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Hey,

So first of all thanks so much for taking time out of your day to do this!!

1) How do you feel NYCPM compares to the other schools in terms of its clinical experience?
2) How are your professors?
3) Is there anything you wish you knew about NYCPM before you went there?
 
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Hey,

So first of all thanks so much for taking time out of your day to do this!!

1) How do you feel NYCPM compares to the other schools in terms of its clinical experience?
2) How are your professors?
3) Is there anything you wish you knew about NYCPM before you went there?
1) So I personally feel that NYCPM offers a very solid clinical experience. We have our own foot clinic so we are able to see a wide range of patients daily. I’m sure a current 3rd/4th year can chime in to give more info.

2) Overall the professors are very knowledgeable and care about the students succeeding. Obviously they don’t spoon-feed us like in undergrad, but they do try to make the information as digestible as possible without dumbing it down. They have a really good idea on what will be on boards and prepare us well for it.

3) I wish I just looked into the curriculum and it’s delivery more closely. When you’re interviewing and visiting the school the faculty and students will of course hype the school up, leaving out obvious flaws. I should have done my due diligence to ask more questions about the attendance policy, gpa calculations, etc. They probably wouldn’t have changed my final decision, but it provides great prospective.

Hope this helps!
 
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I am currently a student here and I wouldn’t advise anyone to choose NYCPM over other schools. You will have almost 2 exams every week every semester. You will always be at risk of failing out if you are someone who isn’t used to studying 24/7. Am not sure about other schools but a person with 2.5 gpa at NYCPM can easily pull 3.0+ in other schools.
 
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I did a post-bac that was 2 exams per week with mandatory attendance. It was hell.
 
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I am currently a student here and I wouldn’t advise anyone to choose NYCPM over other schools. You will have almost 2 exams every week every semester. You will always be at risk of failing out if you are someone who isn’t used to studying 24/7. Am not sure about other schools but a person with 2.5 gpa at NYCPM can easily pull 3.0+ in other schools.
I agree. The two exams a week on top of 70% attendance is brutal. But honestly I would rather take the two exams a week than block exams.
 
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Hey everyone!

I am a current second year student at NYCPM. I know many of you are concerned with how this upcoming year may look for you. I’m here to answer any questions you may have. Ask away!
What does this coming fall semester look like for you and the incoming first years?
edit: specifically, will online class continue? not sure if it’s worth looking for a place just yet if that is the case.
 
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edit: specifically, will online class continue? not sure if it’s worth looking for a place just yet if that is the case.
100% wait to find a place to live until you know more. Recently we were told that large lectures are likely to be online well into fall semester. But there might be in-person small groups recitations with social distancing in place. So no one really knows what is going to happen
 
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100% wait to find a place to live until you know more. Recently we were told that large lectures are likely to be online well into fall semester. But there might be in-person small groups recitations with social distancing in place. So no one really knows what is going to happen

I agree with this 100%. Unless they give us clear directives for the fall semester I would stay home. Plus it gives you a chance to save on housing for a bit.
 
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Hey everyone!

I am a current second year student at NYCPM. I know many of you are concerned with how this upcoming year may look for you. I’m here to answer any questions you may have. Ask away!
Hello there! How is living in Harlem? Is it safe?
 
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I am currently a student here and I wouldn’t advise anyone to choose NYCPM over other schools. You will have almost 2 exams every week every semester. You will always be at risk of failing out if you are someone who isn’t used to studying 24/7. Am not sure about other schools but a person with 2.5 gpa at NYCPM can easily pull 3.0+ in other schools.
How many days worth of material are covered on the exams? This sounds like you have a bunch of mini-exams. What's your attrition rate like? I've heard that 20% isn't uncommon for pod schools. Sounds brutal.

Also are the exam questions created by professors, or do you do standardized exams? Some MD programs only use NBMEs for their students, which is hard as hell but ultimately beneficial for students because it better prepares them for USMLEs.
 
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How many days worth of material are covered on the exams? This sounds like you have a bunch of mini-exams. What's your attrition rate like? I've heard that 20% isn't uncommon for pod schools. Sounds brutal.

Also are the exam questions created by professors, or do you do standardized exams? Some MD programs only use NBMEs for their students, which is hard as hell but ultimately beneficial for students because it better prepares them for USMLEs.
Hey, I'm a second year, each exam for each course covers 7-8 chapters roughly.

We started with 103 then was down to 94 by the second semester, but now we have like 5-6 new people joining us in the second year. So the attrition rate is pretty skewed for nycpm lol

The questions are mostly written by professors I think? One of our professors used usmle but that's just him lol. Our exam questions are second-order mostly.
 
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I agree. The two exams a week on top of 70% attendance is brutal. But honestly I would rather take the two exams a week than block exams.
what was your best method to navigate this? How can incoming students set themselves up well at NYCPM? What mistakes did you make and learn from during your first year that you would like to pass on? Similarly, what concrete advice were you given when you first started?
I know everyone says you gotta be willing to study harder than ever before and methods differ from student to student, but it would nice to hear insight on your personal experience
 
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Hey! I was just accepted to NYCPM! Where are safe places to live off campus but still close enough to school that mornings aren't difficult?
 

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Well, I know for MD programs at least, the best way to study is to go through First Aid after every class, read and re-read all the relevant material and then supplement with Pathoma and Sketchy +/- Boards and Beyond videos. Honestly I found looking through at least FA before reading class notes to be the best way to parse through the minutiae for the high-yield information that is tested.

I was once studying for a hematology exam, and it was taking me forever to read through two weeks' worth of material for an exam. I watched the videos in Pathoma and covered all the content in 2 hours and basically had everything down and understood it fully. It took me two hours to watch 4 hours worth of Pathoma videos at double speed.

Of course, DPM programs have more foot-and-ankle-related content than MD programs, but I'd imagine that this strategy should be fairly effective since DPM students take the same pre-clinical coursework.
 

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Well, I know for MD programs at least, the best way to study is to go through First Aid after every class, read and re-read all the relevant material and then supplement with Pathoma and Sketchy +/- Boards and Beyond videos. Honestly I found looking through at least FA before reading class notes to be the best way to parse through the minutiae for the high-yield information that is tested.

I was once studying for a hematology exam, and it was taking me forever to read through two weeks' worth of material for an exam. I watched the videos in Pathoma and covered all the content in 2 hours and basically had everything down and understood it fully. It took me two hours to watch 4 hours worth of Pathoma videos at double speed.

Of course, DPM programs have more foot-and-ankle-related content than MD programs, but I'd imagine that this strategy should be fairly effective since DPM students take the same pre-clinical coursework.
While I was at NYCPM I did the BRS books for almost every class in addition to notes and reading the text books. I basically studied everyday after class until I went to sleep and on weekends I started at 8am and studied until i went to sleep. I found a group of classmates that basically did the same thing and we would meet up everyday. Sometime we would take a break and go to the movies but we studied there too until the movie actually started.
 

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I personally never found BRS books that helpful except for some tables in specific books. Some of my classmates swore by BRS for class exams, though.

How much do you folks use FA, Sketchy, and Pathoma? Did any of your classmates try out Firecracker, and what did they think about it?
 
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This is the best way to study at NYCPM. Go to lecture, listen and take notes. After class for the day go over everything that was taught that day. Goal is to never fall behind. Don’t use outside resources because exams are straight from the PowerPoints. I also have bunch of quizlets I made specifically for NYCPM should anyone wants to use them.
 
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This is the best way to study at NYCPM. Go to lecture, listen and take notes. After class for the day go over everything that was taught that day. Goal is to never fall behind. Don’t use outside resources because exams are straight from the PowerPoints. I also have bunch of quizlets I made specifically for NYCPM should anyone wants to use them.
Could you link me to the quilts?
 

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This is the best way to study at NYCPM. Go to lecture, listen and take notes. After class for the day go over everything that was taught that day. Goal is to never fall behind. Don’t use outside resources because exams are straight from the PowerPoints. I also have bunch of quizlets I made specifically for NYCPM should anyone wants to use them.
People don't use First Aid, Sketchy, Boards and Beyond or Pathoma for getting the basics down?
 

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People don't use First Aid, Sketchy, Boards and Beyond or Pathoma for getting the basics down?
You can use FirstAid to get the basics down, I did it for one class and it was really helpful. I am starting to use Sketchy now, so it's too early to comment on that. I have used BRS sometimes for practice Qs.
 
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People don't use First Aid, Sketchy, Boards and Beyond or Pathoma for getting the basics down?
Those are all review sources, you do not learn 'basics' from them, learn basic info from class lectures/discussions.
They a great resource for board studying though.
 

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I got accepted yesterday to NYCPM- waiting on other interviews this and next week and decisions before I decide where to go. How safe is the surrounding area outside the school. Other than the Bridges, what other (reasonably priced) housing options have other students used? I take it that having a car is going to be pretty difficult in regards to parking
 
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Is there a good way to connect to other incoming students? I want to try and get an apartment with at least one other female roommate, but do not know where to post it.
 

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I got accepted yesterday to NYCPM- waiting on other interviews this and next week and decisions before I decide where to go. How safe is the surrounding area outside the school. Other than the Bridges, what other (reasonably priced) housing options have other students used? I take it that having a car is going to be pretty difficult in regards to parking
The surrounding area is okay during the daytime. I am not sure about nighttime since I would just walk straight to the train station.

Other than the bridges, you can try looking into housing in the city or any of the five boroughs (except Staten Island). I know few people in my class are looking for a roomie so if you decide to go to NYCPM, I can hook you up with them (granted they haven't found someone already).
 

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Do you have any advice for applicants who may be on the lower average of accepted gaps (3.2c/2.9s with post bacc) on how to strengthen your application in other areas? Or tips on how you made yourself a stronger candidate whether that was through your personal statement or elsewhere in your application?

-Thanks by the way! Much appreciated
 

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Do you have any advice for applicants who may be on the lower average of accepted gaps (3.2c/2.9s with post bacc) on how to strengthen your application in other areas? Or tips on how you made yourself a stronger candidate whether that was through your personal statement or elsewhere in your application?

-Thanks by the way! Much appreciated
Focus on upward trends your gpa is fine.. should get your science gpa up at least to a 3.1
 
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