prehealthboi

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Hello,

I've recently been accepted into both schools and am having a hard time deciding where to put my deposit. I mainly want more clarity on third year rotation sites as I've heard in other programs this can be a nightmare; also, how the school prepares and views students taking both the USMLE/COMLEX or one over the other.

RVUCOM-CO

Pros

  • Board and Match Numbers are amazing
  • No mandatory attendance
  • Denver/Parker is more liberal and a bigger city
Cons
  • unclear on 3rd year rotation sites (hit/miss, you have to pay to rotate at CU Med?)
  • Cost of living is much higher
  • Faculty seemed a bit disconnected from students/two campuses
  • For-Profit status (heard mixed things after doing some research)
ACOM

Pros

  • Amazing rotation sites that are established/one campus
  • Faculty genuinely seemed interested in students’ feedback and development
  • Students had nothing bad to say about the school
Cons

  • 60% mandatory attendance
  • Location, Culture shock, Lifestyle

Would love if students at either program can comment and share their experiences! Thank you :)
 
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Oct 13, 2020
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RVU, but that's just my own biased personal opinion.

I've been to both Alabama and Colorado, and I'd pick Colorado simply because of the location and no other factor. Colorado is beautiful with a mountain backdrop while Alabama is a literal swamp. I wish I qualified to apply to Rocky Mountain, but I didn't meet their strict class requirements.

You'll be there for 2-4 years at least. I'd love to be able to get some studying on the back porch with the mountains as my view. Just something to consider!
 
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Students had nothing bad to say about the school
This is a red flag.

  • No mandatory attendance - this is a huge positive factor. This is in line with other, established MD schools. This gives you the autonomy you need as a graduate student. This really cannot be stated enough.

Colorado is more in-line and "in-time" with the rest of the nation, while south Alabama is a step (or a few) in the opposite direction. And each school is a product of the local community.
 
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The only thing I would say is that your big “pro” for ACOM about “amazing” clinical rotation sites may just be a lot of student hype. Their students have to scatter all around AL, MS, and FL for rotations. My buddy is now in rural Mississippi for his 3rd year instead of in Dothan. They do not have many spots for students right there in town. This is prettymuch universally seen as a negative aspect since students will be forced to move and find new housing halfway through med school, so my guess is that RVU’s rotations are actually stronger than ACOM’s. Besides, RVU is much more established and matches fairly well while ACOM is still getting their footing.

I understand the hesitation for liberal Denver, but in all reality, I’m in the South for med school, and regardless of where you go, academia will harbor a liberal environment.

Combine that with non-mandatory lecture attendance, and I think RVU is your winner.

Plus, flying in/out of Dothan is $$$ while Denver is a big airline hub. I have seen airports (aka decent ticket prices) as a huge factor since you’ll probably fly home for the holidays, summers, fly out your significant other, and I have even gone to friends’ weddings since my lectures aren’t mandatory! I can even download them and watch on the airplane if I want! (Again, big supporter of non-mandatory lectures)
 
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Pardon me for asking- whats up with the liberal stuff?
Some people care about the political leanings of the population in the area they live. Don't ask me why, lol. You'll know if it's important to you or not.
 
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