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  • Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Milwaukee
Individual Feedback 5 9 Responses
General Info

What graduating class are you in?

Response # Responders
2007 0
2008 0
2009 0
2010 0
2011 1
2012 1
2013 3
2014 0
2015 0
2016 0
2017 2
2018 1
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 8
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 1
MD/MS 0
MD/PhD 0

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

Response # Responders
in-state 7
out-of-state 2
international 0
Not applicable 0

What is your race/ethnic background?

Response # Responders
Caucasian 8
African American 0
Hispanic 1
Asian or Pacific Islander 0
Native American/ Native Alaskan 0
Other/Multiracial 0

Overall, how would you rate this medical program?

Response Avg # Responders
7.00 9

0 = terrible, 10 = world class

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

Response Avg # Responders
6.67 9

0 = really bad, 10 = top tier

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

Response Avg # Responders
7.11 9

0 = really bad, 10 = top tier

What was your MCAT score?

Response Average # Responders
509 9

What was your undergrad GPA?

Response Average # Responders
3.73 9

What was your undergrad science GPA?

Response Average # Responders
3.72 9

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

53151

51360

53546

55126

53222

95765

53916

53072

53132

What do you like most about this school?

"MCW gives students lots of independent time for studying or using your time as you see fit." | Report Response

"The students are generally nice, Midwest people with a variety of life experiences and ages." | Report Response

"Study spots, and location" | Report Response

"The students and the collaborative, friendly environment" | Report Response

"Large classes, so a lot of opportunities. Children's Hospital is amazing. Milwaukee is a nice place to live, and lower cost of living. Lot of opportunities for residencies." | Report Response

"Facilities, Hospital is excellent. Childrens Hospital is new and amazing, ranked #3 in nation. All facilities are connected." | Report Response

"Professors are very approachable. Tightly-knit community - everyone in our class hangs out. Lots of opportunity for time with clinical mentors. Great place for people interested in research." | Report Response

"Very friendly cooperative environment Lots of great classmates Great location (4 seasons, clean area, great eats and entertainment)" | Report Response

"The atmosphere" | Report Response

What do you like least about this school?

"MCW offers poor clinic training and unorganized preclinical courses. They are mostly concerned with testing, not teaching. So most of your learning will have to be independent." | Report Response

"I would not regard this as a "student friendly" administration. I have either experienced personally or are aware of the most authoritarian, irrationally strict enforcement of various institutional rules that have been incredibly frustrating over the years." | Report Response

"The price" | Report Response

"The registrar" | Report Response

"Poor name recognition, like the above poster said. The curriculum is undergoing change, which eventually will be a good thing." | Report Response

"Honestly, the lack of name recognition. People outside of milwaukee think you are going to like ITT tech or something, they have no idea. I wish they would reconnect with Marquette to change the name back to Marquette SOM" | Report Response

"High tuition. Clinical summer externship opportunities are limited. The new Dean's vision for the curriculum seems scattered." | Report Response

"(sorry - nothing)" | Report Response

"The tuition cost" | Report Response

Please provide any other general comments on your school

"Highly underrated, great experience!" | Report Response

"Great Facilities, large academic hospital. Good place to go. First 2 years are pretty disorganized though, with a lot of really bad profs. That may be universal though. I hear the 3rd and 4th year are great" | Report Response

Curriculum

How is the curriculum structured?

Response # Responders
Systems-based 4
Traditional 3

How many courses are taken at a given time?

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

Are courses recorded for medical students?

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

How many days per week is anatomy lab?

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

How many students per cadaver?

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

How long (in months) do you have anatomy?

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

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

Response Avg # Responders
1.88 8

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

Are standardized patients used?

Response # Responders
yes 8
no 0

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

Response Avg # Responders
5.13 8

0 = none, 10 = extensive

Are syllabi provided for the student?

Response # Responders
yes 8
no 0

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

"Anatomy and classes with a clinical skills component during your first year (1-3x per week)" | Report Response

"It's been variable over the years as they've changed the curriculum. I believe there are mandatory activities about 2-3 half-days per week." | Report Response

"Very infrequently" | Report Response

"1-2 times a week" | Report Response

"weekly" | Report Response

"Occasionally. The school knows that people have their own ways of learning." | Report Response

"infrequently" | Report Response

Location & Housing

How do you feel about the location of the school?

Response Avg # Responders
7.71 7

0 = Uncomfortable, 10 = Desirable

Do you feel safe on campus?

Response Avg # Responders
9.43 7

0 = Not safe, 10 = Very safe

How available and convenient is public transportation?

Response Avg # Responders
4.71 7

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 3
All years 2
No 1

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

Response Avg # Responders
8.00 7

0 = Almost impossible, 10 = Available & convenient

Is on-campus housing available?

Response # Responders
yes 0
no 7

What is the quality of available on-campus housing?

Response Avg # Responders
4.71 7

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
4.43 7

0 = 0%, 10 = 100%

Is couples housing available?

Response # Responders
yes 1
no 3

Is nearby off-campus housing available?

Response # Responders
yes 6
no 0

How expensive is nearby off-campus housing?

Response Avg # Responders
8.00 7

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

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

"No on campus housing, but many apartments and houses for rent nearby. An older middle class neighborhood surrounds the school. You will have to drive to the school. Do yourself a favor and live downtown since you'll be driving everywhere anyways. All ratings are for the surrounding neighborhoods." | Report Response

Cost/Financial Aid

Are fees/tuition expensive?

Response Avg # Responders
4.00 9

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

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

Response Avg # Responders
7.22 9

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

Are many institutional scholarships/grants available?

Response Avg # Responders
4.00 9

0 = none, 10 = many

Is institutional aid need-based or merit-based?

Response # Responders
Need-based 3
Merit-based 0
Both 3

Faculty/Grades

Are faculty members very open to students during office hours?

Response Avg # Responders
7.13 8

0 = Not at all, 10 = Very open

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

Response Avg # Responders
7.38 8

0 = Not at all, 10 = Very available

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

Response Avg # Responders
8.13 8

0 = none, 10 = lots

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

Response Avg # Responders
7.50 8

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the class ranked?

Response # Responders
yes 2
no 5

How is the instructional faculty during pre-clinical years?

"The anatomy department is great, but most of the other departments and professors are unorganized and poor lecturers" | Report Response

"I found the pre-clinical professors to be the stereotypical "let's talk about my arcane research and not high-yield boards material" types for the most part." | Report Response

"Hit or miss. More hits than misses." | Report Response

"Majority is good, with a few rockstar teachers, also a few terrible instructors, but overall very good." | Report Response

"Really hit or miss. Some decent ones, but seems like more really bad ones that completely ignore any board relevant material and focus on whatever the research, esp genes, molec mechanisms etc." | Report Response

"Great. Some lecturers are a drag, but it is unavoidable." | Report Response

What is the grading scale used during pre-clinical years?

"Honors, high pass, pass, low pass, fail (sounds a bit like another type of grading system...)" | Report Response

"f-lp-p-hp-h" | Report Response

"H/HP/P/LP/F" | Report Response

"H HP P LP F, but may be moving to P F" | Report Response

"5 pt" | Report Response

"Honors - High Pass - Pass - Low Pass - Fail. Must get 'pass' or above." | Report Response

"Honors, High Pass, Pass, Low Pass, Fail" | Report Response

Clinical Rotations

Are the desired rotation sites easy to obtain?

Response Avg # Responders
5.38 8

0 = difficult, 10 = easy

Is desired rotation order easy to obtain?

Response Avg # Responders
5.00 8

0 = difficult, 10 = easy

Are the elective rotations easy to obtain?

Response Avg # Responders
5.25 8

0 = difficult, 10 = easy

Is there substantial hands-on experience for medical students?

Response Avg # Responders
5.63 8

0 = none, 10 = substantial

Are the rotation sites conveniently accessible for medical students?

Response Avg # Responders
7.13 8

0 = difficult, 10 = accessible

How far are the clinical sites from the main campus?

Response Avg # Responders
6.38 8

0 = far away, 10 = close

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

"Set schedule" | Report Response

"M3: Surgery (8 wk), Medicine (8 wk), Peds (6 wk), OBGYN (6 wk), Family Med (4 wk), Psych (4 wk), Anesthesiology (2 wk), 2-4week electives and 1-2 week elective M4: not sure yet, but flexible to suit student needs, get 3 months vacation total for M3-M4 to be used for whatever (ie Step 2, interviews, etc)" | Report Response

What responsibility do med students have on the wards?

"As much as you or your preceptor allow" | Report Response

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

"Varied" | Report Response

What is the typical patient population medical students work with?

"Upper middle class to underserved" | Report Response

"Very diverse ethnically, socioeconomically, and a lot of pathology and trauma" | Report Response

Social Environment

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

Response Avg # Responders
8.71 7

0 = none, 10 = lots

How would you rank student involvement in extracurricular clubs?

Response Avg # Responders
7.43 7

0 = none, 10 = lots

What is the range of extracurricular clubs available?

Response Avg # Responders
8.14 7

0 = almost none, 10 = wide range

Is the student body cooperative or competitive?

Response Avg # Responders
7.29 7

0 = competitive, 10 = cooperative

Is the environment supportive for underrepresented minorities?

Response Avg # Responders
7.29 7

0 = no, 10 = very

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

Response Avg # Responders
7.57 7

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the environment supportive for married students?

Response Avg # Responders
8.14 7

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the environment supportive for students with disabilities?

Response Avg # Responders
7.14 7

0 = no, 10 = very

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

Response Avg # Responders
7.14 7

0 = no, 10 = very
Post Graduation

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

"Fair" | Report Response

"People who succeed in med school here get whatever specialty they want." | Report Response

"do well, both in the midwest and on the coasts, and most ppl match in their top 3, everyone coming from MCW has the opportunity to do anything they want for residency as long as they put the work in the rest will take care of itself" | Report Response

"Very well, in my opinion" | Report Response

"Well" | Report Response

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

"Mostly positive around the midwest, unknown on the east coast, fairly well from the west coast" | Report Response

"I've heard personally that the clinical education is excellent." | Report Response

"Strong clinical rotations overall a Froedtert and Children's, solid residents" | Report Response

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