- Oct 25, 2017
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wowYo I just wanted to post my 2 cents here.
A couple of the posts earlier made me really happy, to understand that other people know what's going on, and that in fact LMU-DCOM *is* indeed engaging in shady business re: "for-profit" education.
I am one of their victims. My life was ***Ruined*** by this school. And like every other young med student, who doesn't have the time to really truly question what's going on, I just accepted it and tried to move on, 200K in debt later with no way to pay it off, and 5 years of my life Flushed down the Drain.
Ever since DCOM told me to withdraw (after making 2 69's and a 65 after 2 years and 3 months involved with the school), my life has been a complete mess. Failing out when you're that far along is literally like an atomic bomb in your life. You're supposed to go in with a fair chance of making it. Instead, you are *told* you have a fair chance of making it, when the reality is that you don't.
5 years of my life, WASTED. 70-90 hours a week. All that, for *nothing*.
Let me put it like this.
When I started in 2012, (Yes, it's been 5 years now and the aftereffects of what that school has done to my life are *still* a matter - I do my best to try to move on every day but you can't imagine what it's been like...) we were told that our class had a 95% graduation rate and a 90% residency placement rate in the first year. That sounds like a reasonable chance of making it, particularly if you're a hard-working individual who does not give up.
You know how it ended up in 2016?
176 people, out of a starting class of 242, landed residency spots. That is 73% of the class. I have these numbers memorized at this point.
It is indeed shady how they are calculating it. They are trying to run away with the matter by making a matter of their calculations. They say they calculate it every year, and they try to spread out their numbers, etc.
With data analysis and analytics becoming a bigger and bigger thing every day, it's starting to become clear how they are hiding the damage they are causing entire cohorts of students every year.
I'm not the only one.
The reason DCOM is in the limelight for this stuff is because their class size is so big. The year I started, we had the biggest class size of any D.O. school in America. That was supposed to be a "cool" thing.
But the fact is that if I had just gone to UQ in Australia (my other offer), I would have at least had the chance to fall back on becoming a physician in Australia if I couldn't pass USMLE or something along those lines. There was a fallback for people who were "on the border".
I *sincerely* hope this message gets out. This school *destroyed* my life. This is not a joke. It's been 5 years now. I'm still wrecked.
Please somebody contact me [email protected] if there are any pending lawsuits against this school.