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

What graduating class are you in?

Response # Responders
2007 0
2008 0
2009 0
2010 1
2011 0
2012 0
2013 1
2014 1
2015 0
2016 0
2017 0
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 1

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

Response # Responders
in-state 0
out-of-state 2
international 0
Not applicable 1

What is your race/ethnic background?

Response # Responders
Caucasian 3
African American 0
Hispanic 0
Asian or Pacific Islander 0
Native American/ Native Alaskan 0
Other/Multiracial 0

Overall, how would you rate this medical program?

Response Avg # Responders
8.00 3

0 = terrible, 10 = world class

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

Response Avg # Responders
9.67 3

0 = really bad, 10 = top tier

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

Response Avg # Responders
9.33 3

0 = really bad, 10 = top tier

What was your MCAT score?

Response Average # Responders
520 3

What was your undergrad GPA?

Response Average # Responders
3.75 3

What was your undergrad science GPA?

Response Average # Responders
3.80 3

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

20002

07078

30024

What do you like most about this school?

"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 about this school?

"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

Please provide any other general comments on your school

"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

Curriculum

How is the curriculum structured?

Response # Responders
Systems-based 2
Traditional 0

How many courses are taken at a given time?

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

Are courses recorded for medical students?

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

How many days per week is anatomy lab?

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

How many students per cadaver?

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

How long (in months) do you have anatomy?

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

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

Response Avg # Responders
3.00 3

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
6.00 3

0 = none, 10 = extensive

Are syllabi provided for the student?

Response # Responders
yes 3
no 0

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

"Once a week for anatomy lab, once a week for clerkship and small group." | Report Response

"Only for small group and lab sessions, <25%." | Report Response

What books are unnecessary?

"Pretty much everything else, save some review books." | Report Response

"Most books are helpful to supplement lectures, but only get if you are going to read them." | Report Response

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

"Unofficially it's neurology, neurosurgery and psych." | Report Response

"No, students are encouraged to talk to and are connected with clinical faculty in any discipline at will." | Report Response

Location & Housing

How do you feel about the location of the school?

Response Avg # Responders
4.67 3

0 = Uncomfortable, 10 = Desirable

Do you feel safe on campus?

Response Avg # Responders
7.67 3

0 = Not safe, 10 = Very safe

How available and convenient is public transportation?

Response Avg # Responders
10.00 3

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 0
All years 0
No 3

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

Response Avg # Responders
4.00 3

0 = Almost impossible, 10 = Available & convenient

Is on-campus housing available?

Response # Responders
yes 3
no 0

What is the quality of available on-campus housing?

Response Avg # Responders
5.00 3

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
8.00 3

0 = 0%, 10 = 100%

Is couples housing available?

Response # Responders
yes 3
no 0

Is nearby off-campus housing available?

Response # Responders
yes 3
no 0

How expensive is nearby off-campus housing?

Response Avg # Responders
5.00 3

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

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

"So you have to share 1 dorm-style bathroom and shower room per floor, and yes the building is old, but the vast majority of complaints about Bard are from people who attend expensive boarding schools and have summer homes. For crying out loud, it's a single person room! You have no roommate! Enjoy that! I have no problem with Bard. It's close, convenient, and you can use all the money you're saving on housing for extra going-out cash." | Report Response

"Dorm style, 1 bedroom, 2 bedroom, 3 bedroom, 4 bedroom, couples housing" | Report Response

"Cost $750-$1000/ mo, 1br singles through 4br apartments" | Report Response

Cost/Financial Aid

Are fees/tuition expensive?

Response Avg # Responders
2.00 3

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

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

Response Avg # Responders
2.00 3

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

Are many institutional scholarships/grants available?

Response Avg # Responders
6.00 3

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
7.00 3

0 = Not at all, 10 = Very open

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

Response Avg # Responders
8.00 3

0 = Not at all, 10 = Very available

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

Response Avg # Responders
8.33 3

0 = none, 10 = lots

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

Response Avg # Responders
9.33 3

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the class ranked?

Response # Responders
yes 0
no 2
Clinical Rotations

Are the desired rotation sites easy to obtain?

Response Avg # Responders
5.00 3

0 = difficult, 10 = easy

Is desired rotation order easy to obtain?

Response Avg # Responders
3.67 3

0 = difficult, 10 = easy

Are the elective rotations easy to obtain?

Response Avg # Responders
6.33 3

0 = difficult, 10 = easy

Is there substantial hands-on experience for medical students?

Response Avg # Responders
5.00 3

0 = none, 10 = substantial

Are the rotation sites conveniently accessible for medical students?

Response Avg # Responders
5.00 3

0 = difficult, 10 = accessible

How far are the clinical sites from the main campus?

Response Avg # Responders
5.00 3

0 = far away, 10 = close

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

"5 weeks each of Medicine Away, Medicine Home, Surgery, Psychiatry, Neurology, 2x Surgical Subspecialties, Ob-Gyn, Peds" | Report Response

"See Columbia website, the curriculum is explained." | Report Response

Social Environment

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

Response Avg # Responders
8.33 3

0 = none, 10 = lots

How would you rank student involvement in extracurricular clubs?

Response Avg # Responders
9.33 3

0 = none, 10 = lots

What is the range of extracurricular clubs available?

Response Avg # Responders
10.00 3

0 = almost none, 10 = wide range

Is the student body cooperative or competitive?

Response Avg # Responders
7.33 3

0 = competitive, 10 = cooperative

Is the environment supportive for underrepresented minorities?

Response Avg # Responders
7.33 3

0 = no, 10 = very

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

Response Avg # Responders
8.00 3

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the environment supportive for married students?

Response Avg # Responders
7.00 3

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the environment supportive for students with disabilities?

Response Avg # Responders
5.67 3

0 = no, 10 = very

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

Response Avg # Responders
6.67 3

0 = no, 10 = very
Post Graduation

How do graduates from this school fare in residency and clinical 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

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