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  • Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Health Sciences
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • North Chicago
Individual Feedback 5 7 Responses
General Info

What graduating class are you in?

Response # Responders
2007 0
2008 0
2009 0
2010 0
2011 0
2012 2
2013 0
2014 2
2015 0
2016 1
2017 2
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 6
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 1
MD/PhD 0

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

Response # Responders
in-state 2
out-of-state 0
international 0
Not applicable 5

What is your race/ethnic background?

Response # Responders
Caucasian 3
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
6.29 7

0 = terrible, 10 = world class

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

Response Avg # Responders
5.86 7

0 = really bad, 10 = top tier

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

Response Avg # Responders
7.14 7

0 = really bad, 10 = top tier

What was your MCAT score?

Response Average # Responders
510 7

What was your undergrad GPA?

Response Average # Responders
3.63 7

What was your undergrad science GPA?

Response Average # Responders
3.64 7

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

60062

91711

33301

02460

90254

60565

63031

What do you like most about this school?

"Location was great, excellent academic support (good prep for USMLE), and very strong match list." | Report Response

"The environment is very welcoming, students work together to help each other. The free clinic is also right across campus and is a very rewarding place to volunteer at." | Report Response

"Community atmosphere (literally no gunners); ample research opportunity; situated in a quiet area but close enough to two great cities (Chicago and Milwaukee); no school hospital system means a wide variety of rotations all around Chicagoland (you get to see a wide spectrum of patients); fantastic professors" | Report Response

"Exams every 3 weeks for the first two years means you get a weekend off." | Report Response

"Nice places to walk outside in the spring" | Report Response

"curriculum" | Report Response

"Much of the faculty, if not very helpful,is at least very nice. We have a lot of opportunities to experience different practice environments." | Report Response

What do you like least about this school?

"Clinical rotations are not at a single hospital." | Report Response

"The rotations are far away from campus, which means we have to move before our 3rd year." | Report Response

"not a ton to do around the school going out wise; drive into Chicago when visiting can get annoying; you need a car" | Report Response

"No money. Seriously. This school has no money." | Report Response

"Faculty and staff" | Report Response

"location" | Report Response

"Hate the grading scheme. Hate that we go through the end of May for M2 year - takes away valuable board prep time." | Report Response

Please provide any other general comments on your school

"So far my experience at this school has been great, I think the community of the medical school is amazing. They put a lot of effort in making sure we have a good social group and don't feel too isolated." | Report Response

"People are relaxed here. We're pass/fail starting for c/o 2017." | Report Response

"Run away now cause once your in, your stuck." | Report Response

Curriculum

How is the curriculum structured?

Response # Responders
Systems-based 3
Traditional 4

How many courses are taken at a given time?

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

Are courses recorded for medical students?

Response # Responders
Video recording 6
Free note taking service 1
Fee-based note taking service 0
Powerpoint slides provided only 2
None 0

How many days per week is anatomy lab?

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

How long (in months) do you have anatomy?

Response # Responders
3 months 0
6 months 1
9 months 5
12 months 0
24 months 0

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

Response Avg # Responders
2.00 7

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

Are standardized patients used?

Response # Responders
yes 6
no 0

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

Response Avg # Responders
5.71 7

0 = none, 10 = extensive

Are syllabi provided for the student?

Response # Responders
yes 4
no 3

What books are necessary?

"Nothing is really necessary, some books help though." | Report Response

"A neuroanatomy atlas and an anatomy atlas." | Report Response

"BRS physiology, anatomy atlas, Robbins pathology, goljian pathology, pathoma, BRS pathology, micro note cards, first aid, Hanes neuroanatomy atlas" | Report Response

"Depends entirely on whether you are a book learner or not. I found that lectures were not enough for me in most of my classes, but others seem to do fine without them." | Report Response

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

"No." | Report Response

Location & Housing

How do you feel about the location of the school?

Response Avg # Responders
3.50 6

0 = Uncomfortable, 10 = Desirable

Do you feel safe on campus?

Response Avg # Responders
9.33 6

0 = Not safe, 10 = Very safe

How available and convenient is public transportation?

Response Avg # Responders
5.50 6

0 = Non-existent, 10 = Extensive & convenient

Is a car necessary at any point during your education here?

Response # Responders
Pre-clinical years 1
Clinical years 2
All years 3
No 0

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

Response Avg # Responders
7.83 6

0 = Almost impossible, 10 = Available & convenient

Is on-campus housing available?

Response # Responders
yes 6
no 0

What is the quality of available on-campus housing?

Response Avg # Responders
7.67 6

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
4.33 6

0 = 0%, 10 = 100%

Is couples housing available?

Response # Responders
yes 5
no 1

Is nearby off-campus housing available?

Response # Responders
yes 6
no 0

How expensive is nearby off-campus housing?

Response Avg # Responders
5.00 6

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

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

"1-br, 2-br apartments" | Report Response

"More costly than other housing, varied accommodations. However, every room has its own bathroom. 1 bedrooms and 2 bedrooms exclusively." | Report Response

"2-br and 1-br. Apartment style large building. For the area housing is very costly." | Report Response

"On-campus housing is very nice, clean, but because North Chicago is so isolated, it is hard to find things to do. Grocery stores, while not far away, are not particularly nearby. Same with pizza delivery. It's also expensive, but all of your utilities save electric are included in rent." | Report Response

Cost/Financial Aid

Are fees/tuition expensive?

Response Avg # Responders
3.29 7

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

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

Response Avg # Responders
5.14 7

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

Are many institutional scholarships/grants available?

Response Avg # Responders
3.43 7

0 = none, 10 = many

Is institutional aid need-based or merit-based?

Response # Responders
Need-based 2
Merit-based 0
Both 3

Faculty/Grades

Are faculty members very open to students during office hours?

Response Avg # Responders
6.57 7

0 = Not at all, 10 = Very open

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

Response Avg # Responders
7.43 7

0 = Not at all, 10 = Very available

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

Response Avg # Responders
6.14 7

0 = none, 10 = lots

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

Response Avg # Responders
5.57 7

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the class ranked?

Response # Responders
yes 5
no 0

How is the instructional faculty during pre-clinical years?

"excellent" | Report Response

"Most are fun to listen to. Some are abysmal. Almost all professors, however, are a joy outside of class." | Report Response

"There are certain strengths and weaknesses depending on departments. It is best to not attend class because it leaves more book study time and very little is explained in class compared to what is expected on the exams." | Report Response

"A mixed bag - some very, very good. Some very, very bad." | Report Response

How is the instructional faculty during clinical years?

"Varies tremendously." | Report Response

"Depends widely on which hospital you are at, and who your attending is." | Report Response

Clinical Rotations

Are the desired rotation sites easy to obtain?

Response Avg # Responders
6.33 6

0 = difficult, 10 = easy

Is desired rotation order easy to obtain?

Response Avg # Responders
6.50 6

0 = difficult, 10 = easy

Are the elective rotations easy to obtain?

Response Avg # Responders
6.17 6

0 = difficult, 10 = easy

Is there substantial hands-on experience for medical students?

Response Avg # Responders
7.17 6

0 = none, 10 = substantial

Are the rotation sites conveniently accessible for medical students?

Response Avg # Responders
4.83 6

0 = difficult, 10 = accessible

How far are the clinical sites from the main campus?

Response Avg # Responders
3.00 6

0 = far away, 10 = close

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

"Lottery and points system. Required in third year are internal medicine, surgery, neurology, emergency medicine, pediatrics, OB/Gyn, Family medicine, and psychiatry. Required in fourth year is just a sub-internship in medicine, pediatrics, family medicine, or emergency medicine." | Report Response

"There is a point based system where the students bid for which rotation track they want then there is another bidding for which hospitals. You can either start with the 6 week rotations; psych, OB, Family med, peds or you can start with the 8 week rotations ; medicine, surgery, neuro, em. Fourth year only bids for track and which elective/where. Fourth year is different." | Report Response

"Lottery to determine order, lottery to determine sites." | Report Response

What responsibility do med students have on the wards?

"Highly rotation-dependent. Sometimes, none. Sometimes we act as interns." | Report Response

"Again, it really depends on the site. We have a lot of affiliate hospitals." | Report Response

Social Environment

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

Response Avg # Responders
8.57 7

0 = none, 10 = lots

How would you rank student involvement in extracurricular clubs?

Response Avg # Responders
8.43 7

0 = none, 10 = lots

What is the range of extracurricular clubs available?

Response Avg # Responders
8.43 7

0 = almost none, 10 = wide range

Is the student body cooperative or competitive?

Response Avg # Responders
7.57 7

0 = competitive, 10 = cooperative

Is the environment supportive for underrepresented minorities?

Response Avg # Responders
6.86 7

0 = no, 10 = very

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

Response Avg # Responders
7.14 7

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the environment supportive for married students?

Response Avg # Responders
7.86 7

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the environment supportive for students with disabilities?

Response Avg # Responders
6.71 7

0 = no, 10 = very

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

Response Avg # Responders
8.00 7

0 = no, 10 = very

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

"There are a lot of sport activities available, I personally like Ping Pong and Rock Climbing." | Report Response

"Drink. Personally, though, I'm a board game man." | Report Response

"There is very little to do in the area. Most activities involve driving downtown. There are inter mural sports which are run and directed by the students. There are also many student groups." | Report Response

"People go to karaoke in Lake Forest, or trek into the city." | Report Response

Post Graduation

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

"Most have no idea where our school is." | Report Response

"We have a solid alumni base, which helps a lot." | Report Response

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

"Pediatrics" | Report Response

"We seem to get a lot of PHR residencies." | Report Response

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