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  • Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • New York
Individual Feedback 5 3 Responses
The Basics

Overall, how satisfied are you with this program?

Response Avg # Responders
8.00 3

0 = Terrible, 10 = World Class

What do you like most?

"Freedom! They trust us to know what benefits us individually and they don't micromanage our choices. I don't go to histology lab, but I do attend lecture. Other people love the small group sessions but prefer to watch lecture at double-speed and save a bunch of time. If I have a friend in town and I feel comfortable taking a day off, I take a day off. But I know exactly how I learn best, and I love that Columbia respects that. There's something for everyone. The world-class lecturers don't hurt, either. It's pretty cool to suddenly realize that the place you know the current lecturer from is "The Colbert Report". Nobel prize winners lecture as well." | Report Response

"Students get exposed to a lot of interesting pathology. Also, we get to rotate through hospitals in the surrounding area, not just in Washington Heights where the medical center is." | Report Response

"New P/F curriculum that the current students seem to really enjoy. Deans/teachers work to get the students what they want. Tons of resources for student activities." | Report Response

What do you like least?

"The administration doesn't talk to each other. We occasionally have things scheduled at times that make no sense, and have to e-mail the administration to tell them that they're all conflicting with each other. It always gets sorted out in the end, but it's kind of silly." | Report Response

"The school is not very flexible. Also, the Dean's office goes on and on about civility in the learning environment and the fact that it is not tolerated at Columbia. This is absolutely not true." | Report Response

"The location within NYC is not optimal." | Report Response

The Details

Does the student body seem cooperative or competitive?

Response Avg # Responders
7.33 3

0 = Competitive, 10 = Cooperative

Does the environment seem supportive for underrepresented minorities?

Response Avg # Responders
7.33 3

0 = Not at all, 10 = Very

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

Response Avg # Responders
8.00 3

0 = Not at all, 10 = Very

Does the environment seem supportive for married students?

Response Avg # Responders
7.00 3

0 = Not at all, 10 = Very

Does the environment seem supportive for students with disabilities?

Response Avg # Responders
5.67 3

0 = Not at all, 10 = Very

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

Response Avg # Responders
6.67 3

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
7.00 3

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 after graduation - are they adequately prepared for practice?

"Our match list is pretty amazing. People with fairly low board scores and no research still getting matched at top 10 residencies..." | Report Response

"They hold their own" | Report Response

"Extremely well among peers. Above average representation in academic medical centers." | Report Response

How do students from this program do in the Match?

No responses

Any other information you want to share?

"The extracurriculars and research opportunities here are awesome. The neighborhood isn't as bad as people will have you think - sure, it's not the upper east side, but you don't feel uncomfortable walking around at night unless you're in a dark alley alone, which is a bad idea in any city. The accelerated curriculum (1.5 years pre-clinical) is something to keep in mind for non-science majors: you will have to play catch-up. The first block IS the catch-up, but while everyone else is taking it relatively easy, you'll be in crisis mode. Taking biochemistry or anatomy ahead of time is huge - even if you don't have any extra credits and only have time to look over a biochem review book during the summer, I think that would be helpful. Once the first unit is done, you're on the same basic level as everyone else." | Report Response

"Columbia is a great school, but the administration doesn't really treat the students well." | Report Response

"Highly recommended! Come to the revisit!" | Report Response

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