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  • University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Madison
Individual Feedback 5 4 Responses
General Info

What graduating class are you in?

Response # Responders
2007 0
2008 0
2009 0
2010 0
2011 0
2012 1
2013 0
2014 1
2015 0
2016 0
2017 1
2018 0
2019 1
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 3
out-of-state 1
international 0
Not applicable 0

What is your race/ethnic background?

Response # Responders
Caucasian 2
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
7.25 4

0 = terrible, 10 = world class

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

Response Avg # Responders
8.25 4

0 = really bad, 10 = top tier

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

Response Avg # Responders
9.00 4

0 = really bad, 10 = top tier

What was your MCAT score?

Response Average # Responders
384 4

What was your undergrad GPA?

Response Average # Responders
2.82 4

What was your undergrad science GPA?

Response Average # Responders
2.76 4

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

53711

59801

53597

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What do you like most about this school?

"The public health integration within the core curriculum." | Report Response

"The atmosphere of support, curiosity, and camaraderie." | Report Response

"Spectacular city, great facilities, passionate teachers, down-to-earth students (for the most part), very socially active" | Report Response

"Block exam schedule, pass/fail for the first year, lots of help from the school for you to succeed in your classes, lots of extracurricular activities and summer opportunities to get involved in including out-of-country experiences, public health important in the curriculum, lots of integration between courses to tie everything together, M1 professors are very passionate about teaching, WARM track for those interested in rural medicine, TRIUMPH track for those interested in urban medicine, dual degrees offered, lots of research opportunities, lots of opportunities to do away rotations in 3rd/4th year throughout the state and in other states." | Report Response

What do you like least about this school?

"The new curriculum which started last year is not very effective in my opinion. It seems that this has made medicine much more difficult and it will be interesting to see how this new curriculum impacts my class mates and I in the long run." | Report Response

"The winters really are cold." | Report Response

"Could use better organization of years 2-4, but I was the first year of the "new" curriculum, so I may have been biased." | Report Response

"No track for those interested in education, pretty much 0 official opportunities to be involved in/learn about education especially during M1-M2, unofficial opportunities are hard to find. Being that the school is continuing with the curriculum overhaul they started several years ago (which is overall going very well) I would thought that more of these education-type opportunities would be available. Office hours for courses sometimes aren't organized very well." | Report Response

Please provide any other general comments on your school

"I was told by a residency director that they'd rather take students from schools like UW than Ivy League schools because we're SO much better trained on physical exam, plus clinical flexibility and hard work. An Ivy league friend agreed- I've done 10x more procedures already as a 4th year student, he had never even sutured by himself by his intern year. That may be anecdotal, but stuff like that REALLY matters by the end of med school and looking at residencies. Overall, you get a superb training you can really be proud of. Plus, the Badgers rock! :)" | Report Response

"I really love the UWSMPH and am very happy that I chose to come here for my medical education, however no school is perfect and I'm happy to talk honestly about both the pros and cons of the school." | Report Response

Curriculum

How is the curriculum structured?

Response # Responders
Systems-based 1
Traditional 0

How many courses are taken at a given time?

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

Are courses recorded for medical students?

Response # Responders
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?

No responses

How many students per cadaver?

No responses

How long (in months) do you have anatomy?

No responses

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

Response Avg # Responders
5.00 1

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

Are standardized patients used?

Response # Responders
yes 1
no 0

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

Response Avg # Responders
10.00 1

0 = none, 10 = extensive

Are syllabi provided for the student?

Response # Responders
yes 1
no 0

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

"Only the lectures that have patients come in to talk to us are required, all other lectures are optional since they are recorded and pod-casted for us to watch later. Small group discussions are all mandatory but we don't have them every day." | Report Response

What books are necessary?

"Pretty much none. The syllabi always make suggestions for books that are really good should students want a reference for a subject they're having trouble in but nothing is required. You are required to buy the course packets from the bookstore within the medical school. Netter's for the spring anatomy course is really useful but I didn't use any of the other recommended books." | Report Response

What books are unnecessary?

No responses

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

"No, at least not in the first two years. We do talk in class about the shortage of primary care providers so in that sense students are aware that WI could really use PCPs but we aren't herded towards any particular speciality and are more encouraged to pick whatever we love the most. We have a career counselor to set us up with information on any specialty or opportunity we might be interested in. We also have interest groups for every conceivable specialty so we can learn more about each one." | Report Response

Location & Housing

How do you feel about the location of the school?

Response Avg # Responders
10.00 1

0 = Uncomfortable, 10 = Desirable

Do you feel safe on campus?

Response Avg # Responders
10.00 1

0 = Not safe, 10 = Very safe

How available and convenient is public transportation?

Response Avg # Responders
10.00 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
5.00 1

0 = Almost impossible, 10 = Available & convenient

Is on-campus housing available?

Response # Responders
yes 1
no 0

What is the quality of available on-campus housing?

Response Avg # Responders
8.00 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
9.00 1

0 = 0%, 10 = 100%

Is couples housing available?

Response # Responders
yes 1
no 0

Is nearby off-campus housing available?

Response # Responders
yes 1
no 0

How expensive is nearby off-campus housing?

Response Avg # Responders
8.00 1

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

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

"Many types including efficiencies, 1 BR, 2 BR, etc. Can be an apartment or floor of a house. Parking is expensive on campus but is free at clinical sites. Places very close to the med school are readily available and are usually pretty nice but can be a bit expensive if you don't want any roommates." | Report Response

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
8.00 1

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

Are many institutional scholarships/grants available?

Response Avg # Responders
5.00 1

0 = none, 10 = many

Is institutional aid need-based or merit-based?

Response # Responders
Need-based 1
Merit-based 0
Both 0

Faculty/Grades

Are faculty members very open to students during office hours?

Response Avg # Responders
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
7.00 1

0 = none, 10 = lots

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

Response Avg # Responders
7.00 1

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the class ranked?

Response # Responders
yes 1
no 0

How is the instructional faculty during pre-clinical years?

"All the M1 professors are awesome, some of the M2 professors are as well." | Report Response

How is the instructional faculty during clinical years?

"For M3 and M4 there are at least 2 attendings on certain away rotations that are known to be nasty but considering how many rotations we have that's a small minority. Most are very excellent." | Report Response

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

"pass/fail for M1 and A/AB/B/BC/C/F for M2." | Report Response

What is the grading scale used during clinical years?

"A/AB/B/BC/C/F" | Report Response

Clinical Rotations

Are the desired rotation sites easy to obtain?

Response Avg # Responders
5.00 1

0 = difficult, 10 = easy

Is desired rotation order easy to obtain?

Response Avg # Responders
5.00 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?

Response Avg # Responders
5.00 1

0 = difficult, 10 = accessible

How far are the clinical sites from the main campus?

Response Avg # Responders
5.00 1

0 = far away, 10 = close

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

"Students submit lists of their preferred schedules, and schedules are assigned based on a lottery system with students who have children being given preference for rotations in Madison." | Report Response

What responsibility do med students have on the wards?

"I'm an M1 so I don't know a whole lot about wards and difficulty/ease of getting a desired rotation site or order." | Report Response

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

"UW Hospital and Clinics is connected to the medical and while crazy difficult to navigate through without getting lost is and excellent hospital. We are also affiliated with many hospital throughout the entire state as students are able ad encouraged to do rotations throughout the state." | Report Response

What is the typical patient population medical students work with?

"It's very dependent on where you are doing your rotation. Populations in Madison and Milwaukeed are more ethnically diverse than in rural areas but both urban and rural areas pose their own unique set of clinical challenges." | Report Response

Social Environment

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

Response Avg # Responders
5.00 1

0 = none, 10 = lots

How would you rank student involvement in extracurricular clubs?

Response Avg # Responders
10.00 1

0 = none, 10 = lots

What is the range of extracurricular clubs available?

Response Avg # Responders
10.00 1

0 = almost none, 10 = wide range

Is the student body cooperative or competitive?

Response Avg # Responders
5.00 1

0 = competitive, 10 = cooperative

Is the environment supportive for underrepresented minorities?

Response Avg # Responders
8.00 1

0 = no, 10 = very

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

Response Avg # Responders
9.00 1

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the environment supportive for married students?

Response Avg # Responders
7.00 1

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the environment supportive for students with disabilities?

Response Avg # Responders
7.00 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?

"Students do a variety of activities including the Dean's Cup rivalry with the law school. Biking is popular since Madison has extensive and very nice bike paths. There is a Yoga group that meets every week. There are plenty of nice restaurants in the area with really good food. Going out to bars as groups is probably the most popular weekend activity." | Report Response

Post Graduation

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

"Very well. We have excellent career counseling services and our clinical training programs are strong. We tend to have good averages on the boards and plenty of research and other opportunities to get involved in and include on residency applications." | Report Response

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

"As an M1 I haven't reach the point in my curriculum to comment on this with any given certainty." | Report Response

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

No responses

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