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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.
    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.
    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.
    16 March 2007 @ 09:51 pm
    sinemoras wanted me to turn a comment I made here into a post. I'll flesh it out just a touch, but there's still that informal sense that it's addressed to her. I do still need to properly introduce myself on here.

    My grandfather was an osteopathic physician who was very skilled at cranial manipulation, including teaching others. He's my (starting) inspiration for wanting to become an osteopath myself, and want to do cranial too. He died several years ago. So I have a bunch of information on it from him and stories from my parents of all the people he helped, but there is a limit, and I don't have anyone to check my thoughts and ideas out with.

    What inside scoop things could I pass on? One is that he said in cranial, he would move (force?) the bones into place in children and teenagers, but with adults it was necessary to pull the bones apart and let them settle back together. He cured a bunch of migraines permanently. He was on the founding board for NYCOM and did a private demonstration for someone, in which he identified his ancestry based on the feel of his skull and stated he'd been in an accident once (it had been when the man was 10) and corrected that problem. I guess these things got cranial put into the curriculum there. There was also a dental surgeon who required his patients to get treatments from my grandfather (150 miles away) before he would operate. So, yeah, pride. =)

    I can feel the movement of my own head. Both laying down, upright, with one hand, etc. Some various thoughts/points/questions:

  • The rate is not regular. You know the rate ranges they give you in class? Well, it's quite capable of varying within that whole range in one minute, even if, I guess, the trends they gave you there are correct. (i.e., faster when you're sick.) This could explain why there's disagreement between different osteopaths on the same person when they try to research the phenomenon.

  • After learning to slow down trying to feel it =) the next thing was to hold my breath sometimes to minimize other movement and become familiar with it. Often, but maybe not always, the impulse to breathe would be greater at the same point in the cycle.

  • After learning to feel it, I started noticing changes in my mouth too. And why not? It's all connected. I'm wondering a few things about this. One is that if I can feel it on my own, in this way (orally), could I use that someday in labs to help other students pick it up? Let them know the present rate, or what part of the cycle it's in. The other thing is that I'm really curious whether changes in the oral cavity correspond to the impulse to breathe. If you're going to take a breath, a widened airway is a beautiful adaptation.

  • After you get used to feeling it in yourself, try wearing a baseball cap a little tight, especially when you have a headache. The rhythm of the "pounding" headache is very suggestive of PRM.

  • This one you can try sitting in class. ;) Since the movement involves your spinal cord too, certain postures leaning forward will translate it through your torso. Works with your arms on the desk/table too. However, if I'm feeling rhythmic postural changes, is this something you would find reported by monks or anyone else practicing meditation? Or would you find reporter bias there, if someone's goal is not to move at all? Could they develop a muscle memory that would counteract this movement while those who haven't are simply unexperienced?

  • I have a metopic suture. How does the movement of the cranial bones differ when someone has two frontal bones? By the way, sinemoras, when I palpate it, it is slightly leftward and feels like it does go all the way up. It gets more leftward too on top.

    One other thing is that one time my grandfather referred to electricity and feeling the body's workings that way. Now, I can understand how ions in the blood (moving charges) would generate a small current, but is there anything more to this in one's palpation skills? (Whether total effect or feeling for something specific.) This is the thing that seems rather hokey to me.
    20 February 2007 @ 07:23 am
    Way to go Ann medstud09 for sending the AOA a letter about the Time article.

    TIME Publishes AOA Letter

    Speaking of letters, President Strosnider also recently wrote to the Editors of TIME magazine regarding the article "Doctors Without Dollars," which appeared in the magazine’s 2/2/07 issue and included and inaccurate portrayal of OMT as a non-proven modality. The American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP) also advocated for fair representation of DOs by writing TIME Editors. Our advocacy did not go unheard! As reported on 2/17/07, TIME first posted President Strosnider’s letter on its Web site, highlighting the fact that DOs have parity with MDs as one of only two types of fully-licensed physicians practicing in America. We have now learned that the letter has been published in the 2/26/07 print edition. The letter can be read online, or you can see how it appeared in the print magazine by clicking this link.
    Current Mood: sleepysleepy
    25 January 2007 @ 10:35 pm
    Hi, I'm Julie and I am an OMSI at Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine and I LOVE it! Got any questions about OU-COM, med school, the application process or anything else... drop me a line and I will try and help. I am currently interested in general surgery, OB/GYN and internal medicine (hoping to narrow it down as the years progress).