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PCOM 2004

Discussion in 'Medical Students - DO' started by siulrc, May 16, 2000.

  1. siulrc

    siulrc Member

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    Hi, everybody:

    I just want to extend my congratulations to all my future classmates. Plus, I wanted to know your impressions and views about the school? What do people feel about the closure of the City Avenue Hospital and possible effects on the school? What are your thoughts about Dr. Finkelstein (PCOM President) retiring this summer? And anything else about the school or the philly area that people may want to discuss.
    See ya all in the fall

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  3. Smile

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    Hi siul (Luis [​IMG])

    I can't wait to begin at PCOM this fall. I am very excited. I was very impressed by the facilities and more importantly, the attitude of the students there. It seemed to have the most professional environment of all schools I interviewed at and students were very happy to be there. As for the hospital closing, I have spoken to administration and they said this will not affect students' education other than being an inconvenience where we will have to travel into the city for some patient contact vs having done it right on campus previously. Otherwise, PCOM did not own the hospital and therefore it is not a negative for the school. I am also excited about Philadelphia with all there is to do: arts, historical landmarks, museums, sports, etc.
     
  4. siulrc

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    Hey, Smile you are te firts to figure out my singnature. I feel the same way. The most important factor that meke me decide on PCOM was thw students.
    I do feel a little bit worry about the closing no matter what the administration says. The other thing that worries me is the retirement of Dr. Finkelstein as PCOM president. I hope that this does not brings inestability to the school. Besides this I am static about the school. The new hospital for Clinical rotations is MCP hospital which is awesome. Hey smile were you in the past sunday brunch held at the school. well, keep posting.

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  5. Smile

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    Hey siul,

    I was at the brunch that was held sometime in early april. Is that the one you were talking about? I still am not worried about the hospital closing. There are many hospitals which are in financial trouble so that is a common thing nowadays. More importantly, it was not owned by PCOM (rather by an independent company) so it does not impact the school's infrastructure. I did hear about the president retiring, but I doubt anyone new will do anything to bring the school down from where it stands today.

    By the way, if you don't mind me asking, where are you from originally? Reason I ask is that I lived in Puerto Rico for a number of years when I was growing up.
     
  6. siulrc

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    Smile, you are good. yes! I am originally from Puerto Rico. I lived there for 26 yrs. In what part of the island did you lived? Are you puerto rican? Well, is very cool having something in common.
    I know the hospital was not own by PCOM. well, it used to be own by the school as same as parkview hospital but they sold both of them. I believe that it has to affect in a certain way. City avenue used to be the main menu for interships and residencies so the administration have to juggle everything. Plus, the retirement of Dr. Finkelstein is sad thing bcz he has done so much for the school. I just hope the new President at least is as good as Dr. Finkelstein, hard to do and find. Let me know about you and your Puerto Rico experience my email: [email protected] Keep posting.

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  7. tiffsatt

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    I want to apply to PCOM but I don't know if I would be accepted. I am waiting for my MCAT scores to come back before sending my application...do you think that is bad. I don't want to apply there and then recieve my scores if they are only mediocre and have wasted that money. Any suggestions?
    Plus, tell me about the school please. It sounds great. What do you think about the city also. Is it too big?
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  8. siulrc

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    tiff: I think you are making a huge mistake by waiting for your scores to then apply. The earlier the better. It is so important that you get you application in soon bcz other things might take a longer time to get like letter of rec, transcrips, etc. So apply soon. About oyur scores if you take the april test you don't have to release your scores. So send you application to get that done and see your scores the a nd release them or not is your desicion.

    About PCOM i can go on and on and on. It's a awesome school. The facilities are superb. the opportunity for excellent clinical education is there plus you don't have to go from one state to the other like some others schools. The school is in Philadelphia which is one the mecas of medicine. For the thing that impressed me the most was how happy the students are with the school. When I went there I couldn't believe that every student that I talked with had wonderful thins to say i felt that they made the best desicion ffor their medical education.

    The city is very nice. But the thinf=g I like the most is that the school location couldn't be better. The school is located is a excellent suberb with nice houses excellent area sorrounding the school and easy access. It is not far but not too close the downtown philly plus Philly is a beatifull city.

    So there you go some of me reasons why you should apply to PCOM. Good luck!
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  9. waldo

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    Hello Guys,
    My name is Hong Nguyen and I was wondering if
    you guys have found apartments for August yet.

    I have checked out several apartment complexes around PCOM but have been holding out for roommate info from the school.

    I know the director of Students Affairs said that they'll have a list of students looking for roommates in June but I just spoke with him on the phone and he said they haven't put it together yet!

    So, I'm kinda getting anxious about when we'll get the housing info. I'm just hoping that the financial aid workshop on the 14th will provide the us the opportunity to get that housing thing settled.

    Anyhow, if there is any nonsmoker female who's laid back out there, give me a holla.

    Thanks,
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    Hey guys, I am glad that you are very happy about going to PCOM this fall. I interviewed there in October and was accepted in late October. The school was great and so were the facilities and students. Anyway, I gave up my seat yesterday and will not be attending PCOM this fall. I just found out Wednesday that I was accepted to my state school. I hope that me giving up my seat will help someone get into PCOM off the waitlist. It's a good school, and I know that I would have received a great education there. The only thing is that I can't pass up state tuition. Have a good day.
     
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    Do you think it would be tough for a PCOM grad to find a psych. residency in New York.
     
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    absolutely not. PCOM grad should not have much troubles finding a res in NY. good luck!
    keep posting.

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  13. siulrc

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    wooow! where are my fellow PCOM peers?
    keep posting.

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  14. waldo

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    Anyone going to the financial aid workshop tomorrow?

    I'm still pretty anxious about settling all of the housing matters and heard that the workshop was a good opportunity to meet up with possible roommates.

    Just wondering if anybody has received the proposed housing listing of people looking for roommates from student affairs. The Director said the list should be out at the beginning of this month but I haven't heard anything yet.

    Anyhow, philly is cool; can't wait to go!
     
  15. jdg

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    Waldo-

    I'm going to the financial aid seminar tomorrow at 5pm. I haven't gotten any info on available housing yet, but I did get a list of people who were interested in finding a room mate, along with info about the white coat ceremony and photo ID pictures. Supposedly, you can get your picture taken tomorrow for your ID. As far as the white coat ceremony, I'm going to drop off my coat size request card while I'm there tomorrow as well.


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  17. siulrc

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    Finally, my PCOM people are showing up! Very nice! Keep posting.

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    Hi guys,
    I am also starting PCOM in August. I am very excited about starting medical school. More importantly, I am so excited about going to PCOM. I still can't believe that I will be going there this fall. It is such a great school. I shadowed a family practice physician who also graduated from PCOM and he is great. His four partners also graduated from PCOM and they are all physicians of the highest caliber. I think that we will have an interesting and challenging 4 years ahead of us. But I believe that when we graduate, we will be one of the best batch of doctors graduating in 2004! I know that PCOM will help us and train us to become the best doctors around and that is why I chose to go to PCOM. I am very much looking forward to meeting all of you guys and making lasting friendships from our class.
     
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    mmig:
    well said. PCOM is awesome! See there and kepp posting.

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    are most of you guys out of state? I'm interested in PCOM. I have never been to philly.
     
  21. jdg

    jdg

    I am a NJ resident and I will be attending PCOM in August. I think that our entering class is comprised of roughly 60% PA residents.

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    I'd also like to congratulate everyone on getting into PCOM- I got in too, but I chose to go somewhere else. It was a tough decision since PCOM is about 17 hours closer to home than the school I decided to go to. PCOM sounds like it's getting a fine entering class this fall. Good luck!
     
  23. siulrc

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    myr, what school did you decided to go? Must be very good to pass on PCOM. well good luck and keep posting.
     
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    I decided to go to Kirksville- I really want to learn OMT and it seemed that OMT wasn't as emphasized at PCOM as it was at Kirksville. But I'm sure PCOM is awesome- I met some really great people at both schools, but I ultimately wanted to go to KCOM. It was a tough decision, but I also couldn't pass up $255/month rent. Ha!

     

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