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  • Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Osteopathic Medical School
  • Yakima
Individual Feedback 2 3 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 0
2017 0
2018 0
2019 2
2020 0
2021 0
2022 0
2023 0
2024 0

Are you pursuing any joint degrees (MD/PhD, MD/MPH, etc.)?

Response # Responders
No 3
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 0
out-of-state 1
international 0
Not applicable 2

What is your race/ethnic background?

Response # Responders
Caucasian 2
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
5.67 3

0 = terrible, 10 = world class

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

Response Avg # Responders
4.67 3

0 = really bad, 10 = top tier

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

Response Avg # Responders
3.67 3

0 = really bad, 10 = top tier

What was your MCAT score?

Response Average # Responders
491 3

What was your undergrad GPA?

Response Average # Responders
3.38 3

What was your undergrad science GPA?

Response Average # Responders
3.31 3

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

98902

95453

97071

What do you like least about this school?

"There is a lot of favoritism amongst the administration. There is a married couple that teaches and makes everything way too complicated. The school is VERY money driven despite the claim to be a non-profit." | Report Response

"Administration makes some questionable financial decisions like focusing on adding new programs instead of perfecting the COM." | Report Response

"Cost" | Report Response

Please provide any other general comments on your school

No responses

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 0
3 0
4 1
5 0
6 1
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 0
4-5 hours 0
5-6 hours 0
6> hours 1

Are courses recorded for medical students?

Response # Responders
Video recording 2
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?

Response # Responders
1 2
2 0
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 1
5-6 1
7-8 0
>8 0

How long (in months) do you have anatomy?

Response # Responders
3 months 0
6 months 0
9 months 1
12 months 1
24 months 0

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

Response Avg # Responders
4.00 2

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
2.50 2

0 = none, 10 = extensive

Are syllabi provided for the student?

Response # Responders
yes 2
no 0

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

"The school claims to be no mandatory attendance for lectures, but they sneak in quizzes that make up a huge part of your grade." | Report Response

"Only for quizzes and labs" | Report Response

What books are necessary?

No responses

What books are unnecessary?

No responses

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

"Due to how extensive the anatomy curriculum is (it's crazy), it seems like the school really wants a bunch of surgeons despite their claim to promote family/GP." | Report Response

"Primary care" | Report Response

Location & Housing

How do you feel about the location of the school?

Response Avg # Responders
5.00 2

0 = Uncomfortable, 10 = Desirable

Do you feel safe on campus?

Response Avg # Responders
8.00 2

0 = Not safe, 10 = Very safe

How available and convenient is public transportation?

Response Avg # Responders
2.50 2

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 1
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
6.50 2

0 = Almost impossible, 10 = Available & convenient

Is on-campus housing available?

Response # Responders
yes 0
no 2

What is the quality of available on-campus housing?

Response Avg # Responders
5.00 2

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
5.00 2

0 = 0%, 10 = 100%

Is couples housing available?

Response # Responders
yes 1
no 1

Is nearby off-campus housing available?

Response # Responders
yes 2
no 0

How expensive is nearby off-campus housing?

Response Avg # Responders
6.50 2

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

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

"n/a" | Report Response

"Apartment complex right next door to campus. 1-2 bedrooms" | Report Response

Cost/Financial Aid

Are fees/tuition expensive?

Response Avg # Responders
4.00 2

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

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

Response Avg # Responders
6.00 2

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

Are many institutional scholarships/grants available?

Response Avg # Responders
4.00 2

0 = none, 10 = many

Is institutional aid need-based or merit-based?

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

Faculty/Grades

Are faculty members very open to students during office hours?

Response Avg # Responders
7.50 2

0 = Not at all, 10 = Very open

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

Response Avg # Responders
8.00 2

0 = Not at all, 10 = Very available

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

Response Avg # Responders
4.00 2

0 = none, 10 = lots

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

Response Avg # Responders
6.00 2

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the class ranked?

Response # Responders
yes 2
no 0

How is the instructional faculty during pre-clinical years?

"They're either amazing, or awful. There are no in-betweens." | Report Response

"Some is stellar, others leave a lot to be desired. Strongest includes histology, anatomy, neurology, cardiology, pharm, and psych." | Report Response

How is the instructional faculty during clinical years?

"Rotation site dependent but the Boise site is phenomenal." | Report Response

What is the grading scale used during clinical years?

"Pass/fail" | Report Response

Clinical Rotations

Are the desired rotation sites easy to obtain?

Response Avg # Responders
4.00 2

0 = difficult, 10 = easy

Is desired rotation order easy to obtain?

Response Avg # Responders
5.00 2

0 = difficult, 10 = easy

Are the elective rotations easy to obtain?

Response Avg # Responders
6.50 2

0 = difficult, 10 = easy

Is there substantial hands-on experience for medical students?

Response Avg # Responders
5.00 2

0 = none, 10 = substantial

Are the rotation sites conveniently accessible for medical students?

Response Avg # Responders
4.00 2

0 = difficult, 10 = accessible

How far are the clinical sites from the main campus?

Response Avg # Responders
3.50 2

0 = far away, 10 = close

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

"It's a mess. There seem to be a lot of exceptions for randomness on the points scale. Plus, and this is a biggie, the school is losing rotation sites nonstop. They have a terrible person out advocating for the school, they've burned bridges, and with WSU and UW growing their programs- not to mention Western-COM and OHSU- sites are dropping PNWU." | Report Response

"Third year is scheduled in each “hub” assigned at the end of second year. Cores include peds, family, IM, surgery, OMT, psych, OB/gyn. Fourth year is for you to schedule but there is extensive help and availability." | Report Response

What responsibility do med students have on the wards?

"Site dependent, typically you see every other patient before the doctor in clinic settings and present before going back in with the doctor. On inpatient given the opportunity to manage a small group of patients with supervision" | Report Response

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

"I can only speak for the Boise site but we have strong ties with Saint Alphonsus and West Valley. Difficult to rotate at St Lukes" | Report Response

What is the typical patient population medical students work with?

"Variable" | Report Response

Social Environment

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

Response Avg # Responders
7.50 2

0 = none, 10 = lots

How would you rank student involvement in extracurricular clubs?

Response Avg # Responders
7.50 2

0 = none, 10 = lots

What is the range of extracurricular clubs available?

Response Avg # Responders
7.50 2

0 = almost none, 10 = wide range

Is the student body cooperative or competitive?

Response Avg # Responders
7.00 2

0 = competitive, 10 = cooperative

Is the environment supportive for underrepresented minorities?

Response Avg # Responders
4.50 2

0 = no, 10 = very

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

Response Avg # Responders
6.00 2

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the environment supportive for married students?

Response Avg # Responders
7.50 2

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the environment supportive for students with disabilities?

Response Avg # Responders
2.50 2

0 = no, 10 = very

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

Response Avg # Responders
5.50 2

0 = no, 10 = very

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

"River float, house parties, trivia night, salsa dancing, symphony performances" | Report Response

Post Graduation

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

"On the lower end to competitive." | Report Response

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

"Before the current dean took over, it had a much higher reputation." | Report Response

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

"Unsure." | Report Response

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