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LOOKOUT . . . I see a salespitch coming!!

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Future_Doc, Apr 5, 2002.

  1. Future_Doc

    Future_Doc Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Sep 24, 2001
    Got a letter from the college about orientation in August. The instructor of Intro. to Clinical Med doesn't want us to purchase any equipment that we may need prior to orientation. The letter had a list of items that we will need. I think I've heard this somewhere before, but I wonder if they are going to have salesreps show us a layout of equipment and try to get us to buy from them instead of finding our own (for probably a lot cheaper :mad: ). Anyone else get something like this?

    I guess I have to admit, even though I am somewhat skeptical about this, it still got me excited :D I can't wait until August!!
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  3. johnM

    johnM Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jan 8, 2002
    Bethesda, MD
    why would the school care where you buy your equipment? do you think they make some sort of commission off of it? maybe they just don't want you to waste your money on things you don't need.
  4. UCMonkey

    UCMonkey Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Aug 26, 2001
    Cincinnati, OH
    I agree with johnM. Why should they care? On the other hand I've heard that most schools have "equipment fairs" where they have a bunch of vendors come and show their products. Kind of a one-stop shop. Also, there are supposedly pretty good deals on stuff at these events.

    Personally, I see the buying of equipment as kind of another right of passage, the next one after the white coat ceremony.
  5. Amy

    Amy Animal Lover Physician 10+ Year Member

    Feb 1, 2001
    Draper, UT
    You're right... they tell you not to buy anything beforehand because sales reps DO come to sell you the stuff you need. The thing is, when they come, you can order from them for a lot cheaper than you'll find anywhere else. So, the school's doing you a favor by telling you to hold off buying equipment. Also, one of the faculty for the clinical course will probably give you reccomendations for what you should buy (what you need for the course, how "high quality" it should be, etc.), before the biased sales reps show up. So, consider the letter's advice a good thing. :)

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