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    These questions are for current OUCOM students or students matriculating this fall. Answer any questions you can.

    1) What are your favorite aspects of the education at OUCOM?

    2) How is OUCOM different from other schools you were considering?

    3) How is grading conducted at OUCOM?

    4) What are the benefits of the CORE system?

    5) What interesting information can you share about OUCOM?


    I know that's a lot of questions. Thanks a lot!
     

    DORoe

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      These questions are for current OUCOM students or students matriculating this fall. Answer any questions you can.

      1) What are your favorite aspects of the education at OUCOM?

      2) How is OUCOM different from other schools you were considering?

      3) How is grading conducted at OUCOM?

      4) What are the benefits of the CORE system?

      5) What interesting information can you share about OUCOM?


      I know that's a lot of questions. Thanks a lot!

      Alright well I will try. I am going to be matriculating this fall and I will tell you what I know.

      1. My favorite aspect of OUCOM has to be the curricular tracks. The two different methods seem to both be quality. The PCC allows individual minded people to go that route and the CPC allows a more traditional approach while still connecting it to clinical experiences. I also like the many things that students have available to them. If you have ever been to OUCOM and saw the LRC you know what I'm talking about huge plasma screens, tons of research material, plenty of room to study, and many other things.

      2. I interviewed at WVSOM and decided to decline an interview at LECOM. OUCOM differs from then in that it is a large institution. All of those resources are at your disposal. They do a lot of research especially on diabetes at the university and have quality instructors (not that WVSOM and LECOM don't). The access to the Ping Center factored into this as well. The Ping Center is a huge gym where the students can workout and do many other things.

      3. Grading at OUCOM is pass/fail. This can be a plus or a minus depending on how you look at it. From what I understand it leads to a less competetive more collaborative atmosphere, but if you want a competetive specialty you better do well on the boards. I really don't know anything else about it.

      4. The CORE system (another great thing about OUCOM) allows OUCOM students to have a variety of options available to them when doing internships and residencies. You can go to anywhere from a smaller rural medical center such as the one in Portsmouth (beautiful city by the way) to a large urban area such as Cleveland or Toledo or if you want you can go to a more suburban upperclass area such as Cuyahoga Falls or Sandusky. The way I figure it the more contacts you are able to get in internship the better your chances of landing that residency that you want.

      5. The graduates of OUCOM are well respected doctors (at least in the state of Ohio). I know many of them and have went to many of them for a variety of medical related issues. They seem competent and all speak highly of the school. If you haven't been to the school I suggest making an appointment. The people are really nice and everyone is very helpful (although in my experience all DO schools are like this).

      I hope this helps you. Feel free to PM me if you have any other questions and I will either answer or try to find the answer for you.
       
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        the property values in cuyahoga falls fall in the mid to upper middle class range. I know I can't afford to live there. What I was trying to do though was to show that there is an intermediate between the urban areas of cleveland and toledo and the rural areas of athens and portsmouth.
         

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          As a public school there is a preference for in state students. Out of state students have to sign a contract to practice in the state for at least 5 years. Residency counts towards this and if you go into primary care the 5 years is bumped down to 3.5 yrs i think. Here are the stats that I have from The Princton Review

          Enrollment 419
          %male/femal 57/43
          %URM 12
          #applied (total/out of state) 2246/1849
          #accepted (total/out) 192/31
          # enrolled (total/out) 84/14
          average age 25

          so as you can see there are not many out of staters accepted, but I am sure that some withdrew their applications after being accepted at other schools. So about 14% of the class is from out of state but makes up 82% of the applicants.
           
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