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  • University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Medical School
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Dallas
Individual Feedback 5 5 Responses
General Info

What graduating class are you in?

Response # Responders
2007 0
2008 0
2009 0
2010 1
2011 0
2012 0
2013 1
2014 0
2015 1
2016 2
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 5
DO/PhD 0
MD/PhD 0

Are you considered in-state or out-of-state for tuition purposes?

Response # Responders
in-state 4
out-of-state 1
international 0
Not applicable 0

What is your race/ethnic background?

Response # Responders
Caucasian 3
African American 0
Hispanic 0
Asian or Pacific Islander 2
Native American/ Native Alaskan 0
Other/Multiracial 0

Overall, how would you rate this medical program?

Response Avg # Responders
7.40 5

0 = terrible, 10 = world class

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

Response Avg # Responders
8.20 5

0 = really bad, 10 = top tier

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

Response Avg # Responders
8.60 5

0 = really bad, 10 = top tier

What was your MCAT score?

Response Average # Responders
517 5

What was your undergrad GPA?

Response Average # Responders
3.86 5

What was your undergrad science GPA?

Response Average # Responders
3.82 5

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






What do you like most about this school?

"New hospitals. Excellent administrative staff. Superb clinical experiences and residencies." | Report Response

"Excellent range of clinical opportunities and extremely easy to get specialty-specific exposure early on. We have a strong career counseling/development program with easily approachable student deans to help with all aspects of being a medical student and getting into residency." | Report Response

"Amazing faculty who are world class researchers and experts in their fields. Also, the clinical experiences at Parkland are second to none." | Report Response

"Pass/Fail for the first semester (and true pass/fail, which means no internal ranking). The staff actually listens to the students for example the library now has 24 hour access because students wanted it. World class faculty, being lectured by Nobel prize winners as well as experts in their field (especially for things like lipid synthesis)." | Report Response

"Great support, great mentors, lots of help, and the prestige associated with the school doesn't hurt." | Report Response

What do you like least about this school?

"Hospitals can be somewhat far from each other" | Report Response

"Pre-clinical basic sciences are severely lacking in quality and organization. While the curriculum lay out is changing, it is really not content, but execution that is the weakest. Lectures are uneven and the syllabus has frequent typos and internal contradictions; similarly, you will find lectures that state contradictory information. I feel the courses are overall poor quality. The pre-clinical training was not very strong and most students slack off on it because it was not graded. Skills clinics and pre-clinical training are unorganized and we had to rely on facebook to communicate where exactly we should show up and what we should expect to do. Exams are written more to elicit a curve than prepare you for STEP. Pre clinical will be pass fail starting in 2015 so maybe that aspect will improve, but it was extremely frustrating during 2nd year." | Report Response

"The workload was excessive at time especially during the preclinical years, but it did force you to learn the infomation needed to ace the boards." | Report Response

"It can be a little crazy to be taking anatomy and biochemistry at the same time but pass/fail helps. The school is in a decent area, but if you don't like in the apartment community run by the school it can be difficult to find places to live that are affordable and safe (I imagine this would be true for any medical school in a city)." | Report Response

"Long class hours." | Report Response

Please provide any other general comments on your school

"Most of the time, I wish I had looked closer at other schools before coming here. I had a great interview day and liked what I saw, but overall, I don't think it has been a good fit. The curriculum is usually not very challenging and volume overload is the only thing that really pushes you. As a non-traditional student, I think somewhere else would probably have been a better choice and given me more opportunities to engage in things that would have helped build my skill set outside of the standard medical setting. Leadership opportunities are pretty basic and leadership/management training skills are not addressed in any formal setting." | Report Response

"Painful when your a student, but in retrospect UTSW is an amazing place to learn medicine. I'm doing residency at a higher ranked institution, and I think their med students don't get anywhere near the experience I had. If Ihad to choose med schools again, UTSW would still be at the top of my list." | Report Response

"It is a great school!" | Report Response


How is the curriculum structured?

Response # Responders
Systems-based 2
Traditional 2

How many courses are taken at a given time?

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

Are courses recorded for medical students?

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

How many days per week is anatomy lab?

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

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

Response Avg # Responders
2.75 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
5.00 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?

"1 per week with usually 2 per week second year" | Report Response

"we only have one class that has mandatory attendance, a class called colleges. It is only once a week and its where we learn to take a history, do a physical, etc. so its actually pretty useful/fun. anatomy is not even mandatory." | Report Response

"Weekly" | Report Response

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

"I do not feel that the curriculum is designed to promote any specialty. There is very little surgery exposure through lecture; surgery exposure in the first two years is mainly through a few presentation lectures by surgeons." | Report Response

"no" | Report Response

"No, they allow you to learn everything, and do not promote a specialty." | Report Response

Location & Housing

How do you feel about the location of the school?

Response Avg # Responders
7.50 4

0 = Uncomfortable, 10 = Desirable

Do you feel safe on campus?

Response Avg # Responders
9.00 4

0 = Not safe, 10 = Very safe

How available and convenient is public transportation?

Response Avg # Responders
6.00 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 0
All years 2
No 2

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

Response Avg # Responders
9.50 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
7.75 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
4.75 4

0 = 0%, 10 = 100%

Is couples housing available?

Response # Responders
yes 3
no 1

Is nearby off-campus housing available?

Response # Responders
yes 4
no 0

How expensive is nearby off-campus housing?

Response Avg # Responders
6.25 4

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

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

"800-900 for 1br. 1300 for 2-br." | Report Response

"On-campus is a grouping of 11 units less than a mile from campus. The cost is the cheapest you will find in the area and it has 1 and 2 bedrooms. Quality and safety are good. I lived there 2 years. The electric bills are much higher than what I have now and there are really no amenities, i.e. no covered parking, no valet trash, no pets." | Report Response

"1 br- 700ish 2br-1200ish" | Report Response

Cost/Financial Aid

Are fees/tuition expensive?

Response Avg # Responders
8.75 4

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

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

Response Avg # Responders
7.75 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 0
Merit-based 1
Both 3


Are faculty members very open to students during office hours?

Response Avg # Responders
8.00 4

0 = Not at all, 10 = Very open

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

Response Avg # Responders
9.25 4

0 = Not at all, 10 = Very available

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

Response Avg # Responders
9.00 4

0 = none, 10 = lots

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

Response Avg # Responders
9.00 4

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the class ranked?

Response # Responders
yes 4
no 0

How is the instructional faculty during pre-clinical years?

"Uneven. We have a few very effective lectures who have very well crafted syllabi; however, most (I would say 75%) are ineffective. We have several lectures each block where it is obvious that the presenter did not make the slides or the syllabus so it becomes difficult to get a grasp on what is important clinically and exam-wise. I am unsure about other schools, but I feel that we have a large proportion of non-MDs giving presentations. As a whole, this material is not as effectively presented and will often have no clinical (or STEP) relevance as compared to similarly taught material by clinical faculty. Pharm stands out to me as a course taught almost exclusively by non-MD, non-clinical staff which I had to re-teach myself for STEP and felt unprepared for 3rd year." | Report Response

"great-we are lectured by experts in whatever field/topic we are learning about." | Report Response

"Relatively Good. Some are phenomenal professors, while others confuse more than help. Overall, they are good." | Report Response

How is the instructional faculty during clinical years?

"Overall fantastic. I felt the clinical faculty were all responsive to my questions and most seem invested in the educational aspect of the academic medical center setting. I feel like I got a fantastic training in terms of the clinicals." | Report Response

"no clue." | Report Response

"N/A (I am a first year)" | Report Response

Clinical Rotations

Are the desired rotation sites easy to obtain?

Response Avg # Responders
8.50 4

0 = difficult, 10 = easy

Is desired rotation order easy to obtain?

Response Avg # Responders
6.00 4

0 = difficult, 10 = easy

Are the elective rotations easy to obtain?

Response Avg # Responders
7.25 4

0 = difficult, 10 = easy

Is there substantial hands-on experience for medical students?

Response Avg # Responders
9.00 4

0 = none, 10 = substantial

Are the rotation sites conveniently accessible for medical students?

Response Avg # Responders
8.25 4

0 = difficult, 10 = accessible

How far are the clinical sites from the main campus?

Response Avg # Responders
8.25 4

0 = far away, 10 = close

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

"Psych/Neuro, FM, IM, OBGYN, Surg, Peds" | Report Response

"Clinical rotations are grouped into two blocks 1. IM\OBGYN\PSYC and 2. SURG\PEDS\FM\NEURO. You have to log on through an internet connection and select the classes. It is a first come, first serve situation." | Report Response

"Psych, Surgery, Neuro, OB/Gyn, Medicine, Family, Peds" | Report Response

What responsibility do med students have on the wards?

"Pre-round, round, notes, pended orders" | Report Response

"I would say comparable to other schools in most respects from what others tell me at other schools. History, physicals, SOAP notes, and patient presentation. Expect long hours on OB\GYN and surgery although I found IM can be brutal at times." | Report Response

"Tremendous, they get to do everything!" | Report Response

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

"2 Brand new teaching hospitals. Average VA hospital." | Report Response

"The University Hospital just opened up and one of our main clinical sites, Parkland, is opening its brand new facility in November 2015 so the conditions are excellent." | Report Response

"AWESOME! Parkland and Children's are one of the best hospitals in the nation." | 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
8.25 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
7.25 4

0 = competitive, 10 = cooperative

Is the environment supportive for underrepresented minorities?

Response Avg # Responders
7.75 4

0 = no, 10 = very

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

Response Avg # Responders
7.25 4

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the environment supportive for married students?

Response Avg # Responders
6.75 4

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the environment supportive for students with disabilities?

Response Avg # Responders
7.25 4

0 = no, 10 = very

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

Response Avg # Responders
6.25 4

0 = no, 10 = very

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

"There is a lot of going out to bars and restaurants. A lot of people go to sporting events." | Report Response

"hang out, go dancing, drink-go to bars, play sports, go to concerts/activities down town" | Report Response

"Bars are very popular, as are sporting events, and nature events. Rock Climbing is very popular among a large group of students." | Report Response

Post Graduation

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

"I would say that most students match to their desired residency and are successful after residency." | Report Response

"Very Well." | Report Response

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

"Strong graduates with an exposure to a variety of patients and pathologies." | Report Response

"I hope they love us; I'll hopefully have better info on this later!" | Report Response

"It is an excellent program that is consistently rated in the highest category by program directors." | Report Response

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