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Ok, I was accepted at both LECOM's and loved them both. In each interview, they read a statement saying that they are committed to producing primary care physicians. My question is this: what if I end up falling in love with some other specialty - surgery or something? What happens then? Can I set up elective rotations for that specialty on my own? Will the school even let me set them up on my own? Or is this they type of situation where I need to be 100% sure that I want to go into primary care before I go to one of those schools?
 

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You will be beaten with a hard steel rod until you admit that primary care is indeed your calling, and you will be a primary care physician, and you will like it.
 
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In the interview process, they explain that this is their mission, but that it doesn't mean that you can't choose another area of specialty.
 

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They say that so that whey you have spent 120k for an education there and can't get the res you want, you won't sue them.
Naw, I don't know, but that's what I thought when they read it to me.
 

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iwillbesoon said:
Hi.
Ok, I was accepted at both LECOM's and loved them both. In each interview, they read a statement saying that they are committed to producing primary care physicians. My question is this: what if I end up falling in love with some other speciality - surgery or something? What happens then? Can I set up elective rotations for that speciality on my own? Will the school even let me set them up on my own? Or is this they type of situation where I need to be 100% sure that I want to go into primary care before I go to one of those schools?
Not to worry! I have a friend that graduated from LECOM that just finished her ER residency in Ohio and is now working in Idaho. Another I went to undergrad with just landed an anesthesiology residency somewhere (Philadelphia, I believe). LECOM's focus is on primary care, but that doesn't mean you can't do something else. The school has core rotations, which are required in the fields they deem appropriate. However, elective rotations are yours to choose as you please. And after that, you can try to get the residency you want, whether it be in primary care or a specialty. Good luck! :D
 
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Dorkus Maximus said:
Not to worry! I have a friend that graduated from LECOM that just finished her ER residency in Ohio and is now working in Idaho. Another I went to undergrad with just landed an anesthesiology residency somewhere (Philadelphia, I believe). LECOM's focus is on primary care, but that doesn't mean you can't do something else. The school has core rotations, which are required in the fields they deem appropriate. However, elective rotations are yours to choose as you please. And after that, you can try to get the residency you want, whether it be in primary care or a specialty. Good luck! :D
Thanks, all of you...anyone else have an opinion?

Dorkus Maximus, what learning pathway are you doing?
 

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I went to LECOM reception recently, there was an MD whose two sons recently graduated from LECOM and are in residency now, one ophtalmologist one plastic surgeon. There were also couple other people there either doctors who already graduated or current LECOM students and they all were specializing - surgery, oncology, you name it. So I dont think it is necessarily true that you HAVE to do primary care, you can do whatever you want :)
 

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about 50% last year went on to primary care. the rest was in everything from neuro surg to derm. I'm EM and applying to all allopathic programs.

look at the LECOM web site. go to the campus menu. look for the rotation schedule for MSIII and MSIV. all your answers are there. there is also BIG binder in the library of all the evals of the different rotations that LECOM'ers have done and their view of the rotations. finally, you can set up your own rotations. i think it is important to note that medical school is a very independent process...you want it...you need to go get it. the days of spoon feeding are over....ha...welcome to the majors. :smuggrin:


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iwillbesoon said:
Hi.
Ok, I was accepted at both LECOM's and loved them both. In each interview, they read a statement saying that they are committed to producing primary care physicians. My question is this: what if I end up falling in love with some other specialty - surgery or something? What happens then? Can I set up elective rotations for that specialty on my own? Will the school even let me set them up on my own? Or is this they type of situation where I need to be 100% sure that I want to go into primary care before I go to one of those schools?
Not to give away all the good interview secrets, but medical schools in general want to produce qualified physicians. It just so happens that D.O. schools have a clinical curriculum and educational philosophy that really prepare students for primary care. The way I went about this is that any specialist, beit emergency medicine or dermatology, will benefit greatly from a good background in primary care. So, that's what I said during my interviews when they asked me about going to a school that "specializes" in producing primary care physicians.

Hope this helps and good luck with the interview process!

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anutka21 said:
I went to LECOM reception recently, there was an MD whose two sons recently graduated from LECOM and are in residency now, one ophtalmologist one plastic surgeon. There were also couple other people there either doctors who already graduated or current LECOM students and they all were specializing - surgery, oncology, you name it. So I dont think it is necessarily true that you HAVE to do primary care, you can do whatever you want :)

I was at that reception!! It was at West Penn Hospital right? That reception convinced me that LECOM is where I want to go, if I can get in. :confused:
 

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iwillbesoon said:
Thanks, all of you...anyone else have an opinion?

Dorkus Maximus, what learning pathway are you doing?
I will be in the LDP pathway. I'm from a non-science background, so I thought it would be best for me. Which pathway are you considering?
 

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DrWiggles said:
I was at that reception!! It was at West Penn Hospital right? That reception convinced me that LECOM is where I want to go, if I can get in. :confused:
Yeah, thats the one :) I thought it was very interesting. Good luck with your application :luck:
 
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Dorkus Maximus said:
I will be in the LDP pathway. I'm from a non-science background, so I thought it would be best for me. Which pathway are you considering?
I'm all about PBL....lecture hasn't done anything for me the last 4 years & it probably won't start now. Plus, I know that if I really, really, really wanted to I could go to lectures also...well, at least in PA. Florida is looking pretty good too...