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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - DO' started by PaulB, Mar 4, 1999.

  1. PaulB

    PaulB Junior Member

    Nov 16, 1998
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    Has anyone out there had to choose between UHS and KCOM? I love both schools and would be extremely interested in your reasons for choosing one over the other. Thanks!

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  3. Hskermdic

    Hskermdic Senior Member

    Nov 17, 1998
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    I went last spring as a guest at one of UHS's interview days. (I did not interview I just participated in all of the activities except the interview.) This is something that I strongly recomend. When I left that day I was really interested in the school and was really hoping to go there. Later on, over spring break, I went and visited at KCOM. I fell in love with KCOM and the experience I had in the town over the two day period I had there. During the summer I participated in a premed primary care summer mentor program and ended up getting to do some work with a few graduates from UHS that were in their residency. They said that they would not recomend UHS from their experience because they felt that the class size was getting to big for the faculty and facilities. UHS may have changed a lot since then I don't know. I do know a few people who are either going there and they like it. I chose KCOM because I feel a lot more comfortable in a small town than I did in Kansas City. UHS would have been a lot more convenient since I am from Kansas and it is a lot closer to home but KCOM is the best school for me. Good Luck in your searching.

  4. JONM

    JONM Member

    Feb 6, 1999
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    I've heard some bad things about where you get placed for clinicals at UHS. (or if you get placed at all.)
  5. Deb

    Deb Senior Member

    Nov 24, 1998
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    Clinical placement at UHS is not a problem (no one is left to fend for themselves).
    However, because of the increasing class size, some of us will not get our "site
    of choice". Our rotation sites include Kansas City, various locations in Kansas
    and Missouri, Florida, Colorado, NJ/NY, Texas, Ohio, Penn., and Michigan. The
    biggest problem involves those of us that wish to stay in KC. We currently have
    50 positions, but 80 students have indicated that they want to stay here (our class
    size is 208). Our administration has stated that they are actively trying to
    increase the number of KC positions, but I doubt that will happen in time for my
    class (2001). The positions will be distributed by lottery (next fri.). Also, it
    goes without saying that some sites are better than others, but after doing a little
    research I'm comfortable with both my 2nd and 3rd choices. Finally, except for the
    parking problem (which really isn't a problem if you come to class on time), I've
    been very satisfied with my education so far.
  6. ewagner

    ewagner Senior Member

    Nov 22, 1998
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    Gotta agree with Deb. As a first year student, class size only becomes a problem in Histology, when computers are desperately needed by all. Other than that you get used to it. Classes also have that "thinning out" quality to them, people either drop out or go only to selected classes. That is just life in med school. UHS is well aware of student needs and adapt to them when appropriate. Personally, I wish the school itself had a few more thousand people on campus (along with a larger campus) so there were more people to meet. Even in a class of 230, you wish you could meet different people.
    By the way, don't worry about rotations, you aren't even in school yet...calm down doc.


  7. OldManDave

    OldManDave Fossil Bouncer Emeritus
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    Feb 26, 1999
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    Well, I was just interviewed at UHS and was most impressed---that translates to: I'd go there, no problem! But, I just got notified that KCOM wants to interview me. I have to admit, there is considerable mystique in studying where DO started. Any feedback would be most welcome!

    'Old Man Dave'

  8. summerb

    summerb Member

    Mar 7, 1999
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    Both are excellent schools, and KCOM certainly has the added bonus of being the roots of osteopathy. When you interview there you will be greeted by the first Osteopathic school and the birthplace of Still right there in the lobby. Quite unique and fascinating. I was accepted to KCOM but chose UHS, so that tells which I preferred, but you have to go with your gut feeling after you interview. Keep in mind though that if your wife works, she will have a much easier time finding a job in Kansas City than in Kirksville (generally speaking).

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