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  • Long School of Medicine - University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • San Antonio
Individual Feedback 5 1 Responses
General Info

What graduating class are you in?

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2007 0
2008 0
2009 0
2010 0
2011 0
2012 0
2013 0
2014 0
2015 0
2016 1
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 1
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?

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in-state 1
out-of-state 0
international 0
Not applicable 0

What is your race/ethnic background?

Response # Responders
Caucasian 1
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
9.00 1

0 = terrible, 10 = world class

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

Response Avg # Responders
9.00 1

0 = really bad, 10 = top tier

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

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8.00 1

0 = really bad, 10 = top tier

What was your MCAT score?

Response Average # Responders
517 1

What was your undergrad GPA?

Response Average # Responders
3.40 1

What was your undergrad science GPA?

Response Average # Responders
3.40 1

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

78259

What do you like most about this school?

"Great third and fourth year rotations. Faculty love to teach. University Hospital sees the worst of the worst in pathology. Culture is student-friendly and as a student you are expected to be hands-on and actively involved in patient care. You'll spend very little time standing in the corner shadowing. You will be well-prepared to become a great resident. Other things I love: flexible schedule MS1 & 2 with mostly optional attendance and recorded video lectures, 4th year is 100% electives, class collaboration and morale is great, MS2 ends in February thus giving you 4 months of extra time to do things like early rotations, step study, vacation, and research." | Report Response

What do you like least about this school?

"Class is very large (~210s). Even after four years I still don't know all my classmates. Also, the "new" preclinical curriculum (2012) is mostly very good, but there's a handful of required team-based exercises every week that I felt were minimally helpful." | Report Response

Please provide any other general comments on your school

No responses

Curriculum

How is the curriculum structured?

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Systems-based 1
Traditional 0

How many courses are taken at a given time?

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1 1
2 0
3 0
4 0
5 0
6 0
7 0
8 0
9 0
10 0

How long are you typically in class per day?

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<1 hour 0
1-2 hours 0
2-3 hours 0
3-4 hours 1
4-5 hours 0
5-6 hours 0
6> hours 0

Are courses recorded for medical students?

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

How many days per week is anatomy lab?

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1 0
2 1
3 0
4 0
5 0
6 0
7 0

How many students per cadaver?

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

How long (in months) do you have anatomy?

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3 months 0
6 months 1
9 months 0
12 months 0
24 months 0

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

Response Avg # Responders
4.00 1

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

Are standardized patients used?

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yes 1
no 0

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

Response Avg # Responders
8.00 1

0 = none, 10 = extensive

Are syllabi provided for the student?

Response # Responders
yes 0
no 1

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

"~20% of the time" | Report Response

What books are necessary?

"School uses VitalSource, which is an electronic library you must purchase and includes about 2 dozen textbooks. You can copy/paste texts and images, highlight, annotate, and print an unlimited number of pages." | Report Response

What books are unnecessary?

"Some of the books in the vitalsource library are unnecessary, but since it is part of a package you can't not purchase them." | Report Response

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

"No, the curriculum is balanced and does not seem to push students in any particular direction." | Report Response

Location & Housing

How do you feel about the location of the school?

Response Avg # Responders
9.00 1

0 = Uncomfortable, 10 = Desirable

Do you feel safe on campus?

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10.00 1

0 = Not safe, 10 = Very safe

How available and convenient is public transportation?

Response Avg # Responders
1.00 1

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 0
No 0

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

Response Avg # Responders
9.00 1

0 = Almost impossible, 10 = Available & convenient

Is on-campus housing available?

Response # Responders
yes 0
no 1

What is the quality of available on-campus housing?

Response Avg # Responders
5.00 1

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
0.00 1

0 = 0%, 10 = 100%

Is couples housing available?

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yes 0
no 1

Is nearby off-campus housing available?

Response # Responders
yes 1
no 0

How expensive is nearby off-campus housing?

Response Avg # Responders
10.00 1

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

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

No responses

Cost/Financial Aid

Are fees/tuition expensive?

Response Avg # Responders
10.00 1

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

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

Response Avg # Responders
10.00 1

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

Are many institutional scholarships/grants available?

Response Avg # Responders
3.00 1

0 = none, 10 = many

Is institutional aid need-based or merit-based?

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Need-based 0
Merit-based 0
Both 1

Faculty/Grades

Are faculty members very open to students during office hours?

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10.00 1

0 = Not at all, 10 = Very open

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

Response Avg # Responders
10.00 1

0 = Not at all, 10 = Very available

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

Response Avg # Responders
10.00 1

0 = none, 10 = lots

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

Response Avg # Responders
10.00 1

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the class ranked?

Response # Responders
yes 1
no 0

How is the instructional faculty during pre-clinical years?

"30% are phenomenal, 40% are very good, 25% are good enough, and 5% are not good." | Report Response

How is the instructional faculty during clinical years?

"I would say 75% are excellent, with the remainder being good or very good. It is clear that the school values hiring and retaining the best educators." | Report Response

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

"A, B, C, F" | Report Response

What is the grading scale used during clinical years?

"A, B, C, F" | Report Response

Clinical Rotations

Are the desired rotation sites easy to obtain?

Response Avg # Responders
9.00 1

0 = difficult, 10 = easy

Is desired rotation order easy to obtain?

Response Avg # Responders
8.00 1

0 = difficult, 10 = easy

Are the elective rotations easy to obtain?

Response Avg # Responders
10.00 1

0 = difficult, 10 = easy

Is there substantial hands-on experience for medical students?

Response Avg # Responders
10.00 1

0 = none, 10 = substantial

Are the rotation sites conveniently accessible for medical students?

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10.00 1

0 = difficult, 10 = accessible

How far are the clinical sites from the main campus?

Response Avg # Responders
10.00 1

0 = far away, 10 = close

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

"3rd year: 8 weeks of medicine (some sub-specialty weeks built in), 8 weeks of surgery (4 weeks gen surg + 4 weeks sub-specialty), 6 weeks each of OBGYN, psych, family medicine, and pediatrics, and 4 weeks each of neurology and emergency medicine. You fill out a detailed preference form regarding the order you would like to do these mandatory rotations in, and then a lottery system is used to make it as fair as possible. 4th year: 100% elective. The only requirement is that you must do at least one month inpatient and one month outpatient." | Report Response

What responsibility do med students have on the wards?

"You are an important part of the team. You almost always round on your own and then present your patients with complete assessments and plans. You then see patients again with the resident/attending and agree upon a final plan. You are expected to be present and usually participate in any procedures or exams." | Report Response

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

"University Hospital has a decades-long affiliation with the medical school. They are physically attached. I think they recently renewed their contract for another 15 years (or something like that). The VA is also attached by a skybridge." | Report Response

What is the typical patient population medical students work with?

"University Hospital is a busy academic center that also serves as the county hospital. In addition to seeing academic "zebras" you also see the full process of diseases. Many of the patients haven't had any medical care in years and only arrive when their diseases are very advanced. The patient population, like San Antonio itself, is probably around 60% hispanic." | Report Response

Social Environment

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

Response Avg # Responders
9.00 1

0 = none, 10 = lots

How would you rank student involvement in extracurricular clubs?

Response Avg # Responders
9.00 1

0 = none, 10 = lots

What is the range of extracurricular clubs available?

Response Avg # Responders
9.00 1

0 = almost none, 10 = wide range

Is the student body cooperative or competitive?

Response Avg # Responders
10.00 1

0 = competitive, 10 = cooperative

Is the environment supportive for underrepresented minorities?

Response Avg # Responders
10.00 1

0 = no, 10 = very

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

Response Avg # Responders
10.00 1

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the environment supportive for married students?

Response Avg # Responders
10.00 1

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the environment supportive for students with disabilities?

Response Avg # Responders
10.00 1

0 = no, 10 = very

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

Response Avg # Responders
10.00 1

0 = no, 10 = very

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

No responses

Post Graduation

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

"The great majority of students are able to match into the specialty of their choice. I believe this has more to do with the individual than the school." | Report Response

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

"That UTHSCSA graduates make very good residents." | Report Response

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

"The match lists from this school are consistently balanced. Perhaps an above-average number of students go into emergency medicine, orthopedic surgery, and anesthesiology." | Report Response

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