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  • The Commonwealth Medical College
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Scranton
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 1
2019 1
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 1
MD/MS 0
MD/PhD 0

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

Response # Responders
in-state 3
out-of-state 0
international 0
Not applicable 0

What is your race/ethnic background?

Response # Responders
Caucasian 2
African American 0
Hispanic 0
Asian or Pacific Islander 1
Native American/ Native Alaskan 0
Other/Multiracial 0

Overall, how would you rate this medical program?

Response Avg # Responders
10.00 3

0 = terrible, 10 = world class

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

Response Avg # Responders
8.33 3

0 = really bad, 10 = top tier

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

Response Avg # Responders
6.67 3

0 = really bad, 10 = top tier

What was your MCAT score?

Response Average # Responders
510 3

What was your undergrad GPA?

Response Average # Responders
3.65 3

What was your undergrad science GPA?

Response Average # Responders
3.63 3

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

15221

18031

15219

What do you like most about this school?

"The small close-knit community is extremely supportive and not competitive. It makes life much less stressful." | Report Response

"TCMC is a great school. It may be new but it doesn't feel like a new school. Professors are great and they want you to succeed. You can tell that everyone in the community are committed in helping the students. There are a lot of opportunities in community service." | Report Response

"The new Medical Science Building is world class. The faculty are here are excellent because they love teaching. The school has a community feeling and everyone knows who you are and something about you. Everyone looks out for each other." | Report Response

What do you like least about this school?

"I wish the cafeteria was open later." | Report Response

"There's not a lot of science research opportunities available on campus, however they do offer a lot of clinical research." | Report Response

"As a new school, there is not as much consistency in the curriculum year-to-year as I would like. I think it gets better every year though and will eventually stabilize." | Report Response

Please provide any other general comments on your school

"I absolutely love TCMC. It may be a new school, but it is very innovative and will prepare you to be a great physician." | Report Response

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 1
2 1
3 0
4 1
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 1
3-4 hours 2
4-5 hours 0
5-6 hours 0
6> hours 0

Are courses recorded for medical students?

Response # Responders
Video recording 3
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 2
3 1
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 2
7-8 0
>8 0

How long (in months) do you have anatomy?

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

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

Response Avg # Responders
7.00 3

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
9.33 3

0 = none, 10 = extensive

Are syllabi provided for the student?

Response # Responders
yes 3
no 0

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

"not often" | Report Response

"The only required activities are clinical simulations, case-based small groups, guest speakers, and weekly quizzes. Everything else is recommended attendance (lectures, large group sessions)" | Report Response

What books are necessary?

"I've never purchased any books." | Report Response

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

"No." | Report Response

"NO. They technically encourage primary care fields but they still have specialists teach each specialty and you are free to explore whatever field you want." | Report Response

Location & Housing

How do you feel about the location of the school?

Response Avg # Responders
6.33 3

0 = Uncomfortable, 10 = Desirable

Do you feel safe on campus?

Response Avg # Responders
10.00 3

0 = Not safe, 10 = Very safe

How available and convenient is public transportation?

Response Avg # Responders
4.00 3

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 2
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
8.33 3

0 = Almost impossible, 10 = Available & convenient

Is on-campus housing available?

Response # Responders
yes 0
no 3

What is the quality of available on-campus housing?

Response Avg # Responders
5.00 3

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
3.33 3

0 = 0%, 10 = 100%

Is couples housing available?

Response # Responders
yes 1
no 1

Is nearby off-campus housing available?

Response # Responders
yes 3
no 0

How expensive is nearby off-campus housing?

Response Avg # Responders
7.00 3

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

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

"not available" | Report Response

Cost/Financial Aid

Are fees/tuition expensive?

Response Avg # Responders
6.33 3

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

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

Response Avg # Responders
7.33 3

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

Are many institutional scholarships/grants available?

Response Avg # Responders
7.00 3

0 = none, 10 = many

Is institutional aid need-based or merit-based?

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

Faculty/Grades

Are faculty members very open to students during office hours?

Response Avg # Responders
10.00 3

0 = Not at all, 10 = Very open

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

Response Avg # Responders
10.00 3

0 = Not at all, 10 = Very available

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

Response Avg # Responders
9.33 3

0 = none, 10 = lots

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

Response Avg # Responders
10.00 3

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the class ranked?

Response # Responders
yes 0
no 3

How is the instructional faculty during pre-clinical years?

"Mostly great." | Report Response

"The pre-clinical faculty are amazing. They aren't here to be researchers and forced to teach on the side. They are very student-centered and actually care about how you are doing. They all have an open-door policy when it comes to talking with them. If they are in their office, 95% of the time they will sit down with you and talk about whatever you want for as long as they can." | Report Response

How is the instructional faculty during clinical years?

"Mostly great." | Report Response

"There are very few residents in the area so you are taught almost exclusively by attendings. All of the clinical faculty are volunteers so they really enjoy what they do and want to be teaching students. They are incredible." | Report Response

What is the grading scale used during clinical years?

"Honors/High Pass/Pass/Fail" | Report Response

"Honors (top 10%), High Pass (top 25%), Pass, Fail" | Report Response

Clinical Rotations

Are the desired rotation sites easy to obtain?

Response Avg # Responders
8.67 3

0 = difficult, 10 = easy

Is desired rotation order easy to obtain?

Response Avg # Responders
8.67 3

0 = difficult, 10 = easy

Are the elective rotations easy to obtain?

Response Avg # Responders
8.00 3

0 = difficult, 10 = easy

Is there substantial hands-on experience for medical students?

Response Avg # Responders
9.33 3

0 = none, 10 = substantial

Are the rotation sites conveniently accessible for medical students?

Response Avg # Responders
8.33 3

0 = difficult, 10 = accessible

How far are the clinical sites from the main campus?

Response Avg # Responders
5.67 3

0 = far away, 10 = close

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

"We have 1/2 year of traditional block schedules for inpatient care and 1/2 year of longitudinal integrated curriculum where you have all 6 core specialties at the same time for outpatient care + ER shifts. The required rotations are family med, peds, surgery, psych, ob/gyn, and internal med." | Report Response

"The 3rd year is a longitudinal curriculum where you spend 1/2 day a week in each of the 6 major areas (FM, IM, Peds, Surgery, OB/GYN, Psych). You can spend your "white-space" (AKA free time) wherever you want/need more experience. There are no away rotations 3rd year. 4th year are traditional rotations." | Report Response

What responsibility do med students have on the wards?

"Tons. Most of the hospitals are community hospitals with little or no residents so medical students are 1st assist in surgeries and procedures all the time." | Report Response

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

"There are a lot of them and many are fantastic, especially the Guthrie health system that has a partnership with the MAYO clinic." | Report Response

"They are all pretty good, but it varies between cities and hospitals." | Report Response

What is the typical patient population medical students work with?

"Because there are multiple campuses it varies from rural, white to small city population with a rapidly growing hispanic population." | Report Response

"It is a pretty homogeneous population in NEPA. It is an aging population overall with a lot of smokers." | Report Response

Social Environment

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

Response Avg # Responders
10.00 3

0 = none, 10 = lots

How would you rank student involvement in extracurricular clubs?

Response Avg # Responders
9.67 3

0 = none, 10 = lots

What is the range of extracurricular clubs available?

Response Avg # Responders
9.67 3

0 = almost none, 10 = wide range

Is the student body cooperative or competitive?

Response Avg # Responders
9.33 3

0 = competitive, 10 = cooperative

Is the environment supportive for underrepresented minorities?

Response Avg # Responders
10.00 3

0 = no, 10 = very

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

Response Avg # Responders
10.00 3

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the environment supportive for married students?

Response Avg # Responders
10.00 3

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the environment supportive for students with disabilities?

Response Avg # Responders
10.00 3

0 = no, 10 = very

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

Response Avg # Responders
10.00 3

0 = no, 10 = very

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

"Lots of outdoors stuff like hike/bike/run/play soccer/rugby/etc. go out to the bars, dance classes, see shows at Scranton Cultural Center." | Report Response

"Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Baby Penguins (minor league hockey), WB/S Yankees (AAA baseball), lots of movies, lots of outdoors activities (we're in the Poconos), large concert venue (all the major tours come here), a ton of bars in the area, close to NYC & Philly" | Report Response

Post Graduation

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

"They do a residency director survey for the students during their 1st year of residency and they've gotten fantastic reviews, especially with physical exam skills and patient interactions." | Report Response

"They know that they will get a clinically competent resident" | Report Response

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

"I'm not sure actually. Since we're newer and have only had 4 match classes it's hard to say." | Report Response

"Even though the school emphasize primary care, there are many students going into every area of medicine." | Report Response

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