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  • University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Miami
Individual Feedback 5 3 Responses
General Info

What graduating class are you in?

Response # Responders
2007 0
2008 0
2009 1
2010 0
2011 1
2012 0
2013 1
2014 0
2015 0
2016 0
2017 0
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 2
African American 0
Hispanic 0
Asian or Pacific Islander 0
Native American/ Native Alaskan 0
Other/Multiracial 1

Overall, how would you rate this medical program?

Response Avg # Responders
5.33 3

0 = terrible, 10 = world class

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

Response Avg # Responders
6.00 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
515 3

What was your undergrad GPA?

Response Average # Responders
3.56 3

What was your undergrad science GPA?

Response Average # Responders
3.49 3

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

32605

38119

32836

What do you like least about this school?

"Just about everything. Unhelpful administrators (who actually try to get in your way and prevent you from taking educational opportunities), first and second year were less helpful than having two years of free time, rude staff, poor education, really unintelligent and/or overworked people in positions to really screw up your education. And good luck if you don't speak Spanish." | Report Response

"The entire first- and second-year curriculum needs an overall, starting with the Doctoring program. I felt like we wasted a lot of valuable time during geriatrics training and other miscellaneous activities that have no impact on what I do as a physician." | Report Response

"Some modules from the pre-clinical years were disorganized." | Report Response

Please provide any other general comments on your school

"Such a disaster, please avoid if you have any sense at all. You have very little time to study for step 1 (<4 weeks), very little elective time in third year (with no ability to do aways), no assistance with research. The people who will be writing your letters of recommendation are generally poor English speakers. In short, if there is a way to screw you over, this school will try to do it. You can even get written up for being sick (and yes it will go in your dean's letter as some vague mention of "unprofessionalism"). Can't make this stuff up." | Report Response

"While the quality of education in the first two years is less than perfect, this school more than makes up for it on the wards. Students here receive excellent exposure to a variety of cases and play integral roles on their teams during 3rd and 4th year rotations. From what I hear, this fact is very evident to residency program directors throughout the country." | Report Response

Curriculum

How is the curriculum structured?

Response # Responders
Systems-based 3
Traditional 0

How many courses are taken at a given time?

Response # Responders
1 0
2 2
3 1
4 0
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 0
4-5 hours 1
5-6 hours 2
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 3
None 0

How many days per week is anatomy lab?

Response # Responders
1 0
2 0
3 1
4 0
5 2
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 3
6 months 0
9 months 0
12 months 0
24 months 0

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

Response Avg # Responders
4.33 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
6.00 3

0 = none, 10 = extensive

Are syllabi provided for the student?

Response # Responders
yes 3
no 0

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

"Geriatrics, I suppose. You have mandatory geriatrics training in your first two years and then a month of mandatory geriatrics rotation in your fourth year. What a waste of time. Too bad no one in the administration will LISTEN since we ALL AGREE ON THIS POINT." | Report Response

"Internal medicine" | Report Response

"No." | Report Response

Location & Housing

How do you feel about the location of the school?

Response Avg # Responders
3.67 3

0 = Uncomfortable, 10 = Desirable

Do you feel safe on campus?

Response Avg # Responders
4.67 3

0 = Not safe, 10 = Very safe

How available and convenient is public transportation?

Response Avg # Responders
4.33 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 1
No 1

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

Response Avg # Responders
6.33 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
3.33 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
3.67 3

0 = 0%, 10 = 100%

Is couples housing available?

Response # Responders
yes 0
no 1

Is nearby off-campus housing available?

Response # Responders
yes 2
no 1

How expensive is nearby off-campus housing?

Response Avg # Responders
5.00 3

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

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

"So I live on campus, but it is not provided by the school. Most people refuse to live here because of the massive cockroach infestation. I think we've got most of the little buggers by liberally spraying bug poison on every surface." | Report Response

Cost/Financial Aid

Are fees/tuition expensive?

Response Avg # Responders
3.67 3

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

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

Response Avg # Responders
3.33 3

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

Are many institutional scholarships/grants available?

Response Avg # Responders
6.00 3

0 = none, 10 = many

Is institutional aid need-based or merit-based?

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

Faculty/Grades

Are faculty members very open to students during office hours?

Response Avg # Responders
4.33 3

0 = Not at all, 10 = Very open

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

Response Avg # Responders
5.00 3

0 = Not at all, 10 = Very available

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

Response Avg # Responders
7.33 3

0 = none, 10 = lots

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

Response Avg # Responders
5.33 3

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the class ranked?

Response # Responders
yes 3
no 0

How is the instructional faculty during pre-clinical years?

"Some even speak English." | Report Response

"Mediocre. There are certainly some gems, particularly in the physiology department, but there are lots that waste too much time with extraneous details." | Report Response

"Widely varies. Most are excellent teachers, however a lot of the guest lecturers could use some help." | Report Response

How is the instructional faculty during clinical years?

"Some speak English, but if they can speak Spanish they usually prefer to (understandably, since a large majority of patients are Spanish-speaking only)." | Report Response

"Again, rather average. The real learning comes from the patient exposure." | Report Response

"Again, widely varies. Most are great and in general better than in the pre-clinical years." | Report Response

Clinical Rotations

Are the desired rotation sites easy to obtain?

Response Avg # Responders
5.67 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
6.00 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
9.00 3

0 = difficult, 10 = accessible

How far are the clinical sites from the main campus?

Response Avg # Responders
9.67 3

0 = far away, 10 = close

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

"8 weeks x internal med, fam med, surgery 6 weeks x pediatrics, psych, ob-gyn, elective" | Report Response

"3rd year: medicine, surgery, and family med/primary care are 8 weeks. Peds, ob/gyn, and psych are 6 weeks. There is time to do 6 weeks of electives during the 3rd year. 4th year: emergency med, neurology, medicine sub-internship, surgery sub-internship, and radiology are all 4 weeks. Anesthesiology is 2 weeks. The rest of the year is elective." | Report Response

"There is a lottery system that allows you to pick a pre-constructed schedule. A better pick for third year means a worse pick for fourth year, and vice versa. Required rotations are surgery, internal medicine, general primary care/family medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, psychiatry, pediatrics, neurology, geriatrics, emergency medicine, radiology, anesthesia, medicine sub-internship, surgery sub-internship." | Report Response

What responsibility do med students have on the wards?

"As much or as little as you want. In general, you can get out of procedures. I did one foley, no IVs, no suturing in my third year. Got to retract once in a while." | Report Response

"Med students must see all of the patients, write the notes and orders, call consults, and perform light procedures such as lumbar punctures." | Report Response

"Admitting patients, pre-rounding, writing notes, writing orders, seeing patients in clinic, discharging patients, typical scutwork, etc." | Report Response

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

"VA, UMH, Jackson - they are all around and kicking. They are fine." | Report Response

"Jackson Memorial is the 3rd largest hospital in the country and offers every medical service and innovation imaginable. University of Miami Hospital is a private hospital that students are starting to rotate through. The VA was rated the Best VA in the Country the year I graduated. Sylvester is a small, private cancer hospital where some rotations are performed. There are a few other places where students can rotate for ob/gyn, the list above sums it up." | Report Response

What is the typical patient population medical students work with?

"Mostly spanish-speaking only, some creole-speaking only. Some speak english!" | Report Response

"Most are indigent. We have a large Hispanic and Caribbean population. Be prepared to learn some Spanish and Creole." | Report Response

"Indigent patient population at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Veterans at the VA. Mix of everything at the other affiliated hospitals and clinics." | Report Response

Social Environment

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

Response Avg # Responders
7.00 3

0 = none, 10 = lots

How would you rank student involvement in extracurricular clubs?

Response Avg # Responders
8.33 3

0 = none, 10 = lots

What is the range of extracurricular clubs available?

Response Avg # Responders
6.67 3

0 = almost none, 10 = wide range

Is the student body cooperative or competitive?

Response Avg # Responders
8.67 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
5.33 3

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the environment supportive for married students?

Response Avg # Responders
8.00 3

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the environment supportive for students with disabilities?

Response Avg # Responders
4.33 3

0 = no, 10 = very

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

Response Avg # Responders
5.67 3

0 = no, 10 = very

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

"Not much in the area. In Brickell, we have class get-togethers at Fado, Tobacco Road, various places." | Report Response

"Miami is the party capital of the world with bars, clubs, live music, and the beach all within minutes of the campus." | Report Response

"Beach, bars, clubs, SCUBA diving, fishing, IM sports." | Report Response

Post Graduation

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

"No, but we have a lot of corrupt department leaders. Corruption seems to be a skill that people learn well here." | Report Response

"By far we send more people into internal medicine than any other field." | Report Response

"Not especially. Every specialty is well represented to a certain extent." | Report Response

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