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  • University of Virginia School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Charlottesville, VA
Individual Feedback 5 5 Responses
General Info

What graduating class are you in?

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

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

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

What is your race/ethnic background?

Response # Responders
Caucasian 2
African American 1
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
7.00 5

0 = terrible, 10 = world class

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

Response Avg # Responders
7.20 5

0 = really bad, 10 = top tier

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

Response Avg # Responders
6.80 5

0 = really bad, 10 = top tier

What was your MCAT score?

Response Average # Responders
516 5

What was your undergrad GPA?

Response Average # Responders
3.93 5

What was your undergrad science GPA?

Response Average # Responders
3.92 5

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






What do you like most about this school?

"Fantastic, approachable faculty, friendly staff and students, great research pedigree and opportunities, and the city has everything." | Report Response

"The faculty are great teachers, and encourage you to do well." | Report Response

"Pass/Fail; stress-free, cooperative student body" | Report Response

"My classmates are amazingly brilliant, down-to-earth, and motivated. I love the accelerated curriculum and the pass/fail system." | Report Response

"Flexibility of curriculum and classroom attendance. Great camaraderie between students and good social atmosphere and events. A very tech savvy student base and everyone is always willing to help each other out. Great location to come to school without too many other distractions." | Report Response

What do you like least about this school?

"The microbiology curriculum is a little bit lacking." | Report Response

"Certain organizational aspects annoy me. Little things, like not being able to answer questions about a certain aspect of the curriculum or not providing information in a timely manner." | Report Response

"Library" | Report Response

"The undergrad vibe, which somewhat seeps into the medical school, is very preppy. Not enough people are interested in careers beyond clinical medicine." | Report Response

"Location is not the best. Charlottesville is a college town so rowdiness and parking is an issue. It's not a very diverse location so if you need a big city to thrive, this is not the school for you." | Report Response

Please provide any other general comments on your school

"Fantastic place!" | Report Response

"This is not a school you should go to if you don't like working in groups, as they encourage group work from the first day of class." | Report Response

"I wish the administration was more organized and structured in terms of giving out information/schedules/guidance for boards, the clinical years, and applying to residency. Although, everyone does well on the steps (most: 230s-240s) and the match, I feel like it's because we pick up tidbits here and there as opposed to structured info dissemination." | Report Response

"It's a great school with fabulous faculty and great opportunities to interact with patients and physicians." | Report Response


How is the curriculum structured?

Response # Responders
Systems-based 4
Traditional 1

How many courses are taken at a given time?

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

Are courses recorded for medical students?

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

How many students per cadaver?

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

How long (in months) do you have anatomy?

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

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

Response Avg # Responders
3.80 5

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

Are standardized patients used?

Response # Responders
yes 5
no 0

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

Response Avg # Responders
4.60 5

0 = none, 10 = extensive

Are syllabi provided for the student?

Response # Responders
yes 5
no 0

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

"There's usually at least 1 or 2 sessions a week that are required (patient presentations and anatomy, mostly). There are sessions associated with small graded activities that are "optional" if you are fine taking the 2% hit to your grade." | Report Response

"Fairly often. There's probably at least one day of required classes per week. The amount of time in required classes will vary a lot between the systems as well." | Report Response

"3-4 times a week" | Report Response

"Almost never, besides labs." | Report Response

"half of the time" | Report Response

What books are necessary?

"None - there are textbook readings, but the books are available online through UVA library and your login." | Report Response

"The curriculum committee is working on using only books provided electronically by the library. However, upper years generally recommend using First Aid, an anatomy atlas, HY Anatomy, and some sort of Pathology text (Robbins Basic and Rapid Review Path are common)." | Report Response

"no" | Report Response

"First Aid" | Report Response

"Review books. Definitely do not buy text books." | Report Response

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

"They emphasize a lot of primary care, but don't push students who aren't interested in that." | Report Response

"They try to make the pre-clerkship curriculum so that you have the fund of knowledge needed by a general physician. This sometimes, but not always, works." | Report Response

"no" | Report Response

"Seems like there is a little more emphasis on healthcare in the community." | Report Response

Location & Housing

How do you feel about the location of the school?

Response Avg # Responders
4.60 5

0 = Uncomfortable, 10 = Desirable

Do you feel safe on campus?

Response Avg # Responders
7.00 5

0 = Not safe, 10 = Very safe

How available and convenient is public transportation?

Response Avg # Responders
6.60 5

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 5
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
3.40 5

0 = Almost impossible, 10 = Available & convenient

Is on-campus housing available?

Response # Responders
yes 2
no 3

What is the quality of available on-campus housing?

Response Avg # Responders
3.80 5

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
2.20 5

0 = 0%, 10 = 100%

Is couples housing available?

Response # Responders
yes 2
no 2

Is nearby off-campus housing available?

Response # Responders
yes 5
no 0

How expensive is nearby off-campus housing?

Response Avg # Responders
5.40 5

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

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

"The only on-campus housing for graduate students is the Range, and it is only available if you've been at UVA for a year. It is a part of the original University, and is single rooms which open to the outside. There is no indoor plumbing, and bathrooms are located in another building. As such, the vast majority (all but 1-2 per year) choose to live off campus in one of the nearby apartment complexes." | Report Response

"Singles on the lawn" | Report Response

Cost/Financial Aid

Are fees/tuition expensive?

Response Avg # Responders
5.20 5

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

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

Response Avg # Responders
6.60 5

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

Are many institutional scholarships/grants available?

Response Avg # Responders
6.60 5

0 = none, 10 = many

Is institutional aid need-based or merit-based?

Response # Responders
Need-based 0
Merit-based 0
Both 5


Are faculty members very open to students during office hours?

Response Avg # Responders
6.80 5

0 = Not at all, 10 = Very open

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

Response Avg # Responders
7.60 5

0 = Not at all, 10 = Very available

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

Response Avg # Responders
7.20 5

0 = none, 10 = lots

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

Response Avg # Responders
7.00 5

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the class ranked?

Response # Responders
yes 1
no 4

How is the instructional faculty during pre-clinical years?

"Mostly great. There are 1 or 2 here and there that we don't like the way they do things, but that's more the exception. Most of the faculty are very nice and approachable." | Report Response

"Decent. Some are better than others, as will be the case at all schools. The same instructors tend to win teaching awards year after year. With the 'new' curriculum that started with our class (SMD 14), more clinical faculty are involved in the pre-clerkship curriculum, which is helpful on applying basic science concepts clinically." | Report Response

"Amazing - professors teach what they know best and what they enjoy - a win for everyone" | Report Response

"Some are better than others." | Report Response

Clinical Rotations

Are the desired rotation sites easy to obtain?

Response Avg # Responders
3.40 5

0 = difficult, 10 = easy

Is desired rotation order easy to obtain?

Response Avg # Responders
3.80 5

0 = difficult, 10 = easy

Are the elective rotations easy to obtain?

Response Avg # Responders
4.40 5

0 = difficult, 10 = easy

Is there substantial hands-on experience for medical students?

Response Avg # Responders
5.40 5

0 = none, 10 = substantial

Are the rotation sites conveniently accessible for medical students?

Response Avg # Responders
3.20 5

0 = difficult, 10 = accessible

How far are the clinical sites from the main campus?

Response Avg # Responders
3.20 5

0 = far away, 10 = close

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

"You are put into a college (4 within each class) and you rotate on a specific schedule with your college. No lottery or making your own schedule until 4th year, which begins a half year early due to the 1.5 year preclinical curriculum." | Report Response

"The rotations are done in a set order. There is a lottery to place you into a grid (starting with a certain rotation), as well as which surgical subspecialties to do, and which sites to do away rotations at." | Report Response

"third year is a lottery - Everyone completes the rotations in the same order, but just start at different areas. OBGYN, Family Med, Surgey, Psych, Neuro, Geriatrics, Acute Care, Internal Medicine Peds" | Report Response

"Every 4 or 8 weeks per topic" | Report Response

What responsibility do med students have on the wards?

"Not yet there" | Report Response

"We follow a set number of patients. How involved we are in their care depends on the residents; some will involve you in procedures and phone calls, while others will simply have you interview the patient and round every morning." | Report Response

"You own your patients. Rounds every morning, present patients, follow them to procedures/tests, update your team, assist/do procedures as necessary" | Report Response

"Depends on the location. More at smaller community or VA centers." | Report Response

What is the typical patient population medical students work with?

"It's diverse, but there isn't a heavy inner city population due to its location." | Report Response

"UVA serves the indigent population of Virginia, so most of our patients tend to be poor. However, we're also one of the premiere hospitals for certain specialties, so often will see a high volume of 'zebra' cases. We also have the undergraduate population served here, so a portion of the patients tend to be young and healthy." | Report Response

"Diverse - large catchment area; uninsured and insured; celebrities to homeless; refugees" | Report Response

"poor small city whites and blacks - lots of hispanic patients on OB though. rural whites and blacks." | Report Response

"Suburban, overweight, white" | Report Response

Social Environment

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

Response Avg # Responders
7.00 5

0 = none, 10 = lots

How would you rank student involvement in extracurricular clubs?

Response Avg # Responders
5.60 5

0 = none, 10 = lots

What is the range of extracurricular clubs available?

Response Avg # Responders
6.20 5

0 = almost none, 10 = wide range

Is the student body cooperative or competitive?

Response Avg # Responders
7.20 5

0 = competitive, 10 = cooperative

Is the environment supportive for underrepresented minorities?

Response Avg # Responders
6.40 5

0 = no, 10 = very

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

Response Avg # Responders
5.40 5

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the environment supportive for married students?

Response Avg # Responders
5.20 5

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the environment supportive for students with disabilities?

Response Avg # Responders
4.60 5

0 = no, 10 = very

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

Response Avg # Responders
5.60 5

0 = no, 10 = very

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

"Go to bars and restaurants, sports and intramurals, hiking and other outdoor activities, historical sites" | Report Response

"There's a lot of hiking trails around, as well as wineries. A number of bands come through Charlottesville. DC is also a short drive away, and many people visit up there." | Report Response

"Hikings, fishing, running, outdoors activities in general; team sports, concerts, bbqs, wine tasting" | Report Response

"bars, hiking, wineries, movies, concerts." | Report Response

"Pub crawls on the "corner" are always there. Graduate student mixers and lots of social events including wine tasting, etc." | Report Response

Post Graduation

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

"Great match lists every year, and most PDs and physicians are very complimentary of UVA." | Report Response

"UVA graduates tend to match into top programs. There's also a huge network of UVA grads, and there is a great deal of networking that can be done prior to graduation for future jobs and residency placement." | Report Response

"People match in very competitive specialities and in very desirable locations. The vast majority of students match into their top 1 or 2 programs." | Report Response

">95% get first choice" | Report Response

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

"Good reputation." | Report Response

"Since we consistently match into top programs, I imagine residency directors view us favorably." | Report Response

"We are strong students and great people to work with. Well know for good patient communication skills and professionalism." | Report Response

"We have a great reputation with residency directors nationwide!" | Report Response

"Highly" | Report Response

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

"Lots of Virginia physicians, but there's a good mix of people who stay and people who go elsewhere (the incoming classes are 50/50 in-state/out of state)." | Report Response

"UVA produces strong physicians across the board. However, the highest number of people tend to go into Peds." | Report Response

"Everything. More of the graduates tend to enter primary care but board scores are +10 from national average placing you into almost anything you want." | Report Response

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