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  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine at Philadelphia
  • Osteopathic Medical School
  • Philadelphia
Individual Feedback 5 8 Responses
General Info

What graduating class are you in?

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

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

Response # Responders
in-state 4
out-of-state 1
international 0
Not applicable 3

What is your race/ethnic background?

Response # Responders
Caucasian 6
African American 0
Hispanic 0
Asian or Pacific Islander 2
Native American/ Native Alaskan 0
Other/Multiracial 0

Overall, how would you rate this medical program?

Response Avg # Responders
8.38 8

0 = terrible, 10 = world class

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

Response Avg # Responders
8.25 8

0 = really bad, 10 = top tier

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

Response Avg # Responders
5.25 8

0 = really bad, 10 = top tier

What was your MCAT score?

Response Average # Responders
507 8

What was your undergrad GPA?

Response Average # Responders
3.39 8

What was your undergrad science GPA?

Response Average # Responders
3.34 8

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

16686

19047

19127

90210

19044

19063

17602

18071

What do you like most about this school?

"The PCOM community has always made this school feel like home." | Report Response

"community" | Report Response

"Location, reputation" | Report Response

"The character of students that attend. Everyone is outgoing, friendly, and passionate about becoming the best doctor they can be." | Report Response

"Supportive environment, campus location, decent rotation sites, good didactics for the most part." | Report Response

"Great reputation in the area. A lot of alumni." | Report Response

"Reputation, Faculty, Location, Extensive Alumni Network, and Philadelphia 76ers practicing at the school's gym" | Report Response

"The overall athmosphere. Not every medical school is created equally but PCOM looks out for the students." | Report Response

What do you like least about this school?

"Administration does not help students when it comes to planing their careers. Students must do a lot of their own research" | Report Response

"nothing to really complain about" | Report Response

"DIY medical education, worsening options for clinical rotation sites, administration not interested in working directly with students, very easy to split through the cracks if you're not looking out for yourself" | Report Response

"This isn't specific to PCOM, but an osteopathic education comes with a lot of additional hoops and headaches that our MD counterparts do not have to deal with." | Report Response

"Cost." | Report Response

"No professional advisers in the specialty I want to be in." | Report Response

"Technology department sometimes seems to lag behind with technical problems" | Report Response

"Some of the professors aren't the best." | Report Response

Please provide any other general comments on your school

"Hard to change anything since they don't have their own hospital. Relies on alumni for student guidance." | Report Response

"A DO school that has managed to survive and compete with 4, count 'em, 4 other MD schools in the city for the past 100+ years. If that sentence doesn't convince you to choose PCOM, I'm not sure what will." | Report Response

Curriculum

How is the curriculum structured?

Response # Responders
Systems-based 8
Traditional 0

How many courses are taken at a given time?

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

Are courses recorded for medical students?

Response # Responders
Video recording 7
Free note taking service 1
Fee-based note taking service 6
Powerpoint slides provided only 4
None 0

How many days per week is anatomy lab?

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

How many students per cadaver?

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

How long (in months) do you have anatomy?

Response # Responders
3 months 8
6 months 0
9 months 0
12 months 0
24 months 0

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

Response Avg # Responders
1.75 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
4.88 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?

"During the anatomy, almost every day. By second year it is usually about 2 times a week." | Report Response

"once a week or so" | Report Response

"anatomy during first year, primary care skills during first and second year, OMM lab once per week" | Report Response

"1-3 hours of classes per week have mandatory attendance" | Report Response

"Lectures aren't mandatory. Only one or 2 classes will take attendance." | Report Response

"The only activities which require mandatory attendances are: Primary Care Skills lab where physical examination skills are taught (usually an hour once every 2-3 weeks), OMM lab (hour and half once every week), Standardized Patient where you take history and perform physical exam on a patient-actor (2 SP sessions each trimester), and case conferences that usually last 1-2 hours once every 2-3 weeks. This is a fairly reasonable schedule of mandatory attendance activities." | Report Response

"Patient talks, OMM lab, anatomy lab, and various other special talks have mandatory attendance." | Report Response

Location & Housing

How do you feel about the location of the school?

Response Avg # Responders
9.13 8

0 = Uncomfortable, 10 = Desirable

Do you feel safe on campus?

Response Avg # Responders
9.75 8

0 = Not safe, 10 = Very safe

How available and convenient is public transportation?

Response Avg # Responders
7.88 8

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 6
All years 2
No 0

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

Response Avg # Responders
9.00 8

0 = Almost impossible, 10 = Available & convenient

Is on-campus housing available?

Response # Responders
yes 0
no 8

What is the quality of available on-campus housing?

Response Avg # Responders
4.38 8

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
2.63 8

0 = 0%, 10 = 100%

Is couples housing available?

Response # Responders
yes 0
no 4

Is nearby off-campus housing available?

Response # Responders
yes 6
no 0

How expensive is nearby off-campus housing?

Response Avg # Responders
6.75 8

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

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

"On campus housing will begin in 2018" | Report Response

"Lot of housing off campus, Even in walking distance." | Report Response

Cost/Financial Aid

Are fees/tuition expensive?

Response Avg # Responders
6.38 8

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

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

Response Avg # Responders
5.63 8

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

Are many institutional scholarships/grants available?

Response Avg # Responders
5.00 8

0 = none, 10 = many

Is institutional aid need-based or merit-based?

Response # Responders
Need-based 1
Merit-based 0
Both 7

Faculty/Grades

Are faculty members very open to students during office hours?

Response Avg # Responders
8.13 8

0 = Not at all, 10 = Very open

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

Response Avg # Responders
8.25 8

0 = Not at all, 10 = Very available

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

Response Avg # Responders
7.25 8

0 = none, 10 = lots

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

Response Avg # Responders
6.13 8

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the class ranked?

Response # Responders
yes 5
no 3

How is the instructional faculty during pre-clinical years?

"Generally the faculty is very good. They enjoy teaching and are happy to answer questions/" | Report Response

"very qualified" | Report Response

"average" | Report Response

"Fantastic. Some more than others obviously, but in general they are outstanding." | Report Response

"They are okay. They had some useless courses that was a waste of time." | Report Response

"So far, pretty well-rounded and carry a great reputation of their own within their respective fields" | Report Response

"I'm only a first year. However, so far pre-clinical instruction has ranged from bad to superb. Most professors fall between average and superb." | Report Response

Clinical Rotations

Are the desired rotation sites easy to obtain?

Response Avg # Responders
6.63 8

0 = difficult, 10 = easy

Is desired rotation order easy to obtain?

Response Avg # Responders
6.13 8

0 = difficult, 10 = easy

Are the elective rotations easy to obtain?

Response Avg # Responders
7.75 8

0 = difficult, 10 = easy

Is there substantial hands-on experience for medical students?

Response Avg # Responders
6.88 8

0 = none, 10 = substantial

Are the rotation sites conveniently accessible for medical students?

Response Avg # Responders
6.50 8

0 = difficult, 10 = accessible

How far are the clinical sites from the main campus?

Response Avg # Responders
4.75 8

0 = far away, 10 = close

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

"Order of rotations is determined by a drawing. Core rotations (8 third year and 4 fourth year) are provided, sites divided among the group of students that are completing the same core. Electives are arranged by the student. Clinical campus opportunities allow students to complete all cores at one site, if they are selected. Required rotations -FM, IM, Psych, Peds, Cardio, IM selective, Surgery x2, OMM, EM, Rural, urban x2, medicine sub-i" | Report Response

"lottery" | Report Response

"Lottery/Selection Based." | Report Response

"They have a set of sites. They divide the class into groups and each group has a different of schedule. Required: IM, Peds, psych, Cardiology, General surg, Surg specialty, Family medicine, OMM(2 weeks), rural rotation, urban rotation, IM specialty, EMED" | Report Response

"Each rotation last 4 weeks. Required rotations are your typical rotations: FM, IM, Surgery, Peds, Ob/Gyn, Psych, OMT" | Report Response

What responsibility do med students have on the wards?

"depends on sites, usually low responsibility" | Report Response

"Depends on the site." | Report Response

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

"depends on sites, some good others not so good" | Report Response

"Ranges." | Report Response

Social Environment

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

Response Avg # Responders
8.13 8

0 = none, 10 = lots

How would you rank student involvement in extracurricular clubs?

Response Avg # Responders
8.50 8

0 = none, 10 = lots

What is the range of extracurricular clubs available?

Response Avg # Responders
9.00 8

0 = almost none, 10 = wide range

Is the student body cooperative or competitive?

Response Avg # Responders
8.38 8

0 = competitive, 10 = cooperative

Is the environment supportive for underrepresented minorities?

Response Avg # Responders
7.75 8

0 = no, 10 = very

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

Response Avg # Responders
7.00 8

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the environment supportive for married students?

Response Avg # Responders
8.63 8

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the environment supportive for students with disabilities?

Response Avg # Responders
6.88 8

0 = no, 10 = very

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

Response Avg # Responders
8.13 8

0 = no, 10 = very

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

"Go to center city Philadelphia." | Report Response

"A lot of students utilize the trails and activity center for fitness purposes. There's a lot of night life as well. Although you won't see the entire class together very often, you will see groups of classmates out and about." | Report Response

Post Graduation

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

"As with most schools, the ceiling is determined by how hard you work. Students who do well can succeed in whatever they desire." | Report Response

"Well, for the most part." | Report Response

"Well. The school will give you the tools to get you where you want to be. Does not mean it will be easy." | Report Response

"Well. Obviously, region plays a big role." | Report Response

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

"Don't know. Anatomy?" | Report Response

"Not particularly. Our matchlists are varied." | Report Response

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