"Many of the professors openly reject teaching board material. Although it is a good idea, in theory, the problem is that it results in our focus being directed towards information we are supposed to be taught in our third and fourth years (or even residency). It's equally possible that the information we are taught has little-to-no medical relevance. I assume this has to do with the recycling of lectures given to our students receiving their master's degrees. With our focus directed elsewhere, we are not allowed the opportunity to reflect or to develop the scientific principles that would enable us to think critically and apply solutions to new problems. RVU's curriculum is thus based on memory rather than understanding... Consequently, we are ill-prepared for boards."
"Our curriculum is the worst. It is an old-school, lecture-based curriculum that adheres to the infamous learn-and-dump mentality. In terms of lecture and lab hours, it is one of the most rigorous in the country. In theory, this should be a good thing, but we are given so much information that we don't get the opportunity to synthesize and integrate the information. They go way beyond what we need to know in our first two years, and this dilutes the critical concepts that we should know down pat. Consequently, our collective performance on the USMLE Step 1 is a tragedy.
Furthermore, our Learning Management System (student portal) is complete garbage and it does not facilitate learning at all. It is genuinely the worst one I've ever seen or used.
Finally, our classes and assignments are not consistent. Classes may start or end at any time of the day, and you always have to check your calendar to be sure. Furthermore, you constantly have to go back to the portal to make sure you don't miss assignments or quizzes because they are never assigned consistently. It is so stressful having to learn medicine while also trying to stay organized with their messy system."
"RVU preaches in their interview process that the RVU students, faculty, and staff are like a family. Yet this is far from the truth. In fact, after posting a similarly negative review on their Facebook page criticizing the campus president's own review stating that we were a family, they deleted the entire review page. They try very hard to protect their image, but behind closed doors they are only concerned with one thing, their board score statistics. And they treat their students as such.
I had a terrible experience with RVU as a student. I failed a course late into the second semester due to issues stemming from a diagnosis of ADHD, and in response the school dismissed me (despite having an 81% average in all other courses that year). However, other students who failed the course were allowed to repeat the semester. I was told this option wasn't available to me because policy dictated that because I'd taken a leave of absence early on in my schooling at RVU (which I voluntarily took because I was struggling, and this is when I got diagnosed with ADHD), I wasn't allowed to repeat the semester like my fellow classmates. They admitted that this was a poor policy, and even told me that the policy has since been revoked. But they've told me the change to the policy was too late to effect me, and haven't let me back into the school. That cruel decision by RVU has left me with over $100,000 in student loans, and the devastation of having the thing I'd worked very hard for 5+ years for stripped from me in an instant. It's left me feeling defeated and worthless, and as I've worked with a therapist I've struggled to find a new purpose for my life."
"The high number of contact hours for the basic sciences"
"The way your clinical years are handled and graded."