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  • Duke University School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Durham
Individual Feedback 5 5 Responses
General Info

What graduating class are you in?

Response # Responders
2007 0
2008 0
2009 0
2010 0
2011 0
2012 0
2013 0
2014 1
2015 0
2016 2
2017 1
2018 0
2019 1
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 1
MD/MPH 1
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 3

What is your race/ethnic background?

Response # Responders
Caucasian 3
African American 0
Hispanic 0
Asian or Pacific Islander 0
Native American/ Native Alaskan 1
Other/Multiracial 1

Overall, how would you rate this medical program?

Response Avg # Responders
8.60 5

0 = terrible, 10 = world class

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

Response Avg # Responders
9.60 5

0 = really bad, 10 = top tier

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

Response Avg # Responders
9.80 5

0 = really bad, 10 = top tier

What was your MCAT score?

Response Average # Responders
512 5

What was your undergrad GPA?

Response Average # Responders
3.96 5

What was your undergrad science GPA?

Response Average # Responders
3.91 5

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

93301

32828

93519

93619

02230

What do you like most about this school?

"THE GOOD: Duke is unique among medical schools in that they compress all the classroom learning into one year, which opens up a year for independent research. I cannot overemphasize the value of the research year. Duke students apply to residency programs with multiple publications under their belts, which is a big advantage. As medicine becomes more data-driven and research-driven, doctors with research experience- the kind you receive at Duke- will rise to the top. Other perks include the pass/fail grading system during first year. My first year at Duke was far less stressful than college, largely because there’s no grade pressure. Durham is also a very affordable place to live. Compared to a medical student in Boston, New York, or San Francisco, you will save tens-of-thousands in living expenses." | Report Response

"Phenomenal clinical training, great supportive culture, and really close-knit student community. Smaller class sizes are a huge plus, and ability to do one year of research/dual degree makes us really competitive for residencies. Most people graduate with multiple publications, step 1 >>240, and get their first choice in residency." | Report Response

"- Done with pre-clinical courses in one year, and these courses are graded pass fail without internal ranking. Our Step 1 average is in the 250s -- you don't need a full two years of pre-clinicals to do well on Step 1. Being done with clinicals a year earlier means more time to ruminate on specialty choice after having had real-world exposure, this is HUGE. Because of the unique third year, I'm able to participate in a very prestigious research fellowship that will do wonders for my residency applications -- that's something that I would have to take a 5th year anywhere else to do. I'd say our clinical grading is very fair and we are evaluated with the fact that we are 2nd year medical students during our rotations in mind. There's no medical school in the country that will allow you to customize your education to the degree that you can here. Also, the financial aid is fantastic and the sense of community is real." | Report Response

"The incredible supportive environment, the lack of inter/intraclass competition, the REAL collaboration between laboratories, and honestly the amazingly livable Durham, NC location." | Report Response

"Curriculum & Environment" | Report Response

What do you like least about this school?

"THE BAD: Compressing the classroom curriculum into one year comes with a cost: Duke students don’t have as deep an understanding of normal anatomy and physiology as students at other schools. This lack of knowledge is obvious at the beginning of clinical year, but we ultimately close the gap and perform just as well on Step 1 as other medical schools. THE UGLY: Duke’s student culture is very alienating if you don’t fit the mold. During the interview process and second look, the school administration enthusiastically promotes left-wing ‘social justice’ ideologies, which creates a selection bias: militant social justice warriors flock to Duke, whereas people who reject those ideologies shy away from Duke. Thus, Duke ends up with a homogeneous super-majority who all believe the same far-left ideologies and constantly validate each other’s beliefs. It’s gotten to the point where students feel comfortable airing sweeping prejudices against large groups of people who are perceived as “illiberal”. White people from rural areas are “white inbred hicks” to quote a colleague. ‘Evangelical’ Christians and political conservatives are Nazis, brain-dead idiots, or “wastes of life”. Moderate and apolitical students are seen as untrustworthy or even “complicit in evil” because they won’t take a side. And the administration reinforces this culture. Everything they teach comes through a lens of race and gender, as if these were the only factors responsible for alleged disparities and hardships, as if human diversity is simply a product of race and gender. I attended a very liberal school as an undergrad, but it’s no comparison to Duke Med. Liberal-secular politics consumes the culture and curriculum at Duke- there’s no escaping it and certainly no questioning of it. If you’re a dedicated progressive, you’ll probably love the culture and think it’s a tight-knit community of enlightened 'free-thinkers'. If you don’t fall into that group, you may find the culture downright toxic." | Report Response

"Nothing really, coming here was best decision in my life" | Report Response

"The move towards a team-based learning curriculum." | Report Response

"I honestly think it is the best medical school in the country, so nothing." | Report Response

"LOL nothing." | Report Response

Please provide any other general comments on your school

"Durham gets a bad rep, but think about cost of living -- particularly if you will be taking out loans to go to school. $15,000 a year gets you a much higher quality of life here than in NYC." | Report Response

"Duke is a school still on the upward climb. It isn't simply resting on its laurels, though via academic analytics, it definitely could be. Its vibrant clinically and intellectually and I can't think of a better place to train." | Report Response

"RELAXED." | Report Response

Curriculum

How is the curriculum structured?

Response # Responders
Systems-based 4
Traditional 1

How many courses are taken at a given time?

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

Are courses recorded for medical students?

Response # Responders
Video recording 5
Free note taking service 3
Fee-based note taking service 0
Powerpoint slides provided only 1
None 0

How many days per week is anatomy lab?

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

How many students per cadaver?

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

How long (in months) do you have anatomy?

Response # Responders
3 months 5
6 months 0
9 months 0
12 months 0
24 months 0

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

Response Avg # Responders
6.40 5

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

Are standardized patients used?

Response # Responders
yes 5
no 0

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

Response Avg # Responders
6.80 5

0 = none, 10 = extensive

Are syllabi provided for the student?

Response # Responders
yes 5
no 0

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

"Rarely" | Report Response

"Things have changed since I was a first year, so no comment." | Report Response

"None of the lectures are mandatory. Anatomy labs are mandatory as are some clinical correlations, TBL, and symposia. It is never more than 5 hours a day mandatory and frequently there is nothing mandatory on a couple days a week." | Report Response

"2-3x per week for 2-3 hours (includes anatomy lab, practice course, and random mandatory event)" | Report Response

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

"No. Duke produces all manner of physicians." | Report Response

"you can do anything, its duke." | Report Response

Location & Housing

How do you feel about the location of the school?

Response Avg # Responders
9.00 5

0 = Uncomfortable, 10 = Desirable

Do you feel safe on campus?

Response Avg # Responders
8.80 5

0 = Not safe, 10 = Very safe

How available and convenient is public transportation?

Response Avg # Responders
5.40 5

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 5
No 0

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

Response Avg # Responders
8.00 5

0 = Almost impossible, 10 = Available & convenient

Is on-campus housing available?

Response # Responders
yes 1
no 4

What is the quality of available on-campus housing?

Response Avg # Responders
7.00 5

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
1.00 5

0 = 0%, 10 = 100%

Is couples housing available?

Response # Responders
yes 3
no 2

Is nearby off-campus housing available?

Response # Responders
yes 5
no 0

How expensive is nearby off-campus housing?

Response Avg # Responders
9.60 5

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

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

"Most live off campus" | Report Response

"Not available or not generally used by students...there is no need as there is great housing very affordably at any distance to campus that you prefer." | Report Response

Cost/Financial Aid

Are fees/tuition expensive?

Response Avg # Responders
5.80 5

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

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

Response Avg # Responders
8.60 5

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

Are many institutional scholarships/grants available?

Response Avg # Responders
9.40 5

0 = none, 10 = many

Is institutional aid need-based or merit-based?

Response # Responders
Need-based 1
Merit-based 0
Both 4

Faculty/Grades

Are faculty members very open to students during office hours?

Response Avg # Responders
9.00 5

0 = Not at all, 10 = Very open

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

Response Avg # Responders
9.80 5

0 = Not at all, 10 = Very available

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

Response Avg # Responders
9.60 5

0 = none, 10 = lots

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

Response Avg # Responders
9.60 5

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the class ranked?

Response # Responders
yes 0
no 5
Clinical Rotations

Are the desired rotation sites easy to obtain?

Response Avg # Responders
7.40 5

0 = difficult, 10 = easy

Is desired rotation order easy to obtain?

Response Avg # Responders
6.80 5

0 = difficult, 10 = easy

Are the elective rotations easy to obtain?

Response Avg # Responders
9.40 5

0 = difficult, 10 = easy

Is there substantial hands-on experience for medical students?

Response Avg # Responders
8.80 5

0 = none, 10 = substantial

Are the rotation sites conveniently accessible for medical students?

Response Avg # Responders
9.20 5

0 = difficult, 10 = accessible

How far are the clinical sites from the main campus?

Response Avg # Responders
9.00 5

0 = far away, 10 = close

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

"Radiology, Family Medicine, Surgery, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, OBGYN, Neurology Also get 2 electives which can be taken in any sub-specialty. All clinical electives are done in 2nd year so most know what they want to do by 3rd year." | Report Response

"IM, Peds, OB/Gyn, Surgery, Psych, FM, Neurology, Radiology" | Report Response

"The rotations are scheduled for each student in consultation with your advisory Dean (one per 25 students in a class). Most students end up with something that works for them. There a core clinicals in second year and the sub-I and electives in fourth year." | Report Response

"all the key ones and a lot of electives during second and fourth year" | Report Response

What responsibility do med students have on the wards?

No responses

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

"Brand new, high tech. Duke hospital is one the leading national institutions" | Report Response

"There are 4 affiiliated hospitals and numerous clinics and small sites. These include Duke Hospitals, a VA hospital, and a former public community hospital. You can really see everything here from primary admissions to referrals" | Report Response

"lots of $$$$$$$$$$" | Report Response

Social Environment

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

Response Avg # Responders
8.60 5

0 = none, 10 = lots

How would you rank student involvement in extracurricular clubs?

Response Avg # Responders
8.60 5

0 = none, 10 = lots

What is the range of extracurricular clubs available?

Response Avg # Responders
8.80 5

0 = almost none, 10 = wide range

Is the student body cooperative or competitive?

Response Avg # Responders
7.20 5

0 = competitive, 10 = cooperative

Is the environment supportive for underrepresented minorities?

Response Avg # Responders
10.00 5

0 = no, 10 = very

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

Response Avg # Responders
10.00 5

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the environment supportive for married students?

Response Avg # Responders
9.60 5

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the environment supportive for students with disabilities?

Response Avg # Responders
9.40 5

0 = no, 10 = very

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

Response Avg # Responders
9.00 5

0 = no, 10 = very

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

"Anything you want! Durham may be a smaller city, but you can do everything you can in a big city much more conveniently. You can actually take advantage of what is her without fighting. I also think it is one of the best top schools for outdoor activities: 2 hours to beach or mountains? I'll take that!" | Report Response

"intramurals, sports, gym, bars, clubs, outdoors stuff, golf, rich boy activities" | Report Response

Post Graduation

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

"Most students get their first pick for residency training, go into extremely competitive fields and best programs. National and international leaders in the field" | Report Response

"Duke has some of the very highest intern performance scores. We produce good clinicians who go on to great careers." | Report Response

"dope" | Report Response

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

"Duke consistently has the highest ranking from residency program directors in the country" | Report Response

"The scores speak for themselves. Duke ranks in the top three and all my anecdotal experience is that you can't beat Duke clinical training." | Report Response

"top tier" | Report Response

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

"Strong in surgical sub-specialties, internal medicine, community medicine (through PCLT leadership track)" | Report Response

"All areas. To name a few Internal Medicine, Surgery (orthopedics, neuro) and Pulmonary. Whatever you want, this is an all around quality program...perfect for" | Report Response

"neurosurgery" | Report Response

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