Originally posted by Billy33
but there are a lot of med schools in philly (6ish i think) which makes it a very well known city for a medical education.
Originally posted by pafbdoc
I had a similar decision...I chose NYCOM. The first two years are very similar in many schools.... they all use the same books, have the same classes, etc. Rotations is really where your clinical expertise is acquired, hence this was more important to me. My dad is an MD, his partner is a nycom grad, and very much recommended the school.
Also, I heard PCOM is losing their strongest hospital affiliation.... dont know the details, maybe the pcomers can elaborate. I've heard from some residents that are in NY but went to PCOM that the rotations are very variable... some are okay and some are downright horrible. The facilities are nice, but w/ the sixers there, how often are students actually allowed to use the equipment?
Anyway, both are great schools... go wherever you'll be happiest.
Originally posted by oceandocDO
One thing that turned me off to pcom originally was the fact that their students have to often move all over pennsylvania in third and fourth year. The guy I'm rotating with now had rotations in harrisburg, lancanster, philadelphia, bethlehem, and pittsburgh in third year. He said living out of a suitcase got old, and a bit lonely. Plus most are community hospitals, very few level I trauma or tertiary care centers...
Does anyone have a list of the affiliate hospitals/ possible rotations for third and fourth year?
Originally posted by suzette
Also, if I wanted to stay in philly for all of my rotations would that be possible?
Originally posted by Tubman
Chance are that you will be going outside the city for some of your rotations.
Had I known this fact, I most likely would have chosen to attend NYCOM instead. I had been told that because PCOM is located in city with such an array of hospitals, we would not be required to leave Philly. The last thing I want to do is move around from month to month while paying for rent in the city.