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Ohio COM vs. Chicago COM

Discussion in 'Medical Students - DO' started by rain55, May 8, 2001.

  1. rain55

    rain55 New Member

    Apr 10, 2001
    I had recently interviewed at Chicago COM and Ohio University COM and was accepted to both. I really liked both schools and am having difficulty deciding on which to attend. Any information regarding either of the schools is greatly appreciated. Which school would better prepare me to enter into a competitive residency like surgery or ophthalmology.

    Some things I've already considered: 1) The board scores and GPA for both of these schools are in the same general range, and I don't want to base my decision solely on the school's board scores for accepted students from last year. 2) OU COM does require you to practice in Ohio for five years after graduation, but I am from Ohio, so I am exempt from that requirement. 3) Geographically, I don't have any preference between Ohio and Chicago, as it's a short flight from either school to my home in Cleveland.

    Thanks for your help !!
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  3. CCOM has an excellent reputation and they do very well in both the Allopathic and Osteopathic Match. I would go with CCOM.
  4. algernon

    algernon Member 10+ Year Member

    Mar 22, 2001
    Woodridge, IL
    I will be attending CCOM in the fall and I can't wait to get there. I interviewed at six schools and I really liked CCOM the best. Its a great school with a great reputation and an excellent program. It has one of the highest success rates (among DO schools) for the res match. Additionally, although you CAN do rotations just about anywhere, wouldn't you rather be closer to the Chicago area for your clinical years? Personally, I just think its a better place to learn to be a doctor.

  5. ebola95

    ebola95 Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Dec 28, 1999
    Downers Grove, Illinois
    do yourself a HUGE favor....DO NOT BASE WHERE YOU ATTEND ON BOARD SCORES!!!!! that is the biggest bunch of bull there get out of school what you put into it and that is it...

    decide based on which school is going to fit your needs best...

    i decided on chicago over michigan state b/c my family (littel brothers and sisters) are all there and i knew that it would be too much of a distraction for me if i were that close to home...

    i know several DO's from both the chicago and the ohio school and they are equally trained, successfull in thier respective practices (ER, IM, and Peds to be exact) and each onesays that thier school is the better one...YOU NEED TO DECIDE WHICH SCHOOL HAS THE MOST TO OFFER YOU...and don;t let anyone tell you differently.

    however, if you are interested in learning more about CCOM, i am more then happy to share my expereinces with you.

    John Dery
  6. B-Flatblues

    B-Flatblues Member 7+ Year Member

    Apr 22, 2001
    I strongly base my decision on location. However, CCOM is suppossed to be in the top 15% of all U.S. medical schools. That includes allopathic and osteopathic. I don't think that you could really go wrong with either choice.
  7. algernon

    algernon Member 10+ Year Member

    Mar 22, 2001
    Woodridge, IL

    Just curious - where did you get that info about CCOM? I have been trying to find info like that for a while now, but it seems difficult to come by. BTW, I'm headed to CCOM in the fall.

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