"The new clinical director. She is an absolute nightmare on a power trip, might as well call her the "New Acting Dean" cause she does whatever she wants without consequence (without the student's best interest in mind btw) and she's never wrong.... ever. Have you ever been driving on the freeway behind a slow driver and they wave for you to pass them, but just as you go to do so they speed up and cut you off?? Well that's exactly how this past year has been with her, she tells us one thing and then goes back on her word. It's been so frustrating having to deal with this person as students because we feel like we don't have the support from the actual dean. Whenever we meet with the dean one-on-one to discuss whatever current problem she is making for us it goes something like this:
Me: So the clinical director is going back on her word about... and is now making this a requirement. I've told her my situation but she doesn't seem to care at all.
Dean: Have you tried talking to her?
Me: -__- "What would you say..... ya do here??"
The dean only seems to care about the numbers we put up, like boards and residency placement. Class morale is something he's probably never even thought of before."
"Clinic coordinator, majority of administrative faculty has heads up assess. Don't care about what's best for students, dont listen to what student body says despite the 35k tuition we pay"
"Undoubtedly, the administration. The new clinical education director is horrendous. She will make your life as a student a living hell."
"Hands down: Administration -The new clinical education director is extremely incompetent--focuses more on enforcing and creating rules rather than creating an environment for maximum learning and growth .
Basic sciences dean is hard to work with. He is the type that takes pride in knowing he's a "hardass"--
Class of 2017 attained 100% pass rates before the clinical director came in. Why change something that is already working? Sadly, the administration does not have the well-being of the student in mind. This issue will haunt you throughout your 4 years at Barry."
"Administration is lousy"
"The changes that have been made to our clinical experience since the new clinical director, Dr. Hill, came into the picture have been devastating to say the least. I understand that Barry wanted to make things a little more strict for our clinical rotations, but she has made things extremely miserable for us to the point where I want absolutely nothing to do with this school. For starters, the way that Dr. Hill addresses the students is disgusting. She is very rude, disrespectful and completely unprofessional towards the students. If Barry was trying to build a better relationship between the students and the faculty, they completely went the other way on that one! Dr. Hill has gone back on her word so many times with rules and regulations that now we have to get everything in writing in order to have our voices be heard. Any opinions or concerns by students are dismissed almost immediately by Dr. Hill simply because it’s her way, even when there is zero logic behind her reasoning. She is also profoundly unaccommodating with students, always making things way more difficult than they need to be. I have honestly never met a more unprofessional, unorganized, disrespectful Podiatric physician in my entire life and I am utterly ashamed to say that I go to Barry because of her. I seriously just can’t wait to leave and never look back.
During our 4th year it is mandatory for us to do 1 home month at a Barry clinic so that the Barry clinics are covered by the students. In the past, students wanting to stay here in South Florida were able to work with those not wanting to stay and take their home months so they could have more externships out of state. Well, not only is that not possible anymore, now students aren’t even allowed to choose which Barry clinic they can have as their home month because Dr. Hill chooses where you go. I’m sorry…. Isn’t this OUR future?? Some of the attendings at the Barry clinics consider your home month with them as an externship month. Doesn’t it make sense that if someone wanted a Barry program that they should be able to choose their home month?? Once again, zero logic behind Dr. Hill’s reasoning concerning OUR future. Think twice before choosing to come to Barry!!!"
"Barry University has recently hired a new clinical director Dr. Shanika Hill. Doctor Hill is a Barry Graduate and was at the top of her class, given this I believe that the administration felt that she was qualified for the job as clinical director. However, they couldn't have been further from the truth. Dr. Hill has created a very large and obstructive barrier between the students and the faculty which has been detrimental to both the success of students and the school. It is clearly evident that she has no real leadership experience as should be required for this job. Dr. Hill has zero willingness to work with the student to come to a mutual agreement to the new unnecessarily stringent policies that she has implemented. Her end all be all is "there is a new sheriff in town". As medical students we are all adults, some have worked full time jobs before medical school, some have served our country in the military, yet when you interact with Dr. Hill you will always be inferior to her and she WILL remind you of that. For example, when the first few students were at her clinic she made it abundantly clear that they will not be referred to as "student doctors" in her clinic they are just students. Yet, every other clinical faculty member encourages the students to take pride in their work thus far and introduce themselves as "Student Doctor Smith" including the Dean. You have to ask your self the question "is this someone who we want as our clinical director?""
"Feels like a loaded question here. The new clinical education director has no idea on the direction she is going and all it does is make Barry look like a joke when asked about what we have to do versus the other schools. One thing is personally I would like Barry to improve in the fields that we are considered weak in, like we are told Barry students are weak vs the other schools when it comes to surgery and its understanding but both the surgical professors are very skilled and one has even wrote for the major pediatric surgery book and yet we seem to still be lacking and Barry won't figure out what needs to be changed all because our current dean is all about passing scores for boards and getting matches for residency. Lastly this is a little good with the bad, Barry has made me work my butt off to understand podiatric medicine but due to the lack of early year extensive teaching, you end up get a solid grasp of the material from self study and it will make you very self reliant on collecting and understanding the information allowing you to work quickly in the hospital and processing the new information rapidly."
"The professors and the facilities."
"Everything, except the weather. After 3 years of school here I think it is safe to say that the education here is on par with a below average community college. Yeah, there are a couple good professors, but 80% of them are inept and cannot articulate the material in manner which is conducive to learning.
Barry used to be known for its "clinical education", but even that is at risk now with the new clinical coordinator. She is unorganized, dictator-like, and irrational. In almost every one of our class meetings with her she will tell us one thing, and then does the exact opposite. Just thinking about her infuriates me because she knows how to sweet talk the dean into making him think she is doing a good job. In an attempt to make this review relatively short, I won't go into any specifics.
You might think I'm just a grumpy student that got bad grades and am just here ranting. I wish that was the case. I'm a pretty mellow guy and in most cases I would care less about any drama going on with the faculty, but Barry has gotten out of control. I think its only fair to any potential students to know what they are getting into.
Just to be clear, I don't want to throw everyone associated with Barry under the bus. There are some good faculty members, but they are few and far between. If you ask me, Barry is heading in the wrong direction, and fast. If you interview here they will try to make themselves look good by saying they have great pass rates for boards part one and for matching for residency. But don't be fooled, this is not because the school prepares us well, it's because we study on our own.
Good luck to anyone researching the options for podiatry school. The field of podiatry is great and is growing fast with the increase prevalence of diabetes. Regardless of which school you attend, you have to put in a lot of time to make sure you know the material, so be prepared to give up a lot of your personal time."
"The dean of the first 2 years. Very impersonable, does not try to help students in any way. He is the very worst thing about this school."