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Discussion in 'Medical Students - DO' started by lala1979, Feb 25, 2002.

  1. lala1979

    lala1979 Junior Member

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    Hi
    I was wondering how the athletic and recreation facilities were at NYCOM, and if it is free to students, and if they have a nice facility.
    Thanks
     
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  3. njdocDO

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    Greetings. I go to NYCOM. As far as facilities go, this is one of the area's NYCOM needs to work on, but they seem to be trying. There is a small gym with some treadmills, weight benches and machines, bikes, etc. People complain about it at times, but honestly it has all the equipment you need and probably have time for. Right next door there is a room with a pool table, 2 foosball and a ping pong table. There's also a student lounge with a big screen TV and couches. NYIT, NYCOM's sister school, has a decent-size gym with basketball, tennis courts, etc, both less than a 5 minute walk. The campus itself is pretty scenic, I think it's about 50-60 acres of wooded trails and roads. Fun to run and bike on, when you find time and motivation. Recently they've been giving the school a facelift with new carpets (replacing 25 year old orange carpets...ugh), new paint, study desks, tables, etc. It aint the Hilton, but it'll more than do. Some people on this site seem to complain about NYCOM's space and facilities, but I dont have a problem with anything. There's more than enough room to study and work out. Hell, you can even find a group study room and sleep on the OMM table, which each room is equipped with, for awhile. They're also starting construction on a brand new cafeteria April 1st, which will serve breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late-night snacks. The school also just got permission to build on-campus housing, but that's not in any immediate plans.

    Hope this helps...
     
  4. H-townComp

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    Lala, is ur father Qadir Uncle?
     
  5. lala1979

    lala1979 Junior Member

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    thanks for your help NJ
    NYCOM came to my school this year, and I liked what they had to say. I knew about both allo, and osteo schools, but as a Nursing major I like the ideals of the osteopathic schools. I'm REALLY into prevention, and wellness, and feel we as a society need to focus more on these things. Don't get me wrong I love technical aspects, but it seems we wait until something is wrong, and then try and fix it. As nurses our goal is wellness, ie Healthy People 2010. I know I want to be a doctor though, so far osetopathic seems the way for me.
    I asked about recreation and athletics because I need to work out, even though I am currently in a rut. I was a cheeleader for my UNiversity's natioanl team for the last 3 years, and I feel REALLY down when I slack in my fitness too much. I was also a gymnast my whole life. So even though athletics may seem not important to some, it's REALLY improtant to me.
    I will graduate next May, I currently have a 3.45 GPA(which I hope to get to my 3.5 before I graduate:) I have not taken the MCAT yet, I have to finish organic.
    Also, for anyone,
    did you only apply to DO schools, and if so why, I think this is what I am going to do but just want to be 100%.
    Also if anyone knows, if I work as an RN when I graduate for the year off, and summers, will this hurt my loans or aid????
    Also, not to sound silly but are there good looking guys at NYCOM??? Just wondering.
    Thanks for all your help.
     
  6. lala1979

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    Oh and the main reason I ask about applying to both is this:
    My clinical right now is in Primary Care, and I am 95% ceratin that I want to go into family practice, and a lot of people I talked to that see DO's really like them. I've also been informed that for family practice DO is a good way to go.
    My only reason of considering MD schools, is what if I change my mind at all during school. I'm sure this happens to many people. I have observed that it appears somewhat easier to go into surgery from MD schools.
    So basically my question is, how often does a student have their heart set on going into a certain field before med school, then while in school change their minds? I really want to go to a DO school, and in particular NYCOM, but I just have a few questions/concerns.
    Thanks people.
     
  7. njdocDO

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    Hey Lala,

    First off, it's more than possible to have a fit lifestyle and be a med student. There's plenty of people who work out 4+ times a week, especially when exams are still a few weeks away. One gym in the area gives some decent discounts to NYCOM students. </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif"> Also, for anyone,
    did you only apply to DO schools, and if so why, I think this is what I am going to do but just want to be 100%</font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">My guess is about half the class only applies only to DO schools. We have a popular BS/DO program with NYIT and some SUNY schools that draws a crowd. Definitely go DO because you want to be a physician who sees patients for more than "The M.I. in exam 4". You can do virtually anything with a DO degree today. Some of the ultra-competitive residencies (eg..derm, surg, radiology) at prestigious hospitals are more easily obtained with an MD degree, but I know plenty of 4th years interviewing at very competitive programs for all types of specialties. Typically about half of the class goes into primary care, with the other half specializing. It's all up to you. NYCOM has about 25 clinical affiliations, so there's alot of doors to be opened and networking that can be done with those contacts.
    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">code:</font><hr /><pre style="font-size:x-small; font-family: monospace;"> Also if anyone knows, if I work as an RN when I graduate for the year off, and summers, will this hurt my loans or aid????
    </pre><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Not that I know of. I worked for a year between undergrad and med school and it didnt hurt me. NYCOM is expensive though and the north shore of L.I. is a pricey place to live, so save a little cash in your time "off".

    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif"> So basically my question is, how often does a student have their heart set on going into a certain field before med school, then while in school change their minds? </font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">That's a question that is better answered on a case by case basis. There's people here who only want to be a orthopedic surgeons or pediatricians and there's people here who have no clue what they want to do. Many of those questions are answered on rotations 3rd and 4th year. Dont sweat it. If asked on an interview, be honest and tell them you're most interested in primary care, but if something else strikes your interest in the meantime, you'd be happy to take on that endeavor.
    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Also, not to sound silly but are there good looking guys at NYCOM??? Just wondering </font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">LOL! Ummm, as having a full standing record of heterosexuality, I'll defer that question to one of my female colleagues, but, unfortunately, the ratios are not in your favor, at least for this years entering class, which is comprised of 55% women. I think we could hold our own in the looks test though as there was just a big party in Manhattan last weekend with all the NY Med Schools and several girls I talked to said NYCOM had some of the best looking guys. Yeah, baby, yeah! <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" /> <img border="0" alt="[Lovey]" title="" src="graemlins/lovey.gif" />
     
  8. hosskp1

    hosskp1 Senior Member

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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by lala1979:
    <strong>Hi
    I was wondering how the athletic and recreation facilities were at NYCOM, and if it is free to students, and if they have a nice facility.
    Thanks</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">If you are serious about fitness and working out, you will be very disappointed. Many people(including me) join an out side gym which is not that good. NYCOM has very little-- except for maybe a running trail, but it is still kind of boring. Do not worry-- most of the people there are fat and do not work out. They love to use the excuse that they do not have the time. The truth is that they do not make the time-- they are lazy and unmotivated. (If these people are working out-- they are doing it wrong because they still look like crap) So by not working out-- you will really fit in. Most people have only one activity- sitting on their ass and eating crap. If you are motivated-- you will be fine- there is plenty of time to study and work out.
     
  9. lala1979

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    thanks guys/girls for all your help. It's really nice of you. I guess if I end up going there I could get a membership. I need to work out and I sure don't want to get fat, I've already gained 10 pounds sonce I have been done with cheering and I'm trying to get rid of that.
    Thanks again:)
     
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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by hosskp1:
    If you are serious about fitness and working out, you will be very disappointed. Many people(including me) join an out side gym which is not that good. NYCOM has very little-- except for maybe a running trail, but it is still kind of boring. Do not worry-- most of the people there are fat and do not work out. They love to use the excuse that they do not have the time. The truth is that they do not make the time-- they are lazy and unmotivated. (If these people are working out-- they are doing it wrong because they still look like crap) So by not working out-- you will really fit in. Most people have only one activity- sitting on their ass and eating crap. If you are motivated-- you will be fine- there is plenty of time to study and work out.[/QB]</font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Looking like crap is our prerogative you unruly jock!
     
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    QUOTE]Looking like crap is our prerogative you unruly jock![/QB][/QUOTE]

    Did I offend you? -- that really was not my intention.
    RELAX-- I did not mention names (no need to take it personally)-- just the general feeling I get from the school. people that go to the gym are really the minority. Some people work out there but most people do not know what to do and never get results.

    Looking like crap is your choice I suppose. Personally, I would rather get medical advice from someone that is in good shape than some one that just let themselves go because going to the gym was too hard to do. I am going into some form of surgery--but I will be damned if I will let myself get fat, gain weight and eat crap. The only evenings I will not go to the gym is when I am on call. I have priorities and I will stick to them (seriously).

    About being a jock- Thank you-- I try. But I do not like to think of myself as just a jock-- I am a hick as well-- (I have a truck and I like to go hunting). Needless to say after I graduate-- I will be getting as far away from Long Island as possible. I dont't like it there, I don't belong there and I have never felt welcome. The locals can keep their Whole area -Long Island, Queens, Brooklyn, and the rest of the city.
     

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