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  • SUNY - University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Buffalo
Individual Feedback 5 6 Responses
General Info

What graduating class are you in?

Response # Responders
2007 0
2008 0
2009 0
2010 1
2011 1
2012 0
2013 1
2014 0
2015 0
2016 1
2017 1
2018 1
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 5
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 1

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

Response # Responders
in-state 4
out-of-state 2
international 0
Not applicable 0

What is your race/ethnic background?

Response # Responders
Caucasian 1
African American 0
Hispanic 0
Asian or Pacific Islander 4
Native American/ Native Alaskan 0
Other/Multiracial 0

Overall, how would you rate this medical program?

Response Avg # Responders
5.83 6

0 = terrible, 10 = world class

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

Response Avg # Responders
5.17 6

0 = really bad, 10 = top tier

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

Response Avg # Responders
5.67 6

0 = really bad, 10 = top tier

What was your MCAT score?

Response Average # Responders
430 6

What was your undergrad GPA?

Response Average # Responders
3.81 6

What was your undergrad science GPA?

Response Average # Responders
3.77 6

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

14502

14226

10128

14216

94087

16172

What do you like most about this school?

"-Most professors are very approachable and make themselves available in the pre-clinical years. -Pre-clinical lectures are recorded. -Early clinical experience and ample community volunteer opportunities. -Student body is likely one of the most friendly and "team oriented" in the country. -Rotate through a diversity of hospitals and hospital systems (VA, County, Private, Research, Catholic, etc). -There are ample research opportunities. -World Class Simulation Center -The school is expanding and building a huge new state-of-the-art facility for 2018. -Strong emphasis on patient care." | Report Response

"Nothing" | Report Response

"The administration goes out of its way to be supportive of their students although it's too early to gauge how useful it will be. They try hard though and I appreciate it." | Report Response

"I felt like the professors were very accessible in the first 2 years. They were sure to give us plenty of time to prepare for Step 1. The clinical faculty are typically very engaged in medical student education, particularly at ECMC, the VA, and BGH." | Report Response

"The Dean and everyone who work in Medical Education. Tney honestly care about the welfare of the students. Many professors host weekend help for any student who wants it." | Report Response

"The opportunities." | Report Response

What do you like least about this school?

"-Lectures are not oriented towards "high-yield only material," so integrating proper USMLE review is really on your own time. -Current (pre-2018) facilities are a bit run down. -Residencies associated with the university are going through a change to revamp quality. However as a medical student, this won't effect you too much." | Report Response

"Very little support to the student. Blacking on things that student did not do or was right. Office of medical education was terrible" | Report Response

"There are so many typos in lecture notes and a lot of problems with lecture recording. It's also very far away from the big cities." | Report Response

"Too many hospitals in the clinical years. I was mainly at Children's and ECMC, but during the course of my MS3 year went to 5 different hospitals." | Report Response

"The weather is cold." | Report Response

"Some students are arrogant." | Report Response

Please provide any other general comments on your school

"Avoid this school if necessary" | Report Response

"It's a decent place to go to school and it's not very competitive although people do like to do well." | Report Response

"I felt like UB was what you made of it. I did well on my boards, got research experiences that I wanted, and went to an excellent residency in my chosen field. It is not a high-pressure place, so self-motivation is important if you're at UB. Also, the school leaders are very approachable and a great resource." | Report Response

Curriculum

How is the curriculum structured?

Response # Responders
Systems-based 5
Traditional 0

How many courses are taken at a given time?

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

Are courses recorded for medical students?

Response # Responders
Video recording 5
Free note taking service 1
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 1
3 3
4 0
5 1
6 0
7 0

How many students per cadaver?

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

How long (in months) do you have anatomy?

Response # Responders
3 months 2
6 months 3
9 months 0
12 months 0
24 months 0

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

Response Avg # Responders
4.33 6

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

Are standardized patients used?

Response # Responders
yes 5
no 0

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

Response Avg # Responders
7.17 6

0 = none, 10 = extensive

Are syllabi provided for the student?

Response # Responders
yes 5
no 0

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

"A few times a week." | Report Response

"Frequently" | Report Response

"Very often." | Report Response

"Almost never. The lectures are video recorded so those who want to sleep in and watch them later can. What is required in the first 2 years is the "Clinical Practice of Medicine" course, which involves a half day with a preceptor in clinic." | Report Response

"All are mandatory, but it is not strictly enforced." | Report Response

What books are necessary?

"-They recommend books, but rarely are any truly "required." You must read on your own though if you are going to succeed." | Report Response

"Wheaters, an anatomy Atlas" | Report Response

"No books are mandated. Most people will buy at the least: Netter's, Robbins path, and some of the system-specific books (ie Lilly cardiology). I liked the BMS Path book a lot and would recommend that as well." | Report Response

"Depend on the course." | Report Response

Location & Housing

How do you feel about the location of the school?

Response Avg # Responders
4.00 5

0 = Uncomfortable, 10 = Desirable

Do you feel safe on campus?

Response Avg # Responders
4.40 5

0 = Not safe, 10 = Very safe

How available and convenient is public transportation?

Response Avg # Responders
2.60 5

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 5
No 0

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

Response Avg # Responders
5.40 5

0 = Almost impossible, 10 = Available & convenient

Is on-campus housing available?

Response # Responders
yes 2
no 3

What is the quality of available on-campus housing?

Response Avg # Responders
5.00 5

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
2.80 5

0 = 0%, 10 = 100%

Is couples housing available?

Response # Responders
yes 0
no 4

Is nearby off-campus housing available?

Response # Responders
yes 4
no 1

How expensive is nearby off-campus housing?

Response Avg # Responders
7.20 5

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

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

"I've seen 1-brs only and they're fine although you can hear your neighbors." | Report Response

"There is no med or grad student specific housing. Also, the campus is far from the clinical sites. With rent being very affordable, I do not recommend living on campus." | Report Response

Cost/Financial Aid

Are fees/tuition expensive?

Response Avg # Responders
5.50 6

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

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

Response Avg # Responders
6.83 6

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

Are many institutional scholarships/grants available?

Response Avg # Responders
3.33 6

0 = none, 10 = many

Is institutional aid need-based or merit-based?

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

Faculty/Grades

Are faculty members very open to students during office hours?

Response Avg # Responders
6.83 6

0 = Not at all, 10 = Very open

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

Response Avg # Responders
7.33 6

0 = Not at all, 10 = Very available

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

Response Avg # Responders
7.00 6

0 = none, 10 = lots

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

Response Avg # Responders
6.67 6

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the class ranked?

Response # Responders
yes 2
no 3

How is the instructional faculty during pre-clinical years?

"Decent but I wish they would do a better job with spelling. It just looks unprofessional." | Report Response

"Many have been there for ages. The plus is that they are very accessible but some of them are unable to mold and adapt their teaching style after doing it so long." | Report Response

"Very informative and friendly; very helpful with few exceptions." | Report Response

How is the instructional faculty during clinical years?

"The ones who frequently interact with students in the major specialties (especially Medicine) are quite good. It can vary depending on site." | Report Response

Clinical Rotations

Are the desired rotation sites easy to obtain?

Response Avg # Responders
5.00 5

0 = difficult, 10 = easy

Is desired rotation order easy to obtain?

Response Avg # Responders
5.40 5

0 = difficult, 10 = easy

Are the elective rotations easy to obtain?

Response Avg # Responders
5.80 5

0 = difficult, 10 = easy

Is there substantial hands-on experience for medical students?

Response Avg # Responders
6.00 5

0 = none, 10 = substantial

Are the rotation sites conveniently accessible for medical students?

Response Avg # Responders
5.40 5

0 = difficult, 10 = accessible

How far are the clinical sites from the main campus?

Response Avg # Responders
4.60 5

0 = far away, 10 = close

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

"6 core" | Report Response

"There is a lottery for choosing the order of clinical rotations. The required ones are: Medicine, Surgery, Family Med/Psych, and OB-Gyn/Peds. Medicine and Surgery include an elective. There is a required surgical subspecialties rotation (Urology, Anesthesia, and Neurosurg/Ortho/Vascular) that can be done in the 3rd or 4th year)." | Report Response

What responsibility do med students have on the wards?

"-Depends on the team. But on certain rotations, you will be treated as a resident. On some more advanced sub-specialty electives, you may do more shadowing-type work." | Report Response

"They are usually expected to carry 2-4 patients and write notes and orders. I often helped the interns with discharge paperwork/dictations." | Report Response

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

"-Gates Vascular Institute (9/10 stars) -Roswell Park Cancer Institute (9/10 stars) -Kaleida Health (7/10 stars) -VA (5/10 stars) -Catholic Health (7/10)" | Report Response

What is the typical patient population medical students work with?

"Everything! Urban, rural, suburban, wealthy, poor, homeless... The greater area is over 1.5 million people!" | Report Response

"ECMC is a county hospital. You see all walks of life and disease. I felt like I learned a ton there. BGH is a mix of private and Medicare/Medicaid patients." | Report Response

Social Environment

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

Response Avg # Responders
7.00 5

0 = none, 10 = lots

How would you rank student involvement in extracurricular clubs?

Response Avg # Responders
6.00 5

0 = none, 10 = lots

What is the range of extracurricular clubs available?

Response Avg # Responders
7.00 5

0 = almost none, 10 = wide range

Is the student body cooperative or competitive?

Response Avg # Responders
7.60 5

0 = competitive, 10 = cooperative

Is the environment supportive for underrepresented minorities?

Response Avg # Responders
5.40 5

0 = no, 10 = very

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

Response Avg # Responders
5.00 5

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the environment supportive for married students?

Response Avg # Responders
6.60 5

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the environment supportive for students with disabilities?

Response Avg # Responders
6.00 5

0 = no, 10 = very

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

Response Avg # Responders
7.40 5

0 = no, 10 = very

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

"-Festivals -Concerts -Bars -Sports/Pick-up games -Head up to Toronto" | Report Response

"Drink alcohol" | Report Response

Post Graduation

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

"Well. Most grads get one of their top 3 matches." | Report Response

"I think most of us matched well, at least in my class. I think everyone got into the specialty they wanted and in their top 5 on their rank list." | Report Response

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

"Decent reputation. This is one of the oldest schools in the country." | Report Response

"I know my residency program has a favorable outlook on UB grads. I think any program that has had a UB grad before will look favorably on the school." | Report Response

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

"-Emergency Med -Internal Medicine -Primary Care" | Report Response

"Family Medicine, Internal Medicine" | Report Response

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