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  • University of North Texas Health Science Center Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Osteopathic Medical School
  • Fort Worth
Individual Feedback 5 4 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 2
2015 0
2016 0
2017 0
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 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 4
out-of-state 0
international 0
Not applicable 0

What is your race/ethnic background?

Response # Responders
Caucasian 4
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
8.00 4

0 = terrible, 10 = world class

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

Response Avg # Responders
7.25 4

0 = really bad, 10 = top tier

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

Response Avg # Responders
5.50 4

0 = really bad, 10 = top tier

What was your MCAT score?

Response Average # Responders
502 4

What was your undergrad GPA?

Response Average # Responders
3.73 4

What was your undergrad science GPA?

Response Average # Responders
3.60 4

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

76710

82930

75077

76109

What do you like most about this school?

"Great Rotation sites, Good preparation for boards" | Report Response

"Very thorough 2nd year curriculum. Training at JPS is A+" | Report Response

"They have a great reputation with the hospitals in the area, and they can also be considered one of the best osteopathic schools in the nation. Their USMLE and COMLEX pass rates are above the national average, and they provide a good education overall." | Report Response

"The reputation is good, we do well on the boards, unlike many osteopathic schools we have many opportunities for research, although some of the research departments are highly political (be warned). There are many options for 3rd year rotations, which is good." | Report Response

What do you like least about this school?

"They have to many administration and red tape." | Report Response

"Difficult to balance both osteopathic curriculum on top of regular medical school didactics. Probably could have better clinical medicine instruction." | Report Response

"There have been some recent changes that require attendance in second year classes. I feel like I am being quizzed and tested to death in second year. There are also many instances of unprofessional conduct among my classmates, but this seems to be isolated to my class." | Report Response

"High pressure environment, facilities are new and pretty but not very functional, administration seems in disarray. Unlike many (most?) medical schools we do NOT have course syllabi with all the information we need to know, so we have to hunt for all information from textbooks ourselves during 2nd year." | Report Response

Please provide any other general comments on your school

"Great school with a strong match list. One of the best DO schools." | Report Response

"Probably doesn't get the credit it deserves. Quality of graduates tend to be very good physicians and go to good residency programs." | Report Response

"I would say if you want to go to an osteopathic school, choose TCOM. And if given the chance, I would choose TCOM again over several of the other Texas schools." | Report Response

Curriculum

How is the curriculum structured?

Response # Responders
Systems-based 4
Traditional 0

How many courses are taken at a given time?

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

Are courses recorded for medical students?

Response # Responders
Video recording 2
Free note taking service 1
Fee-based note taking service 0
Powerpoint slides provided only 4
None 0

How many days per week is anatomy lab?

Response # Responders
1 0
2 4
3 0
4 0
5 0
6 0
7 0

How many students per cadaver?

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

How long (in months) do you have anatomy?

Response # Responders
3 months 0
6 months 2
9 months 2
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
6.00 4

0 = none, 10 = extensive

Are syllabi provided for the student?

Response # Responders
yes 2
no 2

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

"none are truly mandatory" | Report Response

"All of pre-clinical lectures and labs were mandatory." | Report Response

"Not that many classes in first year have required attendance, but almost every class in second year does." | Report Response

"In second year each "class" counts for a raw point in your grade - you must get 60% of the questions asked in class correct to get the point. If you miss the class or answer less than 60% correct, you lose that point from your grade. In first year most classes are not mandatory or point-oriented." | Report Response

What books are necessary?

"Robins and first aid" | Report Response

"I use only board review books. Many students read Robbins and buy the required clinical books in 2nd year (about 25-50% of the material in 2nd year is geared towards Step II). During 1st year information is provided in powerpoints and books are functionally optional." | Report Response

Location & Housing

How do you feel about the location of the school?

Response Avg # Responders
9.25 4

0 = Uncomfortable, 10 = Desirable

Do you feel safe on campus?

Response Avg # Responders
10.00 4

0 = Not safe, 10 = Very safe

How available and convenient is public transportation?

Response Avg # Responders
3.25 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 0
All years 4
No 0

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

Response Avg # Responders
8.50 4

0 = Almost impossible, 10 = Available & convenient

Is on-campus housing available?

Response # Responders
yes 0
no 4

What is the quality of available on-campus housing?

Response Avg # Responders
3.75 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
2.50 4

0 = 0%, 10 = 100%

Is couples housing available?

Response # Responders
yes 0
no 3

Is nearby off-campus housing available?

Response # Responders
yes 3
no 1

How expensive is nearby off-campus housing?

Response Avg # Responders
6.75 4

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

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

"No housing available on campus" | Report Response

Cost/Financial Aid

Are fees/tuition expensive?

Response Avg # Responders
10.00 4

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

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

Response Avg # Responders
8.00 4

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

Are many institutional scholarships/grants available?

Response Avg # Responders
5.25 4

0 = none, 10 = many

Is institutional aid need-based or merit-based?

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

Faculty/Grades

Are faculty members very open to students during office hours?

Response Avg # Responders
6.75 4

0 = Not at all, 10 = Very open

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

Response Avg # Responders
8.75 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 4
no 0

How is the instructional faculty during clinical years?

"Great we train at JPS and Cook Children's and other local hospitals." | Report Response

"At the major hospitals and clinics the teaching was very good. However, they could improve in some areas, especially private rotations and specialty medicine." | Report Response

"I am not a 3rd year, but I have been told that overall the faculty in the clinical years are ok." | Report Response

Clinical Rotations

Are the desired rotation sites easy to obtain?

Response Avg # Responders
6.50 4

0 = difficult, 10 = easy

Is desired rotation order easy to obtain?

Response Avg # Responders
5.75 4

0 = difficult, 10 = easy

Are the elective rotations easy to obtain?

Response Avg # Responders
5.50 4

0 = difficult, 10 = easy

Is there substantial hands-on experience for medical students?

Response Avg # Responders
7.25 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
7.50 4

0 = far away, 10 = close

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

"We have strong core rotations mainly at JPS. Normal core rotation except for Neuro." | Report Response

"They schedule them for you (usually)." | Report Response

"Rotations are scheduled by the department. You have a choice of having your long or short rotations first, but the order of those rotations are randomly assigned. You may trade with other students to get a schedule more to your liking. You rank your rotation site (Fort Worth, Dallas, Conroe, Baytown, Longview or Corpus Christi), and most people get their 1st or 2nd choice. 6-12 people are located at each non-Fort Worth site. While in Fort Worth you have some influence on which hospitals you rotate with. Required: Family Medicine-8 weeks; Internal Medicine-8 weeks; Surgery-8 weeks; OB/GYN-6 weeks; Pediatrics-6 weeks; Manipulative Medicine-4 weeks; Psychiatry-4 weeks; Emergency Medicine-4 weeks; Geriatric Medicine-4 weeks; Specialty Medicine-4 weeks; PCP (Primary Care Partnership)-4 weeks" | Report Response

What responsibility do med students have on the wards?

"usually 1st/2nd assist." | Report Response

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

"JPS is a great county hospital." | Report Response

"JPS, the county hospital is excellent and high volume." | Report Response

"We have JPS, a county hospital, Plaza, Harris, Cook Children's and several other hospitals available downtown. I am told most of these sites are fairly good. Plaza has mixed reviews." | Report Response

What is the typical patient population medical students work with?

"Indigent" | Report Response

"Varies by hospital and rotation - there seems to be a good mix of affluent vs indigent." | Report Response

Social Environment

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

Response Avg # Responders
6.00 4

0 = none, 10 = lots

How would you rank student involvement in extracurricular clubs?

Response Avg # Responders
7.00 4

0 = none, 10 = lots

What is the range of extracurricular clubs available?

Response Avg # Responders
7.75 4

0 = almost none, 10 = wide range

Is the student body cooperative or competitive?

Response Avg # Responders
4.25 4

0 = competitive, 10 = cooperative

Is the environment supportive for underrepresented minorities?

Response Avg # Responders
5.25 4

0 = no, 10 = very

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

Response Avg # Responders
5.25 4

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the environment supportive for married students?

Response Avg # Responders
8.00 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
9.00 4

0 = no, 10 = very

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

"go to bars, get dinner go to movies etc..." | Report Response

"Fort Worth is a cool city. There are lots of museums, bars, and shops around the school." | Report Response

"Some students go to Dallas for the bar scene and such. There are nice dine-in movie theaters around, a comedy club downtown, a nice zoo, botanical gardens and several shooting ranges nearby. Definitely check out the Mellow Mushroom if you like pizza... it's my favorite place to go after a test." | Report Response

Post Graduation

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

"usually primary care specialties, but we usually have student match all specialties." | Report Response

"Large proportion of students have gone into subspecialties including surgical specialties." | Report Response

"Primary care." | Report Response

"We are known for good primary care, but it seems that TCOM students are strong in most areas." | Report Response

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