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  • University of Connecticut School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Farmington
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 0
2013 0
2014 0
2015 0
2016 0
2017 1
2018 0
2019 1
2020 0
2021 1
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 2
out-of-state 1
international 0
Not applicable 0

What is your race/ethnic background?

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

Overall, how would you rate this medical program?

Response Avg # Responders
7.67 3

0 = terrible, 10 = world class

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

Response Avg # Responders
6.67 3

0 = really bad, 10 = top tier

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

Response Avg # Responders
5.00 3

0 = really bad, 10 = top tier

What was your MCAT score?

Response Average # Responders
509 3

What was your undergrad GPA?

Response Average # Responders
3.87 3

What was your undergrad science GPA?

Response Average # Responders
3.82 3

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

06791

06457

00693

What do you like most about this school?

"Immersion into the clinic with emphasis on history and physical exam early on. Integration of anatamoge, radiology and butterfly ultrasound devices in first year of cadaveric anatomy class. Strong match list. Affiliated with The Jackson Laboratories for Genomic Medicine where there are top scientists for early bench research experiences, as well as opportunities for dual degrees and fellowships such as HHMI, NIH, Sarnoff, etc." | Report Response

"Small class (~90) but Pre-clinical years are combined with dental school (another 40 people). Clinical sites are nearby with varied patient population, including a VA. Lots of emphasis on clinical training, strong physical exam and history taking emphasis, even in pre-clinical years. 1/2 day per week of primary care clinic beginning in September of MS 1." | Report Response

"Cooperative environment" | Report Response

What do you like least about this school?

"Although a strength for some, the mandatory public health certificate may encumber time that could be spent for research/shadowing etc. depending on your personal interests. They emphasis training physicians for primary care, though we match into more competitive specialties every year. Must find your own mentor early on to understand different opportunities (an issue probably not specific to this school)." | Report Response

"The administration is a little bit aloof, sometimes hard to access." | Report Response

"Location" | Report Response

Please provide any other general comments on your school

"As a CT resident, this school offers students a quality education at an affordable price. Faculty and staff are supportive and there are opportunities to pursue your own interests within the first year." | Report Response

"I thought it was a great place to go to medical school: definitely teaches you the basics and there are lots of good learning opportunities at various clinical sites. My class's match list was very strong which I think reflects the school's ability to prepare us well for residency." | 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 0
2 0
3 1
4 0
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 2
4-5 hours 1
5-6 hours 0
6> hours 0

Are courses recorded for medical students?

Response # Responders
Video recording 3
Free note taking service 1
Fee-based note taking service 0
Powerpoint slides provided only 2
None 0

How many days per week is anatomy lab?

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

How long (in months) do you have anatomy?

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

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

Response Avg # Responders
7.33 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
8.00 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?

"all pre-clinical classes are mandatory. TBL format. No lectures." | Report Response

"Didactic lectures are not mandatory, everything else is. The new curriculum is doing away with these lectures and just having all of that curriculum online" | Report Response

What books are unnecessary?

"Don't waste money on anything but UFAB. We receive free Boards and Beyond Subs because Dr. Ryan is our faculty." | Report Response

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

"designed to train a well-rounded primary care physician, pursue specialty opportunities on your own outside the curriculum (there are many ways to do this)" | Report Response

"No, it's fairly broad. Some specialties are poorly represented (ophtho, ENT, PM&R)." | Report Response

Location & Housing

How do you feel about the location of the school?

Response Avg # Responders
6.67 3

0 = Uncomfortable, 10 = Desirable

Do you feel safe on campus?

Response Avg # Responders
9.67 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 1
All years 2
No 0

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

Response Avg # Responders
8.67 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 0

Is nearby off-campus housing available?

Response # Responders
yes 1
no 0

How expensive is nearby off-campus housing?

Response Avg # Responders
6.67 3

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

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

"No on-campus, but affordable housing is in the Forest Apartments across the street from hospital and school." | Report Response

"There is no on-campus housing, but there are lots of apartments nearby. Avg rent with roommates is anywhere from $400-$700. Some students also live at home in the area as most of the students are in-state." | 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
8.00 3

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

Are many institutional scholarships/grants available?

Response Avg # Responders
4.67 3

0 = none, 10 = many

Is institutional aid need-based or merit-based?

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

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
8.33 3

0 = Not at all, 10 = Very available

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

Response Avg # Responders
8.00 3

0 = none, 10 = lots

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

Response Avg # Responders
8.33 3

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the class ranked?

Response # Responders
yes 2
no 1

How is the instructional faculty during pre-clinical years?

"Great faculty, though you are in TBL format therefore you must learn on your own with classmates and then ask faculty during TBL or privately for any concepts that are difficult for you on your own." | Report Response

"Most are PhD's and thus sometimes will teach stuff that is not "clinically relevant" which wastes everyone's time. But overall, the quality is solid." | Report Response

How is the instructional faculty during clinical years?

"Very dedicated" | Report Response

"Strong across the board. Resident teaching is also pretty good." | Report Response

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

"Pass (>65% on exams) / Fail. No class rank during first two years." | Report Response

"Pass/Fail" | Report Response

What is the grading scale used during clinical years?

"Honors, Pass, Fail." | Report Response

"Honors/Pass/Fail. Class is ranked in quartiles." | Report Response

Clinical Rotations

Are the desired rotation sites easy to obtain?

Response Avg # Responders
5.00 3

0 = difficult, 10 = easy

Is desired rotation order easy to obtain?

Response Avg # Responders
4.00 3

0 = difficult, 10 = easy

Are the elective rotations easy to obtain?

Response Avg # Responders
8.33 3

0 = difficult, 10 = easy

Is there substantial hands-on experience for medical students?

Response Avg # Responders
7.67 3

0 = none, 10 = substantial

Are the rotation sites conveniently accessible for medical students?

Response Avg # Responders
8.00 3

0 = difficult, 10 = accessible

How far are the clinical sites from the main campus?

Response Avg # Responders
6.00 3

0 = far away, 10 = close

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

"M3 has four PODS. two six week pods of Psych(6weeks)/Inpatient Med(6weeks) and ObGyn(6weeks)/Surgery(6weeks). two four week pods of Fam Med(4wks)/Amb Peds(4wks)/Inpatient Peds(4wks) and Neurology(4wks)/AmbMed(4wks)/Elective(4wks); followed by 8 weeks of elective/board study before M4. M4 has electives plus ED and critical care. Must also complete 8 week scholarship/research block to graduate. Finish M4 with 2 wk transition to residency before graduation. Note: 22 weeks of elective are required. To pick M3 rotations, you enter grid with a combination of those 4 blocks. Lottery algorithm is unknown to students." | Report Response

"Scheduled online all at the same time. MS 3: Neurology (3 wks), Inpatient pediatrics (3 wks) Outpatient Pediatrics (5 wks), Inpatient Medicine (6 wks), Outpatient medicine (5 wks), OB/GYN (6 wks), General Surgery (6 wks), Family Medicine (6 wks), Psychiatry (6 wks), elective (2 wks) MS 4: Emergency medicine (4 wks), ICU (4 wks), Sub-internship in pediatrics/family/internal/surgery (pick one, 4 wks), Radiology (2 wks), elective (4 months, can do up to 4 away rotations)" | Report Response

What responsibility do med students have on the wards?

"Depends on the rotation obviously but I would say fairly broad. I felt like I had a decent amount of autonomy to see patients on my own, help guide management, call consults and speak to them directly, do procedures (arterial lines, ABGs, suturing, assisting in the OR, skin biopsies, others)." | Report Response

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

"Strong: although we are losing one to a new medical school." | Report Response

What is the typical patient population medical students work with?

"The Hartford area is one of the most disparate areas in the country with wealthy suburbs vs Hartford where the average income is ~19k/yr. So we see all sorts of patients. We also have an outpatient VA center." | Report Response

Social Environment

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

Response Avg # Responders
7.33 3

0 = none, 10 = lots

How would you rank student involvement in extracurricular clubs?

Response Avg # Responders
6.33 3

0 = none, 10 = lots

What is the range of extracurricular clubs available?

Response Avg # Responders
7.00 3

0 = almost none, 10 = wide range

Is the student body cooperative or competitive?

Response Avg # Responders
7.67 3

0 = competitive, 10 = cooperative

Is the environment supportive for underrepresented minorities?

Response Avg # Responders
7.33 3

0 = no, 10 = very

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

Response Avg # Responders
8.00 3

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the environment supportive for married students?

Response Avg # Responders
8.33 3

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the environment supportive for students with disabilities?

Response Avg # Responders
5.67 3

0 = no, 10 = very

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

Response Avg # Responders
8.00 3

0 = no, 10 = very

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

"Clubs, organized sports, student groups, class-funded activities after every test usually at a bar with catered food, etc." | Report Response

"West Hartford is nearby which has a great downtown with a decent selection of bars and restaurants. NYC and Boston are both under 2 hours away for weekends. CT is in a great spot where there are beaches during the summer and good skiing in VT 3 hours away in the winter. Lots of free time in pre-clinical years to do stuff." | Report Response

Post Graduation

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

"Match very well. Perform better than neighboring schools (Yale, QU) in clinical elective in M3 and intern year due to emphasis on patient care early on in pre-clinical years." | Report Response

"We matched plenty of students to top-tier programs (HSS for ortho, CHOP for peds, UCSF derm among highlights) if you go by doximity residency rankings." | Report Response

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

"Within New England and the mid-Atlantic states, pretty strong." | Report Response

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

No responses

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