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  • University of Rochester School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Rochester
Individual Feedback 5 3 Responses
General Info

What graduating class are you in?

Response # Responders
2007 0
2008 0
2009 0
2010 0
2011 0
2012 1
2013 0
2014 0
2015 0
2016 1
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 2
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 0
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
7.33 3

0 = terrible, 10 = world class

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

Response Avg # Responders
6.33 3

0 = really bad, 10 = top tier

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

Response Avg # Responders
7.67 3

0 = really bad, 10 = top tier

What was your MCAT score?

Response Average # Responders
344 3

What was your undergrad GPA?

Response Average # Responders
2.35 3

What was your undergrad science GPA?

Response Average # Responders
2.33 3

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

55105

11580

What do you like most about this school?

"Excellent educational opportunities. welcoming atmosphere. great if youre pursuing neurology or orthopedics." | Report Response

"There are so many opportunities here. Whatever your area of interest (or curiosity) it is very easy to find a faculty member who would be happy to have you work with them. Also doing a family medicine-type clerkship in the first two years is great - you learn a lot plus it keeps you motivated and you can see the material learned in class in a clinical perspective." | Report Response

What do you like least about this school?

"third year grading system is problematic. The school operates on a 20% honors, 30% High Pass and 50% pass and the grades are almost entirely based on evaluations (some clerkships consider SHELF to be worth 20% but all require passing this exam). Since evaluations are highly subjective and entirely dependent on who is evaluating you, the grading system is neither accurate nor precise which means that you can get unlucky even if you are attractive and charming. You may find that comparable institutions (Brown, Boston, Dartmouth, Tufts, etc) do much better in the match." | Report Response

"Too much class time. While lectures aren't mandatory, there are mandatory small group activities more days than not. The amount of time is part of the downside of doing more intense clinical work during your first two years." | Report Response

Please provide any other general comments on your school

"The school has a decent reputation in almost every regard and a deserved excellent reputation in education. There are many opportunities to take advantage of at UR but be aware that you may end up with a less than desirable match or be unable to go for a competitive specialty given the unfortunate grading system." | Report Response

"Most students are here because they want to be at this school in particular, whereas I feel some schools in say nyc get students who are more enthusiastic about the area than the school. There is a lot of individual support here, both from the faculty as well as fellow students checking in on each other." | Report Response

Curriculum

How is the curriculum structured?

Response # Responders
Systems-based 1
Traditional 0

How many courses are taken at a given time?

Response # Responders
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?

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

How many students per cadaver?

Response # Responders
Prosections only 0
1-2 0
3-4 1
5-6 0
7-8 0
>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
5.00 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
10.00 1

0 = none, 10 = extensive

Are syllabi provided for the student?

Response # Responders
yes 1
no 0

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

"Mandatory PBL three times a week in the am. Once a week mandatory sessions in the afternoon, plus either one or two afternoons a week spent working at a preceptor's office out in the community." | Report Response

What books are necessary?

"We are provided with syllabus for each course written by the instructors. Many of these are so well done that no other resources are needed (or maybe just an atlas for anatomy, etc.)" | Report Response

What books are unnecessary?

"Depends on your learning style." | Report Response

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

"I feel there is an equal balance between emphasizing research/academic medicine and clinically-focused medicine." | Report Response

Location & Housing

How do you feel about the location of the school?

Response Avg # Responders
7.00 1

0 = Uncomfortable, 10 = Desirable

Do you feel safe on campus?

Response Avg # Responders
7.00 1

0 = Not safe, 10 = Very safe

How available and convenient is public transportation?

Response Avg # Responders
6.00 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
6.00 1

0 = Almost impossible, 10 = Available & convenient

Is on-campus housing available?

Response # Responders
yes 1
no 0

What is the quality of available on-campus housing?

Response Avg # Responders
8.00 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
3.00 1

0 = 0%, 10 = 100%

Is couples housing available?

Response # Responders
yes 1
no 0

Is nearby off-campus housing available?

Response # Responders
yes 1
no 0

How expensive is nearby off-campus housing?

Response Avg # Responders
9.00 1

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

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

"There are a few different areas of grauate student (mostly medical) housing. This ranges from an apartment building next to the hospital to a nearby complex of houses with multiple bedrooms, playground, etc that are preferred by families. Not very expensive, plus most come with utilities included (heat can cost a lot in rochester, not having to turn down the thermostat to save money is really nice)." | Report Response

Cost/Financial Aid

Are fees/tuition expensive?

Response Avg # Responders
3.00 1

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

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

Response Avg # Responders
9.00 1

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

Are many institutional scholarships/grants available?

Response Avg # Responders
7.00 1

0 = none, 10 = many

Is institutional aid need-based or merit-based?

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

Faculty/Grades

Are faculty members very open to students during office hours?

Response Avg # Responders
7.00 1

0 = Not at all, 10 = Very open

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

Response Avg # Responders
9.00 1

0 = Not at all, 10 = Very available

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

Response Avg # Responders
10.00 1

0 = none, 10 = lots

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

Response Avg # Responders
9.00 1

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the class ranked?

Response # Responders
yes 0
no 1

How is the instructional faculty during pre-clinical years?

"There are many amazing, supportive faculty very dedicated to educating each student. Not all the lecturers are uniformly excellent, but most of the course directors are." | Report Response

How is the instructional faculty during clinical years?

"Good for the most part." | Report Response

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

"Pass/Fail, the top 10% in a given class get a small recognition, such as inclusion of this information in their dean's letters. However I have not seen this cause any competition or stress, most people are not in the top 10, so we just focus on passing. I don't think it takes away from the advantages of the pass-fail system, but rather gives the top students an opportunity to be additionally recognized." | Report Response

What is the grading scale used during clinical years?

"Honors/High Pass/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
4.00 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
6.50 2

0 = none, 10 = substantial

Are the rotation sites conveniently accessible for medical students?

Response Avg # Responders
6.50 2

0 = difficult, 10 = accessible

How far are the clinical sites from the main campus?

Response Avg # Responders
6.50 2

0 = far away, 10 = close

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

"Students rank their preferences for different "tracks", and they use an algorithm to optimize preferences." | Report Response

What responsibility do med students have on the wards?

"Varies with clerkship, attending, etc. Most students are given a couple patients for whom they oversee care." | Report Response

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

"Strong, the main teaching hospital, is excellent and most highly regarded in the area. Students sometimes rotate at other affiliated hospitals nearby. Administration seems responsive to student concerns - a "bad" rotation at a specific hospital has been eliminated to do complaints." | Report Response

What is the typical patient population medical students work with?

"Rochester has a great variety - from urban, inner-city, poorer communities, to middle class/upper middle class suburban communities, to pretty rural communities in the surrounding region. I think the diversity of the patient population is definitely a strong aspect of the clinical training." | Report Response

Social Environment

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

Response Avg # Responders
9.00 1

0 = none, 10 = lots

How would you rank student involvement in extracurricular clubs?

Response Avg # Responders
6.00 1

0 = none, 10 = lots

What is the range of extracurricular clubs available?

Response Avg # Responders
6.00 1

0 = almost none, 10 = wide range

Is the student body cooperative or competitive?

Response Avg # Responders
8.00 1

0 = competitive, 10 = cooperative

Is the environment supportive for underrepresented minorities?

Response Avg # Responders
8.00 1

0 = no, 10 = very

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

Response Avg # Responders
8.00 1

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the environment supportive for married students?

Response Avg # Responders
7.00 1

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the environment supportive for students with disabilities?

Response Avg # Responders
5.00 1

0 = no, 10 = very

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

Response Avg # Responders
7.00 1

0 = no, 10 = very

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

"Go out to different restaurants, bars, occasionally to dance clubs. Several movie theatres, including a nearby $2 theatre and good independent theatre. Lots of opportunities for outdoor activities close by - hiking, rock climbing, downhill skiing, cross country skiing, etc." | Report Response

Post Graduation

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

"Students are well-prepared for residency, and while many non-medical professionals aren't familiar with Rochester, in medical circles it has a very strong reputation for being an excellent school." | Report Response

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

"Graduates are well-regarded by residency directors. In particular, having had 4 years of clinical work as opposed to 2 years, students are known for being very competent and comfortable talking to and counseling patients compared to students form other schools." | Report Response

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

"Neuroscience and primary care departments are particularly strong. Rochester students are strong in both research and clinical practice, depending on a student's interest." | Report Response

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