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01 March 2009 @ 09:10 pm
This community needs some more activity. I introduced myself once before, I suppose, but I have new information now, so I could do so again. =)

I became interested in osteopathic medicine after my first year of college after my parents told me about my grandfather's skills and all the things he had done. He lived nearby and I had always taken it for granted, even when he did cranial on me; that was just who he was and what he did. I had never even considered medicine before that, but was fascinated.

In the meantime I have turned into a non-traditional applicant. I'm 31 now.

I was accepted by LECOM last April/May, after submitting my application at 11:30 on the night of the deadline. I went in with great interview tips from my uncle, who worked in senior management in an industry. Not the 'be yourself' stuff everyone says, which of course is true, but a strategy for how to present information and give as much as you can to interviewers while still being pertinent. That was effective, though med school interviews really are different than what he's conducted.

I realized that LECOM wasn't the right school for me and that I wouldn't get all that I wanted out of them. Talking to graduates or people on rotations makes a big difference versus 1st and 2nd years. So I decided not to go, and to work hard right away at getting in elsewhere, including applying earlier this time (personal essays with such high stakes make me crack!). I also felt really confident after learning how to interview, in addition to the confidence that comes from having a plan, even if I have trouble bringing plans about.

What I want:
  • Lecture-based didactics. This is a big one that eliminated schools from my primary.
  • Don't teach to the boards. I want more.
  • Strong OMM and osteopathic emphasis.
  • Integrated curriculum. Direct correspondence of subject material in different ongoing courses.
  • An undergraduate OMM fellowship if I can help it.
  • Clinical rotations where I won't have to deal with residents. I want to do more things, and I want to learn from experienced physicians.
  • Rural emphasis.

    So, in this current cycle:

    I interviewed at WVSOM. I think I was overconfident and didn't prepare well enough for that interview. I'll certainly grant that 'they just want to get to know you' to people applying right out of college, but it's different when you've become a non-trad. They grilled me a bit. I ended up with a rejection letter, though I think there were other reasons as well. Oh well. It would have cost a bunch to attend, and they taught to the boards like LECOM.

    I interviewed at NSU-COM. One of the interviewers grilled me a bit here too. "You have a 35 MCAT, why aren't you already in medical school?" Ack! The other one was foreign and very friendly, but didn't say much. It was a nice school and would have offered what I wanted, and it had a rural/underserved emphasis even though it's in Fort Lauderdale. 8 people applied for 6 OMM fellow spots, so there's a good chance. They accepted me; I got the E-mail on Christmas Eve!

    I interviewed at LMU-DCOM, a relatively new school that is only two classes in. But everyone spoke so highly of it, and I had such a good feeling all fall about them, when I read about their setup and what they were looking for on their website. I went to the pizza with students the night before and learned a bunch that way. It was interesting to see how much they talked about biochemistry when DO students on SDN who want to take the USMLE complain about osteopathic schools having a lesser emphasis on it. The students say they teach to the boards, but the interviewers denied it. As for the interview day, while every osteopathic school and it's students like to say how friendly it is there, I have never encountered the level of outright kindness and encouragement I did at DCOM. It is a great new school and they recruited some great starting professors. They accepted me, and I chose them over Nova. Even though there's no OMM fellowship<G>. The view of mountaints out the OMM lab windows will be a wonderful distraction from time to time.

    I have two interviews remaining, DMU-COM and CCOM, to see what they have to offer (I declined an interview offer at AZCOM because they wouldn't offer anything Nova didn't already, at greater distance), and one application still on hold (UNECOM). DMU-COM will be this Friday, and CCOM next Monday. In between I'll spend time visiting people in the area. Though it would be great if I could stay with a current student the night before. Does anyone here have a connection that could help?
    23 January 2008 @ 11:12 am
    Good luck to everyone submitting rank lists this week.  Only a few more weeks until Match day.
    16 August 2007 @ 10:05 pm
    Hey guys, quick question:

    How did you study for your family medicine shelf? I'm hearing rumors that it's basically a mini-COMLEX and one of the hardest shelf exams of the like, do I have to bust out the First Aid again? Memorize everything in Boards and Wards?

    Please help! I'm so :)
    18 July 2007 @ 12:04 am
    Introducing myself. My name is Kristin. I'm 21, I live in Bradenton, Florida. I'm currenty a sophomore undergrad. I'm transferring to Florida State University in January 2008, and with any luck have my Bachelor's in 2010. I'm hoping to attend LECOM in Bradenton, since that is where home is. I figure going to FSU will allow me to fulfill the obilgatory "leave home" thing, and then I can come back home. I'm interested in becoming an OB/GYN.

    I originally considered becoming an MD, but I've found myself much more attracted to osteopathic medicine. My current PCP is a DO, and my first visit with her I was just so impressed about how much attention she paid to my overall health and how she wanted to start a plan of action for me to get healthy. My previous PCP was an MD, who everytime I brought a complaint to, just shoved the "You're too fat. Loose weight." line in my face. She's my inspiration for wanting to become a DO, and not just going the popular MD route.

    I look forward to reading what everyone has to say. See y'all around.
    19 May 2007 @ 07:53 pm
    Hey guys,

    I was just wondering how representative the NBOME's practice COMLEX questions are for Step 1? Were they pretty similar to the actual COMLEX, or were they easier/harder?

    16 May 2007 @ 03:40 pm
    anyone have any advice for comlex PE?
    I was just looking for another 4th year elective for next fall because my original planned location doens't take student during December and I stumbled upon Northwestern University's website. I clicked on the information for visiting students. There's a separate application for Osteopaths (I was kinda excited to see that). Read the application $100 application fee (a little pricey, but doable). Read a little further .... a $1000 (yes it's a thousand, not a typo) tuition fee for osteopathic students to do a rotation there. I find this to be very disturbing. But it sure is one way to not have them apply... make outrageous fees that you don't charge visiting students from allopathic programs to pay. I am not sure why they need $1000 per student to teach an osteopathic student. I am sorry but my education is not inferior and I bet I have more hands on time than most future MD's. Just my little vent for the evening. Back to the search of a December rotation....

    If I had a little more energy at the moment I'd send the website to the AOA and make a fuss... maybe later
    just in case you want to see the forms.. go here
    20 March 2007 @ 01:32 am
    This is pretty early, but I'm looking at CCOM because of the city.. anyone here have any experiences with them?

    Oh, and for intros- I'm Angela, currently a junior Chem/Music major at Carnegie Mellon Univ, looking to do a postbacc program (I would prefer location to be in North Carolina, but PCOM's post-bacc program looks pretty awesome) since I definitely need to boost my GPA (bad hit from freshman year due to personal issues). Hi!
    17 March 2007 @ 11:07 pm
    after scheduling COMLEX 2 CE and PE, USMLE step 2 CK plus my plane ticket to Philly, I am approx. $2200 more in debt but will be done with everything by July 16th. 

    but what's $2200 on top of the $225,000 i'll have by the time i graduate? good thing i paid for undergrad in cash.
    17 March 2007 @ 06:48 pm

    OMM!!! :D

    I'm going to be a terrible doctor, lol :) Happy St. Patty's, everyone!

    EDIT: in case you can't tell, the operator is palpating the patient's thoracic spine. It made me laugh, so I thought I'd share it with y'all :)