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  • University of Connecticut School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Farmington
General Info

What graduating class are you in?

2021

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

MD/MPH

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

in-state

What was your MCAT score?

508

What was your undergrad GPA?

3.95

What was your undergrad science GPA?

3.89

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

06791

What is your race/ethnic background?

Caucasian

Overall, how would you rate this medical program?

8 out of 10

What do you like most about this school?

"Immersion into the clinic with emphasis on history and physical exam early on. Integration of anatamoge, radiology and butterfly ultrasound devices in first year of cadaveric anatomy class. Strong match list. Affiliated with The Jackson Laboratories for Genomic Medicine where there are top scientists for early bench research experiences, as well as opportunities for dual degrees and fellowships such as HHMI, NIH, Sarnoff, etc." Report Response

What do you like least about this school?

"Although a strength for some, the mandatory public health certificate may encumber time that could be spent for research/shadowing etc. depending on your personal interests. They emphasis training physicians for primary care, though we match into more competitive specialties every year. Must find your own mentor early on to understand different opportunities (an issue probably not specific to this school)." 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

"As a CT resident, this school offers students a quality education at an affordable price. Faculty and staff are supportive and there are opportunities to pursue your own interests within the first year." Report Response

Cost/Financial Aid

Are fees/tuition expensive?

6 out of 10

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

8 out of 10

Are many institutional scholarships/grants available?

3 out of 10

Is institutional aid need-based or merit-based?

Need-based

Curriculum

How is the curriculum structured?

No Response

How many courses are taken at a given time?

No Response

How long are you typically in class per day?

4-5 hours

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

"all pre-clinical classes are mandatory. TBL format. No lectures." Report Response

Are courses recorded for medical students?

Video recording

Are courses recorded for medical students?

Free note taking service

Are courses recorded for medical students?

Powerpoint slides provided only

How many days per week is anatomy lab?

1

How many students per cadaver?

3-4

How long (in months) do you have anatomy?

9 months

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

10 out of 10

Are standardized patients used?

yes

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

7 out of 10

Are syllabi provided for the student?

yes

What books are necessary?

"Netters, first aid, pathoma, maybe robbins or harrisons though pdfs may be available. School makes most other texts available through access medicine subscription." Report Response

What books are unnecessary?

"Don't waste money on anything but UFAB. We receive free Boards and Beyond Subs because Dr. Ryan is our faculty." Report Response

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

"designed to train a well-rounded primary care physician, pursue specialty opportunities on your own outside the curriculum (there are many ways to do this)" Report Response

Faculty/Grades

Are faculty members very open to students during office hours?

9 out of 10

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

8 out of 10

How is the instructional faculty during pre-clinical years?

"Great faculty, though you are in TBL format therefore you must learn on your own with classmates and then ask faculty during TBL or privately for any concepts that are difficult for you on your own." Report Response

How is the instructional faculty during clinical years?

"Very dedicated" Report Response

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

9 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 (>65% on exams) / Fail. No class rank during first two years." Report Response

What is the grading scale used during clinical years?

"Honors, Pass, Fail." Report Response

Is the class ranked?

yes

Clinical Rotations

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

"M3 has four PODS. two six week pods of Psych(6weeks)/Inpatient Med(6weeks) and ObGyn(6weeks)/Surgery(6weeks). two four week pods of Fam Med(4wks)/Amb Peds(4wks)/Inpatient Peds(4wks) and Neurology(4wks)/AmbMed(4wks)/Elective(4wks); followed by 8 weeks of elective/board study before M4. M4 has electives plus ED and critical care. Must also complete 8 week scholarship/research block to graduate. Finish M4 with 2 wk transition to residency before graduation. Note: 22 weeks of elective are required. To pick M3 rotations, you enter grid with a combination of those 4 blocks. Lottery algorithm is unknown to students." Report Response

Are the desired rotation sites easy to obtain?

4 out of 10

Is desired rotation order easy to obtain?

4 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?

7 out of 10

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?

5 out of 10

What is the typical patient population medical students work with?

No Response

Location & Housing

How do you feel about the location of the school?

7 out of 10

Do you feel safe on campus?

10 out of 10

How available and convenient is public transportation?

4 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.)?

"No on-campus, but affordable housing is in the Forest Apartments across the street from hospital and school." Report Response

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

5 out of 10

Is couples housing available?

yes

How expensive is nearby off-campus housing?

7 out of 10

Social Environment

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

8 out of 10

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

"Clubs, organized sports, student groups, class-funded activities after every test usually at a bar with catered food, etc." Report Response

How would you rank student involvement in extracurricular clubs?

7 out of 10

What is the range of extracurricular clubs available?

10 out of 10

Is the student body cooperative or competitive?

7 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?

9 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?

"Match very well. Perform better than neighboring schools (Yale, QU) in clinical elective in M3 and intern year due to emphasis on patient care early on in pre-clinical years." Report Response

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

No Response

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

No Response

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