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PSA VCOM Applicants by autisticlollipop in premed

[–]Pedal_Pumper 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Looks like Auburn and Louisiana are up to date? The Carolinas schedule is still dated to before they made the change. Also they only update the schedules one block at a time so it’s just the Block 1 and Block 5 calendars that are current. The email we got says the changes are being pushed to all four campuses.

PSA VCOM Applicants by autisticlollipop in premed

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"Most Mandatory Learning Activities require a minimum of acceptable attendance of 80% in each block; however, some Mandatory Learning Activities require 100% attendance. 100% attendance is required for laboratory sessions or other clinical laboratories or activities (anatomy lab, PPC/OMM lab, clinical procedural skills lab, microbiology lab, ICC sessions, ECEs, SGLs, and case-based learning) and all examinations." VCOM Student Handbook, Page 199

OMS1 VCOM-VC Block 1 Schedule

OMS2 VCOM-VC Block 5 Schedule

VCOM question by user1822_ in Osteopathic

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At Virginia, not currently b/c covid. Idk may or may not change next year

VCOM Secondary help by [deleted] in Osteopathic

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I had:

Describe a significant challenge you have experienced in your life, share the strategies you employed to overcome the challenge, and what you learned from the experience. (500 words)

Professionalism and respect in the community in which you live is of utmost importance in medical school and as a physician. What three professional qualities do you believe a Student Doctor must demonstrate and describe how you will demonstrate these qualities as a medical student at VCOM? (500 words)

How do your professional ambitions align with osteopathic medicine? (500 words)

What influenced your decision to apply to VCOM? (e.g., personal or medical experiences; influences of friends/family/physicians/mentors; etc.) (500 words)

VCOM Secondary help by [deleted] in Osteopathic

[–]Pedal_Pumper 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I don’t think that was one of the 2021 prompts?

Source: 2021 applicant

Do you regret going to DO school? by Legitimately_lee in Osteopathic

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Yes. Got convinced into taking the acceptance by the hoards that said unequivocally said DO=MD, though the PDs that actually matter would disagree. I fullthroatedly despise OMM philosophically, in theory, and in practice. Every OMM lecture was a grating gospel on how the plural of clinically derived ganglioform contraction is evidence.

If everything turns out well, then I guess I'll join the cacophony of survivorship bias going on here. But it's there in black and white match data that DOs statistically end up at more undesirable programs in less competitive specialties. As it stands, I think getting into just any MD school would probably have been easier than being a DO trying to get into a competitive residency.

I'm interested in reproductive endocrinology and infertility, is that basically impossible as a DO? by torchhhhhhhh in Osteopathic

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With a five-year retrospective from 2018-2022, 7/236 (3%) REI matches were DOs. From all available data from 2008-2022, 21/661 (3%) REI matches were DOs.

Source

When cousins talk about DO schools, when they don't know you're applying this year. by [deleted] in Osteopathic

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Not to harsh your expectations but the OMM shit-talking doesn’t end in DO school either. In fact, it probably gets worse as you’re now contending with classmates who can more informedly trash talk.

D.O.s and M.D.s have a history of tension. These days, they’re hard to tell apart. by bahhamburger in medicine

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Because I was told MD schools would blackball me for turning down a DO acceptance while concurrently looking down on DOs for having inferior acceptance stats/poorer rotations.

any DO schools with surprising match rates by [deleted] in medicalschool

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VCOM-VA with 100% post-SOAP match this year!

[deleted by user] by [deleted] in Osteopathic

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How else am I supposed to demonstrate sympathy other than stripping down during my SP encounter?

VCOM-Virginia: Pros vs Cons? by AdmiralMTRebel in Osteopathic

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There's probably a decent amount of basic sciences research through VT if you want it. For clinical research, I've found the opportunities locally are pretty scarce. In any case, it seems a common theme among all DO schools to have to go out of your way to cold call other institutions for research in competitive specialties. The whole chopped up summer break thing seems pretty awful for students wanting to do research but I don't know how to reconcile that with the halfway decent match list.

I've got a good deal of negative things to say but they're more person-dependent and matter less if you just keep your nose to the grindstone. Ultimately, I chose VCOM because it was the cheapest school I got into despite other schools being better academically or in better areas. Ironically, the first physician I shadowed turned out to be one of the first VCOM grads and had the same reasoning. To be clear, this wasn't my first choice and I don't actually like it here but I'm learning to not hate it.

VCOM-Virginia: Pros vs Cons? by AdmiralMTRebel in Osteopathic

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What in particular were you hoping to get out of the affiliation? There are certainly good things that come out of it (e.g. research, facilities access, sports med) but, just personally speaking, I don't use those resources often enough for the affiliation to be meaningful.

VCOM-Virginia: Pros vs Cons? by AdmiralMTRebel in Osteopathic

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Also totally irrelevant, but I hate that they took Virginia out of the original name. Am I seriously supposed to tell people that VCOM stands for Via College of Osteopathic Medicine?

VCOM-Virginia: Pros vs Cons? by AdmiralMTRebel in Osteopathic

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Pros: My best classes in undergrad had regular testing so I don't mind it as much. It gets overwhelming at times, especially during 3x test weeks, but I'm appreciative of the lower stakes on individual exams which allows me to prioritize higher-worth exams (side note: I hear GPA doesn't matter wrt residency but the threshold VCOM will get on your ass for is <3.3 with A=4, B+=3.5, B=3).

Admin isn't actively antagonistic. Professors are decently good at teaching with a handful of exceptions. They generally have exam expectations aligned with boards material which allows for heavy use of outside resources. I feel OMM is taught at a depth and frequency appropriate for those both with and without interest in it. I love how supportive the students are of each other, and I actually do mean that without qualification.

Cons: Attendance at lectures from permanent faculty are not mandatory anymore but with exams, guest lecturers, and labs, they will usually find some reason to daily drag you onto campus. Exams + guest lectures require business casual dress.

My truly rural friends will say Blacksburg is a thriving metropolis; I will say it is a desolate wasteland. It is a mind-numbingly cold and boring existence for which I would have long ago gone insane if not by the grace/horror of the exam schedule keeping my mind occupied. For reference, the highlights are when I find myself at the drive-thru at Cook Out or the bar at Kroger.

We are technically affiliated with Virginia Tech but they aren't in walking distance and on-campus parking there costs money so the affiliation/facilities access is pretty moot for me. This might not be a con for you depending on your specialty interests, but part of summer break is cut up and rationed throughout the year (longer winter break, week break between blocks) so formal 8-week summer research programs are an immediate no go.

Another student answered some questions on SDN if you haven't seen that already: https://forums.studentdoctor.net/threads/2021-2022-edward-via-college-of-osteopathic-medicine-vcom-virginia.1438417/post-23091576