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  • Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University
  • Osteopathic Medical School
  • Downers Grove
Individual Feedback 5 2 Responses
General Info

What graduating class are you in?

Response # Responders
2007 0
2008 0
2009 0
2010 0
2011 1
2012 0
2013 0
2014 0
2015 0
2016 0
2017 1
2018 0
2019 0
2020 0
2021 0
2022 0
2023 0
2024 0

Are you pursuing any joint degrees (MD/PhD, MD/MPH, etc.)?

Response # Responders
No 2
BA/DO 0
BS/DO 0
DO/JD 0
DO/MA 0
DO/MBA 0
DO/MPH 0
DO/MS 0
DO/PhD 0
MD/JD 0
MD/MBA 0
MD/MPH 0
MD/MS 0
MD/PhD 0

Are you considered in-state or out-of-state for tuition purposes?

Response # Responders
in-state 2
out-of-state 0
international 0
Not applicable 0

What is your race/ethnic background?

Response # Responders
Caucasian 0
African American 0
Hispanic 0
Asian or Pacific Islander 1
Native American/ Native Alaskan 0
Other/Multiracial 1

Overall, how would you rate this medical program?

Response Avg # Responders
8.00 2

0 = terrible, 10 = world class

What is the reputation of the school in the medical community?

Response Avg # Responders
7.00 2

0 = really bad, 10 = top tier

What is the reputation of the research that goes on at this school?

Response Avg # Responders
5.50 2

0 = really bad, 10 = top tier

What was your MCAT score?

Response Average # Responders
506 2

What was your undergrad GPA?

Response Average # Responders
3.70 2

What was your undergrad science GPA?

Response Average # Responders
3.75 2

What was the zip code of your residence in high school?

60448

60523

What do you like most about this school?

"The education is unmatched in the Osteopathic world. Great preparation for board exams. Great faculty and awesome location" | Report Response

"The instructors, rotations, the character of the other students. Microbiology and anatomy were taught much more rigorously than at other schools, MD and DO." | Report Response

What do you like least about this school?

"The tuition" | Report Response

"The numerous exams per quarter, sometimes up to 3 exams a week. The biochemistry department is a little weak compared to other departments (but luckily, biochemistry is rare on the COMLEX exam)" | Report Response

Please provide any other general comments on your school

"Best osteopathic education in my opinion. Consistently produces excellent residents" | Report Response

Curriculum

How is the curriculum structured?

Response # Responders
Systems-based 0
Traditional 2

How many courses are taken at a given time?

Response # Responders
1 0
2 0
3 0
4 0
5 0
6 2
7 0
8 0
9 0
10 0

How long are you typically in class per day?

Response # Responders
<1 hour 0
1-2 hours 0
2-3 hours 0
3-4 hours 0
4-5 hours 0
5-6 hours 1
6> hours 1

Are courses recorded for medical students?

Response # Responders
Video recording 1
Free note taking service 0
Fee-based note taking service 1
Powerpoint slides provided only 2
None 0

How many days per week is anatomy lab?

Response # Responders
1 0
2 0
3 2
4 0
5 0
6 0
7 0

How many students per cadaver?

Response # Responders
Prosections only 0
1-2 0
3-4 0
5-6 2
7-8 0
>8 0

How long (in months) do you have anatomy?

Response # Responders
3 months 0
6 months 2
9 months 0
12 months 0
24 months 0

Is the curriculum lecture-centric or small-group centric?

Response Avg # Responders
2.50 2

0 = 100% lecture, 10 = 100% small group

Are standardized patients used?

Response # Responders
yes 2
no 0

How much patient interaction is there in the pre-clinical years?

Response Avg # Responders
5.00 2

0 = none, 10 = extensive

Are syllabi provided for the student?

Response # Responders
yes 2
no 0

How frequently do pre-clinical medical school activities have mandatory attendance?

"Not frequently" | Report Response

"All labs (anatomy, biochem, micro, omm, clinical lab) and with some courses such as medical ethics." | Report Response

Is the curriculum designed to promote a specialty? If so, which specialty?

"Primary Care" | Report Response

"Primary care, Emergency medicine (many of our instructors are EM docs), PM+R, Orthopedics, Radiology" | Report Response

Location & Housing

How do you feel about the location of the school?

Response Avg # Responders
6.00 2

0 = Uncomfortable, 10 = Desirable

Do you feel safe on campus?

Response Avg # Responders
10.00 2

0 = Not safe, 10 = Very safe

How available and convenient is public transportation?

Response Avg # Responders
2.50 2

0 = Non-existent, 10 = Extensive & convenient

Is a car necessary at any point during your education here?

Response # Responders
Pre-clinical years 0
Clinical years 1
All years 1
No 0

If a car is required for education, how available and convenient is the parking provided to students?

Response Avg # Responders
8.00 2

0 = Almost impossible, 10 = Available & convenient

Is on-campus housing available?

Response # Responders
yes 2
no 0

What is the quality of available on-campus housing?

Response Avg # Responders
6.00 2

0 = terrible, 10 = great

What percentage of your medical school classmates would you estimate live on campus, if on-campus housing is available?

Response Avg # Responders
4.00 2

0 = 0%, 10 = 100%

Is couples housing available?

Response # Responders
yes 1
no 1

Is nearby off-campus housing available?

Response # Responders
yes 2
no 0

How expensive is nearby off-campus housing?

Response Avg # Responders
5.50 2

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

Please describe the on-campus housing if available (i.e., cost, type - studios, 1-br, 2-br, etc.)?

"I lived off-campus so not sure." | Report Response

Cost/Financial Aid

Are fees/tuition expensive?

Response Avg # Responders
3.00 2

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

How is the cost of living (rent, food, bills, etc.)?

Response Avg # Responders
4.50 2

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

Are many institutional scholarships/grants available?

Response Avg # Responders
5.50 2

0 = none, 10 = many

Is institutional aid need-based or merit-based?

Response # Responders
Need-based 0
Merit-based 0
Both 2

Faculty/Grades

Are faculty members very open to students during office hours?

Response Avg # Responders
9.00 2

0 = Not at all, 10 = Very open

Are faculty members very available to students via email/message board?

Response Avg # Responders
9.00 2

0 = Not at all, 10 = Very available

Are there many opportunities to shadow/work with clinical faculty?

Response Avg # Responders
9.00 2

0 = none, 10 = lots

Are the faculty willing to mentor students in regards to career guidance?

Response Avg # Responders
9.50 2

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the class ranked?

Response # Responders
yes 2
no 0

How is the instructional faculty during pre-clinical years?

"Amazing" | Report Response

"Best- microbiology, anatomy, embryo, pharmacology, immunology, clinical skills lab/course Good- OMM, physiology, pathology, histology Mediocre- biochemistry, psychiatry" | Report Response

How is the instructional faculty during clinical years?

"Not as great as pre-clinical years but still strong" | Report Response

"Best- ob/gyn, pediatrics, IM, family medicine, emergency good- psychiatry, omm mediocre- surgery" | Report Response

Clinical Rotations

Are the desired rotation sites easy to obtain?

Response Avg # Responders
6.50 2

0 = difficult, 10 = easy

Is desired rotation order easy to obtain?

Response Avg # Responders
5.50 2

0 = difficult, 10 = easy

Are the elective rotations easy to obtain?

Response Avg # Responders
7.00 2

0 = difficult, 10 = easy

Is there substantial hands-on experience for medical students?

Response Avg # Responders
7.50 2

0 = none, 10 = substantial

Are the rotation sites conveniently accessible for medical students?

Response Avg # Responders
6.00 2

0 = difficult, 10 = accessible

How far are the clinical sites from the main campus?

Response Avg # Responders
4.50 2

0 = far away, 10 = close

How are clinical rotations scheduled? What are the required rotations?

"There is a lottery for certain tracks. Required rotations include IM, Surgery, Psych, Family, OB/GYN, OMM, Emergency Medicine." | Report Response

"All students rank their tracks and then their sites. Names picked out at random to determine which students get their first picks." | Report Response

What responsibility do med students have on the wards?

"See patients and write notes for most rotations" | Report Response

"Varies from site to site." | Report Response

What is the status/condition of the affiliated hospital(s)?

"Varies due to the huge range of sites we rotate at." | Report Response

What is the typical patient population medical students work with?

"All different populations. Lots of inner city populations" | Report Response

"Varies." | Report Response

Social Environment

Do students do a lot of activities outside of school together?

Response Avg # Responders
8.00 2

0 = none, 10 = lots

How would you rank student involvement in extracurricular clubs?

Response Avg # Responders
8.50 2

0 = none, 10 = lots

What is the range of extracurricular clubs available?

Response Avg # Responders
7.50 2

0 = almost none, 10 = wide range

Is the student body cooperative or competitive?

Response Avg # Responders
6.00 2

0 = competitive, 10 = cooperative

Is the environment supportive for underrepresented minorities?

Response Avg # Responders
9.50 2

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the environment supportive for lesbian/gay/bisexual/transsexual students?

Response Avg # Responders
9.50 2

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the environment supportive for married students?

Response Avg # Responders
9.50 2

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the environment supportive for students with disabilities?

Response Avg # Responders
9.50 2

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the environment supportive for older/non-traditional students?

Response Avg # Responders
9.50 2

0 = no, 10 = very

What do the students typically like to do in the area?

"Go out, grab beers, go to the city, play intramural sports, hang out. Great group of people" | Report Response

"Intramural sports, extracurricular activities," | Report Response

Post Graduation

How do graduates from this school fare in residency and clinical practice?

"Graduates go on to be fantastic residents and self sufficient attendings in clinical practice. Unmatched preparation at this institution" | Report Response

"Very well." | Report Response

What do you believe residency directors think about graduates from this program?

"I have heard from multiple program directors that Midwestern CCOM produces exceptional residents" | Report Response

"DO programs love CCOM students. If applying to MD programs, take USMLE. MD programs in Chicago area are familiar with CCOM students and tend to like us (except super-competitive programs like Northwestern, University of Chciago)" | Report Response

Is this school known for producing physicians strong in a certain area? If so, which area?

"Great physicians in all specialties, but especially Family Medicine/IM" | Report Response

"Emergency medicine, Ob/Gyn, Pediatrics, Family Medicine" | Report Response

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