redwings54

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Hello. I tried posting this before but no one really seemed to answer. Dont know if people didnt want to or what. But here it is. Why did you pick your school? Was it location? Class size? Specific programs? An overall happy feeling? Or was it the only place you got into? If you could say why you are where you are and if you are happy there or not, you would be helping a lot of us SDNers out. Thanks in advance and hope to get a lot of responses.
 

futuredo32

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I chose MSUCOM based solely on location of school and rotation hospitals affiliated with the school. When I interviewed at different schools, I definitely got a gut feeling about whether or not the school was the best one for me. Talking to other students, I think the gut feeling is a pretty good indicator.
 

Frazier135

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Definitely proximity to my home; the wide number and locations for clinical rotations; the reputation; the students and the atmosphere.
 

medicine1

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There are a myriad of things to look at, and most of it is subjective.
I think all of our DO schools are outstanding. Attitude, climate, educational oppotunities, curriculum, costs, overall student impressions/thoughts, and overall gut feeling are just a few things to look for and should be attention grabers. I am from the Southwest, and so I wanted to go to a school that is West of the the Mississippi. My initial first thoughts, were to look for a school in California. I found two. One thing I really like about Touro University, is that they accept letters of recommendation from either an MD or DO, not DO only. They found it more important to receive a letter of recommendation from a physician that has known me for years, versus an hour. I appreciate this because where I am from, there are very few DOs around or available. My primary care physician, for whom I have know since I was eight, was able to write me a letter of recommendation for TUCOM...even though he is an MD.

DO schools in the West (TUCOM-California, TUCOM-Nevada, Western/COMP, TCOM, OSU, and AZCOM) seemed personable, friendly, and yet competitive to me...and they had really good stats on MCAT scores, board scores, good residency slots, and fairly descent hospital affiliations.

I finally decided to go to TUCOM-Nevada because of the booming opportunities available, the climate, the students/faculty, the growing hospital affiliations, and the dire need to produce good, quality physicians in an underserved area. TUCOM-Nevada's third year and fourth year students don't have to leave the state or travel far to do their clerkships. Most Osteopathic medical students have to travel away from home to do their clerkships. Touro University has a good reputation; is open-minded, and has a passion to teach, lead, and serve the community.
http://www.tucom.edu/nv/tunv.html
http://www.tucom.edu/

Costs are important, and TUCOM is in the middle range of tuition costs.
http://www.aacom.org/colleges/tuition.asp

DO School map:
http://www.aacom.org/data/cib/16-geographic.asp

AZCOM:
http://www.aacom.org/colleges/azcom.asp

OSU:
http://www.aacom.org/colleges/osucom.asp

TCOM:
http://www.aacom.org/colleges/unthsc.asp


TUCOM-California/Nevada:
http://www.aacom.org/colleges/tucom.asp

Western/COMP:
http://www.aacom.org/colleges/western.asp
 

OSUdoc08

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redwings54 said:
Hello. I tried posting this before but no one really seemed to answer. Dont know if people didnt want to or what. But here it is. Why did you pick your school? Was it location? Class size? Specific programs? An overall happy feeling? Or was it the only place you got into? If you could say why you are where you are and if you are happy there or not, you would be helping a lot of us SDNers out. Thanks in advance and hope to get a lot of responses.
I chose mine off of the following:

1. Proximity to home (Dallas for me)
2. National Ranking (Primary Care, Family Medicine, Rural Medicine)
3. Proximity of campus to large city (Tulsa)
4. Rotations available in 2 large cities (Tulsa, Oklahoma City)
5. Largest osteopathic hospital in the nation adjacent to campus (Tulsa Regional Medical Center)
6. 3 Emergency Medicine residencies affiliated with school
7. Largest public healthcare provider for rural populations in the state
8. Small class size: 88
 

EMTLizzy

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1. friendly atmosphere
2. solid program
3. within a day's drive of home and within an hour of one of my sisters
4. it just "felt" right
5. nice area
 

DORoe

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1. Great initial feeling
2. happy students
3. good rotation sites
4. close to home
5. cost
 

PublicEnemy

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1. location
2. small class size
3. research opportunities
4. expanding campus, teaching hospital on-site
5. match list
6. in network with 2 other medical schools
7. attitude of students, faculty

pretty much everything, it just felt liike a good fit.
 

UNE2009LMD

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1. small class size..approx 115
2. Location: By the ocean=beautiful; serene setting. It's def a small town but I love it. It's all nice and suburban and I have access to one of my favorite cities--Boston.
3. EVERYONE is friendly and happy. I loved the atmosphere and could see myself here.
4. Interview was awesome.
5. Teaching is phenomenal.
6. Facilities are outstanding
7. UNECOM is booming. A biomedical research facility is currently in the works.
8. Rotations in New England area--big plus. I plan on practicing in NE.