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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - DO' started by tonyda, Mar 27, 2000.

  1. tonyda

    tonyda New Member

    Mar 26, 2000
    I have been working on Wall Street for 4 years and have decided to go back to DO school. I am presently taking my last pre-med req, the dreaded organic chemistry, and I am taking the MCAT in August.

    Can any one give me some feedback on the rankings of DO schools? There is no official ranking and I am in the dark!!!!

    Look forward to hearing from you.
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  3. siulrc

    siulrc Member 10+ Year Member

    Jan 25, 2000
    Philadelphia, PA
    tonyda, you are right there is not an official ranking for DO schools but the general opinion is:
    1. PCOM
    2. NYCOM
    3. Kiksville
    4. UHS
    5. UMDNJ

    Again, this is just a general opinion so like with all opinions everybody has one. But the real list should not deviate that much fron this one.
  4. DocGibby

    DocGibby Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Aug 21, 1999
    By "general" opinion, I guess you mean "your" opinion siulrc. What did you base your criteria off of? Sorry to say, tonyda, but the members of the lounge have yet to come to any consensus on college rankings. Your best and only bet is It's the only list out there which appears to be rationally and unbiasly compiled. It ranks the DO schools and MD schools together.
  5. tonyda

    tonyda New Member

    Mar 26, 2000
    Thank you both, kindly!!! The more "opinions" I have, the better informed I become.
  6. Paul's Boutique

    Paul's Boutique B====D 10+ Year Member

    Jul 18, 1999
    Pomona CA
    You know... the "best" school is the one that each respondent goes to (!). We've all chosen schools for different criteria. You want big? Go to PCOM. You want warmth? Try Nova, TUCOM, Western. Snow? UNECOM, LECOM, Michigan... you get the idea... Honestly, I don't think -anyone- can conclusively say that one osteo school is far and away 'better' in academics than another. Many have tried, none have succeeded (in convincing me, at least). I feel it's your personal choice. Research them all, and then go for it.

    As far as the US N&WR 'rankings', you really have to watch them closely. I remember WVCOM ranking highly for % of students going into primary care (or was it FP?)---well, they've got a relatively small class, and that's what they're (WVCOM's adcom) looking for in applicants, so naturally a huge percentage of their graduates are going to go that route.
  7. Poet

    Poet Member 10+ Year Member

    Oct 22, 1999

    Looking at a school's matchlist is a good way to gauge a school's reputation. I chose UNECOM before seeing the matchlist because I compared cost of living, student body, facilities, size of entering class, and many other factors. None-the-less, I was impressed with UNECOM's matchlist (I really want to stay in the area and lots of people match in MA/CT residencies) and was pleased with my decision. I worked under a UNECOM graduate for 3 years who was by far the most incredible doc I had ever met.

    If you haven't visited a school, I recommend talkign to as many students as possible from that school. It really helps to enlighten a prospective student.

    Good luck in your decision!

    This is UNECOM's matchlist: (Thanks to ECF1975 who supplied me with this information)

    Class of 1999

    There were 88 graduates in the Class of 1999. In July, 1999, 54 entered osteopathic internships and 31 (including 6 military) entered allopathic residencies including emergency medicine (2), family practice (8), internal medicine (10), pediatrics (2), psychiatry (2), preliminary/categorical surgery (3) and transitional year (4).
    Three students did not participate in the 1998-1999 Match process.
    Eight students matched with PGY-2 (2000-2001) programs as follows: Anesthesiology (3), Emergency Medicine (2), Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (2) and Radiology (1).

    ARIZONA - 1
    Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Scottsdale

    St. Mary's Hosp. & Med. Ctr., San Francisco

    University of CT Health Center, Farmington

    FLORIDA - 5
    Community Hospital-Carrollwood, Tampa
    Florida Hospital East Orlando, Orlando
    Northside Hosp. & Heart Institute, St. Petersburg
    Suncoast Hospital, Largo

    HAWAII - 2
    Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu

    ILLINOIS - 2
    Columbia Olympia Fields, Olympia Fields
    Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital, Chicago (PGY-2)

    MAINE - 8
    Central Maine Medical Center, Lewiston
    Eastern Maine Medical Center, Bangor
    Maine-Dartmouth Family Practice Residency, Augusta
    Maine Medical Center, Portland

    MARYLAND - 1
    University of Maryland Medical System, Baltimore

    Berkshire Medical Center, Pittsfield
    Beverly Hospital, Danvers
    Brigham & Women's Hospital, Boston (PGY-2)
    Fitchburg Family Practice, Fitchburg
    St. Elizabeth's Med. Ctr. of Boston, Boston
    St. Elizabeth's Med. Ctr. of Boston, Brighton
    Saint Vincent Hospital, Worcester
    UMass Memorial Health Care, Worcester

    MICHIGAN - 5
    E.W. Sparrow Hospital, Lansing
    Garden City Hospital Osteopathic, Garden City
    Munson Medical Center, Traverse City

    Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Rochester

    NEVADA - 2
    University of Nevada, Reno

    Dartmouth-Hitchcock Med. Ctr., Lebanon

    NEW JERSEY - 3
    Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Newark
    St. Michael's Hospital & Medical Center, Newark
    Warren Hospital, Phillipsburg

    NEW YORK - 10
    Albany Medical Center, Albany
    Long Beach Medical Center, Long Beach
    Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital, Cooperstown
    St. Barnabas Hospital, Bronx
    St. Elizabeth Hospital, Utica
    Sisters of Charity Hospital, Buffalo

    Womack Army Medical Center, Ft. Bragg

    OHIO - 5
    Doctors Hospital, North, Columbus
    Grandview Hospital & Medical Center, Dayton
    Meridia South Pointe Hospital, Cleveland
    St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, Toledo

    City Avenue Hospital, Philadelphia
    Memorial Hospital, York
    Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh
    St. Luke's Hospital, Bethlehem
    Suburban General Hospital, Norristown
    Western Pennsylvania Hospital, Pittsburgh

    Roger Williams Hospital, Providence

    TEXAS - 2
    Darnall Army Community Hospital, Ft. Hood
    Driscoll Children's Hospital, Corpus Christi

    Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma

    University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire

    City Avenue Hospital, Philadelphia
    Community Hospital of Lancaster, Lancaster
    Temple University Program, Mercy Hospital, Scranton
    Western Pennsylvania Hospital, Pittsburgh

    East Tennessee State University, Kingsport

    TEXAS - 1
    Scott & White Memorial Hospital, Temple

    VIRGINIA - 2
    Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk
    Naval Hospital, Portsmouth

    Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma

    West Virginia University Hospital, Morgantown

  8. pirulo

    pirulo Member 10+ Year Member

    Feb 18, 2000
    miami, fl, usa
    i really don't think that usnews' rankings are very valuable for premeds unless the most important thing that you look for in a school is that they have a high percentage of students going into primary care. that's not the case for me, actually it's probably the opposite. the best d.o. school is the best d.o. school for you, personally i liked umdnj-som, because although it's the largest medical school in the nation in terms of resources, it has one of the smallest class sizes, 75 students. It's also one of the only d.o. schools with a university hospital, it's also a state school, with lots of research for a d.o. school, great facilities, and a great location in a 'philly suburb of new jersey.' I would also rank, MSU-COM, up there as well as PCOM, NYCOM, and Kirksville, just going on reputation, but they all have big classes!!!

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