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  • Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine
  • Podiatry School
  • Miami Shores, FL
Individual Feedback 3 11 Responses
The Basics

Overall, how satisfied are you with this program?

Response Avg # Responders
2.36 11

0 = Terrible, 10 = World Class

What do you like most?

"My classmates, the location, and some of the faculty." | Report Response

"Nada" | Report Response

"The location and the research" | Report Response

"Location - generally always warm Holidays to write boards II in december Research opportunities" | Report Response

"Location" | Report Response

"It used to be the great clinical experience until we got a new clinical director." | Report Response

"What I like most about this school is my classmates. The students in our class are great people, and great to work with. I also LIKED the clinical education that this school had as it was one of the most attractive attributes of this school. The previous sentence was intentionally in past tense as there is a new clinical director that is single handedly ruining this school and everything great about it." | Report Response

"The clinic and the clinical faculty themselves, from what I have heard Barry still is the best when it comes to clinic. I also enjoy the 3rd year classes as with clinic it makes everything come together." | Report Response

"Beaches" | Report Response

"3rd year Clinical faculty are good for the most part" | Report Response

"Strong clinical experience" | Report Response

What do you like least?

"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." | Report Response

"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" | Report Response

"Undoubtedly, the administration. The new clinical education director is horrendous. She will make your life as a student a living hell." | Report Response

"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." | Report Response

"Administration is lousy" | Report Response

"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!!!" | Report Response

"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?"" | Report Response

"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." | Report Response

"The professors and the facilities." | Report Response

"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." | Report Response

"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." | Report Response

The Details

Does the student body seem cooperative or competitive?

Response Avg # Responders
6.80 5

0 = Competitive, 10 = Cooperative

Does the environment seem supportive for underrepresented minorities?

Response Avg # Responders
6.60 5

0 = Not at all, 10 = Very

Does the environment seem supportive for lesbian/gay/bisexual/transsexual students?

Response Avg # Responders
6.60 5

0 = Not at all, 10 = Very

Does the environment seem supportive for married students?

Response Avg # Responders
6.60 5

0 = Not at all, 10 = Very

Does the environment seem supportive for students with disabilities?

Response Avg # Responders
5.40 5

0 = Not at all, 10 = Very

Does the environment seem supportive for older/non-traditional students?

Response Avg # Responders
6.00 5

0 = Not at all, 10 = Very

Do you/did you feel well prepared for your board exams?

No responses

0 = Not at all, 10 = Very

How approachable are faculty members?

Response Avg # Responders
4.71 7

0 = Not at all, 10 = Very

What are the facilities and clinics like (old/new, well maintained, etc.)?

No responses

How do students from this program do in the Match?

No responses

Any other information you want to share?

"Pre-pod students, pick a diff school" | Report Response

"When acute and extreme changes are deemed necessary, a gradual transition plan should be adopted, naturally. The clinical director has been trying from day 1 to make too many changes, too quickly. The administration was forced to step in and tone her down. There is clear miscommunication within the administration itself which undermines the entire foundation of the school. The dean of our school is always very respectful, and has our best interest at heart. That being said, he is also a pushover. If there is consistently a problem throughout all years with specific policies, shouldn't said policies be addressed? It is easier to avoid stepping on toes, but this comes with a dire cost--students well-being. Our clinical education director is extremely rude, and does not understand how to communicate properly. I No school is perfect, but Barry has taken multiple steps backwards with the addition clinical education director to the faculty." | Report Response

"I’ve always been the kind of person who gives people the benefit of the doubt and tries to see the positive in every situation. However, as a third year getting ready for my externships. I am ready to leave this place and I never want to come back.My only hope that comes from someone reading this is that they will not make the same mistakes I did by coming here. I only wish someone had told me differently and advised me to go to a different school. . By any means i’m not a person that sits here in resentment, my class mates are amazing and i’m super glad I met them, but what we’ve been through is not okay. This mess is a perfect storm caused by three people who have led us to these events, 1) clinical instructor , 2) our dean and 3) physiology professor/academic dean To avoid defamation I ask that you google these names. We recently got a new clinical instructor this year, we were called the transitional class because of this. Literally a month before our externship selection we were told that we would now have to do a home month here in Miami, this was not new but in the past if someone wanted to stay here you could switch with your classmate and go elsewhere. This now meant that people who did not want to stay here now had to squeeze a month in and would leave them with one less externship. Thats not a bad deal you say, but then she insisted she needed three per month and that she would be picking our clinical site. Meaning if you were all the way out in seattle, you would have to come back to miami if there was a month unaccounted for. She also picked our clinical site. Which is another disadvantage because that meant if you were interested in a Barry clinical for externship your home month would count as an externship but she made sure of this as well. We were also told that when Barry University is off, clinic would be off as well, however a two days before thanksgiving rolled around, another email rolled around saying we would be expected to be in clinic. We felt this was calculated as we had a class meeting with her the Monday before and there was no mention of it. She also required 5 SOAP NOTES a day that had to be done in 24 hours, keep in mind we are taking 6 classes,6! That amounts to 15 a week and she would not approve them for whatever reason so then you had to go back in there and change the stupid log. It was time consuming and counterproductive. During this time our dean was emailed multiple times and many of my classmates arranged meetings with him to voice our concern. Nothing was done. During this time we had a few people retaking boards and some failed the second time. He sent us an insensitive email telling us our board score rate an made a point of saying that it was lower than the years before. Not taking into account we had lost a couple of people from our class who we considered our friends. It seemed at this point that he did not care about the welfare of the students but rather our board rates. He met with us in a class meeting in December, in December! Five months after the first sign of trouble, and five months after we had sent emails and reached out to him about an increasingly intolerable situation. Our meeting went well, and we were hopeful. However when we returned in January not much had changed, we now were still required 5 logs a day but now instead of being due in 24 hours they were now due before five on Saturday. We were told at the beginning of class meeting by our clinical instructor that we did not have to do logs during externship, however in our last class meeting we were told we would now have to do one a day for the whole month which would account to 20 a month. NONE of the other podiatry schools are require do logs during externships! We emailed both the dean and clinical instructor and didn't hear back for them and its literally been a week! Now to our last person who has created a perfect storm, this last example will show you how dysfunctional the administration is, if the above hasn't already convinced you. We get a final exam schedule at the beginning of every semester, not only that we get a syllabus from the professor. Our academic dean who is also the physiology teacher, tried to tell us our surgery final was on a Monday when we had two other finals, even though we had the schedule he gave us and the syllabus form the professor. He literally let this go on a week before finals for two days and kept saying that because his schedule says Monday (this phantom schedule that nobody saw) that we have to take our final on Monday. In the end the professors stepped in and said it was Tuesday. Its one of many examples of incompetence at this school, unqualified people in positions they should be in, and a dean who doesn't care about the welfare of the student but only about numbers. DO NOT GO HERE. CHOOSE DIFFERENTLY YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED." | Report Response

"Barry is an experience. You will learn very well from clinicians and the professors that live in the you must know everything mindset because their material is our bread and butter but there are many of times the professors will be lazy in teaching but then give you exams on material you don't know how to reach yet because it was assumed you remembered everything like the professors do and can go from A to G." | Report Response

"All the other schools laugh at Barry. I wish I had known this coming in, but now that I'm going for clerkships, everyone seems to give me that sad look and say "oh you're from BARRY"." | Report Response

"I was promised research opportunities but had none. The Barry residencies hire mainly men ( 6 women and 15 men) Some of the faculty need to be replaced with younger professors with better teaching methods. Over all the education is solid with great professors during 3rd year and clinical learning is very strong here at barry." | Report Response

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