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Western University - Pomona (COMP) Discussion Thread 2013 - 2014

Discussion in 'Osteopathic School-Specific Discussions' started by brakk026, May 5, 2013.

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  1. brakk026

    brakk026 Senior Member 5+ Year Member

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  3. Anicetus

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  4. SourD21

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    just submitted my AACOMAS. will be applying here for next cycle :).
     
  5. chipmunkdoe

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    I think it's overall score... or maybe it's a hit or miss and they let some of the people in that they were suppose to screen out? Just guessing. Can anyone else verify this?
     
  6. Anicetus

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    I shmoozed around MDApps for a while and found that almost all the DO schools consider overall score instead of individual subsection ones. I hope Western is friendly to me.
     
  7. Lexipi

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  8. Linette

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    @lexi
    Your scores are not that bad at all, as long as you explain that English is not your first language, you'll be fine I think. I have a 7 and during interviews, my interviewees seemed understanding
     
  9. robotstep

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    i don't think she mentioned English isn't her first language.
    in fact, my guess is she was born in America.

    but nice try being encouraging (?) haha

    it happens. :laugh:
     
  10. milkphlegm

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    I posted a reply with the same type of response when I first read this, but I looked at Lexipi's other posts and she states elsewhere that she speaks english as a second language. However, Lexipi, you have the stats to be a competitive applicant! Good luck!
     
  11. robotstep

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    wow. props to linette for doing his/her research. :thumbup:
     
  12. Lexipi

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    English is not my first language. Parents only speak Spanish so I grew up to be fully native is Spanish. I translate a lot for people at hospitals (live in underserved community where most people are Hispanic)
     
  13. Lexipi

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    Thanks for the input linette and milkphlegm :)
    Do you guys think that my glances will be hurt if I don't have a letter from a DO?
    I do have letters from two physicians (who both emphasize my desire to work with underserved communities). I also have a letter from the prof I do research with and one from a chem prof. My fifth letter is from an English prof who is vouching for my abilities in writing (it's a really nice letter).

    My problem really lies with reading under timed conditions (which I will work on during my gap year).
     
  14. Linette

    Linette 7+ Year Member

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    You should be fine with mcat scores
    Some schools require do letter but western prefers it.
    If you don't have a DO letter
    Be prepared to answer what is osteoarthritis medicine? why you chose Osteopathy medicine? And to talk about experience shadowing a DO
     
  15. ChineseKid

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    Applying too!
    cGPA 3.25
    MCAT 32
    DO LOR
    Hospital volunteer (4 yrs)
    Couple hundred hrs of research
    and other misc EC

    Canadian!
     
  16. drshark

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    You don't need a DO letter. Are you a California resident Lexipi?
     
  17. Lexipi

    Lexipi 2+ Year Member

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    Yup CA res
     
  18. Lexipi

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    Thanks for the advice! To be honest I really need to think about these questions.. I have shadowed a few DOs in the ER and I really don't find a difference between them and MDs...
     
  19. Linette

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    That's great
    As long as you have exposure
     
  20. PSimon

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    This schools Stats scares me. I am definitely below average, I hope they see beyond my 3.3 GPA. We will see Good luck everyone:luck:.
     
  21. I feel you. I have 3.35/28 and don't secure about landing an interview there. The school is within 50 miles radius of top-tier MD programs (UCI, USC, UCLA, Loma Linda, and UCR). Students who don't get in these schools end up going to Western.
     
  22. HopefulReapp

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    Loma linda is a top tier program? lol

    Applied here as well, I would love to receive an interview to learn more about it than what's just online
     
  23. Starry

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    This is my number one school. Traditional student, 3.4 cGPA/ 3.4 sGPA/ 33MCAT (11PS, 9VR, 13BS). OOS. Not an URM.

    I'm super nervous! As you guys have said, this school is GPA-lovin' and I don't have that. :( Last year's thread was super nice and had lots of good input, hopefully this year's would be the same. :oops:
     
  24. eyebrowdoc

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    hey guys Im OOS (3.66 GPA, 27 MCAT) How do I look?
     
  25. Starry

    Starry Wish on a different star 2+ Year Member

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    Try for the WAMC section. But your stats look a bit above average. No guarantees but you stand a chance.
     
  26. eyebrowdoc

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    whar's wamc
     
  27. PSimon

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    Hey starry I think you have very good chance with your MCAT. Apply MD you can get in there too :).
    Ibn Alnafis : I am not at all relying on that school for obvious reasons.

    Are you guys CA residents?
    WAMC = what are my chances Thread
     
  28. hv92

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    know someone who currently attends Western and their GPA was below the average but had MCAT above 30.

    Western LOVES high MCAT scores.
     
  29. Anicetus

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    They apparently weed out before sending secondaries from what I remember. Is this correct?
     
  30. Starry

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    I heard that they LOVE high GPA, but it's nice to hear someone say the opposite :D

    Thanks!
    Yep. And about 60% of the people interviewed received acceptances.
     
  31. Linette

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    has anyone received secondaries yet?
     
  32. Starry

    Starry Wish on a different star 2+ Year Member

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    I'll post when/if I receive mine! I'm being released this week.
     
  33. Linette

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    :) thnx
     
  34. DOctored

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    Finalizing my primary app ....can't wait to submit

    --just submitted my primary application...7/9/13
     
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  35. swtmoonlght

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    Osteoarthritis medicine? Pretty sure they won't ask you that...
     
  36. Tuor

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    Anybody receive the supplemental yet?
     
  37. sterlingh87

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    Nothing here
     
  38. ChineseKid

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    Nothing either

    Sent from my SGH-T889 using Tapatalk 2
     
  39. redPastel

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    Just got the sec.

    Do they even screen or what?
     
  40. Back 5

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    Essay prompts:

    While shadowing an osteopathic physician, what did the
    experience do to solidify your desire/ambition to
    become an osteopathic physician?

    What was your most memorable community service
    activity and how did it impact you?
     
  41. maybemed2013

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    Got my secondary yeah.
     
  42. CanePreMed

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    +1
     
  43. Back 5

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    I don't know what campus I choose. I applied to both California and Oregon. Is there much of a difference between the two?
     
  44. CanePreMed

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    The instructions say that if you applied to both schools you should go ahead and complete the other secondary. On the drop down list for type of secondary, you can choose Lebanon Campus.
     
  45. milkphlegm

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    I only applied to Pomona, but there is a little agreement you click off saying that you understand that submitting that secondary only means you're applying to Pomona. So I'm guessing Oregon will send another one.
     
  46. WaterIsGood

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    I'm assuming that for those who didn't shadow a DO, we just substitute what we learned from the MD? Tricky question..
     
  47. Back 5

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    I applied to both Pomona and Lebanon. After looking at ~150k population of Pomona and ~15k population of Lebanon, I ended up choosing Pomona as my primary.

    Finished application and submitted!
     
  48. Anicetus

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    How long did it take you to write those essays?
     
  49. Back 5

    Back 5 7+ Year Member

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    Couple minutes. I have written both essays for other secondaries. Just had to tweak them for this particular school. If I get an interview, it was the right call. If I don't, it wasn't. Took me longer to write why being a teaching assistant was a valuable experience, as I hadn't been asked that so far.
     
  50. circulus vitios

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    Did you write a long response to that? I was thinking about writing literally a sentence or two...do they want a full paragraph essay?
     
  51. Back 5

    Back 5 7+ Year Member

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    EDIT: Short answer, yes...full paragraph essay. I'd rather delete personal info as this will keep me anonymous on this site :)
     

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