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  • Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Chicago
General Info

What graduating class are you in?

2019

Are you pursuing any joint degrees (MD/PhD, MD/MPH, etc.)?

No

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

Not applicable

What was your MCAT score?

517

What was your undergrad GPA?

3.89

What was your undergrad science GPA?

3.94

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

53092

What is your race/ethnic background?

Caucasian

Overall, how would you rate this medical program?

9 out of 10

What do you like most about this school?

"World class leaders in many fields, top notch teaching, drive for continued improvement and excellence, supportive deans and student community, a lot of elective/vacation time 3rd and 4th year" Report Response

What do you like least about this school?

"During some rotations there is less consistency with attendings because they switch off service every week or two, however the residents stay on the team" Report Response

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

10 out of 10

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

8 out of 10

Please provide any other general comments on your school

No Response

Cost/Financial Aid

Are fees/tuition expensive?

5 out of 10

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

5 out of 10

Are many institutional scholarships/grants available?

2 out of 10

Is institutional aid need-based or merit-based?

Both

Curriculum

How is the curriculum structured?

Systems-based

How many courses are taken at a given time?

4

How long are you typically in class per day?

3-4 hours

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

"Infrequently. Small groups are essentially the main requirement." Report Response

Are courses recorded for medical students?

Video recording

How many days per week is anatomy lab?

2

How many students per cadaver?

5-6

How long (in months) do you have anatomy?

12 months

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

7 out of 10

Are standardized patients used?

yes

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

8 out of 10

Are syllabi provided for the student?

yes

What books are necessary?

"None" Report Response

What books are unnecessary?

No Response

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

"Internal medicine faculty seem to be heavily involved in the curriculum and it is the best rotation in terms of structure" Report Response

Faculty/Grades

Are faculty members very open to students during office hours?

10 out of 10

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

10 out of 10

How is the instructional faculty during pre-clinical years?

"Overall excellent" Report Response

How is the instructional faculty during clinical years?

"Overall excellent. Teaching is a focus for the attendings." Report Response

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

10 out of 10

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

10 out of 10

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

"Pass/Fail" Report Response

What is the grading scale used during clinical years?

"Honors/High Pass/Pass/Fail" Report Response

Is the class ranked?

no

Clinical Rotations

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

"A lottery system. Third year requirements are Medicine & Surgery (8 weeks), Peds and OBGYN (6 weeks), Neurology, Primary Care, and Psych (4 weeks). Fourth year requirements are a Sub-I (4 weeks), EM (4 weeks), ICU (4 weeks), PM&R (2 weeks)." Report Response

Are the desired rotation sites easy to obtain?

8 out of 10

Is desired rotation order easy to obtain?

6 out of 10

Are the elective rotations easy to obtain?

9 out of 10

Is there substantial hands-on experience for medical students?

7 out of 10

Are the rotation sites conveniently accessible for medical students?

10 out of 10

What responsibility do med students have on the wards?

"They are integrated into the team. Typically are assigned a certain amount of patients on the inpatient wards and pre-round, present, and write notes on these patients. For outpatient they will see the patient independently and present to the attendings." Report Response

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

"World-class. There are six training sites. The main site is Northwestern Memorial Hospital (NMH), which is an enormous facility delivery both inpatient and outpatient services. Lurie Children's Hospital and Prentice Women's Hospital are both connected via skyway to NMH. Prentice is one of the largest women's hospitals in the country with 13,000 deliveries per year. The Rehab Institute of Chicago is the #1 rehab hospital in the word and is located one block from these other three hospitals. There are two other training sites which are a 15 minute drive from the main campus- these are the Jesse Brown VA Hospital where students can do their surgery and medicine rotations, as well as the Cook Country Stroger Hospital where students can complete their OBGYN rotation." Report Response

How far are the clinical sites from the main campus?

10 out of 10

What is the typical patient population medical students work with?

"Diverse" Report Response

Location & Housing

How do you feel about the location of the school?

10 out of 10

Do you feel safe on campus?

10 out of 10

How available and convenient is public transportation?

10 out of 10

Is a car necessary at any point during your education here?

No

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

10 out of 10

Is on-campus housing available?

yes

What is the quality of available on-campus housing?

10 out of 10

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

"Streeterville is an expensive neighborhood, with studios starting around $1000-$1200. However, many students choose to live within easy public transit comment (<30 min) and can cut down on cost of living significantly." Report Response

What percentage of your medical school classmates would you estimate live on campus, if on-campus housing is available?

7 out of 10

Is couples housing available?

no

Is nearby off-campus housing available?

yes

How expensive is nearby off-campus housing?

3 out of 10

Social Environment

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

10 out of 10

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

"Everything. You are smack dab in the middle of downtown Chicago." Report Response

How would you rank student involvement in extracurricular clubs?

10 out of 10

What is the range of extracurricular clubs available?

10 out of 10

Is the student body cooperative or competitive?

10 out of 10

Is the environment supportive for underrepresented minorities?

8 out of 10

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

8 out of 10

Is the environment supportive for students with disabilities?

7 out of 10

Is the environment supportive for married students?

7 out of 10

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

9 out of 10

Post Graduation

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

"Excellently. Feinberg students match in the most competitive programs across the country and say Feinberg prepared them very well." Report Response

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

"The most popular residencies are IM, EM, OBGYN, orthopedic surgery, and urology." Report Response

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

"A survey sent out to residency directors about Feinberg students confirms our excellent performance in residency." Report Response

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