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

What graduating class are you in?

Response # Responders
2007 0
2008 0
2009 0
2010 0
2011 1
2012 0
2013 0
2014 1
2015 0
2016 0
2017 1
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 3
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 3
out-of-state 0
international 0
Not applicable 0

What is your race/ethnic background?

Response # Responders
Caucasian 3
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
8.67 3

0 = terrible, 10 = world class

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

Response Avg # Responders
7.67 3

0 = really bad, 10 = top tier

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

Response Avg # Responders
7.33 3

0 = really bad, 10 = top tier

What was your MCAT score?

Response Average # Responders
515 3

What was your undergrad GPA?

Response Average # Responders
4.07 3

What was your undergrad science GPA?

Response Average # Responders
4.07 3

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

9.....

92867

91360

What do you like most about this school?

"The people. Don't underestimate this when choosing a school. Med school is hard and having classmates & faculty that have you back is HUGE. Also, the ultrasound curriculum is a huge bonus. Faculty very accessible and responsive to student feedback. Students consistently outperform national averages on the boards across every subject category. Graduates match well. Tons of opportunities for research, global health involvement, leadership, electives, additional degrees (MPH, MBA, etc)." | Report Response

"prepared me well for Step 1, residents/attendings enjoy teaching students that work hard" | Report Response

"The environment. There are plenty of opportunities to make medical school exactly what you want (which is probably true at many schools). If you want to study all the time and honor everything you can. If you want to have a personal life and pass and still do ok in the match, you can. If you want to be involved in the community, a specific cause or just stay in excellent shape - you can do that too." | Report Response

What do you like least about this school?

"Distance between the campus (MS1/MS2) and med center (MS3/MS4). Not a huge deal, as long as you're not trying to drive from Irvine to Orange at 5pm." | Report Response

"distance between med school and hospital" | Report Response

"Med school is hard. Period. Some of the first and second year professors STINK, because they are PhDs that don't get the medicine and they don't care that much. Its unfortunate, but also probably true at every school. Depending on your study style this may be very frustrating for you. But we also have some incredible award winning teachers (anatomy, physiology, pathology). Again, no school has an awesome teacher for everything. Overall the curriculum and teaching is above average from speaking to other students at other schools and I wish I had put more faith in the curriculum for teaching me what I needed to know." | Report Response

Please provide any other general comments on your school

No responses

Curriculum

How is the curriculum structured?

Response # Responders
Systems-based 1
Traditional 2

How many courses are taken at a given time?

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

How long (in months) do you have anatomy?

Response # Responders
3 months 0
6 months 2
9 months 1
12 months 0
24 months 0

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

Response Avg # Responders
3.00 3

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

Are standardized patients used?

Response # Responders
yes 3
no 0

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

Response Avg # Responders
5.33 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 frequently. Sometimes for labs or when a special speaker comes in." | Report Response

"very frequently" | Report Response

"Very rarely. There are a few small group discussions first year that have sign ins (literally like 4). Other than that you are supposed to go to at least 80% of class but many people who learn better on their own do not attend at all." | Report Response

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

"no" | Report Response

"No. It was historically a family medicine school so there is still some inkling of that if you're looking for it. But we have tons of people who match into very specialized competitive fields." | Report Response

Location & Housing

How do you feel about the location of the school?

Response Avg # Responders
8.50 2

0 = Uncomfortable, 10 = Desirable

Do you feel safe on campus?

Response Avg # Responders
10.00 2

0 = Not safe, 10 = Very safe

How available and convenient is public transportation?

Response Avg # Responders
2.00 2

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 1
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
8.00 2

0 = Almost impossible, 10 = Available & convenient

Is on-campus housing available?

Response # Responders
yes 2
no 0

What is the quality of available on-campus housing?

Response Avg # Responders
9.00 2

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
6.00 2

0 = 0%, 10 = 100%

Is couples housing available?

Response # Responders
yes 2
no 0

Is nearby off-campus housing available?

Response # Responders
yes 2
no 0

How expensive is nearby off-campus housing?

Response Avg # Responders
4.50 2

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

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

"Never lived there" | Report Response

"Cost is 500-1000 depending on what you get. They are graduate apartments but the 1 bdrms are almost impossible to get. 2/3 bdrm apartments are pretty available if you wait/harrass the housing office." | Report Response

Cost/Financial Aid

Are fees/tuition expensive?

Response Avg # Responders
7.00 3

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

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

Response Avg # Responders
4.00 3

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

Are many institutional scholarships/grants available?

Response Avg # Responders
4.33 3

0 = none, 10 = many

Is institutional aid need-based or merit-based?

Response # Responders
Need-based 1
Merit-based 0
Both 2

Faculty/Grades

Are faculty members very open to students during office hours?

Response Avg # Responders
8.33 3

0 = Not at all, 10 = Very open

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

Response Avg # Responders
9.33 3

0 = Not at all, 10 = Very available

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

Response Avg # Responders
10.00 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 3
no 0

How is the instructional faculty during pre-clinical years?

"Descent. Some better than others." | Report Response

"varies, in general they care about teaching and do a good job. there are some very poor lecturers and some very excellent lecturers" | Report Response

"We have some incredible professors. We also have some poor ones. It varies as I'm sure it does with every school. Overall I'm very pleased with the faculty here." | Report Response

How is the instructional faculty during clinical years?

"Great." | Report Response

"very helpful. the harder you work, the more they'll invest in you" | Report Response

"Faculty in clinical years are generally incredible. As all schools we have a few who are less interested in teaching. But I'd say 90% of the clinical faculty love med students and love teaching and will really TEACH YOU. They are extremely approachable and are eager to help students acheive." | Report Response

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

"For me it was P/F for MS1 and H/P/F for MS2. Not sure if they've changed it since." | Report Response

"h/pf" | Report Response

"H, P, F - percentages not kept. A 100% honors looks the same as a 90% honors and an 70% pass looks the same as an 89% pass when it comes time to write dean's letters and rank. This is a great system - those who want to do something competitive can work their butts off and get their honors, and the rest of us enjoy the generally non-competitive atmosphere" | Report Response

What is the grading scale used during clinical years?

"H/P/F" | Report Response

"h/p/f. class ranking is top 10%, middle 85%, and bottom 5%" | Report Response

"H, P, F - percentages not kept. A 100% honors looks the same as a 90% honors and an 70% pass looks the same as an 89% pass when it comes time to write dean's letters and rank. This is a great system - those who want to do something competitive can work their butts off and get their honors, and the rest of us enjoy the generally non-competitive atmosphere" | Report Response

Clinical Rotations

Are the desired rotation sites easy to obtain?

Response Avg # Responders
8.00 3

0 = difficult, 10 = easy

Is desired rotation order easy to obtain?

Response Avg # Responders
5.00 3

0 = difficult, 10 = easy

Are the elective rotations easy to obtain?

Response Avg # Responders
7.33 3

0 = difficult, 10 = easy

Is there substantial hands-on experience for medical students?

Response Avg # Responders
6.67 3

0 = none, 10 = substantial

Are the rotation sites conveniently accessible for medical students?

Response Avg # Responders
6.00 3

0 = difficult, 10 = accessible

How far are the clinical sites from the main campus?

Response Avg # Responders
3.67 3

0 = far away, 10 = close

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

"Internal Medicine (8 weeks), Surgery (8 weeks), OB/Gyn (6 weeks), Psychiatry (6 weeks), Pediatrics (6 weeks), Family Medicine (4 weeks), Ambulatory Medicine (4 weeks), Neurology (4 weeks), Vacation (6 weeks)" | Report Response

"3rd year - everyone takes the same 6 things. Schedules are just given out in the middle of third year. While people can switch for weddings, etc we do not choose the order of the schedule. Required rotations include: OB/gyn-8wks, Internal medicine-8wks, Family medicine/ambulatory medicine-8wks, Psychiatry-6wks, Pediatrics-8wks, Surgery-8wks. There is changing though, I believe neuro and radiology are going to be included as well. As of now there is 6 wks of vacation time to enjoy yourself or take electives and shorten your 4th year. 4th year - Only required rotations are a Sub I (family, med, surg, peds), ICU (surg, med, peds), substance abuse, and emergency medicine. Then you do 20 or so weeks of electives (they are in the process of changing it). Signing up is complicated with a lottery but I've never heard anyone say they couldn't get what they needed/wanted." | Report Response

What responsibility do med students have on the wards?

"Depends on the rotation, team, and location" | Report Response

"Depends on the service and team. Mostly writing notes, following up on stuff, assisting with procedures, H&Ps, etc." | Report Response

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

"Great. UCIMC is very new and nice." | Report Response

"Great. Brand new building. All our affiliates are doing well." | Report Response

What is the typical patient population medical students work with?

"More diverse than you would think (not all patients are typical OC fancy people- most of those go to Hoag). Good amount of Spanish-speaking patients" | Report Response

"Very diverse which is great. Lots of male veterans at Long Beach VA. UCI has a very diverse patient population with a variety of ethnicities/languages and both insured and uninsured patients." | Report Response

Social Environment

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

Response Avg # Responders
9.50 2

0 = none, 10 = lots

How would you rank student involvement in extracurricular clubs?

Response Avg # Responders
10.00 2

0 = none, 10 = lots

What is the range of extracurricular clubs available?

Response Avg # Responders
10.00 2

0 = almost none, 10 = wide range

Is the student body cooperative or competitive?

Response Avg # Responders
9.50 2

0 = competitive, 10 = cooperative

Is the environment supportive for underrepresented minorities?

Response Avg # Responders
8.50 2

0 = no, 10 = very

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

Response Avg # Responders
6.50 2

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the environment supportive for married students?

Response Avg # Responders
9.50 2

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the environment supportive for students with disabilities?

Response Avg # Responders
8.50 2

0 = no, 10 = very

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

Response Avg # Responders
9.50 2

0 = no, 10 = very

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

"Beach, bars and restaurants, sports (IM sports teams), sporting events (Angels, Dodgers, Lakers, Kings, Ducks, Rams, etc.), make local weekend trips" | Report Response

"Clubbing, bowling, parties, salsa dancing. Really depends on your interests." | Report Response

Post Graduation

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

"Very well. Students match very well" | Report Response

"Very well. We are looked upon well by programs and match well" | Report Response

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

"Most residency directors like us. ESPECIALLY those in California if you want to end up in CA." | Report Response

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

"Very diverse matches. Students can pursue whatever specialty they want" | Report Response

"Historically it was a DO school (30+ years ago) so there is some history of primary care. But that is mostly gone" | Report Response

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