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  • University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Oklahoma City
Individual Feedback 5 1 Responses
General Info

What graduating class are you in?

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2007 0
2008 0
2009 0
2010 0
2011 0
2012 0
2013 0
2014 0
2015 1
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 1
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?

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in-state 1
out-of-state 0
international 0
Not applicable 0

What is your race/ethnic background?

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Caucasian 1
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?

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8.00 1

0 = terrible, 10 = world class

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

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5.00 1

0 = really bad, 10 = top tier

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

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5.00 1

0 = really bad, 10 = top tier

What was your MCAT score?

Response Average # Responders
518 1

What was your undergrad GPA?

Response Average # Responders
4.00 1

What was your undergrad science GPA?

Response Average # Responders
4.00 1

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

74873

What do you like most about this school?

"1. Put simply, the faculty and staff here care about students, and they care about education. Changes both big and small happen based on the feedback of students. They listen. They teach. They learn. And the end result is growth of both the student and the institution. 2. Oklahoma City still has a long way to go yet before it's a world-class city, but it's growing, and it's growing quickly. Expanding and diversifying population. Influx and retention of energetic younger persons as well as highly paid, highly educated workers. Exploding culinary and foodie scene. Blossoming local arts scene. Unflagging support for our NBA team, the OKC Thunder." | Report Response

What do you like least about this school?

"My classmates and I all had gripes about one course or another, or about one instructor or another. From an institutional standpoint, though, everything is moving in the right direction. If USMLE scores are any indicator, the students at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine are solidly above the national average and improving (last year's graduating class had the highest board scores in the school's history until my class did even better both when compared to previous classes and nationally). The school is poised for growth, as is the Children's Hospital, though the growth and improvement of the two adult hospitals are less certain. And that's the true downside to attending school here. While it is actually a great institution (the College of Medicine in the Health Sciences Center, that is. As both an OU undergraduate alumnus and soon-to-be-alumnus of the OU College of Medicine, I can say unequivocally that I do not recommend attending the undergraduate institution, but I can highly recommend attending the postgraduate medical education side, especially the College of Medicine ), it is hard to attract talented individuals here even regionally, let alone nationally. It is happening, and at an accelerating rate, but for the foreseeable future the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine will remain a great educational institution with very little national standing. People come here and learn how to be excellent clinicians. The most talented graduates tend to move away to where they can reach their fullest potential--institutions that have a big name and big finances. While that will not be true thirty or forty years from now, it is something for current medical school applicants to keep in mind." | Report Response

Please provide any other general comments on your school

No responses

Curriculum

How is the curriculum structured?

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Systems-based 1
Traditional 0

How many courses are taken at a given time?

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1 0
2 1
3 0
4 0
5 0
6 0
7 0
8 0
9 0
10 0

How long are you typically in class per day?

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

Are courses recorded for medical students?

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

How many days per week is anatomy lab?

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1 0
2 1
3 0
4 0
5 0
6 0
7 0

How many students per cadaver?

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

How long (in months) do you have anatomy?

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3 months 1
6 months 0
9 months 0
12 months 0
24 months 0

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

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2.00 1

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

Are standardized patients used?

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yes 1
no 0

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

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3.00 1

0 = none, 10 = extensive

Are syllabi provided for the student?

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yes 1
no 0

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

"Varies by course but averages about 1-2 times weekly" | Report Response

What books are necessary?

"Books are not necessary in most courses, and those that are "required" are almost always available free through the library." | Report Response

What books are unnecessary?

No responses

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

"The pre-clinical years are not biased toward any on specialty. There are three required clinical clerkships in the third year--rural, ambulatory (internal medicine) and geriatrics--that give the overall curriculum a slant toward primary care specialties." | Report Response

Location & Housing

How do you feel about the location of the school?

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7.00 1

0 = Uncomfortable, 10 = Desirable

Do you feel safe on campus?

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10.00 1

0 = Not safe, 10 = Very safe

How available and convenient is public transportation?

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2.00 1

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 1
No 0

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

Response Avg # Responders
5.00 1

0 = Almost impossible, 10 = Available & convenient

Is on-campus housing available?

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yes 1
no 0

What is the quality of available on-campus housing?

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7.00 1

0 = terrible, 10 = great

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

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1.00 1

0 = 0%, 10 = 100%

Is couples housing available?

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yes 1
no 0

Is nearby off-campus housing available?

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yes 1
no 0

How expensive is nearby off-campus housing?

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8.00 1

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

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

"Studio apartments are $586.00 per month. Two bedroom townhouses are $902.00 per month. Rent includes water, trash and sewer service, security alarm, and high-speed internet." | Report Response

Cost/Financial Aid

Are fees/tuition expensive?

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8.00 1

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

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

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9.00 1

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

Are many institutional scholarships/grants available?

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8.00 1

0 = none, 10 = many

Is institutional aid need-based or merit-based?

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Need-based 0
Merit-based 0
Both 1

Faculty/Grades

Are faculty members very open to students during office hours?

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10.00 1

0 = Not at all, 10 = Very open

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

Response Avg # Responders
10.00 1

0 = Not at all, 10 = Very available

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

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9.00 1

0 = none, 10 = lots

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

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10.00 1

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the class ranked?

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yes 1
no 0

How is the instructional faculty during pre-clinical years?

"They're a mix of super-fantastic, great and bad. The school administrators consider student feedback very seriously, and faculty members have teaching appointments revoked if they don't do a good job. Overall, the positive experiences greatly outweigh the negative ones." | Report Response

How is the instructional faculty during clinical years?

"For the most part, varying degrees of good. Very few do not like to teach, and very few are bad at teaching." | Report Response

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

"Honors, pass or fail Students are told quartile but not class rank." | Report Response

What is the grading scale used during clinical years?

"4.0 grading scale (A-F) Students may ask about quartiles but will not be given information about class rank. AOA selection occurs October of the MS4 year." | Report Response

Clinical Rotations

Are the desired rotation sites easy to obtain?

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7.00 1

0 = difficult, 10 = easy

Is desired rotation order easy to obtain?

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3.00 1

0 = difficult, 10 = easy

Are the elective rotations easy to obtain?

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6.00 1

0 = difficult, 10 = easy

Is there substantial hands-on experience for medical students?

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8.00 1

0 = none, 10 = substantial

Are the rotation sites conveniently accessible for medical students?

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9.00 1

0 = difficult, 10 = accessible

How far are the clinical sites from the main campus?

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10.00 1

0 = far away, 10 = close

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

"Required clerkships in the third year are internal medicine (8 wk), general surgery (8 wk), pediatrics (6 wk), ob/gyn (6 wk), psychiatry (6 wk), neurology (4 wk) and family medicine (4 wk) with three two-week selectives (dermatology, radiology, anesthesiology, otolaryngology, urology, ophthalmology, pathology, emergency medicine, radiation oncology, neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, pediatric emergency medicine (4 wk); plastic surgery and cardiothoracic surgery are available to some in general surgery rotation). The MS4 year has three required 4-week clerkships--community preceptorship (rural), ambulatory (internal medicine), and geriatrics--as well as one required 4-week course known as Capstone (a self-study course of faculty-created USMLE-Step-2-CK-style questions/tutorials. Attendance is required on only two occasions.). The rest of the fourth year is reserved for electives and six weeks of vacation." | Report Response

What responsibility do med students have on the wards?

"MS3: see and evaluate patients and formulate daily plan. Medical students on some rotations write progress notes, although residents must still write a note for billing purposes. Some medical students are encouraged to order lab tests or medications through the EMR (routed to the resident for acceptance or rejection; cannot be executed without resident say-so). Medical students will follow 3-4 patients on most rotations. Some first-contact evaluations (e.g. evaluation in the emergency room during the internal medicine rotation, pediatric surgery rotation or pediatrics rotation), but mostly following daily progress of patients already admitted to the hospital. Act as an advocate for their patients (although some rotations are more welcoming of medical student input than others are). Can volunteer for scut such as obtaining medical records but is usually not required to do so. MS4 on sub-internships: as above, but often follows more patients (4-6 or more), has the option of working at night, and is treated as a resident." | Report Response

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

"OU Medical Center (Presbyterian Tower aka Presby) - county hospital with 400+ single-occupancy beds and the only level one trauma center in the state. Full complement of specialties for adult medicine and surgery. Growing, albeit slowly. USNWR #2 hospital in Oklahoma. OU VA Medical Center - 400+ bed double- to quadruple-occupancy facility. Shows its age. The Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center - 200+ bed single-occupancy facility. Rapidly expanding, gets much more money than the other two facilities do, and is better run than the other two facilities. All three facilities are on the Health Sciences Center campus with the health sciences student buildings (College of Medicine, College of Dentistry, College of Nursing, College of Allied Health, College of Pharmacy, College of Public Health and the Graduate College), and all hospitals are linked by tunnel/skywalk." | Report Response

What is the typical patient population medical students work with?

"Mix of mostly Medicare, Medicaid and uninsured population of low means. Some privately insured patients. Oklahoma City has a surprising amount of diversity with first-, second-, and third-generation latinos (17-20%) and persons of eastern Asian descent (4-5%) as well as black persons (17%), white persons (63%) and American Indians (3.5%). Ethnic minorities are overrepresented (more likely to be un- or underinsured and thus quickly referred from outside facilities nearby) in the adult hospital, although the Children's Hospital sees a more representative mix." | Report Response

Social Environment

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

Response Avg # Responders
8.00 1

0 = none, 10 = lots

How would you rank student involvement in extracurricular clubs?

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8.00 1

0 = none, 10 = lots

What is the range of extracurricular clubs available?

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9.00 1

0 = almost none, 10 = wide range

Is the student body cooperative or competitive?

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8.00 1

0 = competitive, 10 = cooperative

Is the environment supportive for underrepresented minorities?

Response Avg # Responders
6.00 1

0 = no, 10 = very

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

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3.00 1

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the environment supportive for married students?

Response Avg # Responders
10.00 1

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the environment supportive for students with disabilities?

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6.00 1

0 = no, 10 = very

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

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9.00 1

0 = no, 10 = very

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

"Attend college (OU football) and professional (OKC Thunder) sporting events, try a new pub or restaurant in the blossoming restaurant scene, play recreational sports (indoor soccer league), have small or large get-togethers, row/kayak/bike, go rock climbing (climbing gym nearby, mountains 1.5 hours away), go to local live performances." | Report Response

Post Graduation

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

"Graduates fare quite well. Despite typically not ranging far afield, the students earn USMLE scores above the national average and are known for their clinical acumen. Students regularly match into the most competitive specialties, and although they tend not to apply far afield, a handful of graduates each year secure positions at some of the most highly regarded institutions in the country. Last year's match list featured the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Johns Hopkins, Washington University in St. Louis, UT Southwestern, University of Chicago, and Emory." | Report Response

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

"I have heard from a graduate that his residency program director (in Texas) regards OU graduates quite highly for their clinical skill. For residency program directors at the more prestigious institutions (e.g. the big three--Harvard/MGH/BW/BID, Johns Hopkins, UC San Francisco), the University of Oklahoma may not have much of a reputation as very few graduates wrestle residency spots away from other applicants to these programs, but excellent graduates have no difficulty securing interview offers around the country and even from The Big Three and other outstanding programs." | Report Response

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

"There is an interesting dichotomy in that the school tends to foster interest in primary care specialties while also making available very few ambulatory learning experiences. Thus, the school churns out a good number of primary care physicians, but students interested in internal medicine tend to favor going into hospital medicine. Strength of graduates in their respective fields seems to be more or less the same (e.g. family medicine practitioners are as skilled in family medicine as orthopedic surgeons are in orthopedic surgery)." | Report Response

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