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  • Ponce Health Sciences University (Puerto Rico)
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Ponce
Individual Feedback 1 1 Responses
General Info

What graduating class are you in?

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

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

What is your race/ethnic background?

Response # Responders
Caucasian 0
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
3.00 1

0 = terrible, 10 = world class

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

Response Avg # Responders
2.00 1

0 = really bad, 10 = top tier

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

Response Avg # Responders
6.00 1

0 = really bad, 10 = top tier

What was your MCAT score?

Response Average # Responders
505 1

What was your undergrad GPA?

Response Average # Responders
3.25 1

What was your undergrad science GPA?

Response Average # Responders
3.70 1

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

27703

What do you like most about this school?

"Some of the professors really care about the students." | Report Response

What do you like least about this school?

"Facilities are run-down. Tuition keeps going up. Next year it will be $36,000 to start. Its the same story of medical education all over, paying more and getting less." | Report Response

Please provide any other general comments on your school

"If you get into a state school, go there. The only thing PSMHS had going for it was price. But now that is disappearing. Stay away! I'm off to residency!!!!!!" | Report Response

Curriculum

How is the curriculum structured?

Response # Responders
Systems-based 0
Traditional 1

How many courses are taken at a given time?

Response # Responders
1 0
2 0
3 0
4 0
5 0
6 0
7 0
8 1
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 1
6> hours 0

Are courses recorded for medical students?

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

How many days per week is anatomy lab?

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

How long (in months) do you have anatomy?

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

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

Response Avg # Responders
1.00 1

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

Are standardized patients used?

Response # Responders
yes 1
no 0

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

Response Avg # Responders
1.00 1

0 = none, 10 = extensive

Are syllabi provided for the student?

Response # Responders
yes 0
no 1

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

"First year is all mandatory. Miss a class and they ream you. Second year is more optional. But they passively-aggressively ream you for it in 3rd year." | Report Response

What books are necessary?

"Whatever you get at the book sale. Usually just BRS." | Report Response

What books are unnecessary?

"Anything the prof recommends." | Report Response

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

"No, but realistically with 60-80% passing the step first time around most go to primary care." | Report Response

Location & Housing

How do you feel about the location of the school?

Response Avg # Responders
1.00 1

0 = Uncomfortable, 10 = Desirable

Do you feel safe on campus?

Response Avg # Responders
1.00 1

0 = Not safe, 10 = Very safe

How available and convenient is public transportation?

Response Avg # Responders
0.00 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
2.00 1

0 = Almost impossible, 10 = Available & convenient

Is on-campus housing available?

Response # Responders
yes 0
no 1

What is the quality of available on-campus housing?

Response Avg # Responders
5.00 1

0 = terrible, 10 = great

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

Response Avg # Responders
5.00 1

0 = 0%, 10 = 100%

Is couples housing available?

Response # Responders
yes 0
no 1

Is nearby off-campus housing available?

Response # Responders
yes 0
no 0

How expensive is nearby off-campus housing?

Response Avg # Responders
7.00 1

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

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

"Non-existent" | Report Response

Cost/Financial Aid

Are fees/tuition expensive?

Response Avg # Responders
0.00 1

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

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

Response Avg # Responders
7.00 1

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

Are many institutional scholarships/grants available?

Response Avg # Responders
0.00 1

0 = none, 10 = many

Is institutional aid need-based or merit-based?

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

Faculty/Grades

Are faculty members very open to students during office hours?

Response Avg # Responders
5.00 1

0 = Not at all, 10 = Very open

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

Response Avg # Responders
2.00 1

0 = Not at all, 10 = Very available

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

Response Avg # Responders
5.00 1

0 = none, 10 = lots

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

Response Avg # Responders
5.00 1

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the class ranked?

Response # Responders
yes 1
no 0

How is the instructional faculty during pre-clinical years?

"Good." | Report Response

How is the instructional faculty during clinical years?

"fun, relaxed." | Report Response

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

"Honors, pass, fail" | Report Response

What is the grading scale used during clinical years?

"Honors, pass, fail" | Report Response

Clinical Rotations

Are the desired rotation sites easy to obtain?

Response Avg # Responders
5.00 1

0 = difficult, 10 = easy

Is desired rotation order easy to obtain?

Response Avg # Responders
2.00 1

0 = difficult, 10 = easy

Are the elective rotations easy to obtain?

Response Avg # Responders
8.00 1

0 = difficult, 10 = easy

Is there substantial hands-on experience for medical students?

Response Avg # Responders
8.00 1

0 = none, 10 = substantial

Are the rotation sites conveniently accessible for medical students?

Response Avg # Responders
2.00 1

0 = difficult, 10 = accessible

How far are the clinical sites from the main campus?

Response Avg # Responders
2.00 1

0 = far away, 10 = close

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

"8 scheduled" | Report Response

What responsibility do med students have on the wards?

"Charts." | Report Response

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

"Damas and St Lukes are the main ones. Pretty run down, but lots of interesting patients. Don't expect to see high-tech medicine." | Report Response

What is the typical patient population medical students work with?

"Locals: puerto ricans." | Report Response

Social Environment

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

Response Avg # Responders
1.00 1

0 = none, 10 = lots

How would you rank student involvement in extracurricular clubs?

Response Avg # Responders
1.00 1

0 = none, 10 = lots

What is the range of extracurricular clubs available?

Response Avg # Responders
2.00 1

0 = almost none, 10 = wide range

Is the student body cooperative or competitive?

Response Avg # Responders
10.00 1

0 = competitive, 10 = cooperative

Is the environment supportive for underrepresented minorities?

Response Avg # Responders
10.00 1

0 = no, 10 = very

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

Response Avg # Responders
2.00 1

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the environment supportive for married students?

Response Avg # Responders
6.00 1

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the environment supportive for students with disabilities?

Response Avg # Responders
6.00 1

0 = no, 10 = very

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

Response Avg # Responders
3.00 1

0 = no, 10 = very

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

"Drink at la guancha or in el pueblo. People just love to drink here." | Report Response

Post Graduation

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

"Ok" | Report Response

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

"Bilingual, which is good." | Report Response

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

"Not sure" | Report Response

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