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Thread: Choosing between a DO post bacc (LMU-DCOM) or Ross (Possibly Merp)....Please Help!

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    Choosing between a DO post bacc (LMU-DCOM) or Ross (Possibly Merp)....Please Help!

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    I've been accepted to LMU-DCOM post bacc program. The program is not a guarantee but it does offer an interview and their acceptance rate is 85 percent. The only issue that I might encounter is my low mcat score that they might make me re-take if I don't get accepted. I've heard great things about the program and people seem generally happy with it. The only down side is the area (Harrogate TN is very rural and will be there for 5 years and I am a city person). The cost is 25k for the program and it is a year long.

    I've heard mixed things about Ross and going the carribean Route. I understand the consequnces of going to Ross and the fail out rate as well. I know it is going to be a long, rough, and at times fraustrating road. But at least it is only 18 months on the island and then back in the states for clinicals (big cities rather than rural/country). The cost is 10k for merp if I dont get straight admission.



    I am really looking for feedback on what you would do in this situation. I know that many of you have probably been through this or something similar, so I really want your honest opinion. I am trying to be very logical....Financially, emotionally, physically, and residency wise as well. Any feedback will be appreciated!
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    If you can stay in the US, it's 100 times better. Your best bet is to retake the MCAT and aim for at least mid 20's to increase your chances of getting into a US school, esp. if you do well in the postbac program. Keep in mind your MCAT is on the low side for Ross direct admissions, MERP maybe.

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    Either way you need an extra year; DO post Bacc vs Ross MERP. If you think Tennessee is rural wait til you see the island Ross is on! Enough said, STICK to the US DO route. Plus you really need to increase the MCAT score.

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    Yeah docblin is 100% correct! If you think anywhere in the US is rural you're mistaken compared to the island in Dominica. Stay in the US and do yourself a lifestyle and professional favor.
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    Thanks for all the feedback. I would definitely rather stay in the US. I just don't want to waste much time especially with all the uncertainties of doing the post-bacc and not getting accepted. I still have not heard from Ross and the post-bacc is about to start soon. I guess the worst thing that could happen is not getting accepted to a DO school and ending up at Ross.

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    with the landscape of medical education being what it is today, depending on what kind of medicine you envision yourself doing, I would recommend that you seriously consider the possibility of doing PA or NP if this DO thing doesn't work out. They also happen to be one of the career choices in healthcare with a very high ROI (of which, being an MD is pretty poor on that scale).

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    Thanks for the advice. I've thought about it and I definitely don't want to do that. Being a PA or an NP will not give me the flexiablity of being able to move to another country and practice one day. I am very confident about this Post-bacc program and I've heard some great feedback from previous students. Also, if I did well in their medical school classes (Medical gross anatomy and Hiso) I won't have to repeat them during medical school. Still waiting to hear from Ross....Will see how that goes considering that I have some retakes and my stats are much better for DO than MD. Thanks for all the feedback!

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    Can some one please fill me in on what a Post Bacc is? I gather they are not a degree but are designed to boost a pre-medical students GPA.
    Can you get financial aid to pay for them?
    Can you take some of the programs online?
    What are some schools that offer them and have that pre-med committee.

    Thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by El Charro View Post
    Can some one please fill me in on what a Post Bacc is? I gather they are not a degree but are designed to boost a pre-medical students GPA.
    Can you get financial aid to pay for them?
    Can you take some of the programs online?
    What are some schools that offer them and have that pre-med committee.

    Thank you
    Post-bacc or post-baccalaureate just refers to classes after you've earned a Bachelor's degree. The main reasons for them are to either boost your science GPA or also for non-science majors to take the pre-reqs. Many schools have specific post-bacc programs, you should check with the local universities in your area. You can also do an "unofficial post-bacc" where you basically just sign up for the classes that you need/want. There are advantages and disadvantages to both. I did the unofficial route in California and it was a bit of a pain trying to get all the classes I needed. I've heard of a few schools that offer science classes online, such as the University of New England, but keep in mind most or all of the science pre-reqs involve labs that are very difficult to simulate online. Admissions committee's probably aren't going to look too favorably on that, if they accept the classes at all. I'd check with the schools you are interested in applying to before pursuing that route.

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    There are many post Baccs that you could do. I've applied to several and there are some that are fairly easy to get into. there are some that are just a waste of time and like other posters have mentioned, you could just do better on your own. I've found a couple of great ones that give you a great chance of entering medical school if you were to do well. For example, The LMU-DCOM program is in the process of being converted to a Masters degree which is great. You take 2 classes along with medical students (Medical gross anatomy and histology) and some Graduate level sciences as well the first semester. Considering that you pass all your classes and maintain at least 80%, you will be able to take 2 additional medical classes the following semester. The great thing about the prgoram is that you won't have to repeat those classes if you were to get accepted. The other great thing about the program is that you will get an interview at DCOM. I believe their acceptance rate has been 85% which is definitely amazing. The other program that I applied to is LECOM. Maintain a 3.0 and an mcat score of 23 and you are pretty much guaranteed admissions to LECOM. DCOM costs 25k and Lecom about 13k.......

    There are several other programs around the country that you could also go for...DCOM will offer graduate Stafford loans once the masters program gets approved this fall. They currently offer undergraduate financial aid......

    I am not so sure about how LECOM's financial aid works but the cost of attendance is much cheaper than DCOM. I got some great advice from the posters above and the post-bacc and the American route seems to be the better/safer/cheaper/less riskier option here. I've studied for the MCAT while working full-time and I know that a higher score is very doable. If you can, I recommend re-taking some classes and re-taking the mcat and then applying here in the US.

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