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Discussion in 'Osteopathic School-Specific Discussions' started by anhvu12, Jan 3, 2018.



  2. DMU

  1. anhvu12


    Jan 30, 2017
    Hello everyone,

    I know there are threads concerning both schools, but couldn't find any specific comparisons between the two. I was wondering if you wonderful people could help me decide between these two wonderful schools. I really like both schools, both having their pros and cons, and I know I would be happy at either school, just not sure which one I should commit to at this moment.

    Beautiful campus, like it more than DMU
    Higher COMLEX pass rate and scores
    I'm really into ultrasound and they have large emphasis on ultrasound
    Awesome tracks if I want to do it
    Newer school (even though its sister to RVU-CO), so may be difficult to find nearby clinical rotations
    Longer school year

    More established name, so clinical rotations are more established
    OMM focus
    Gym and Intramurals
    Multiple choice anatomy tests
    100% match in the last 5 years
    Class size worries me a little
    Ultrasound program is still new
    Facilities are a little bit older

    To be completely honest, and a realization while making this list, I think I like RVUCOM-SU a little better, but the concern with clinical rotations is huge for me. I would be perfectly happy at DMU as well. I would appreciate any feedback people have on either school!

    Thanks :D
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  3. getfat

    getfat 2+ Year Member

    Apr 20, 2014
    Ultrasound in preclinical years is pretty low yield. You don't know much and you probably will only use it once every couple months.

    Rotation site quality is much more important. PDs recognizing your school is much more important.

    OMM is a time suck but you learn how to game the system after a couple months and you only need to study 1-2 days before the test/practical.
  4. Chibucks15


    Sep 7, 2016
    I go to DMU and the class size shouldn't be an issue, at least it wasnt for me. You rarely see everyone because of recorded lectures and the professors are very good about scheduling office hours, etc. One is even known to stroll around the library before exam day. You already did PM me about this but figured I'd throw it out for those just scrolling through. Best of luck in the decision
  5. anhvu12


    Jan 30, 2017
    I'm just interested in ultrasound as a whole, I'm assuming residency is where I'll get most of my training, but it would be nice to have a strong background in it. This definitely isn't a deal breaker kind of thing. But yeah I think rotation site quality is the most important thing, which is why I was so on the fence with RVUCOM. I spoke with the dean and he assures that the clinical rotation sites will be good, but I'm still a bit hesitant. I've read things like when PDs are going through applications for residency spots they'll lump all DO schools together, regardless of their name because they don't take their time to familiarize themselves with the DO schools (of course this is with heavily MD favored programs). I'm really excited about OMM! DMU said they put a larger emphasis on this compared to other schools, I know it means I have less time in the day to study, but it's definitely something I'm excited for.

    Thanks so much for posting on here, it'll be nice for others to see all the great things you've said. Thanks so much for the help!
  6. getfat

    getfat 2+ Year Member

    Apr 20, 2014
    Trust me you'll have more important things to do than worry about US. Its a nice addition but its not like DMU doesn't have US either. I'm confident their US program will suffice for pre-clinical years

    The school hasn't been around long enough. Most schools take a couple years to work out the kinks in 3rd year rotation. If you have the choice, save yourself the headache. Don't risk being a test-subject.

    For several residencies I am sure this is true but PDs recognize the "original 5" schools.
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  7. IslandStyle808

    IslandStyle808 Akuma residency or bust! 5+ Year Member

    Aug 5, 2012
    DMU by a mile

    Deans of new schools will give you the smoke & mirrors about how great their curriculum is and how they are ahead of the curve with clinical rotates. Its just words. I like how this new school is advertising COMLEX pass rates, yet they haven't had their first class take boards yet LOL.

    Believe only what you see and DMU has everything in plain view.
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  8. anhvu12


    Jan 30, 2017
    Yeah that's true, I should focus on the more important stuff before worrying about US. And yeah they did say US at DMU is becoming more prevalent so that's nice. Yeah that's what I assumed as well, being the first year only, I don't know how he can be so confident in the clinical rotations, but I mean I've talked to other people as well and they seem confident that RVUCOM will have good rotations. Ah nice, so DMU is one of the more recognized schools, that's good. You've been a great help, thanks so much!

    Yeah I got that vibe at some other schools I interviewed at, but I really do like RVUCOM. Plus the dean called me and asked me if I had any questions for him haha, so I thought that was a nice touch.
  9. RNthenDoc


    Nov 7, 2017
    One of my letter-writers is a PD, and he definitely knows a lot of the D.O. schools and their reputations.

    He looks favorably on RVU, FWIW, just because he’s had good residents from there in the past. He spoke highly of KCU, RVU, DMU, Nova specifically. This is an n=1 anecdote, but I feel like it’s valid nonetheless.
  10. anhvu12


    Jan 30, 2017
    That’s good to know! The more PDs that know about DO schools the better and I’m glad he looks favorably on both schools, thanks!
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