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Should I go to Touro-CA or take a gap year?

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Magus5454

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Take your acceptance.
 
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The main iffy thing based off previous sdn posts is their rotations, which has been improving recently(I think). Board scores are kinda student dependent, but I remember students during my giving interview telling me they get very little dedicated board studying time.
 
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Congrats on getting accepted into Touro-CA, especially as OOS!!
 
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Make sure you think carefully.
You only get one chance. If you fail your classes because you lose your support system, you're done.
 
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According to a Touro-CA MS-II (she was my student interviewer):

Previous yrs had 3 wks of time off, but starting this yr they get 5 weeks.
Additionally, the administration is trying to give everyone the option of 4 more wks of dedicated studying time by delaying start of rotations.
 
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Make sure you think carefully.
You only get one chance. If you fail your classes because you lose your support system, you're done.

This is a good point. But also good to know that the consensus is if you pass on this acceptance you are banking you will end up MD. Osteopathic schools are going to have trouble ensuring you'll matriculate if you've already been accepted and didn't once before. EM is DO friendly, surgery less so.

Best of luck whatever you choose.
 
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According to a Touro-CA MS-II (she was my student interviewer):

Previous yrs had 3 wks of time off, but starting this yr they get 5 weeks.
Additionally, the administration is trying to give everyone the option of 4 more wks of dedicated studying time by delaying start of rotations.
ok, that's reassuring. I know that was a big complaint in earlier classes.
 

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Ditto.

If anything, Touro is on the high side of COMLEX. Their Dean always crows about this at AOA meetings, which drives my Dean crazy. You can literally hear his teeth grinding.

Developing a support group will be important.
Someone x-out Touro-CA from the list of potential schools @Goro is from
 
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Someone x-out Touro-CA from the list of potential schools @Goro is from
Is that a TOS violation????
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Someone posted a Touro match list in the DO forum. It seemed like a good list. My own kids did quite well this year.

If your accept was to Touro-NY, then I'd suggest the gap year
 
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Thanks for all the advice everyone.

I'm currently leaning towards taking a gap year to do a post-bac. I am guaranteed acceptance into Nova KPCOM for c/o 2024 if I get a 3.6 on this post bac (which I'm confident I will; I need to be that good, anyways, if I'm going to med school) because Nova has stable rotation sites in SoFlo- where I want to be for the rest of my life- as well as affiliated hospitals with a history of accepting Nova grads for residencies, and it's near my support system. Am I thinking too much with my heart or are these reasons good enough to pass up Touro?
 
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Well, heres Touro-CA's match list. Touro-CA had a 99% first time COMLEX 1 pass rate for 2018 with an average above the national.

TOURO-CA

Anesthesiology RUHS
Anesthesiology UT-Houston
Anesthesiology University of Washington
Anesthesiology SUNY Upstate

Dermatology St. Johns Episcopal

Ophthalmology Oregon Health & Science Univ.

Emergency Medicine St. Joseph's Medical Center
Emergency Medicine Henry Ford Wyandotte
Emergency Medicine Comanche County Memorial Hospital
Emergency Medicine St. Joseph's
Emergency Medicine Kaweah Delta Medical Center
Emergency Medicine Kaweah Delta Medical Center
Emergency Medicine Desert Regional Medical Center
Emergency Medicine Aria Health - Jefferson Health Northeast
Emergency Medicine Desert Regional Medical Center
Emergency Medicine Inspira Medical Center
Emergency Medicine Western Michigan
Emergency Medicine Desert Regional Medical Center
Emergency Medicine Henry Ford
Emergency Medicine Cape Fear Valley
Emergency Medicine UT Health San Antonio

Family Medicine Good Samaritan
Family Medicine Ventura County FMR
Family Medicine Kaiser San Jose
Family Medicine Scripps Chula Vista
Family Medicine Kaiser Santa Rosa
Family Medicine John Muir Health
Family Medicine Providence Health System
Family Medicine Arrowhead
Family Medicine UCSF-Fresno
Family Medicine Dignity Northridge
Family Medicine Loma Linda
Family Medicine Skagit Regional Health
Family Medicine Harbor-UCLA
Family Medicine U of AZ College of Med/ Banner
Family Medicine California Hospital Medical Center
Family Medicine Mike O Callaghan
Family Medicine Mercy Medical, Redding
Family Medicine Providence Health System

General Surgery Naval Medical Center San Diego
General Surgery St. Johns Episcopal
General Surgery Henry Ford Macomb
General Surgery UPMC Pinnacle
General Surgery Kendall Regional

Orthopedic Surgery Loma Linda University

Internal Medicine Naval Medical Center San Diego
Internal Medicine Kaiser Santa Clara
Internal Medicine UCSF Fresno
Internal Medicine University Medical Center - UNLV
Internal Medicine University of Miami
Internal Medicine University of Nebraska Medical Center
Internal Medicine Mount Auburn Hospital
Internal Medicine Desert Regional Medical Center
Internal Medicine UC Riverside (RUHS)
Internal Medicine Woodhull Medical Center
Internal Medicine UCSF Fresno
Internal Medicine Houston Methodist Hospital
Internal Medicine Larkin Community Hospital
Internal Medicine Community Memorial Hospital
Internal Medicine OHSU
Internal Medicine Legacy
Internal Medicine UC Riverside (RUHS)
Internal Medicine Highland
Internal Medicine Santa Clara Valley Medical Center
Internal Medicine SAUSHEC/BAMC
Internal Medicine Kaiser Santa Clara

Neurology University of Miami
Neurology University of Washington
Neurology Barrow Neurological Institute
Neurology University of Illinois at Peoria/OSF Saint Francis

Neurosurgery RUHS

OB/GYN Brooklyn Hospital
OB/GYN Harbor UCLA

Pediatrics USC
Pediatrics Children's Hospital Oakland
Pediatrics Valley Children's
Pediatrics Valley Children’s
Pediatrics USC
Pediatrics Kaiser LA

PM&R University of Cincinnati
PM&R Good Samartian/Mercy Medical
PM&R University of Wisconsin
PM&R Northwestern Shirley Ryan
PM&R Medical College of Wisconsin
PM&R Marianjoy Rehab Hospital

Psychiatry Kaweah Delta
Psychiatry University of Texas-Austin
Psychiatry UCSF Fresno
Psychiatry Arrowhead
Psychiatry Charles Drew
Psychiatry University of Nevada - Reno
Psychiatry UC Davis

Radiology - Diagnostic U New Mexico
Interventional Radiology Stony Brook
Interventional Radiology Christiana Care
Interventional Radiology University Of Rochester

Transitional Year (PGY-1) ACGME Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
Transitional Year (PGY-1) ACGME Stony Brook Southampton
Transitional Year (PGY-1) ACGME Kaweah Delta
Transitional Year (PGY-1) ACGME MacNeal Hospital

Preliminary Surgery (PGY-1) UCSF - East Bay
Preliminary Surgery (PGY-1) UCSF - East Bay

Preliminary Medicine (PGY-1) Riverside Community Hospital
Preliminary Medicine (PGY-1) Legacy Health/ Good Samaritan
Preliminary Medicine (PGY-1) Advocate Lutheran
Preliminary Medicine (PGY-1) Weatherford Medical Center
Preliminary Medicine (PGY-1) Highland Hospital

If you are able to keep a 3.6gpa and matriculate into Nova KPCOM, and you absolutely must stay in Florida/do GS, do the post-bacc. You will have a much easier time matching into GS/EM.
I personally wouldn't as I think this is a substantial risk. You'd essentially be betting 2+ years and giving up ~$100-150k in physician salary plus however much the post bacc is for a higher chance to match into your desired specialty.
 
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Well, heres Touro-CA's match list. Touro-CA had a 99% first time COMLEX 1 pass rate for 2018 with an average above the national.



If you are able to keep a 3.6gpa and matriculate into Nova KPCOM, and you absolutely must stay in Florida/do GS, do the post-bacc. You will have a much easier time matching into GS/EM.
I personally wouldn't as I think this is a substantial risk. You'd essentially be betting 2+ years and giving up ~$100-150k in physician salary plus however much the post bacc is for a higher chance to match into your desired specialty.
wow, thank you for this. I could not find it anywhere.

It's definitely a lot to think about...I'm grateful for a medical school acceptance, just wish it didn't mean so many sacrifices. But that's the job I guess. I have a couple months to make the decision and I'm thankful for everyone's objective opinions!
 

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From what I have heard, Touro-CA is solid, Touro-NY not so much. I think you should take it.
 
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My belief is, unless you have an offer in hand, no one is “garanteed” to get in anywhere.
 
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Well, heres Touro-CA's match list. Touro-CA had a 99% first time COMLEX 1 pass rate for 2018 with an average above the national.



If you are able to keep a 3.6gpa and matriculate into Nova KPCOM, and you absolutely must stay in Florida/do GS, do the post-bacc. You will have a much easier time matching into GS/EM.
I personally wouldn't as I think this is a substantial risk. You'd essentially be betting 2+ years and giving up ~$100-150k in physician salary plus however much the post bacc is for a higher chance to match into your desired specialty.
3 IRs? damn
 
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Please just take the acceptance. There are no guarantees for another acceptance in the future. Touro-CA is a perfectly good school.
 
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I don't understand why one apply if they don't want to go to that school. Take the acceptance as majority of people are saying that.
 
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