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  • University of Hawaii at Hilo Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy
  • Pharmacy School
  • Hilo
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?

in-state

What was your MCAT score?

N/A

What was your undergrad GPA?

3.7

What was your undergrad science GPA?

3.8

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

80124

What is your race/ethnic background?

Other/Multiracial

Overall, how would you rate this medical program?

2 out of 10

What do you like most about this school?

"Cutting-edge research on pharmacy practice for rural areas" Report Response

What do you like least about this school?

"The current Dean is quite absent and can be seen with the lack of preparation by most of the staff and the last minute plannings. This specific academic year, a number of instructors posted lecture 8 minutes before the lecture time and violated FERPA and also handed out assignments (listed in the syllabi) a week before they were due. This was all due to the Dean of the entire school is rarely on the island with the school and cares more about the duties of the Board of Pharmacy than raising the next generation of pharmacists. Other leadership throughout the school also takes this meekish approach to keep their staff doing their job. A number of support staff usually are gone before 4pm and rarely have little information that can help students. Even those that are present are rarely in their office and cannot offer advice or the correct person to direct students. There is high racism on the school as well and the student body is commonly made with 19 -20 year old and do not have degrees nor the drive to seek more than a retail pharmacy education. This school is also not associated with a teaching hospital and lacks cutting edge professionals. It is on the big island and offers very little progressive work that is not rural health." Report Response

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

2 out of 10

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

6 out of 10

Please provide any other general comments on your school

"Average school." Report Response

Cost/Financial Aid

Are fees/tuition expensive?

2 out of 10

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

2 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?

7

How long are you typically in class per day?

3-4 hours

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

"None" Report Response

Are courses recorded for medical students?

Powerpoint slides provided only

How many days per week is anatomy lab?

No Response

How many students per cadaver?

No Response

How long (in months) do you have anatomy?

No Response

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

1 out of 10

Are standardized patients used?

no

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

1 out of 10

Are syllabi provided for the student?

yes

What books are necessary?

"Books are provided via school library BUT all of the instructors do not require reading and only use their powerpoints for tests." Report Response

What books are unnecessary?

"Depends on how much you want to learn. You can just study powerpoints and be fine but probably will have a very poor career in any pharmacy that is not retail" Report Response

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

"No. This curriculum centers around retail only" Report Response

Faculty/Grades

Are faculty members very open to students during office hours?

1 out of 10

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

3 out of 10

How is the instructional faculty during pre-clinical years?

"Basic. Nothing positive and some negative instructions for didactic materials." Report Response

How is the instructional faculty during clinical years?

"Can be very helpful if you learned anything from the didactic material." Report Response

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

3 out of 10

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

2 out of 10

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

"Normal A-C and fail" Report Response

What is the grading scale used during clinical years?

"Pass and Fail" Report Response

Is the class ranked?

no

Clinical Rotations

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

No Response

Are the desired rotation sites easy to obtain?

No Response

Is desired rotation order easy to obtain?

No Response

Are the elective rotations easy to obtain?

No Response

Is there substantial hands-on experience for medical students?

No Response

Are the rotation sites conveniently accessible for medical students?

No Response

What responsibility do med students have on the wards?

No Response

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

No Response

How far are the clinical sites from the main campus?

No Response

What is the typical patient population medical students work with?

"Mixed asian and pacific islander and english and non-english. If you look like you are from mainland then you will have a difficult time to work here because of the racism or hatred for mainland people. The school staff also practice their professional life in this manner as well. a friend was not allowed to leave early during finals for a family funeral but a number of students were granted permission to miss school and reschedule exams for Coachella." Report Response

Location & Housing

How do you feel about the location of the school?

1 out of 10

Do you feel safe on campus?

1 out of 10

How available and convenient is public transportation?

No Response

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

All years

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

1 out of 10

Is on-campus housing available?

yes

What is the quality of available on-campus housing?

5 out of 10

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

"N/A" Report Response

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

1 out of 10

Is couples housing available?

no

Is nearby off-campus housing available?

yes

How expensive is nearby off-campus housing?

2 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?

"Drink alcohol and party with their fraternity partners and other school-related organizations. They do so much that most of them have a very marginal GPA and cannot expand their experiences due to GPA limits and lack of assistance from the University and College of Pharmacy to get students the best prepared. The highest level of pre-requisite is a 200 level college course." Report Response

How would you rank student involvement in extracurricular clubs?

10 out of 10

What is the range of extracurricular clubs available?

8 out of 10

Is the student body cooperative or competitive?

3 out of 10

Is the environment supportive for underrepresented minorities?

9 out of 10

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

9 out of 10

Is the environment supportive for students with disabilities?

10 out of 10

Is the environment supportive for married students?

2 out of 10

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

No Response

Post Graduation

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

"N/A" Report Response

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

"N/A" Report Response

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

"N/A" Report Response

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