Saturday, January 11, 2014

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine - Georgia Campus (GA-PCOM)


Since starting this blog, I have gotten numerous e-mails from people wanting to know what school I will be attending. Originally I was going to wait until classes started to reveal this, but it seems like it would be more beneficial to do so now. I will be attending Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine – Georgia Campus (GA-PCOM), and I am super excited! It has always been my first choice and attending the interview made me love it even more.

Before I received the interview I had quite a few reasons for wanting to attend GA-PCOM. I not only lived in Georgia during my high school years, but I still visit often and have family and friends there. My daughter will have family from both sides in the area, so this would give her the opportunity to interact with her cousins who are around the same age as her. I believe having a good support system is most important when it comes to medical school, so I did not want to be in a state where I did not have anyone close by in case any emergencies arose. Furthermore, the fact that I am already somewhat familiar with the area will make for an easier transition when I make my move out there. I also loved the osteopathic philosophy and wanted to stay in the south, and GA-PCOM was the only school that offered all of this for me. PCOM has a very good reputation and has been around for a long time, so I really wanted to be a part of the institution. I would have been happy attending any medical school, but for the reasons listed above I feel extremely blessed to have been given a spot at GA-PCOM.

Attending the interview and seeing the campus further sealed the deal for me. All of the faculty, staff, and students looked very happy to be there and you could tell that the school really values its students. The facilities also looked very new and it is clear that the school is further developing and expanding. I loved the fact that the PowerPoint slides are printed out and waiting for the students before each lecture, and the lecture rooms were very spacious and had multiple big screens so that everyone could see. We even got to check out some of the exam rooms and I thought it was extremely cool that they had a mannequin that was able to simulate a live birth. There was even a gym inside the building, a game room complete with TVs and gaming consoles, and the library was very nice. I don’t believe I will have any problems finding a quiet place to study once it comes time for school to start. There is also a ton of free parking! After visiting my state medical school and having to struggle to find parking of which I then had to pay for, this was a major plus in my book. It is also a small school which gives a greater sense of community, and everything is very convenient to find. Lastly, I felt like this was a school that really values diversity and non-traditional students. My interview group was very diverse, and most of the other interviewees that I chatted with were all around my age or older and had similar life experiences. I really felt like this was the place for me, and I’m just glad that the school felt the same.

But other than that, I have nothing but good things to say about the school. My interview experience was two months ago so I may have left out some important things, but I’m sure I will have more to say about the school after classes start. The picture I posted above was taken the day of my interview, and for me it represents the start of a new chapter. I hope you all will find the chapter just as exciting as I make my way through it.  

6 comments:

  1. I just wanted to say I look forward to your blog posts. I am a nontrad (27, veteran, pre-med, black female) and I'm going through this process of finishing school after taking a 6 year break. It's a hard road, and I see that we have a lot in common. Can't wait to hear about your experiences.

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog :-) Good luck to you in your journey, and if you ever have any questions or want me to address anything please feel free to contact me. I look forward to bringing you more.

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  2. Hey did you submit a letter of interest (update letter) to PCOM? How long did it take for you to receive an interview? I have similar stats as far as MCAT but a very high gpa from my masters

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    1. The only letters I submitted were thank you letters after my interview. I submitted my app in June, received a secondary in September, and was invited for an interview in October. It's a very long process, so patience is key!

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