Which DO schools to apply to

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  1. Daydreamer2008

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    hello,
    I'm gonna be applying to both DO and MD schools this year and wanted to see which DO schools I should apply to (best residency matches and such). I have a 3.4 GPA science and all other (bad start to college) and a master's. My mcat is 32P. I'm definitely applying to Western since I live in SoCal, but I am not too familiar with DO and wanted to get ur opinions on the other schools.
    Thanks!
     
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    You'd have a shot at any of them except the one in Texas (which apparently doesn't take many out of state people). Residency matches are dependent more on the student than the school in my opinion, but I hear that PCOM has a good match list if you are inclined to put emphasis on such things.
     
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    CCOM, PCOM, KCUMB, NYCOM, COMP all seem good. All appear to have good match lists and do produce plenty of specialists, if you want to specialize. I'm biased toward KCUMB, because that's where I intend to attend this Fall. A lot of people like KCOM, too. If you are into rural primary care, WVSOM is ranked for that, but it's pretty expensive.
     
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    PCOM, CCOM, DMU, NYCOM, KCUMB, KCOM, Western ... all should be nice. However, I'm sure you could get in MD, too.
     
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    recent years - AZCOM, CCOM, NYCOM, and Touro in CA have had pretty impressive allo match lists, if that's what you want to know. most of the Touro kids don't even do the osteo match.
     
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    If you can go allopathic, then definitely do that! That way, you'll be almost guaranteed to get great clinical training. Plus, you won't have to deal with potential residency and licensure issues that many DO grads have to hassle with. If I had to do it all over again, I would have gone the MD route from a logistics standpoint alone.

    Your MCAT score should put you in play at many MD schools.

    Good luck,

    VALSALVA
     
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    OP I am having a simalar debate on where to apply (3.6 UG, 4.0 Masters, 30 mcat): So for, I will be applying to Western, Touro-Ca, DMU, CCOM, TCOM, PCOM, and NYCOM for sure.

    I would also add Kansas City, but I don't meet one of their LOR requirements and I have been out of undergrad for a while so I don't feel like going through the hassle.

    Other schools I am considering: AZCOM and KCOM.
     
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    That's an impressive list, nostran.

    Best of luck next cycle :)
     
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    IMHO, I'd say stay away from one of the many Touros we have now, and I'm sure, more to come.

    Touro often pays hospitals for rotation spots for its students and basically breaking a mutually agreed rule amongst MD and DO schools as a line that should not be crossed because pretty soon you'll have hospitals expecting money for free student labor and the highest bidder gets the rotation spots.

    So I wouldn't want to go to a school that's opening up school in every locale, annoying other schools in the area, especially the ones that have residency programs, by not playing fair and when it comes to time to apply for residencies, you'll just be yet another Touro student and residency program director will just have to figure out which one you're from and what's unique about that program. Or you can just apply to one of Touro's own residency programs. Where? and would you want to go? I don't know.

    I guess it's cheaper/easier for Touro to pay for spots at hospitals than to invest in developing/strengthening its own core sites for more rotation/residency spots, which might be okay for now but that's not a sound strategy in the long run, for itself and for other schools in the many areas that Touro will exist. That kind of lack of a long term sincerity and investment is clearly a sign that Touro is in it for the immediate profit. You might say Touro is still young but Touru-Ca has been around for 10 years and many years in planning before that, and it so far only has 3 resideny programs, none of which close to its campus, only one in the same state(but in L.A.), and 2 of which are pure FP programs.
     

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