Msu Com

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  1. Dr_JAAAA

    Dr_JAAAA Junior Member
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    Will MSU COM students please post everying I should know about the school. I am deciding between LECOM Bradenton and MSU COM. I know it sounds dumb to some, but tell me everything please.
     
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    MSUCOM is a good school. We have some amazing teachers, and some average teachers. The OMM faculty are so great. If you are interested in OMM, you can shadow in the clinic, take an OMM elective, or work in the student OMM clinic. The family practice docs who teach clinical skills let you shadow them as well.
    So far, most classes are not mandatory, there is some talk about making more classes mandatory. Almost all of the lectures are scribed, so you don't have to go to class, if that isn't the best way for you to learn. If you want to see the schedule, I would suggest looking it up on-line.
    The students are very supportive of each other. If one person makes a study guide or finds out information from an instructor about test items, they email it to the whole class.
    What else, specificially, would be helpful for you know? ("tell me everything" is pretty broad:).
     
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    I hear MSU Is number 1 DO school... true?

    Do most students want to be primary care, (I don't want to be primary care, does that matter if I go there)

    Classes overcrowded? Do teachers just read notes? I hate going to lecture undergrad because teachers give me notes, and read word for word what is on notes, its boring and I can read myself.

    Where do med students mostly live?

    How much a week do you study?

    Would you have preferred a Problem based learning pathway?

    Did you know anyone going there when you first started?

    Are you happy you went there as opposed to other schools you got accepted to...Why did you chose MSU?
     
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    The students at MSUCOM, probably like students at other schools want to go into a variety of specialties. I don't know if they showed you the bulletin boards for the various clubs on the tour, but there is obigs(ob/gyb), pigs(peds), snops(psych, neuro, and optho), etc. If there isn't a club for a specialty you want, you can ask a faculty mentor to sponsor the one you want. They just started a geriatrics club this semester. We aren't all going into fp or im. Most students change their minds as to their specialty by the time they are applying for residency anyway.
    We do two preceptorships during second year and those are five days a week per semester with a family practice physician. There are a lot of required primary care rotations during the third and fourth year, I don't know how that compares to other schools.
    The first week or two of the fall and winter semester are very overcrowded because everyone goes to class. The allopathic school is moving to Grand Rapids, but I don't know when though. Anatomy is taken in the summer, and it's just msucom, the md students take it in the fall. Second year, we have different classes than the allopathic students, so crowding is not an issue.
    Most students live off campus. There is housing for graduate students and apt.s on campus too.
    I have had some of the most amazing instructors at MSUCOM. Some of them are engaging, dynamic, gifted teachers. But, there are some who read off of their lecture notes. The lectures are almost all recorded and you can listen to them at home if you want to. The instructors all sincerely seem to want students to succeed and are so willing to help if it is necessary.
    The amount of time I study varies a lot depending on what classes I have at a given time. Next semester, we have an especially difficult class(cardio), so I imagine I will be spending most of my time studying. This semester, I had a few weeks that I didn't study at all. It really depends. I know of some students that have been studying for boards from day one and they study at least eight hours a day, every day.
    I don't learn by going to lecture and hearing. I prefer to read things at home. I am not sure exactly what PBL is. I can say that I am really glad I didn't have to buy a lot of books and look up things and hope they are the things we are going to be tested on. A few classes require independent reading, but for the most part, what we will be tested on is either in the lecture notes or spoken about during class.
    I did know someone when I started. It doesn't matter though, people are really friendly and I made a lot of new friends. When people have a football game or go to the bar to celebrate the end of a semester, they send out an email and invite everyone. Sometimes, they send emails to the whole class for hayrides, bonfires, even going to the movies.
    I have nothing to compare MSUCOM with. I was accepted at other schools. I chose MSUCOM for it's location. I think it is a good school, but to say that I would be happier elsewhere or not would be just guessing. I don't know if it is the #1 D.O. school. I think it is ranked highly for primary care by someone or other, but I don't think anyone can say that this school is number one or number 20 for that matter. It really depends on what you are looking for. I can say that our assistant dean has got the be the greatest though!!! He seems to help with pretty much everything and he has a PhD in anatomy. I saw him in the anatomy lab helping a student that was having trouble last year.
    A lot of my friends said that they got a "feeling" when they interviewed and this "feeling" told them which school was right for them. My best advice would be to attend the school that your "gut" says that will be the best for YOU.
    Good luck in your decision and let me know if I can answer any other questions.
     
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    Hey, I'm a grad of MSU CHM (the MD program), but the MD students frequently took classes with the DO students and many of our M1 and M2 classes were the same with the same profs. If I were you, I would pick MSU COM. You will receive a first rate medical education with a dedicated, kind, and competent faculty. You'll interact with MD and DVM students. You'll love the campus and the facilities. Above all, you will learn the skills to become a first rate physician.

    If I could it over again, I would have gone to the COM rather than the CHM. I'm an MD, but I only see DOs myself. I don't mean to overgeneralize, but it's my experience that DOs listen to the patient, treat the patient holistically rather than a specific set of signs and sxs, and more importantly, the DOs I work with and have been treated by, have always been compassionate and kind, which is essential in any field of medicine.

    I hope you consider MSU. Osteo med is a great field and MSU is one of the best osteo med schools in the country. Good luck! :)

    Zack
    MSU CHM MD
    MSU COL JD
     
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