VCOM-CC vs NSU-KPCOM (Davie)

stormcloakdoctor

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  1. Pre-Medical
    Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) - Carolinas Campus

    Pros
    • Cheaper tuition (45k)
    • Faculty and administration are known to be very welcoming and supportive, and I also got this impression in my communication/interview with them.
    • Facilities are beautiful and new. Full cadaver lab.
    • Higher match rates and board scores.

    Cons
    • Traditionally has mandatory (80%) attendance, but since COVID happened, I have been told that they received good feedback on optional attendance and are reconsidering their policy on this.
    • Professional dress code. I do not mind this.
    • Far from family (10 hour drive, 3 hour flight). I am a Florida resident.
    • Unsure that there is much to do in Spartanburg, SC.

    Nova Southeastern University Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine (NSU-KPCOM) - Davie Campus

    Pros
    • Only a 1 hour drive from very supportive parents (who would cook and help out with laundry/cleaning stuff).
    • More established school.
    • University with many colleges, which could be a pro in terms of resources, but could also be a distraction (undergraduates)
    • South Florida

    Cons
    • More expensive (55k) with much more expensive COA. Overall, I would be 100k more in debt at the end of the 4 years compared to if I attended VCOM.
    • Declining board scores in recent years.
    • Shady business going on with their administration. Check out this reddit thread. I am strongly dissuaded about the school because of the comments on this post.
    • No cadaver lab access.
    • Smaller con but ex-girlfriend attends here..

    Summary: VCOM-CC, while seemingly a good school fostering a good learning environment, is far from home and in a city with not much to do (Spartanburg). It's 100k cheaper over four years. NSU-KPCOM Davie, while a more established school, is much more expensive and has shady things going on with their administration.

    I am on my alma mater MD's waitlist, but in the case they don't take me, I would need to choose between these two.

    Thanks!
     
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    1. Non-Student
      Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) - Carolinas Campus

      Pros
      • Cheaper tuition (45k)
      • Faculty and administration are known to be very welcoming and supportive, and I also got this impression in my communication/interview with them.
      • Facilities are beautiful and new. Full cadaver lab.
      • Higher match rates and board scores.

      Cons
      • Traditionally has mandatory (80%) attendance, but since COVID happened, I have been told that they received good feedback on optional attendance and are reconsidering their policy on this.
      • Professional dress code. I do not mind this.
      • Far from family (10 hour drive, 3 hour flight). I am a Florida resident.
      • Unsure that there is much to do in Spartanburg, SC.

      Nova Southeastern University Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine (NSU-KPCOM) - Davie Campus

      Pros
      • Only a 1 hour drive from very supportive parents (who would cook and help out with laundry/cleaning stuff).
      • More established school.
      • University with many colleges, which could be a pro in terms of resources, but could also be a distraction (undergraduates)
      • South Florida
      I can't recommend Nova. Here's why:
      : Two of the four last years have declining first-time COMLEX pass rates. The last two years for which we have data are in the low 90s. They still have yet to post data for the 2019-20 cycle, which is fishy. Some 7% of their 2018 grads failed to match, ditto 4% of their Class of 2019. There are also signs of significant delay to graduation in these numbers. That’s still not good for a veteran school. I’d expect > 95% pass rates and match rates closer to 100%. These problems are you expect from a new school. Something is very wrong there. See: Residency Match Data and COMLEX Level 3 Board Scores | NSU COM
      Cons
      • More expensive (55k) with much more expensive COA. Overall, I would be 100k more in debt at the end of the 4 years compared to if I attended VCOM.
      • Declining board scores in recent years.
      • Shady business going on with their administration. Check out this reddit thread. I am strongly dissuaded about the school because of the comments on this post.
      • No cadaver lab access.
      • Smaller con but ex-girlfriend attends here..

      Summary: VCOM-CC, while seemingly a good school fostering a good learning environment, is far from home and in a city with not much to do (Spartanburg). It's 100k cheaper over four years. NSU-KPCOM Davie, while a more established school, is much more expensive and has shady things going on with their administration.

      I am on my alma mater MD's waitlist, but in the case they don't take me, I would need to choose between these two.

      Thanks!
       

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