I'm curious as to why you would say this. COMP-NW was just given their rotation sites recently for the upcoming third year rotations, do you know where these are at?. From what I have heard COMP-NW had good rotations in the Portland area already established from the NW track. I would think COMP-NW would be able to have solid rotations at the big hospitals such as Prov.St. V, Prov. PDX, Legacy Emanuel, and Legacy Good Sam to name a few. I'm not trying to be rude or anything, I'm just honestly curious what you are basing this statement on and assuming their sites aren't as good.
Yes, COMP had the NW track, but there were only 30-50 people each year. Now there will be 107 people. They had to expand and add rotation sites. I was not saying that COMP's sites were not good, just not as much in PORTLAND, they are spread out more in OREGON. I actually think that this is better for Oregon, because it gets more coverage out in the rural areas, and exposes student to physicians that could possibly want to work out in the rural areas. This is one reason I was excited to apply to COMP.
Most of my information is coming from when I interviewed in October, or before. COMP was talking about sites from Medford to up in Washington, from Bend to the coast. There is also a major rotation site in Corvallis, and I believe Eugene. It gives good coverage to the STATE but did not limit the rotations to PORTLAND.
From the sounds of it, SOMA rotations are spread out over Alaska, Washington, and Oregon. But the majority of them are in Portland, but not as much across the state. I could be wrong because I did not go to my interview at SOMA because I canceled it once I was accepted to COMP. No point in hoping that I could return to Oregon for rotations when I would not need to leave here to begin with.
I agree that there are not a lot of major hospitals to rotate through,and most med students in Oregon will rotate through most of the same places. Students from OHSU will work right next to students from SOMA and COMP. Each will bring a set of strengths and weaknesses. And in the end we will all work together as physicians. Who cares about the letters after your name.
I would have been just as happy to go to COMP, but I own a home in a Portland suburb and I cannot sell it because of the housing market around here, and renting it out would be a pain. My spouse works and can pay the mortgage and will carry our health insurance. This would not be possible if we moved to Lebanon. Therefore, the financial choice was to stay in Portland and go to OHSU.