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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical Osteopathic [ DO ]' started by heylollipop, 05.13.14.

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  1. heylollipop

    heylollipop 2+ Year Member

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  3. Elevencents

    Elevencents 5+ Year Member

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    I like the list. I'd personally take off KYCOM unless you really want to stay in KY. Otherwise it looks good. Maybe add Marian or CUSOM. Both appear to have their ducks in a row and are still new. However, you should be competitive at all DO schools with your stats.
     
  4. ph7

    ph7 2+ Year Member

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    Nova, DMU, CCOM, KCUMB, Pcom, NYcom
     
  5. withoutlyrics

    withoutlyrics 2+ Year Member

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    If you don't mind, or even prefer, staying in the midwest, you are in luck - there are solid choices. Here is my list for you:

    ATSU-KCOM, DMU, KCUMB, CCOM, PCOM, Marian (safer choice, but seem to have their ducks in a row) and

    OU-COM if you prioritize being driving distance from home, and wouldn't mind the 5-year in OHIO requirement
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    NOVA if you'd prefer FL>NY
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    NYCOM if you'd prefer NY>FL
     
  6. XFireMedic

    XFireMedic 2+ Year Member

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    I'd definitely consider OU-HCOM. They have a strong IS bias, but you're from a neighboring state and you have great stats.


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  7. heylollipop

    heylollipop 2+ Year Member

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    Thank you for the reply! I think I will take KYCOM off my list. The main reason I wanted to apply was because my family is in KY.

    Forgive my unfamiliarity with the school, but is there anything specific about Marian makes you say that they "have their ducks in a row?" Withoutlyrics said the same thing about Marian. I think the fact that it is new makes me a little nervous because I would prefer to be somewhere relatively well-established.
     
  8. polylux

    polylux 2+ Year Member

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    MUCOM and CUSOM, while new, seem to be generally very well run and well respected as far as new schools go. I wouldn't blame you for being nervous about going to a new school, but they definitely don't seem to be bad choices.
     
  9. chizledfrmstone

    chizledfrmstone MSIII SDN Moderator 7+ Year Member

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    MU-COM is looking very solid! http://inscope.iu.edu/headlines/2013-12-12-headline-medical-schools-partner-inscope.shtml

    Is there any reason LMU is on your list?
     
  10. hallowmann

    hallowmann 2+ Year Member

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    I'd drop KYCOM and GA-PCOM. Your list is fine without them. If you want to swap LMU-DCOM for Marian, that might be worth it. You said you weren't interested in rural medicine, and Marian is in the heart of Indianapolis, a relatively large city with everything you'd find in any city (small big city). DCOM is pretty rural.

    People are suggesting Marian, because for one it seems to have good close connections with major medical facilities (pretty much all the major hospitals in Indianapolis) as well as with Indiana's MD school. The state only has 2 medical schools, and a ton of residencies. MUCOM also seemed to have a ton of money and they put a lot into a brand new and shiny building and tech. By the time you'd get there you'd be in the 3rd class with 2 other classes ahead of you working out the kinks and giving you advice. Add that to the fact that a lot of DO higher-ups have generally said that they expect a lot of good things to come from there.

    You need a school like that because all the rest on your list are pretty competitive. I'd pick MUCOM, but you should have at least one (MUCOM, KYCOM, or LMU-DCOM) that you could consider a safer bet.
     
  11. heylollipop

    heylollipop 2+ Year Member

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    Wow that is very impressive! Thanks for sharing.

    I read good things about LMU in the school-specific thread, and it will be close to my family (but so will MUCOM). After seeing everyone's recommendation and reading more about MUCOM, I think MUCOM is a better fit for me.
     
  12. heylollipop

    heylollipop 2+ Year Member

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    This makes a lot of senses. Many thanks! I have family in Iowa who lived in Des Moines previously, so I wouldn't mind being in that area, especially for a great school.
     
  13. chizledfrmstone

    chizledfrmstone MSIII SDN Moderator 7+ Year Member

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    I had the privilege of interviewing at DMU. It's a beautiful school!
     
  14. Drrrrrr. Celty

    Drrrrrr. Celty Osteo Dullahan 7+ Year Member

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    Basically 3 high tiers, 5 mid tiers and you're set.

    That being said if your score goes up even 2 points then you'd be better off funneling that money towards more MD apps. ( Exception: If you're CA)
     
  15. heylollipop

    heylollipop 2+ Year Member

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    Which 3 are considered high tiers? DMU, CCOM, PCOM?

    You have a good point. I think I will have a basic list ready to go and then make some adjustments based on it when I get my score.
     
  16. Drrrrrr. Celty

    Drrrrrr. Celty Osteo Dullahan 7+ Year Member

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    CCOM, nsu, touroNy, Western, DMU, etc.
    Mid tier: MUCOM, Lecom, touronv, CUSOM, etc.
     
  17. abolt18

    abolt18 Turkey can never beat cow 2+ Year Member

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    I love KCOM. Fwiw.
     
  18. Goro

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    consider

    FL, Nova Southeastern Univ COM
    GA, Philadelphia COM - Georgia campus (unsure -new school)
    KY, Pikesville College SOM (unsure - not particularly interested in rural medicine but I am a KY resident)
    MO, AT Still U/Kirksvile COM
    MO, Kansas City U of Med & Biosciences COM
    TN, Lincoln Memorial U - DeBusk COM
    MUCOM
    ACOM
    VCOM
    VCOM-SC
    LMU
    CampbellCOM
    Wm Carey

    My list is purely geographic
     
  19. heylollipop

    heylollipop 2+ Year Member

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    Thank you Goro. I think I have a good list now. I will wait to get my score back to make the final call.
     
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    Good luck!

     
  21. icer0ller

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    How can MUCOM and CUSOM be considered mid-tier if they haven't had a class take Step 1 of the boards yet? I have no doubt they'll be good schools, but I'm just wondering what already places them in the middle level of schools. Thanks
     
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  22. Drrrrrr. Celty

    Drrrrrr. Celty Osteo Dullahan 7+ Year Member

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    Tbh, tier in my opinion depends on how much money the school pours into your training, location, and how little it pressures students into rural family med.
     
  23. abolt18

    abolt18 Turkey can never beat cow 2+ Year Member

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    i.e. tier = a completely subjective word based on your likes and dislikes.

    Based on this definition, I like money so the lower the cost, the higher the tier. Seems legit.
     
  24. Drrrrrr. Celty

    Drrrrrr. Celty Osteo Dullahan 7+ Year Member

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    Pretty much, I'd go to a lowest low tier school if it were next door to my house.
     
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