2019/2020 MD Interview/School Feedback (Responses)
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Where did you interview?pros about school (curriculum, class size, attendance policies, location, etc)cons about school (cost, curriculum, attendance policies, location, dress code, etc)What questions were you asked in interviews? (feel free to share whatever you're comfortable with. Don't share stuff if you signed an NDA obvi)
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Albany Medical Collegeall M1s get brand new tablets, exams are taken on the computer on student's own time, test questions come from old Step 1 exams to provide exposure to those types of questions, strong match rates, lectures are recorded and posted online cost, not that much to do in AlbanyMMI
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really emphasized student wellness, they offer unlimited free counseling to all students2+2 curriculum, MMI, NDA
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Baylor College of MedicineLove the area (Houston), not too bad of a tuition for OOS. The medical center is a great resource, and the Taub hospital acts as a safety net, so you get exposure to a diverse patient demographicLarger class size. Lots a team or group based Q's, know your role in a group
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students are super engaged, great facilities, unique curriculum (18 month pre-clinical then do one year of all clinical rotations before taking Step 1) Houston is not my favorite cityVery conversational. Explain my research projects. How did I react to X experience in my life? Got some fun ones with policy- if you could do one thing to change health care? What are you most proud of in your life? Most ashamed of?
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Boonshoft - Wright State UniversityWright Curriculum is flipped classroom style. Professors assign readings and content you need to master. You are free to use other resources outside of those assigned. ~3 hours of mandatory class time each day dedicated to answering STEP 1 practice questions individually and in groups based on material learned.
Wright State doesn't have a university hospital so there are I think 8 different clinical affiliations. You can be exposed to a variety of healthcare systems including rural health, VA, children's hospital, suburban center, level 1 trauma, military medical training center, etc.
Dayton is a pretty small city lacking major attractions. It also isn't really bikeable or walkable so having a car is recommended. Parking at the med school goes fast though so students say you should get there early if you don't want to end up parking in a far away lot.
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Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina UniversitySmall class size with a level 1 trauma center. Even though it is rural, you will see everything at the hospital. Extremely friendly atmosphere, if you love primary care and are an NC resident, a very good choiceGraded curriculum (A/B/C etc), and the rural setting may turn people off. However, about an hour and a half from Raleigh, so access to bigger cities with a drive. Has research opportunities, but is very much primary care focused. Maybe not for those with other interests. Asked *several* ethical questions, such as grief counselling and whether it is OK to lie to a pt.
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Case Western Reserve University School of Medicineamazing and very thoughtful curriculum, finish by 12 pm everyday, a lot of small group learning, class size 180 which is not bad because i like meeting a lot of people, have 5 "societies", gorgeous new building and cleveland clinic is right there plus UH and VA, basically surrounded by a park and it's beautifuldon't know much about Cleveland, mandatory attendance for all the morning things which I don't mind but some people might typical questions like why medicine and a lot of teamwork questions
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curriculum, research opportunities, INSANE match list, pass/fail, beautiful new buildingfelt a little more gunner-y than other schools I interviewed at (this was #6) and I thought it was interesting that they didnt really talk about serving the different populations of cleveland when it is obviously a city in need
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Gorgeous new building, high Step 1 scores, students seemed super happy, access to amazing clinical sites; overall, I would be ecstatic to attend hereNot much to do in the immediate vicinity of the medical school/clinic areaAll the normal questions, for the most part; the interview was very laid back
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Central Michigan University College of MedicineRural, cooperative spirit, small group learningRural, newer school
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Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & ScienceMany diverse clinical sites, p/f preclinicals, lectures streamed, cheap rent in North ChicagoTuition expensive
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Creighton University School of Medicinereally responsive/supportive admin, high Step 2 CS scoresin Nebraska, below average Step 1 scoresTime I made a mistake, expand on some things in my app (like my classes and ECs)
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Dartmouth (Geisel)> ivy status
> Dartmouth-Hitchcock is a large medical center (DMHC) with a large catchment
>LOTS of electives can be done in 3rd and 2nd year out of NH (location in San Fran, FL, Arizona, Alaska and more) Housing is provided for any away electives
> Dartmouth institute seems strong in clinical research
> Strong match list
> Lowish cost of living
> People that live there are pretty friendly
> Near undergrad campus so you have all that fun stuff
> small class size
> If you wanted to do all your rotations in DHMC you can so no need to really travel far. (might have to do family med at another loction but thats it)
> no merit aid
> expensive
>rural area (no real bars, no real night life, most of the people you'll see are probs in the school; you need a car; ubers are hard to get)
> VERY WHITE place to live in (DMHC you will mainly see white people, area is white so depending on your demographic just be prepared for that, might not be a big deal for some)
> population skews older
2 interviews, One will be with a physician the second could be a med student or another physician. During that time I was asked "What was a movie/book/media that changed the way you thought?" "How would you allocate healthcare funds" "Do you have any hands on healthcare expereince". There was also a group activity (NDA i cant go in detail on the activity)
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Really vibed with the school. LOVE the rural area, and the students seem to really enjoy being there. The hospital is beautiful. Access to good research options as well. Expensive tuitionIt is a rural environment, so if you don't like that this might not be the best choice. Boston (and its airports) are 2 hour bus rides away, and the Lebanon airport is supposedly unreliable. You WILL need a car it looks like, very rare to get an uber. Favorite author, why Dartmoth
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Drexel University College of Medicineclose to home and close to Philly but def not in Philly; strict P/F with no rankings for MSPE
I like the flipped curriculum - gives you ample time to study on your own and then come together and do TBL or case-based learning
They have exams every 3-4 weeks that are in house exams (negative) but they try to make them similar to NBME exams (positive)
They seem to have a very collaborative nature/environment without many gunners
Class size is 260 which is huge but they break it down into 6 "houses" so you're with 40-50 people in those and get to know them well
sometimes exams are on Mondays instead of Fridays
there is a good amount of team-based learning if that isn't your thing
they don't have Hahnemann anymore so they don't have a good "home base academic medical center" for residency programs
tuition is expensive and COL is expensive in Philly
The cadaver lab is old and smells gross. You have 8 people per cadaver which seems like a lot
why medicine? why drexel? who is your best friend and what would they say your best attribute is? What qualities should physicians have?
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Everything done on iPad, all exams on FridayA ton of kids, curriculum doesn't seem that interesting
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Reverse-class room curriculumWhile located in Philly, school itself is more in the suburbs
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Eastern Virginia Medical SchoolLectures are recorded and attendance is not mandatory

True pass/fail preclinical

Give you UWorld starting first year

All exams are NBME so you can get by just studying boards material - they do well on step because of this

The faculty and admin are responsive to students (have changed the curriculum in the past 3 years and just changed the third year rotations to 6 weeks each from 8 weeks each in order to give students time for electives)

The area is beautiful and the beach is within a 25-minute drive

Students say that the cost of living is relatively cheap

The class size is mid/larger sized which I prefer (but could be a con for others)

They just re-did their anatomy lab this year and it's well ventilated. You get 8 people per cadaver but you split the time 50/50 so you're only dissecting with 3-4 people at a time.

They integrate ultrasound into their curriculum and use POCUS (point of care ultrasound) third and fourth year and are very competent by the end - a big plus for people considering EM/anesthesia/pm&r/etc

They match very well into competitive specialties

They're heavily involved in the community (could be a con for some) and provide care for those who could otherwise not get it
Out of state tuition is not great and you can't get in-state tuition

There seems to be a good deal of traffic in the area

Only 5 weeks for step 1 dedicated
What was a mistake you made and what did you learn from it? What traits does a physician you shadowed and liked a lot possess that are important? Why is trust important between physicians and patients? How have your volunteer experiences shaped your desire to pursue medicine? When did you decide you wanted to pursue medicine? Is there anything else you'd like to share with us that we didn't ask you? How does service play a role in your life outside of your volunteer activities?
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Norfolk is cute, TONS of emphasis on community service/engagement if thats your jam, patient sim stuff is greatHonestly such a weird interview day. We were left alone without anyone from admissions for random bits throughout the day. The only thing they gave us was a nametag (no handouts or anything). They NEVER went over their curriculum AT ALL. I left the day feeling like the only thing I knew about their school was that their patient sim stuff is cutting edge, but I literally no nothing else about the school because they didn't actually go over their curriculum or rotations or specific community service opportunities. Almost all of the students I interacted with gave me the vibe that this school was not their first choice, yet still came off a bit arrogant. We went in to the cadaver lab and a student was dissecting and he was super flippant with his cadaver, which was very off putting to me. If its the only place I get in I'm sure I'll be fine but....
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Emory University School of Medicine❤ in ATL, this leads to a bunch of positives in itself (Diverse, sunny, major metropolitan area, even though it is a city it has a relatively low COL compared to other cities of its size and caliber, ATL airport have flights everywhere)
❤ Diverse class (racially diverse and culturally as well)
❤ The student body itself was pretty chill and welcoming (this something I try not to comment on or assess that much this early since it is class dependent but the people in here were so nice and chill that I had to comment)
❤ CDC close by and you have the ability to work there closely
❤ Grady is ONE OF THE BIGGEST if NOT THE BIGGEST safety-net hospitals in the USA and will give you tremendous clinical training
❤ Facilities and buildings are REALLY new. Emory University Hospital (EUH) just opened last year.
❤ Tremendous diversity in clinical experiences. (EUH= a more private hospital setting that is more upscale, Grady = lower-income, fewer resources)
❤ 1.5-year pre-clinical years = more research and clinical training
❤ Dual degrees are easy to obtain and seem to be heavily subsidized (MPH and MSCR in particular)
❤ Although this does not impact your education, but Emory's campus is pretty af. (Marble buildings with concrete roof tile; greenery is impeccable. Truly an underappreciated campus)
👎ATL is mainly a driving city (MARTA is trash, ATL is basically a less worse LA in the south when it comes to traffic)
👎 Rotation are not close together, you will need to travel w/ your car (not far) to Grady and different Emory sites (Emory sites in Druid Hill and midtown, Grady is Downtown)
👎 Some schools w/ abbreviated preclincal year have step 1 after clincial rotaions and have seen increases in step scores. Emory does not do that and I am not sure if they are short-changing the benfits of an abbrivated preclinical year.
Group interview (3 on 3); one 1 on 1 interview
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Frank H Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac Universitysmaller class size(95). beautiful new building gives off a natural outdoor vibe. professors only teach and already know the class that started a month ago by name. Dean Yeckel memorizes part of your application and brings things up as he talks to the interviewees.MeSH and clerkships are far away (up to 1 hour drive for MeSH). The leaves had not changed colors yet :(conversational interviews (1 with staff and 1 with a MS2 - can vary though) with 15 minutes asking about my application and the other 30 minutes learning more about each other.
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system based curriculum, small class size, lax attendance policy (lectures recorded), quietkind of in a rural part of CT seemed very dry in terms of things to do, does not seem that diverse (I barely saw any POC), no hospital connected to schoolWhy that school? What would you need to be successful in medical school? Also they are really big on feedback as a new school so try to provide them with it.
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Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicinesystems based first year, integrated second year (pro or con)
no mandatory lecture that is also recorded
cheap cost of living
the student body is collaborative
pass/fail preclinical but it goes into your MSPE and AOA so it still kinda matters
class size is decently large
the medical school building is new and nice but the library and study areas are pretty small
all in house exams (but they said they prep you well for step and you get 5 weeks dedicated time so idk?)
a fuck ton of community service required
Scranton is kinda in the middle of nowhere and you have to drive 2+ hours to get to either NYC or Philly
You'll end up in one of four regional campuses for 3rd and 4th year
You absolutely need a car to get around
A lot of things are closed on Sunday's and by 8 pm on weekdays
why Geisinger? what do you do to relax? what books have you read lately? how do you demonstrate resilience? why medicine?
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George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciencesfaculty seem to care about students, recently became pass/fail preclinical, classes are recorded and notes sharedEXPENSIVE- barely any aid is given, some classes are mandatorychallenge faced, what makes you a good doctor, describe yourself, how do you destress
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In DC ( dope place, great professionals live in the DMV; diverse; bars all over)

Students feel happy

Big on well being

Large public health and global health presence

Diverse class

Administration active about diversity iniatives

P/F
Clinical research scholar inquiry is limited (only a few people can go into it)

Research seems to be moderate in house

Expensive and no subsidized housing like other schools in a metropolitan area
Why this school
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located in DC, pass/failhigher tuition and cost of living, facilities/building aren't super impressiveWhy GW, when did you learn from someone diverse from yourself, why medicine, describe yourself, what would you bring to your class here, etc
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Georgetown University School of MedicineNear DC so alot to do. Uses a college system to make the large class feel smaller.I didn't personally vibe with it as much like with other schools (although I still liked it overall). Students didn't seem as excited, and the large class size led to students who didn't know others in the class (which I didn't like)App Questions in general, nothing to stressful. Definitely know "why Gtown"
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Hofstra/Northwell (Zucker SOM)Case based curriculum that students believe leaves them very well prepared for step 1, student body seems like normal humans, lots of clinical exposure, diverse patient population (serves Queens!), young school so you are able to really affect changeThe hospitals are not close to the school so driving is a must and most students actually move closer towards the hospitals in their third and fourth years, students say that sometimes it is hard to tell how well you're doing in classes because there are very few assessments, Hempstead seems pretty lameWhy medicine, Why Hofstra, Questions about specific experiences in my primary, MMIs that were very closely related to the team based curriculum and medicine
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Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai- In Manhattan (lots to do diverse)
- work with a diverse group of people in clinical training
- strong research
- med school connected to the medical center
- subsidized housing in Manhattan
- pretty favorable fin aid
- interview day was short and did not really get to know everyone. So far the students seem cool, not sure about faculty they seem okay. Nothing standout
- facilities are in one building and feels kinda cramped
- The scandals with racism and David Newman recently this year seems weird and odd and calls to question the leadership of MSSM
2 30min interviews with faculty or one w/ a student. Supposed to be conversational but one of mine was just question after question about my research so watchout about that
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Indiana University School of MedicineVery generous pass/fail (score > 2SD below median = pass). School seems very receptive to feedback from students at the end of every year and implements change to following year. Attendance not mandatory, lectures/study materials from all 9 campuses are available regardless of where you are placed (this is huge for me). No guarantee where you'll be ultimately placed (regional campus placement is a lottery system). Unsure whether resources/opportunities are consistent across campuses (just can't see how they could be, given how many campuses there are and how much they vary in size). E.g. the Indianapolis campus is massive and has like >4 teaching hospitals within a block of the campus, whereas some other regional campuses only have community hospitals nearby.Only was asked a small handful of general questions. Interviewer did most of the talking so it felt almost too casual. Although my experience varied a lot with other interviewees, e.g. many of them had 2-3 interviewers and had a more traditional panel with many more questions.
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Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Buffalobrand new facility, a decent match list for a public school, lots of school pride and community involvementit's Buffalo... there's quite a bit of snow each winter (average of 90-something inches) and it's known to get VERY coldstandard questions about my application & some ethical questions
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Johns Hopkins University School of Medicineamazing research opportunities, curriculum is in blocks, 120 class size with molecules and college system that seems nice, recorded lecturesBaltimore isn't ideal for everyone, and it's expensivetypical and conversational, stuff about teamwork and leadership, followed up on a lot of my activities on service
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Even though 120 students (largish class to me), has ways of making it feel smaller. Uses the "college" system, with various events such as inter-college olympics to help foster a community. Has mentors through the college, and also through the "molecule" system of 5 people or so to a group. Great opportunities outside of this, naturally. Pricey as it is a private institution. Have to go to profs for research instead of schools such as Pritzker that help to match you to your interests. It is in Baltimore, which has its own stigmas. Favorite book. Q's about my app.
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Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine- In Pasadena, Cali so this presents all kinds of pros like great weather (sunny, no humidity) Near LA, diverse, great food and shops
- New school so they can incorporate lots of new things in curriculum and can be flexible
- integrates health systems science
- cares about student wellness (everyone is assigned a psychologist, one mandatory visit and you can schedule your own meeting with them if you like to continue. Scheduled break weeks and reflection periods with a mentor called REACH)
- Small class size
- Faculty hired to JUST teach and not to do research and teach on the side
- Diverse faculty and interview cohort was diverse so they want a diverse class for sure.
- Tuition-free (still includes fin aid scholarships as well if you need so potentially could go to school for free if needy enough)
- Strong vision and mission
- Part of the Kaiser Pernemante system so matching in their program is probably easier
- Short summer break (4-5 weeks)
- decent amount of mandatory classes
- New school so unknown/wildcard
- Rotation, longintidual learning locations, and services learning areas are probably all over LA meaning a car is probably needed.
- LA traffic, if you are going into LA, is no joke.
- hard to fit in research in the early years, most likely can do it in 4th year but that seems VERY late for it to be useful in MATCH
NDA - MMI
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Love the curriculum (lots of free time in the afternoons for self-structured study/interests, longitudinal clinical experiences early on, really awesome high-tech anatomy lab), super welcoming faculty and staff, state-of-the-art facilities, free tuition for the first five classesVery expensive to live in Pasadena, hospitals are all over the LA area and I'd imagine require significant commute time due to the infamous LA traffic; for students interested in surgery-based fields, the lack of cadaver dissections may be a drawbackTypical MMI questions
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Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple UniversityLocated in a city

P/F

Lots of involvement in the community

Connected class

Lots of clubs

Diverse

Faculty seem dedicated to servicing the community the school is in

Temple has an agreement that states they won't expand into the current surrounded neighborhood (aka no gentrification). This says a lot about this institutions views.

Big on narrative medicine.

Top tier ED due to location. You will get great emergency department training here no doubt.
North Philly is not pretty and kinda violent

Because North Philly is kinda violent lots of students are scattered in where they live (delco suburbs; University City or center City) this means that people aren't really as united as they should be

Lost ownership of fox Chase cancer center

Okay research activity

Nda
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Medical College of Georgia at Augusta2 four year campuses, one with PBL and other lecture. Changing from Y2 grades to P/F. Unreal facilities (fairly new, lots of simulation suites and upgraded cadaver lab). Balance of how much they care about research, clinical care, and service (not overwhelming emphasis on one or the other).Very primary care focused (as someone who doesn't want to do primary care). Letter graded clinical. MMI required to sign NDA, but fairly low stress.
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Morehouse School of MedicineSmall class size (around 100)
Family environment (students are close. You can tell in the hallway that the students are very close)
Nurturing
HBCU might be something you want
ATL is bomb
Med campus has a lot of features (cafe, gym) centrally located
Graded preclinical (historically people discriminated against HBCU grads so grades are kinda needed to prove they know material. But if you scored well on the MCAT 507+ you should not need to prove yourself to that granularity)

Small campus (everything is small, cafe, gym ect)

Stand alone med school meaning you need to travel a lot for rotations

Main hospital is Grady which is own by Emory (not really bad but obviously that might cause an unequal dynamic)

Research doesn't seem that strong there.
How would u implementate a ____ public health iniatives.
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New York University School of Medicine - Long Island (NYU-LI)- Free tuition
- Rotations are local and you can walk to them
- housing is provided, no need to search
- Mineola is only a 35 min train ride to Manhattan
- Small class size
- Intimate professional relationship with faculty
- Conditional placement into a IM, Ped, Ob/gyn, surgery residency program in NYU Wintriop Hosptial
- integrated health system science in curriculum
- vertical and horizontal integration of basic, clinical, public health, health system science in the curriculum
- class seems connected
-strong mentorship ( 3 levels: demographic matched, Specialty matched, general academic mentor)
- you aren't required to match into NYU-Winthrop and not consequences for matching elsewhere
- Mineola is lame if I'm being real (thank GOD its not far from Manhattan)
- Research seems hard to fit in early in your education
- NYU-LI seems to get your decisions back to you late in the cycle like around May or April so that is kind of a bummer and you just gotta be ready to make the choice differential near that time if NYU-LI is your top choice.
- very accelerated and jam-packed.
- you will potentially be in Mineola for over 7-9 years if you take the conditional resicndy placement. (This is not really bad or good but for me, Mineloa is not a place I would stay forever.)
NDA- MMI and Group activity
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New York University School of Medicine (NYU)NYU has a TON to do (obviously). Students love it. 3,4, 5 year pathways. Research options. Have a public (bellevue), private (Tisch), and VA hospital so you get exposure to EVERYTHING. Free tuition. Small class. Top notch sim centers. If you can't handle NYC, might not be the best idea. MMI format
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Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine(OUWB)given macbook pros and stethoscopes

excellent hospital system for clerkships (you can do them all in the same hospital network in the same area so no moving!)

care about wellbeing and mental health (free and discounted therapy)

give UWorld for freeee (for 3 months)

cost of living is reasonable

lectures are live streamed and recorded

mix of NBME and in-house exams (some professors write NBME exam questions and they're doing away with the old NBME preclinical exams bc the questions used were retired for a reason (aka too hard or too easy or outdated info))

facilites are really nice - it's a newer school and the cadaver lab is well ventilated with lots of windows which is nice because yous spend a lot of time there MS1

free parking at med school and hospital/free printing (even color)

Tuition includes health insurance and rec center access

Step dedicated time can be between 5-9 weeks depending on how you schedule it

50% of students leave OUWB published

Inclusive, supportive, collaborative environment that seems really student centered

Use epic for their EHR

Really nice student lounge with microwaves, fridges, a ton of dishes/silverwear, printing, lockers, nintendo switch, pool, etc.

Step scores are really good for a "lower" tier school. They scored 235 (+/- 16) in 2018 and 236 (+/-) 17 in 2017

Sim center has 2 mock OR rooms with da Vinci in them that students can practice with and also match well into ortho and other surgical subspecialties
H/P/F pre-clinical

exams are not always on Friday (aka you aren't always getting free weekends following)

pretty much have to attend lecture to get honors (>70% attendance)

no MS3 electives

quartiles for MSPE (you're ranked and your preclinical grades matter for this so you really have to attend lecture if you want to be in the top quartile it seems)

location isn't in a city so you won't get that vibe if you're from one but there's also not nothing to do.
A lot about volunteer activities, what mistake you made and what you could've done differently, What movie did you recently watch and why? If you had no rules and unlimited money for one day what would you do? etc.
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small classcost Why medicine and basic traditional questions
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Pennsylvania State University College of MedicineWork life balanceLocation, meh research
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Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook Universityamazing facilities, great curriculum, take step 1 after clerkships (good or bad thing depending on who you are), high step scores, great match list, great global health programs, students seemed really happy, administration very open to student feedback, university hospital serves all of LI so you get a ton of exposurestep 1 timing if you're not into thatfor the most part very conversational. tell me about yourself, why stony?, why medicine?, questions about research and ECs, etc.
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school is very big, lots of opportunities for students, boasts a high STEP averageexpensive location, rent is going to be very high for apartments with roommatestypical things, it was very conversational and relaxed.
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Robert Larner, M.D., College of Medicine at the University of VermontPros: Strong sens of community, location is amazing if you like the outdoors, class size is ~mediumBiggest con would be the possibility of having to go to CT for rotations.had to sign an NDA. The interview is MMI format.
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Rutgers New Jersey Medical School (NJMS)students seem happy, lots of community service with marginalized populations, good relationship between faculty and students, pass/failoos is expensive, will need a car for clerkshipsconversational, why rutgers, why medicine, questions about my app
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Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University- Very interactive school, students run everything
- Heart of Center City, Philly (Basiclly cant be bored, bars, resturants, food, diverse people that do all kinds of cool stuff)
- Friday quizzes (aka no studying on weekends)
-integrated curriculum
- Rothman and Wills Eye Hospital next to jefferson = high collabreation with top tier ortho and opto researchers and physcians
- NO diversity (less than 5 black students, less than 10 hispanic students) this makes it worse in a large class size
- Large class size (over 270 students in a class, good or bad depending on you); I like smaller group settings way more
- not a research powerhouse
Why this school
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State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicineamazing clinical training that starts the first week of school, there seems to be a great community, curriculum preps students well for step, high step scores, good match listdoesn't have the nicest facilities/amenities, but I think the training you get here easily overshadows these thingsvery conversational, standard interview questions (tell me about your volunteer/research/academic experiences, etc.)
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VERY good match list for competitive specialties, and there are a lot of opportunities in NYCvery expensive location
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Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine - LubbockVery supportive faculty, cost, facilities (level 1 trauma center attached), good board preparation, students are very happy (they were #1 for student satisfaction)Location
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The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life SciencesClass attendance not mandatory and all lectures videotaped. All classes strictly pass/fail, high residency match rate.Few volunteer opportunities available on campus (a free clinic that is only open one night a week). Campus away from the city and not near anything. MMI format, typical questions about why you want to be in medicine. Relaxed environment.
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Family nearby, standard curriculum, interesting sounding opportunities, very low COA (low living expenses)Disorganized interview, low ranking, non-funded MD/PhD if they accept more than 2, small school split into multiple campuses, very few things to do, ruralMMI Situational Awareness. These included questions about what I would do given a situation, should someone be punished, and what Nobel prize I want to win, stuff along those lines)
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Non-mandatory lecture
Recorded lectures
5 cadavers/group
Pass/Fail pre-clinical that doesn't count towards AOA
Matches well into specialties
Underground tunnels connect school buildings
You can do almost all of your 3rd and 4th year rotations in the Toledo system
dissections, not prosecutions (takes a lot of time)
isolated geographically
cold in the wintertime
8 weeks of AHEC (rural medicine basically)
MMI questions - no acting, no role play. They give you a pen and notepad to write on and you have 10 stations (2 are break stations) with each being 7 minutes in length (2 min to read question, 5 min to respond)
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The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University- Only medical school in the state = easy opportunities to explore and get clinical/research opportunities

- Culture and class dynamics were impressive. Genuinely the first school interview where the students were very chill, honest but dedicated to working hard in a collaborative way

- Doctoring series allows students to shadow a doctor regularly, the second year you get to pick specialty you want to do this with

-ivy status (if you care)

-Match list is insane

-Strong in LGBTQ+ and race in medicine

-Strong presence in the local RI government

- Diverse class despite the pipelines Brown has

- Rotation sites are centrally located for the most part
- Very experimental in classes (this is not always bad), can feel like a guinea pig

- Providence TBH sounds pretty lame as a city. It is not a REAL city like Philly, Metro DC area or ATL.
Questions were based on your application. They really DO read it and ask questions pertaining to it.
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Tulane University School of Medicineclass size, attendance policies, location, surgery focuscost, rankingvery very conversational. Why Tulane, what interests you about the program; community service and research involvement; why NOLA
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Incredible to attend med school in New Orleans; chill attendance policy (seems like very few people attend by the end of first year); true pass/fail pre-clinical years; DeBakey scholars is a structured research program for those interested; pretty large class at about 200 (could be good or bad, depending on who you are); incredible community clinic options; seems like very supportive student body and facultyReal cadaver anatomy labs (for some this is a pro, but I've had more than my fair share of cadaver classes and I'd prefer to avoid smelling like formaldehyde if I can); while New Orleans is great, Louisiana is far from most things; pretty large class at about 200 (could be good or bad, depending on who you are); NOLA floods and is real hot, just remember that;Very conversational. One thing led right into the next and nothing out of left field. Mostly just talked about my activities and life. BUT, interviewer dependent because some people got hit with heavy ethical questions.
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Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of MedicineAll the people seemed happy to be there, all very friendly and positive about their experience.The finances just do not work out. The only downside to the school as far as I can see is that you commit yourself to earning just over 100 grand as an attending physician for 7 years. That means that, for most physicians, you're giving up almost $1.5 million over the course of your service. Of course there are a lot of other factors to it, and there are a ton of military benefits as well, but that's one hell of a big number.Why not nursing
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University of Alabama School of Medicineattendance policies, P/F gradingN/AGeneral questions about app.
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University of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of MedicineNone of the lectures are attendance mandatory except PBL. LA is a great city/locationCurriculum is in shambles - you could tell the administration was messy and disorganized. Not as many opportunities as I imagined.
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University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine- COMMUNITY! Everyone was incredibly welcoming and warm.
- REALLY loved the atmosphere. Haven't met med students who look so relaxed and content before going to UCSF.
- Beautiful city, easy public transportation, access to a wide variety of clinical exposure because UCSF serves a large and diverse area in North Cal.
- Can do rotations in any one UCSF's multiple campuses throughout SF
- SF microclimates are pretty cool
- Bridges curriculum seems to work well with the students, they liked the pace
- longitudinal clerkship option
- Housing is a struggle in SF. UCSF places a two year cap on using subsidized UCSF housing.
yeah... das all for cons. loved this place!!! would be an honor to attend!
casual conversation, why med, research, what would you bring to UCSF, what do you to for fun
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Everything. Literally everything. Cost of living is definitely a con but they offer subsidized housing and a COL stipend.
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University of Chicago Division of the Biological Sciences The Pritzker School of MedicineSmall class size, beautiful campus. Near impoverished communities for those with passions in outreach. Has an "eharmony" letter to match you with research mentors, and has a BUNCH of student organizations. Had none from my interview honestly. Very conversational, about various things on my app.
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University of Kentucky College of MedicineClass attendance not required, pass fail grading system, all lectures recorded. Very good feedback from students about the amount of support they receive from faculty in their willingness to help them succeed.Nothing that stood out to me in particular on interview was a negative. However, parking at UK is expensive.Relatively relaxed, be familiar with your application as they will ask questions directly from the secondary
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University of Louisville School of MedicineAttendance not mandatory, lectures streamed and recorded.
Class size on the larger side, but not ridiculous.
Curriculum has some focused extracurricular tracks ("distinction tracks") that allow you to work in research, public health, global health, and medical education. Also a recommended research summer after first year.
Minor con: the medical campus isn't in the best neighborhood, but if you've ever lived in a major city, you'll be fine. Most students live ~5-10min away, but have never been bothered walking around campus.Some basic questions from primary, so know your app and be prepared to elaborate. Other than that, very conversational.
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Everyone seemed super nice, even students not involved in the interview day!

Separated into 4 "houses" that have their own study spaces and community feel. The houses have been renovated recently so have super nice study rooms, lockers, etc.

Awesome city to live in with downtown Louisville and other trendy neighborhoods nearby.
Some students mentioned they wouldn't feel extremely safe living in the area immediately around the school. Most students seem to drive to campus (so con of owning a car if that's not your preference). Super relaxed and conversational. Started with the typical questions and conversational from there
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Recorded lectures w/ no mandatory attendance
Switched to pass/fail this year!!!! (no longer honors/pass/fail for preclinical)
Admin seems responsive to student complaints
Affordable cost of living
Larger student class is broken up into 6 "colleges"
Day off before exams and exams are vignette-style
8 weeks off for dedicated step time
Given MacBooks to use for everything and use them in TBL/PBL to cast to apple tv's
Out of state tuition is steep with no in-state tuition after one year
In-house exams aren't great if they're not in line with nbme/step
Courses are semester-long
Louisville isn't the best city maybe?
Why medicine? What cell in the body would you be? What are your strengths? What are your weaknesses? What should I tell them adcomm when we meet about you? What was the greatest obstacle you've overcome? What would you change about medicine in general? What are your hobbies?
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University of Massachusetts Medical SchoolI applied to a specific track (PURCH) which really emphasizes underserved communities. There seem to be a lot of opportunities for medical student learners (vs residents/fellows) at the Baystate campus. Lecture attendance not required as all are recorded and posted onlineWorcester isn't the most exciting cityMMI
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University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicineclinical sites all right on med school campus; location in Miami, new curriculum incorporates a ton of clinical experience, ease of research opportunitiesfacilities are old, downtown Miami is a bit roughIs heatlhcare a right or a privelege? Lots about my research.
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University of Michigan Medical College➡️this school has top department of almost every specialty.
➡️ Consistently residency programs rate UMich med grads as highly prepared
➡️ Umich 1 year preclinical allows students to practice medicine early
➡️4 years of constant medical exposure
➡️ Taking step 1 after clinical rotations increased step scores by 10 points
➡️ Strong mentorship through the m home and faculty in general
➡️The concentrations allow you to customize your career
➡️3 and 4th year is wide open yo basically do what you want as long as required sub-internships and capstone is finished before graduation.
➡️Ann arbor is a larger college town than i expected and has a decent amount of stuff to do
➡️ EC and clubs are almost limitless and can really shape your career
➡️ Umich over the past 5 years increased the diversity of thier class (double digits African Americans and Hispanics)
➡️ Administration is fantastic. Carol Teener is funny, amazing and responsive. Dean Gay is so inspirational.
➡️ Tailgates are gonna be lit, (free drinks 👀)
➡️40 min from Detroit if you want some diversity and change, 3 to 4 hours fron Chicago, 4 hrs from Toronto, 1 hr flight to JFK or PHL airport.
➡️Flex time quizes
➡️Real generous fin aid
➡️ Acess to top dual degree programs (MBA, mph, jd) with ease (gre not required, application is simple)
➡️ Strong global health program with great funding
⬇️ college town so not as diverse
⬇️1 year can be busy (50 question quizes every other week)
⬇️Ann habor as great as it is, isn't a real Hussle bussle city no matter what
⬇️ Abbreviated summer break (4 weeks)
⬇️Step 2 examination time line is weird since you take step 1 after clinical year in second year. You would need to take step 2 close to your step 2 exam or wait a bit. Waiting might make you use your material knowledge.
⬇️177 or so students is a decently large class not the largest but just big enough imo to not know everyone.
2 regular 30 min Interviews (1 will be a physican which could be a faculty member or an alumni from the school of Medicine the other a current med student) they asked basic Interview questions. MMI had 2 acting, 2 discussion 2 teamwork station. NDA so can't speak on the content.
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accelerated cirriculum (pre-clinical in first 12 months), but earlier clinical exposure, very flexible attendance/exam-takingseems like a lot to constantly do/learn
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University of Missouri-Columbia School of MedicineGreat new building, super nice faculty, staff, and students, innovating and interesting curriculum, overall just gave off an awesome vibe of kindness and collaborationNone that I could seeBasic questions about my application and explaining the experiences I had
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University of Nevada Las Vegas, School of MedicineThe PBL curriculum seems very nice, the student were generally happy. No mandatory lectures, true P/F with no rankings. The class size is 60 students and they make a great effort to make us comfortable before the interview. The campus is very small. Just one building They provide a list of questions after you receive an interview. All questions in the interview are asked from the list.
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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicinelocation, curriculumnone
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University of Pittsburgh School of MedicineLocated in a really cool area, UPMC is enormous and has everything, everyone seemed really nice and chill, amazing research and mentorship opportunitiesSeemed like they were still working out a few kinks in their curriculumNothing out of the ordinary; very chill and fun for an interview experience
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UPMC dominates the area so no shortage of clinical opportunities

UPMC has a lot of unique clinical amenities (outpatient toxicology, children ED

Very research focused and research faculty know this so it seems like they are understanding of med students demands

All rotations are centrally located in Pittsburgh so you honestly don't need a car (all schools i talked to could not promise this)

Very affordable cost of living

Great match list

Lots of research programs (pstp, cstp, pre matriculation research program)
No merit aid so good look negotiating scholarships (although ppl have said pitt is generous with aid. But does that mean generous with the parents salary cut off?)

Pittsburgh is an okay city but not an NYC or DC (this might be a pro)

Research heavy (this is a pro for me but you might not like research)

Non integrated anatomy (one big block of anatomy in circulum)
Basic stuff honestly. Why med, why pitt and there was a group exercise.
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University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistryclass is small:104 students, everyone seems to know everyone, rochester community is super diverseclasses are not recorded, all the way up north NY, car is REQUIRED, must pay for parkingwhy medicine, why rochester, what do you look for in a medical school, what would you do if you didn't go into medicine
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University of Virginia School of Medicine156 class means groups are divisible by 3, 6 and 9
Flex quiz scheduling
Cheap cost of living compared to other urban centers like NYC, DC, Philly.
Top 30 school
Very thoughtful and intentional curriculum
Med school connected to medical center
Basically a college town (good or bad depending on you) if you want to be part of a city that isnt dominated by college students not the best place

smallish medical center in Charlttesville and previously was told that the med students were at capacity before they included rotation in metro DC.

Probably have to travel for some rotations (not a lot)
You have two pateints, One is complicated and one is simple who would you choose first to treat?
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USF Health Morsani College of Medicinethe students seemed really cool and a good group to be with, very receptive faculty for student concerns, cool new buildingsthey don't have their own med schoolsuper easy questions, mostly about activities, one asked "how would you spend a million dollars", didn't even ask my why medicine!
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Vanderbilt University School of Medicine1 year preclinical, pass/fail clerkships in 2nd year, super individualized, immersion phase seems amazing, really good mentoring/guidance for research, week does seem pretty busy though and students admit year 1 can be a lot of work but it's totally worth it, have case based learning and lecture, class size is <100 which is nice and everyone seems very tight1 year preclinical seems busy for sure the long interview was super conversational and the short one had behavioral and ethical questions
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Wake Forest School of Medicine of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Centerlecture is recorded and not mandatory

sketchy, uworld, pathoma included in tuition costs

cadaver lab is new and doesn't smell (6 people per cadaver; 8 hours per week but split so that you're only dissecting in groups of 3)

strong ultrasound integration

faculty and admin actually seem to care

students are nice and attractive

new facility is amazing and the study spaces are incredible

the professors take practice step exams so they know what to teach and also dissect first aid and integrate it into their classes

high step (233 98% pass rate 2019)

18-month preclinical time allows you to finish "3rd year" in March so you have more time for sub-I's/away rotations, etc.

track how you're doing with stats and can predict your step score

cost of living is reasonable and Winston Salem is cute

matches well into competitive subspecialties I'm considering
18 month preclinical means you might be more stressed

only 5 weeks dedicated study time for step 1
NDA
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True pass/fail pre-clinical; Winston Salem is a cute town with breweries and restaurants, very accessible to nature; the student body seemed very close knit (many opted to stay in WS for the first summer partially because they wanted to stick around friends); the facilities are AMAZING. So modern and bright. If you have to have your nose in a textbook somewhere, you want it to be in this building; nice size class around 140; incredibly chipper and supportive faculty. All of the presenters, including assistant dean of admissions, were so enthusiastic and kindWinston Salem is NOT a big city if you need a big city, though it is accessible to Raleigh and Charlotte; the Harry Potter-esque houses thing is cute but pretty cheesy, a bit much; nothing particularly characteristic about WF which some may find uninteresting (it isn't particularly well known for research, or community health, or one specific thing. It is just basically a good, solid med school); I found it a bit strange that we didn't interact with a single student until the very end of the day for the lunchMMI
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Winston Salem has a good mix of things to do. Mountains 2 hours out. Beautiful building (refurbished and re-purposed cigarette factory). "Houses" program to make class feel smaller. Very attentive and responsive faculty, that is open to listening to student opinions on the curriculum. Bigger class size relative to some other private schools (140). Hospital is on a separate campus. NDA
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Washington State University Elson S. Floyd College of MedicineSmall Class size, health campus integrated with schools of nursing/pharmacy/exercise science, longitudinal integrated clerkships for entire cohort, emphasis on rural and under served (predominantly primary care), Low COLNo academic medical center, Need to pursue outside opportunities if you wanna be a gunner (city based top practices discouraged and opportunities limited), Near brand new school/growing painsscenario based MMI format NDA signed
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Weill Cornell Medicineaccelerated cirriculum, but start clinical rotations halfway through M2, flexible attendance, debt-free!!, interesting opportunities, very close to a lot of clinical sitesweekly exams, housing is small (NYC)pretty typical questions, strengths, weaknesses, they'll definitely ask about any global experiences
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small class size of 106, great location in NYC, weekly quizzes, all the affiliated hospitals and institutions are right next to each other which is really cool weekly quizzes might not be super great, dorm-like living, building is kind of old SUPER conversational, interviewers literally asked me about my whole life in terms of both med and non-med things, wanted to know every detail of my life
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West Virginia University School of Medicinere-doing curriculum for entering class of 2024 (less repetitive info, condensed, take step earlier)
larger class size
no mandatory attendance for lectures and they're recorded
strong ultra-sound teaching integrated in MS1/MS2
students were v friendly
cost of living is v cheap
honors/pass/fail preclinical
location is kinda far from bigger cities and is rural
OOS tuition is steep and you don't get in state tuition after one year of being there
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