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I have been accepted to both schools but I don't have the $$$ for both deposits. I had a lot of fun in WVSOM, the people were really nice and the students seem to love it there, but I can't find any stats. They stress their interest in rural medicine, but I am NOT interested in rural medicine. I want to move to CA for residency and TOURO has really good stats matching in CA, but went I was there I did not get a good feeling for the school. The tour guide was awful, did not tell us anything about clubs, activities, or life as a student.....really. The curriculum is going to change and I don't really want to be a guinea pig. The new curriculum might even hurt my chances in scoring well in the boards. :confused:
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I think you have already answered your own question. You want to have a good experience at the school of your choice sicne you are going to be there for four years. I don't know a lot about Cali residencies but I am also going to WVSOM and the school has an awesome feel. Your only factor, it seems, for going to Touro was the residnecy concern. Use the search function and you should be able to find WVSOM's match list. THe other option would be to call/email the specific residencies you are interested in and ask them if they give preference to people who went to school in cali.
 

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I agree, it seems like you've decided which school you like best. I've also heard that WVSOM has a large emphasis on rural care, but once you are in, you don't have to focus on it. As long as you prove yourself academically, you should hopefully still be competative for Cali residencys.
 
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I have been accepted to both schools but I don't have the $$$ for both deposits. I had a lot of fun in WVSOM, the people were really nice and the students seem to love it there, but I can't find any stats. They stress their interest in rural medicine, but I am NOT interested in rural medicine. I want to move to CA for residency and TOURO has really good stats matching in CA, but went I was there I did not get a good feeling for the school. The tour guide was awful, did not tell us anything about clubs, activities, or life as a student.....really. The curriculum is going to change and I don't really want to be a guinea pig. The new curriculum might even hurt my chances in scoring well in the boards. :confused:
Can anyone help me ?

Hi. I am a student at WVSOM,

Yes, we are a very nice school. I have a fish tank that is on my desk. It is not a gold fish, but a Japanese koi. We have no clue what to do with him because sooner or later he's gonna out grow the small tank he is in; we will have to release him into the wild soon.

And we are a politically liberal school. Democrats are all over the place :laugh:

However if you are really looking at a California residency or being close to home, then I think Touro will do you just fine. Now about WVSOM and rural medicine, they ain't going to force you to do rural medicine or something. You can hang around Clarksburg or CAMC, those are 400 and 900 bed hospitals for those of you interested in that.

There are good things about big hospitals but also bad things too. At a big hospital you will be able to see many pathologies and procedures being done. And very importantly, you will be able to experience the structure of the residency system/heiracrchy - by that I mean:

Attending/Preceptor Physician >Chief Resident>Resident>Intern>4th Year>3rd Year.

You will also have good lectures at big hospitals. And it is important for LORs, and applying for more of the compitive residencies. In particularly AGCME residencies if that is your cake.

On the bad side, you will not be doing many procedures at larger hospitals. There will be NPs, PAs, RNs, and residents who will do everything ahead of you. You don't get to do too many things, cause the residents are going to be doing them.

Now for the smaller hospitals, like Huntington or Wheeling, well - you don't see the residency heirarchy. And there is minial lecture and didatics talks. So that is the big disadvantage. And rotations at smaller hospitals can give you a disadvantage for LORs and applying for the residencies that are very hard to get into. However, at a smaller hospital, it is YOU AND THE ATTENDING PHYSICAN. So, thats thing with the whole rural medicine. You get to do a lot of deliveries, a lot of procedures, and a lot of stabbing for that nice subclavian vein - and screwing up too.

There is more hands on, because there are less NPs, PAs, and residents to do things - so in the end they make you do them. And also the scut work comes with it as well.

And this can be a good thing - if you get along with the attending physician.
Or it can be a bad thing if you don't get along with the attending physician.

Some people are all for this one on one, but honestly I am a little bit nervous about it. I sometimes think like, "What if I screw up royally and like have an IV drip go into a patient in like 10 minutes when it should have been over 1 hour"

So you see, that's the thing. You do much, but I get the feeling much will be asked of you. And rural medicine entails talking to patients a lot too. Like a few days ago someone walked into the school geriatrics center and told me how he was going to get married soon. So we talked and it turns out this was going to be his 7th wife - and he wanted viagra too. Good thing a fouth year student was there too, he took over the discussion really quick.


But anyway, you got to choose what's right for you man. There are MANY MANY things that go into choosing a school. So take a good several hours to meditate on this cause this is A VERY IMPORTANT POINT IN YOUR LIFE.

I wish you the very best!

C&C
 

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I personally liked Touro over all of the schools I interviewed at and got admitted into. Their match list is pretty impressive and was one of my main drawing points. They are not a school big on rural medicine like WVSOM.

As far as the curriculum change, I think it's for the better and it's not all of a sudden - they have been working on it for some time now (according to my interviewers).

Think about it. If you have any questions PM me.
 

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luna1931,
I had similar concerns...When I interviewed at WVSOM, I asked my interviewers if pursuing non-rural medicine and seeking residencies outside of WV was discouraged. They said, "No. Most students are from WV, so they like to remain in WV for residency. Most people like to return to their home states for residency...you can go wherever you want and grads have no problem matching to their top choices." The students that joined for us for lunch all planned to leave WV and did not plan on practicing rural med.
I must say the students at WVSOM appear very happy and the environment is supportive.
Good luck making that decision!:luck:
 

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I have been accepted to both schools but I don't have the $$$ for both deposits. I had a lot of fun in WVSOM, the people were really nice and the students seem to love it there, but I can't find any stats. They stress their interest in rural medicine, but I am NOT interested in rural medicine. I want to move to CA for residency and TOURO has really good stats matching in CA, but went I was there I did not get a good feeling for the school. The tour guide was awful, did not tell us anything about clubs, activities, or life as a student.....really. The curriculum is going to change and I don't really want to be a guinea pig. The new curriculum might even hurt my chances in scoring well in the boards. :confused:
Can anyone help me ?

Like a previous poster said, you will be able to do more procedures in a smaller area, which is nice. Don't forget that you have electives where you can do rotations in CA to help your chances getting a residency there. I was in the same position as you in figuring a school to choose (in my case LECOM-E vs. DCOM). I got a better vibe from DCOM and LECOM has the reputation, matches, etc, but I went to the school that felt right, for me - DCOM. In the end, I kept trying to find reason to NOT go to DCOM and reasons to GO to LECOM. That was a huge clue for me and gave me the answers I was looking for. In some ways, it seems you are doing the same thing. Good Luck with everything :thumbup: :cool:
 

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i would go to TUCOM..u dont like rural med and u wanna be in cali...u said the tour guide sucked...so ask the current students on SDN..or do some SDN searches about their clubs/activities or other questions you have...and regarding curriculum changes..you put in ..wat u get out..as long as u do the work..u'll be fine.
 

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I have been accepted to both schools but I don't have the $$$ for both deposits. I had a lot of fun in WVSOM, the people were really nice and the students seem to love it there, but I can't find any stats. They stress their interest in rural medicine, but I am NOT interested in rural medicine. I want to move to CA for residency and TOURO has really good stats matching in CA, but went I was there I did not get a good feeling for the school. The tour guide was awful, did not tell us anything about clubs, activities, or life as a student.....really. The curriculum is going to change and I don't really want to be a guinea pig. The new curriculum might even hurt my chances in scoring well in the boards. :confused:
Can anyone help me ?

Sounds like you got a bad guide. It happens. But don't let it color you're entire impression of the school. As far as the new curriculum goes, I assure you, its for the better.
 

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I contacted both schools today and was able to get more information about the stats on WVSOM and the school life at TOURO. Thanks to all, I really appreciate everyone's input. I am going to meditate on this more before I make my decision tomorrow.
 

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I contacted both schools today and was able to get more information about the stats on WVSOM and the school life at TOURO. Thanks to all, I really appreciate everyone's input. I am going to meditate on this more before I make my decision tomorrow.

I was in this same predicament nearly a year ago (WVSOM or PCSOM). Ultimately, I had to go to the place where I felt like I would have the best experience for two years. Regardless of where you go, you will get a medical education, and the residency thing is really up to you. So maybe just pretend that you're not the average type A med applicant who needs to plan his life 10yrs in advance and think about which school will make you happy just for the next two years
 

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I contacted both schools today and was able to get more information about the stats on WVSOM and the school life at TOURO. Thanks to all, I really appreciate everyone's input. I am going to meditate on this more before I make my decision tomorrow.

Do you know what the interview/acceptance stats are for WVSOM?
 
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