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Is the AMSA report accurate?

Discussion in 'Medical Students - DO' started by Medinsane, Dec 15, 2005.

  1. Medinsane

    Medinsane Music in Asian Form
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    Hi I already know the answer to this because, well, all surveys are faulty to a degree, but I am curious if you think the report by AMSA is accurate to your school. If you dont know what I'm talking about here's the link: http://www.amsa.org/premed/medsurvey/

    I'm concerned with the California DO schools, Western and Touro, because they got, in my opinion, abyssmal scores for "Prep for USMLE Step 1" and "Clinical Training". Whatcha think? I have this whole spread sheet of schools and, comparitively, UNT, DMU, NOVA, and PCOM (so far) have the best "scores".

    I dont mean to start a war. I'm just curious in what YOU, the student, think of this representation of your school.

    School (Learning Env, Prep for USMLE Step 1, Clinical Training) [0 to 5 (highest)]

    UNT (5, 4.50, 5)
    DMU (4,7, 3.8, 4)
    NOVA (5, 5, ?)
    PCOM (5, 4.5, 3.5)
    Touro (3, 2.2, 2.2)
    Western U (3, 2, ?)


    Thanks :)

    Edit: Oops changed the Wash U to Western.
     
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  3. (nicedream)

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    Why did you include Wash U? Kind of funny it scored lower than the others. I think that will answer your question regarding the validity of the survey right there.
     
  4. MikeyLu2010

    MikeyLu2010 UT Longhorns Alumni
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    You have to look at how many responses the survey is based on..the NOVA one for instance is only based on 2 surveys...So as you can see.it is not accurate..It tells you how many surveys it is based upon near the top..btw..i would make a search on SDN..it is much more reliable..then this survey..

    note: im not saying nova is a bad school (look at the sig)...i just think you should base your research off a valid source good luck...
     
  5. jhug

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    anything from amsa i would immediately be suspect of...
    for example, they say they represent medical issues facing students yet they have policy on gun-control and missle-defense (???)
    i heard once that amsa stood for the American Movement for a Socialist America

    and i would agree with a previous poster that WashU would not belong anywhere near the bottom of that list...
     
  6. jonb12997

    jonb12997 I'm a doctor!!
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    I know for my school the n=3... not sure I'm really gonna trust this survey as a truely scientifically valid one.
     
  7. njaqua

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    Great point Mikey. WesternU/COMP n=1 :laugh:
     
  8. wa_medic

    wa_medic Junior Member
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    Read the report on Touro and disagree with most of it. First two years are done very well. If you think that there is a dearth of good professors in the bay area, think again. Also, most students who take USMLE do quite well and COMLEX pass rate is above the national average. As far as core clerkships go, things have improved quite a bit since I've been here. PM if you want more info. Bottom line: Take what you read off the internet w/ a grain of salt (even AMSA) and remember, sometimes the most vocal people are the ones with the most "issues".

    In that survey I thought it was funny to see that some schools (like U of Wash.) had a 5.0 rating for primary care, but has less students going into those fields than just about any DO school (whose ranks are around 3.0)!
     
  9. hyperbaric

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    While I agree with the "results" (n=2) for my school, jonb is correct. One or two people with inflated opinions or bad attitudes doesn't do any school justice.
     

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