggestions. I am applying exclusively DO. Thanks again!

    Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
    Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
    LECOM - Erie
    Lincoln Memorial University
    Marian University
    Nova Southeastern
    Ohio University
    PCOM - Philadelphia
    University of New England
    West Virginia University
    Campbell University
    Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine
     
  5. Dr Turkelton

    Dr Turkelton 5+ Year Member

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    I think you're selling yourself a bit short with that list. If I were you I would keep the top tier DO schools and add some MD schools. I would add places like MSUCOM, DMU, KCUMB, Tulane, Drexel, EVMS, RFU)
     
  6. DoctorKrieger

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    I don't think you're wasting your time/money at any DO school.
     
  7. da Vincis World

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    Unless you have trouble with interviews you're probably gonna offers from most of these schools.

    Not interested in LECOM-Bradenton or the VCOM's?

    Are you applying MD as well?
     
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    Off the top of my head, I know UNE has a regional bias.

    Ohio has a 5 year contract for OOS applicants.

    You'll be fine with LECOM-E, MUCOM, CUSOM, ACOM, and WVSOM for sure.

    I'm not sure about the rest. My knowledge about them is limited.
     
  9. osteohack10

    osteohack10 2+ Year Member

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    I tend to interview very well (at least I like to think so :D), but I am definitely open to any and all programs. These 12 are just the few that I've had time to really investigate in terms of curriculum, demographics and other things like that. I'm applying DO only. While I have utmost respect for both the MD and DO route, having worked under both MD and DO attendings I find osteopathic philosophy both interesting and very pertinent to the changing needs of patients today. I'll get on top of looking into VCOM and LECOM-Bradenton in the morning as well as DMU and KCUMB. Do any of you happen to know if there are any application nuances (out of the ordinary requirements etc) at any of those 4? I have a good friend who is a student at MSUCOM right now and it seems like a great place, the only problem is I haven't taken genetics and I understand that is a pre req there rather than just one of their 'suggested' courses. Again, thanks for the quick and helpful replies - I really appreciate it.
     
  10. DoctorKrieger

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    Take the time from now until June 1 to research all DO schools to see which ones fit you best. You're competitive at all, but a shoo-in at none (really, no one is).
     
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    Add Rowan (formerly UMDNJ SOM), we take 20% OOS.
     
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    UNE has a regional bias...are you from New England? If not, really fine for any DO school. If you want to stay on the east coast, how about PCOM-GA, VCOM, VCOM-SC?

    For West Coast, Both Westerns, TUCOM-CA, Pacific NW and TUCOM-NV

    Central US? AT Still, DMU, KC-COM

     
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    Add PCOM its one of the best.
    VCOM is regionally bias to Appalachian area so unless you're from there..
     
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    I also second DMU. Really solid school.
     
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    List looks good to me. You'll definitely get in somewhere. I'd add KCUMB.
     
  16. da Vincis World

    da Vincis World 7+ Year Member

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    Lots of people from outside of Appalachia at VCOM. With your MCAT being above average at all of these schools don't worry about any bias....they need folks like you to bring up their MCAT averages.
     
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    I suppose but thats with any regionally bias school. Regardless, a "top tier" like PCOM would be a better school based on his stats. His stats open up doors for him. He should take them.
     
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    I agree that you should look hard at DMU. I was really very impressed with their program when I interviewed there and with your stats and experience you should get some love.
     
  19. da Vincis World

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    Unlike MD schools......when it comes to "opening doors", the difference between the lowest tier DO school and the "top tier" (or PCOM as you say) is quite small. "Opening doors" is more about board scores and networking. Picking a DO school is more about where you feel that you fit in and where you want to live.
     

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