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Discussion in 'Medical Students - DO' started by Dr JPH, Oct 23, 2001.

  1. Dr JPH

    Dr JPH Banned Banned 10+ Year Member

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    Any NYCOM students out there interested in providing a students perspective about NYCOM?

    I have been offered an interview and looking to schedule soon.

    Thanks!!
     
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  3. NYCOMScrubs

    NYCOMScrubs Member 10+ Year Member

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    What would you like to know?
     
  4. Dr JPH

    Dr JPH Banned Banned 10+ Year Member

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    Interview set-up.
    Style of interview questions.
    Some positive things about the school from a students perspective.
    Some negative things, if any, about the school.

    How well do the students get along? Is there any competition? Is there housing available close to campus? Does the school help with this?

    What is the acceptance fee/deposit?

    I'm sure I will think of some more questions. I appreciate your time!
     
  5. NYCOMScrubs

    NYCOMScrubs Member 10+ Year Member

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    Interview Set Up:
    Everyone arrives around 8:45 am and fills out the secondary. Its basically a brief listing of what would normally appear on a CV or Resume. (you may want to bring one with you so you don't forget to write anything down) There is also a mini essay on why you chose NYCOM or why Osteopathic Medicine. I don't remember which but they only really give you enough space for a brief paragraph. Basically be clear and concise. They'll probably ask you the same questions during your interview so it really may just serve as a way for them to remember you. When you are done with your secondary you hand that in along with your check and passport size photo. There are typically 10 students total to be interviewed. THey split you up into two groups. Five go to one interviewer and 5 go to the other. You go in one at a time. They'll typically tell you the line up sp you don't have to get nervous every time someone comes out. It varies as to whether you get one interviewer or two. After the interview is lunch (provided by te school- they take your lunch order when you hand in the secondary). After lunch is the tour of the school and then the admissions director usually comes in to answer any questions, that is unless he has another appointment. The tour guides are all students and can answer most of your questions, if not the more important ones, even if you don't get to see Mr. Schaeffer.

    Style of interview Questions:
    It really depends on who interviews you. When I was interviewed I was asked mostly about my personal interests and why I wanted to come to NYCOM. Some of my friends were asked about what they knew about Osteopathy. Some were asked about activities they put down on their application and about research. I would recommend that you be able to talk about anything you did in a way that proves to them that all those extras weren't just to get into med school and that they're not all you just trying to bull**** them. Not that YOU would try to do that. Know about Osteopathic Medicine and please do not forget ANDREW TAYLOR STILL. I've heard stories about people forgetting "THE GUY'S" name. They got in but its better not to look that stupid. I'd say that overall all most interviews are easy going and are really only to get to know you as well as to see if you can interact with others in a friendly and intellignet way. DON'T LIE, DON'T BULL****, DON'T OVERSELL yourself (you'll only look pompous-sp?). Just be yourself and try to relax. The interview may only take 10 minutes or it may take 40. Neither lenght means anything. My interview was really short and I still got in.

    POSITIVE THINGS:
    The block system-
    Basically four to five weeks of classes and then a week of exams. IT allows you to actually have a few free weekends at the beginning of the block and study at a less intense pace. My class was the first calss they implemented the system on. Its worked for us really well. We ended up begging the admin to continue it on for us this year. Exam week is intense and is extremely tough but I think our overall quality of life is better. Previously the first years had exams every single monday. I'm sure that their grades were a little higher because they studied only one subject for an entire week and blew off everything else til the week before that exam. But I think we learn more and retain more with the block system. There is more time to process the information. Lower grades are probably more of a reflection of sheer fatigue during test week.

    WE get a month to study for COMLEX. i've heard some schools only get two weeks. Trust me, it makes a big difference when you consider teh volume of material you will have to review before the boards. I'm two months into my second year and probably have a three foot hile pile of notes between last year and this year.

    TOns of Clinical affiliations- I'm sure you heard lots about this already so I won't go into it.

    The administration- could also be a con in some ways. THere are always going to be clashes in the way we think our education should be run and the way they think it should be. We difinitely had our share of grumbling last year- this was due to the fact that we felt we were the guinea pigs with the new system. Just to reassure you, the admin was really great about getting feedback and for as much as we complained, they really did their best to iron everything out and make us happy (within reason). I think that the system is a lot stronger this year and they've brought in a lot of new and energized people who are really willing to work with us to improve things. I don't know what us second years would do without our new associate dean. He's really awesome and is really on top of everthing. He's definitely improved the quality of the 2nd year medicine program.

    The Cons-
    Every school has theirs.
    There is a lot of work here. I think we probably do more work that any other med school in NY. We have a lot to prove and a reputation to uphold once we step onto the floors of the hospitals third year. NYCOM students are know to be great med students who are really on top of their game. I think the admisnistration id determined to keep it that way. All that work obviously leads to exhaustion at times, esp. during exam week.
    We have no cafeteria. There is a lunch stand that sells muffins and sandwiches though.

    The students-
    NYCOM is on a H/P/F system which really rules out a lot of competition. I have yet to meet someone unwilling to help out another student. For the most part, we're all under the mentality that we're all in this together and we do our best to get each other through. Social life is obviously not like it was in college but there is the occasional party (usually at least one a block) and there are two huge parties every year: Osteoblast (we rent out a night club for afew hours, open bar, dinner, dj, lots of fun, usually right after the first block for the first years, thrown by the second year class to welcome the first years) and the Semi formal (same deal but everyone gets all spiffy and its at a catering hall, usually in the spring sometime). There are also clubs and informal mountain biking and running clubs.

    Housing-
    There is no on campus housing. Most people live in Glen Cove but there are other close by areas. I would first check the housing book in the library for student listings or on the webboard (you'll get the password for it after you get accepted).

    Acceptance Fee/Deposit-
    I'm not sure this has changed but I think its 500 to secure your spot and then a few months later another 1000 as a deposit. It all gets credited to your tuition but it is non-refundable.

    Hope this hepls.
     
  6. Dr JPH

    Dr JPH Banned Banned 10+ Year Member

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    More NYCOM Questions

    THANKS!!!

    What are the 3rd/4th year rotations like? How many electives are there?
    Do students match into specialty residencies or are NYCOM grads basically
    focused more in primary care?
    How many students per cadaver in gross Anatomy?
    Are there intramural sports?
    Is there a notetaking service?
    Is there an Osteopathic Hospital affiliation?
    When do students begin to get patient contact?
    How much is the acceptance fee?
    Are students generally happy at NYCOM? Is there a big portion of the students
    who wish them had gone somewhere else?
    What does NYCOM offer that sets it apart from other Osteopathic schools?
    Are YOU happy with your decision, or do you wish you had gone somewhere else?
    Also, is there something you wish you had known BEFORE you made your decision
    to attend NYCOM?
     
  7. NYCOMScrubs

    NYCOMScrubs Member 10+ Year Member

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    What are the 3rd/4th year rotations like? How many electives are there?

    I'm a MS II so I really don't feel qualified to comment on the clinical clerkships.
    In the second year, NYCOM offers 3 electives: Medical Spanish, ACLS, and Sports Medicine.


    Do students match into specialty residencies or are NYCOM grads basically focused more in primary care?

    I really don't know the answer to this one. If you really want to know, I suggest you call Admissions and ask them. You could also ask them to send you the most recent match list.


    How many students per cadaver in gross Anatomy?

    Generally there are 5 to 6 per cadaver.


    Are there intramural sports?

    Nothing organized. Some students have gotten together and formed a running club and a mountain biking club. There are also some first year vs. second year basket ball games every now and then.


    Is there a notetaking service?

    No, No note taking service. We do get all the lecture notes however and that is generally sufficient. Even to the point of not needing to buy the text for some classes.


    Is there an Osteopathic Hospital affiliation?

    As far as I know, there isn't. Mostly because the last purely Osteopathic hospital in New York closed last year.


    When do students begin to get patient contact?

    Patient contact begins in the third year. If you want contact before then, you could sign up to observe in the Clinic along with the OMM faculty. There is also a program during the summer after first year where you could go into the clinic with the OMM faculty.

    How much is the acceptance fee?

    There are two deposits. One is $500 due with your acceptance. And $1000 a few months later. THe total $1500 is applied to your tuition.


    Are students generally happy at NYCOM? Is there a big portion of the students who wish them had gone somewhere else?

    THe answer to this question really depends on who you ask and when. If you ask just before a test block, chances are people won't be too Happy with NYCOM.
    NYCOM is a tough school. There is a lot of work and a lot of demands placed on you. You definitely have to be pro-active in the learning process if you are going to do well here. In general, I'm happy with my decision to go to NYCOM though it can be stressful at times.


    What does NYCOM offer that sets it apart from other Osteopathic schools?

    I really don't know. I don't really know enough about other schools at this point. I'm so used to NYCOM by now. I guess that is really for you to judge based upon your knowledge about all the schools you've applied to. Or if you want a more concrete answer, call up Mike Schaefer, the Admissions director, and ask him. Its as much his job to convice you to chose NYCOM as its yours to convince NYCOM to chose you.


    Are YOU happy with your decision, or do you wish you had gone somewhere else?

    I am. i know that when I walk out of here, I will have a great education. I really believe in NYCOM's affiliations and its role in the Osteopathic Community at large.


    Also, is there something you wish you had known BEFORE you made your decision to attend NYCOM?

    No, not really. not about NYCOM. Maybe about medical school in general or the whole admissions process and the pre-med thing. But, not about NYCOM.
     
  8. NYCOMScrubs

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  9. imajin78

    imajin78 Junior Member 7+ Year Member

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    i am a 3rd year nycom so i hope this helps
    What are the 3rd/4th year rotations like?
    In 3rd year, you do 6 rotations 6 weeks of ob/gyn, fp, psych, and peds, and 12 weeks of med and surg. the rotations are good, and we can rotate through alot of places including north shore, lij, and newark beth, you can even go to buffalo.
    How many electives are there?
    In 4th year you have three elective which means you can do whatever subject you want wherever you want it, if you want to do peds in china go for it, derm in alaska, or even fp in australia.it all up to you.
    Do students match into specialty residencies or are NYCOM grads basically focused more in primary care?
    As for matching, you can match in whatever you want you want to do fp you can match, or if you want to do radiology you can match (if you have the grade), I would say almost 50% of the class does either fp, im, peds, or ob/gyn..
    How many students per cadaver in gross Anatomy?
    about 6-7 per cadaver
    Are there intramural sports?
    nope, just ping pong
    Is there a notetaking service?
    nope
    Is there an Osteopathic Hospital affiliation?
    Union hospital in nj is a pure osteopathic hospital, (Not sure on other ones)
    When do students begin to get patient contact?
    real contact in 3rd year, but you practice omm so you are comfortable with touching ather people(it may sound weird but it is true, touching someones sacrum or pubes and doing omm there, makes you alot more comfortable touching sick people with hep b or cellulitis in the hospital)
    How much is the acceptance fee?
    No clue
    Are students generally happy at NYCOM? Is there a big portion of the students
    who wish them had gone somewhere else? this is really a case by case basis, i hated when i was there for year 1 and 2, b/c so much studying and no life, but i think it prepared me well and i think it is good that we have so many hospital affliations.
    What does NYCOM offer that sets it apart from other Osteopathic schools?
    Many hospital affliations, and they kick your ass in the beginning so you come out prepared.
    Are YOU happy with your decision, or do you wish you had gone somewhere else?see above
    Also, is there something you wish you had known BEFORE you made your decision
    to attend NYCOM? not really
     
  10. njdocDO

    njdocDO Member 7+ Year Member

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    Here's my $0.02

    What are the 3rd/4th year rotations like?
    -Havent been there yet, so cant tell you for sure, but lots of options on where and when to go. I havent heard too many complaints from 3rd or 4th years. They all say we're well prepared overall.

    How many electives are there?
    -See above poster.

    Do students match into specialty residencies or are NYCOM grads basically focused more in primary care?
    - I guess about half of the class goes into primary care, FP, peds, ob/gyn, etc. The other half specializes. There's a match list on this site somewhere probably. People seem pretty pleased with the match.

    How many students per cadaver in gross Anatomy?
    - I had a group of 4 actually.
    Are there intramural sports?
    -Not officially, but there's a small gym, basketball and tennis nearby and a scenic campus to run and bike on.

    Is there a notetaking service?
    - No need for one. The profs notes are more than sufficient. Sometimes better than the book.

    Is there an Osteopathic Hospital affiliation?
    - Not officially. This question is somewhat outdated though, as no osteopathic school in the country officially owns a hospital any longer from what I hear. DO schools historically are not in the hospital business. We are affiliated with about 25 hospitals and networks throughout NY, NJ and even Philly I think.

    When do students begin to get patient contact?
    - Officially 3rd year. (One problem with NYCOM, which we're working on changing.) They are instituting a "standardized patient" aspect of 2nd year training in order for you to better prepare for boards, which now have a clinical skills assesment. If you want, in 1st and 2nd years, you can shadown OMM faculty in a very busy clinic on campus or you can work with ER docs at St Barnabus in the Bronx I think.

    How much is the acceptance fee?
    -$1500? i could be wrong.

    Are students generally happy at NYCOM?
    -I am, but it depends on what portion of the block you're in. Tests are hard and stress can be high, but such is life. No one ever said this would be easy.

    Is there a big portion of the students
    who wish them had gone somewhere else?
    - I think most people are genuinely pleased with the education they receive when all is said and done. Everyone has their gripes and many of those problems are being worked out. The administration is in the process of having 2 new Deans come on board, and both are pretty enthusiastic. I hear the new Dean of the College, who takes over in the fall, will most likely be Dr. Barbara Ross-Lee, DO, past Dean of the Ohio school and there's a rumor that she's Diana Ross's sister. Cant tell you the validity of that, but she sure does look like her <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />

    What does NYCOM offer that sets it apart from other Osteopathic schools?
    - Many things: 1)Superb and numerous clinical affiliations. 2)Having probably the most diverse patient population of any DO school. 3)55% of this year's class are women. 4)The AOA just declared NYCOM as "Poised to be the best Osteopathic School in the Country" in it's November review.

    Are YOU happy with your decision, or do you wish you had gone somewhere else?
    -Happy more or less, the school is expensive though.

    Also, is there something you wish you had known BEFORE you made your decision
    to attend NYCOM?
    - Honestly, I thought Long Island would be a cess-pool, but it's actually quite nice. There is a bit of an overall attitude on the island, but that's NY in a nutshell anyway. There's a fair amount to do outside of school, but the general area around here is mostly quiet and allows for minimal distraction (a good thing). The city, however, is a 40 min train ride for the weekend after blocks when there isnt enough beer for me this side of the Hudson <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />

    Out. Hope this helps.
     

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