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  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (Georgia Campus)
  • Osteopathic Medical School
  • Suwanee
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?

511

What was your undergrad GPA?

3.9

What was your undergrad science GPA?

3.8

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

30087

What is your race/ethnic background?

African American

Overall, how would you rate this medical program?

10 out of 10

What do you like most about this school?

"Faculty are extremely supportive, community is huge here, OMM department is tough, but is world class, personable, knowledgeable professors that genuinely do care about your success and will help you whenever needed, close proximity to Atlanta/very nice area, great peer tutoring/TA/academic support programs, lots of options for clinical sites, lots of established MD and DO connections in a vast majority of medical specialties in the primary care skills dpt, a bunch of ways to get involved, extremely diverse classes, plenty of diverse research opportunities, very tough but doable curriculum with fair exams that tend to be quite boards-relevant, lots of real-life simulation opportunities 1-2nd year, faculty advising programs, great library, plenty of places to study/never full" Report Response

What do you like least about this school?

"80% Mandatory classes even sometimes around exam time for things like Primary care skills, epidemiology/biostat/Medical law/public health, interprofessional classes, guest lectures etc., no completely dedicated boards studying time, sometimes condescending administration (who we just tend to avoid/ignore) who doesn’t always listen to listen to our problems like the mandatory class policy, curriculum starting from 1st year is very intense from 8-4 or 5 every day, not really allowing for easy adjustment as needed, guest lecturers tend to be great physicians but not the best teachers, OMM courses are tough, with quizzes every week, tough board-style exams, and strict rubrics for practicals, faculty will push for you to take the USMLE but administration will tell you otherwise she to merger" Report Response

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

8 out of 10

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

5 out of 10

Please provide any other general comments on your school

"It’s a great school, but even though it’s been here for 8 years it’s still got some kinks to work out to make it even better. Overall I love it, and made the best out of my experience here. It’s getting harder and harder to get into, and they’re really starting to push for increasing board scores, so they’re pushing for a “changed atmosphere” on campus by making classes pretty much mandatory and interactive, and more clinically based. 2nd year here is no joke, and I mean it’s extremely integrative in systems-based physiology/pathophysiology and clinical skills become a large part of your schedule, so there’s a lot to worry about, but I think that’s the case everywhere. 1st year was an adjustment and got easier, until neuro hit and things got real. Should be interesting how the merger works out, since lots of people entering are pursuing more competitive specialties." Report 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?

5 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?

6> hours

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

"80% of classes are mandatory, but most are studying during it unless it’s a case-based/interactive class" Report Response

Are courses recorded for medical students?

Video recording

How many days per week is anatomy lab?

2

How many students per cadaver?

3-4

How long (in months) do you have anatomy?

3 months

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

5 out of 10

Are standardized patients used?

yes

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

5 out of 10

Are syllabi provided for the student?

yes

What books are necessary?

"None, powerpoints very informative" Report Response

What books are unnecessary?

"Pretty much all" Report Response

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

"Not really, structural principles, micro/immuno/biochem/genetics, Neuro and cardio are really strong here with the best professors, but overall I think it’s pretty broad" 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?

"Very good. 1st year faculty are super supportive and are willing to help. They truly make it doable for everyone despite how hard it is. Every professor are knowledgeable in what they teach and have the answers to all the questions, and they are truly fair. Some are even specific in what they’ll test on lecture material, with the powerpoints/books being so dense to help us out a bit" Report Response

How is the instructional faculty during clinical years?

"They teach you exactly what you need to know to be a competent physician that could perform well on level 2/step 2" Report Response

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

5 out of 10

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

8 out of 10

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?

"Pass fail" Report Response

Is the class ranked?

yes

Clinical Rotations

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

"Scheduled on a lottery system, scheduled by a coordinator based on your preference of when you want to do the specific rotation. Typical rotations are done: family med/internal med, general surgery, ob/gyn, OMM, electives etc" Report Response

Are the desired rotation sites easy to obtain?

5 out of 10

Is desired rotation order easy to obtain?

5 out of 10

Are the elective rotations easy to obtain?

8 out of 10

Is there substantial hands-on experience for medical students?

8 out of 10

Are the rotation sites conveniently accessible for medical students?

5 out of 10

What responsibility do med students have on the wards?

"Checking up on patients/taking histories/presenting etc" Report Response

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

"Generally good hospitals" Report Response

How far are the clinical sites from the main campus?

5 out of 10

What is the typical patient population medical students work with?

"Suburban" Report Response

Location & Housing

How do you feel about the location of the school?

10 out of 10

Do you feel safe on campus?

9 out of 10

How available and convenient is public transportation?

5 out of 10

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?

8 out of 10

Is on-campus housing available?

no

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?

No Response

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?

7 out of 10

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

"Go hiking, biking, go to festivals/events, football, baseball games, church, volunteering" Report Response

How would you rank student involvement in extracurricular clubs?

9 out of 10

What is the range of extracurricular clubs available?

10 out of 10

Is the student body cooperative or competitive?

5 out of 10

Is the environment supportive for underrepresented minorities?

8 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?

8 out of 10

Is the environment supportive for married students?

10 out of 10

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

10 out of 10

Post Graduation

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

"100% match rates" Report Response

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

"Family/internal medicine generally. Lots of people pursue competing specialties though" Report Response

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

"General reputation is that GA-PCOM students come prepared to work hard from day 1 since first year that was immediately emphasized. Clinical skills are very heavily emphasized, she we come prepared to clinical rotations, which then will translate to residency" Report Response

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