Jun 15, 2019
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Okay fam, I've been fortunate enough to have a choice for schooling this cycle, so I would love some input from y'all. I'm deciding between KCU-KC, ATSU-SOMA, and TUNCOM.

KCU-KC:

Pros:
- Loved the campus and the vibe from students
- The statistics concerning boards and match placement speaks for itself
- Awesome anatomy program and new SIM center
- Super cool city

Cons:
- I don't have any connections to KC and my family is on the west coast, so I'm wanting to try and stay in KC throughout my clerkships as well, but clerkships are based on lottery. So 3rd and 4th year are up in the air on location

ATSU-SOMA: (paid deposit already to secure Portland CHC)

Pros:
- Close to family (in CA), easy access to drive or fly from Phoenix
- Assigned to Portland CHC, my favorite city in the world, would be spending years 2-4 there
- Earlier clinical experience in 2nd year
- Smaller student:preceptor ratio in Portland

Cons:
- Smaller campus, kind of cramped with other professional programs (PA, PT, OT, etc.)
- Very small anatomy lab (~4 tables, ~10 students per cadaver)
- Heavy emphasis on primary care and virtual anatomy (not sure if I want to go into primary, but they push it pretty hard)
- Nervous about 1+3 curriculum and how much help I'll get from the school/other students since I won't be on the main campus during years 2-4

TUNCOM:

Pros:
- Great match and board pass rates
- Awesome SIM center
- Close and easy access to large airport and west coast; stay in Las Vegas valley all four years with clerkships
- On campus gym

Cons:
- Strange nontraditional campus (felt like a Costco warehouse, no windows in the study areas which I NEED)

Summary: I want to choose a school with close and easy access to the west coast (be it through driving or nonstop flights), preferably clerkships all in the same area as the school, and reputable match and board pass rates. I'm leaning towards KCU because I loved the campus, but there's no guarantee about clerkships. I've already paid my deposit for ATSU-SOMA to secure my Portland CHC, but now I'm getting nervous about not being on campus for the second year. And TUNCOM allows me easy access to CA and has clerkships all in on city, but I didn't love the campus.

Any input?

THANK YOU!
 

Gearheadgtr

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Did you get into any California DO schools? Attending med school out of state will make getting rotations in California extremely hard as will getting residencies. Personally, I did get accepted into Western U Pomona and Lebanon, and although the students and faculty are top notch, I chose KCU for multiple reasons and I will list them out.

1. I dislike California, although many people love it here I can't stand it.
2. KCU is over 100 years old and is one of the original 5 DO schools which means it has a superb reputation.
3. I love KCU's campus. I've been to 5 DO school campuses and I have to say KCU's was the best by far.
4. Tuition is on the cheaper end for med schools.
5. There are direct flights to KC either from SFO, LAX, and SLC.
6. I like KCU's logo better than all the other med schools that I interviewed at/got accepted into.
 
Jun 15, 2019
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155
Kansas City, MO
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Medical Student
Did you get into any California DO schools? Attending med school out of state will make getting rotations in California extremely hard as will getting residencies. Personally, I did get accepted into Western U Pomona and Lebanon, and although the students and faculty are top notch, I chose KCU for multiple reasons and I will list them out.

1. I dislike California, although many people love it here I can't stand it.
2. KCU is over 100 years old and is one of the original 5 DO schools which means it has a superb reputation.
3. I love KCU's campus. I've been to 5 DO school campuses and I have to say KCU's was the best by far.
4. Tuition is on the cheaper end for med schools.
5. There are direct flights to KC either from SFO, LAX, and SLC.
6. I like KCU's logo better than all the other med schools that I interviewed at/got accepted into.
I unfortunately haven't gotten any interviews from California DO schools. The only one that I applied to was Western, and they haven't gotten back to me yet.

Lololol, KCU's logo is pretty damn nice and I also really, really loved the campus. I completely forgot that the new innovation/SIM center is going to be completed by next year, so that's even more of a plus.

I don't really want to get rotations in California, I just want easy access to get to California since my mom will be relocating there, so I want to be able to have an easy way to get to her if she needs me. I would love to stay in KC if I do choose to go to KCU (which I'm 80% sure I will be).

Did you happen to attend the 10/10/19 interview day?
 
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Gearheadgtr

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Mar 20, 2018
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I unfortunately haven't gotten any interviews from California DO schools. The only one that I applied to was Western, and they haven't gotten back to me yet.

Lololol, KCU's logo is pretty damn nice and I also really, really loved the campus. I completely forgot that the new innovation/SIM center is going to be completed by next year, so that's even more of a plus.

I don't really want to get rotations in California, I just want easy access to get to California since my mom will be relocating there, so I want to be able to have an easy way to get to her if she needs me. I would love to stay in KC if I do choose to go to KCU (which I'm 80% sure I will be).

Did you happen to attend the 10/10/19 interview day?
I think I did. If you want to know more add me as a friend and I can divulge more privately.
 

DrStephenStrange

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Unless you ultimately wanna end up in the west coast, I would choose KCU. You'll have the best outcome coming from there with really good rotations/clinical years and an extensive and comprehensive list of residency programs already developed and available to their graduates.
 

HtownNittanyLion

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I am also deciding between KCU (Kansas City) and another DO school. I am now leaning towards KCU because they have an extensive list of residency programs throughout the country. They also have derm and ENT DO residency programs (obvs youre still competing with MD) but here is the link: Residency
 
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