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  • University of Minnesota Twin Cities Medical School
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Minneapolis
Individual Feedback 5 4 Responses
General Info

What graduating class are you in?

Response # Responders
2007 0
2008 0
2009 0
2010 0
2011 3
2012 0
2013 0
2014 0
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 4
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 2
out-of-state 2
international 0
Not applicable 0

What is your race/ethnic background?

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

Overall, how would you rate this medical program?

Response Avg # Responders
7.50 4

0 = terrible, 10 = world class

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

Response Avg # Responders
8.00 4

0 = really bad, 10 = top tier

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

Response Avg # Responders
8.00 4

0 = really bad, 10 = top tier

What was your MCAT score?

Response Average # Responders
511 4

What was your undergrad GPA?

Response Average # Responders
3.56 4

What was your undergrad science GPA?

Response Average # Responders
3.68 4

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

54601

55104

50428

00000

What do you like most about this school?

"Opportunity to participate in unique longitudinal programs for 3rd year clerkships: RPAP (rural emphasis on full-spectrum family medicine and general surgery), MetroPAP (emphasis on underserved communities), and VALUE (emphasis on internal medicine). Also, the school is recognized as a leader both in research AND in primary care." | Report Response

"Great variety of clinical situations in 3rd and 4th year. The U of M is the only med school in the Twin Cities, so you pretty much of free reign to go to any of the 10+ hospitals in the area (depending on the rotation)." | Report Response

"Student opportunities and support from med school staff: financial aid is great, academic support is too" | Report Response

"Options to do clinical rotations at many different sites: academic health centers, inner city hospitals, suburban hospitals, rural hospitals; Pass/ Fail system for the first two years" | Report Response

What do you like least about this school?

"The administration's emphasis on research sometimes trumps a focus on community health. (That being said, we are very strong in primary care despite this orientation among some of the top leadership.)" | Report Response

"Heard the school is changing their curriculum and the transition has been less than smooth." | Report Response

"It's big, and I get lost as a number." | Report Response

"Due to lack of funding, some programs have been cut back, for example, animal procedure labs have been eliminated for many rotations. Tuition is among the highest in the country for state schools. Class is not very diverse: 80% are Minnesotans" | Report Response

Please provide any other general comments on your school

"Great overall medical school." | Report Response

"Overall very satisfied with my choice and feel as if I am being prepared in a great way for boards and the real world." | Report Response

Curriculum

How is the curriculum structured?

Response # Responders
Systems-based 2
Traditional 1

How many courses are taken at a given time?

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

Are courses recorded for medical students?

Response # Responders
Video recording 4
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 0
4 0
5 2
6 0
7 0

How many students per cadaver?

Response # Responders
Prosections only 0
1-2 0
3-4 4
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
3.75 4

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

Are standardized patients used?

Response # Responders
yes 4
no 0

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

Response Avg # Responders
4.75 4

0 = none, 10 = extensive

Are syllabi provided for the student?

Response # Responders
yes 4
no 0

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

"Rarely. Maybe 1-2 times per week for labs or clinical courses." | Report Response

"Mostly just labs, which can take a big chunk out of a day. Last year were not mandatory, but are this year due to poor attendance in prior years." | Report Response

"small groups are usually mandatory: about 2 hours a week. Lectures are optional and recorded." | Report Response

What books are necessary?

"Few books absolutely necessary. A student-to-student guide will help guide your choices." | Report Response

"During my time, I bought 2 total books: Netter and First Aid Step 1." | Report Response

"Few are required, but if you want to do well you should get most of them. We publish a list of books that prior students found useful, and those we found to be otherwise." | Report Response

"Netter; the rest are really not necessary" | Report Response

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

"No. Generally an equal emphasis on primary-care and specialties." | Report Response

"No" | Report Response

Location & Housing

How do you feel about the location of the school?

Response Avg # Responders
7.25 4

0 = Uncomfortable, 10 = Desirable

Do you feel safe on campus?

Response Avg # Responders
5.25 4

0 = Not safe, 10 = Very safe

How available and convenient is public transportation?

Response Avg # Responders
5.00 4

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 3
All years 0
No 1

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

Response Avg # Responders
6.00 4

0 = Almost impossible, 10 = Available & convenient

Is on-campus housing available?

Response # Responders
yes 3
no 1

What is the quality of available on-campus housing?

Response Avg # Responders
5.25 4

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
1.00 4

0 = 0%, 10 = 100%

Is couples housing available?

Response # Responders
yes 2
no 0

Is nearby off-campus housing available?

Response # Responders
yes 4
no 0

How expensive is nearby off-campus housing?

Response Avg # Responders
4.50 4

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable
Cost/Financial Aid

Are fees/tuition expensive?

Response Avg # Responders
3.50 4

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

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

Response Avg # Responders
6.75 4

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

Are many institutional scholarships/grants available?

Response Avg # Responders
5.75 4

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
6.25 4

0 = Not at all, 10 = Very open

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

Response Avg # Responders
8.25 4

0 = Not at all, 10 = Very available

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

Response Avg # Responders
7.50 4

0 = none, 10 = lots

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

Response Avg # Responders
8.00 4

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the class ranked?

Response # Responders
yes 1
no 3

How is the instructional faculty during pre-clinical years?

"They generally try to be helpful. A few are excellent, most are average, and a few are awful. Compared to my small liberal arts college, I did find the actual lectures to be poor quality. However, most instructors were still friendly and approachable." | Report Response

"Very good" | Report Response

"Superb. They are great. Top notch" | Report Response

"Faculty are mostly phD during first year. Sometimes they tend to emphasize too much on their own research as opposed to what is clinically relevant and what we need to know for the boards. Second year instructors are MDs and things are a lot more relevant." | Report Response

Clinical Rotations

Are the desired rotation sites easy to obtain?

Response Avg # Responders
5.25 4

0 = difficult, 10 = easy

Is desired rotation order easy to obtain?

Response Avg # Responders
5.00 4

0 = difficult, 10 = easy

Are the elective rotations easy to obtain?

Response Avg # Responders
8.00 4

0 = difficult, 10 = easy

Is there substantial hands-on experience for medical students?

Response Avg # Responders
7.50 4

0 = none, 10 = substantial

Are the rotation sites conveniently accessible for medical students?

Response Avg # Responders
8.00 4

0 = difficult, 10 = accessible

How far are the clinical sites from the main campus?

Response Avg # Responders
6.75 4

0 = far away, 10 = close

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

"Scheduled online, free to take requires or electives whenever you choose as long as there is space. Required rations: med I, Med II, surgery, neuro, ER, peds, OB/Gyn, Fam Med I, Fam Med II, 4 wks surgical subspecialty" | Report Response

"We schedule our own based on lottery system. Req courses: Medicine I and II (12 wks total), Sugery 6wks, peds 6wks, OB/GYN 6wks, psych 6wks, family/primary med 8wks, surgical subspec: 4 wks," | Report Response

"Online through a lottery system Required rotations are: 12 weeks of IM, 6 weeks of Surgery, Peds, OB, Psych, 4 weeks of Family medicine, ambulatory care, emergency medicine, neurology, and surgical subspecialties (can do 2 weeks each of ortho, uro, neurosurg, or ENT)" | Report Response

What responsibility do med students have on the wards?

"data gathering, presentations to staff, order entry (with cosigners), integral part of decision-making, procedures" | Report Response

"Depends on site. Full, resident-like responsibility to none whatsoever." | Report Response

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

"One of the strengths of the program is the variety of affiliated hospitals. You will have the chance to rotate at academic hospitals, pediatric hospitals, a VA medical center, community hospitals, and a county hospital." | Report Response

"Most are in great shape, many recent renovations" | Report Response

"Good." | Report Response

What is the typical patient population medical students work with?

"Since there are so many teaching hospitals, this depends on which locations you choose for your clerkships. It ranges from an urban county hospital serving the most economically underprivileged and racially diverse patients to very homogeneous (but equally underserved) small rural towns and everywhere in between." | Report Response

"Depends on the hospital. Can be typical urban county hospital population, or completely private practice suburbia population" | Report Response

"All kinds. So far I have worked mostly with poor and elderly" | Report Response

"University hospitals: tertiary care center, referral center County hospitals: lots of underserved, uninsured, immigrants" | Report Response

Social Environment

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

Response Avg # Responders
7.00 4

0 = none, 10 = lots

How would you rank student involvement in extracurricular clubs?

Response Avg # Responders
5.50 4

0 = none, 10 = lots

What is the range of extracurricular clubs available?

Response Avg # Responders
6.50 4

0 = almost none, 10 = wide range

Is the student body cooperative or competitive?

Response Avg # Responders
6.75 4

0 = competitive, 10 = cooperative

Is the environment supportive for underrepresented minorities?

Response Avg # Responders
6.25 4

0 = no, 10 = very

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

Response Avg # Responders
7.75 4

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the environment supportive for married students?

Response Avg # Responders
7.75 4

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the environment supportive for students with disabilities?

Response Avg # Responders
6.25 4

0 = no, 10 = very

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

Response Avg # Responders
7.25 4

0 = no, 10 = very

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

"The Twin Cities have everything you would want of a big city but offer opportunities to easily escape to the solitude of nature. Many craft breweries are popping up, the arts scene is booming with the second greatest number of theaters per capita (second to NYC), we are consistently ranked one of the most outdoorsy/bike friendly cities, and it's just an all-around pleasant area." | Report Response

"Go out frequently (more in winter), outdoor activities frequently in the summer" | Report Response

"Drink alcohol :(" | Report Response

Post Graduation

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

"Very well, graduates match at elite programs throughout the US in all specialties." | Report Response

"They do really well from what I can find out. Many go to Mayo Clinic for residency and do very well there." | Report Response

"Graduates have matched into competitive specialties (ophto, derm, plastic, etc) each year with no difficulties" | Report Response

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

"All over the state of MN" | Report Response

"Primary care, Cardiothoracic surgery" | Report Response

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