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  • University of South Alabama College of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Mobile
The Basics

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

28645

Overall, how satisfied are you with this program?

1 out of 10

What do you like most?

"Most of the actual physicians here are excellent professors. The curriculum has been completely redesigned for the new classes and I have heard good things about it so far. The new simulation labs are top-notch and very well facilitated. The clinical teaching staff (physicians, nurses, PAs, etc) are amazingly dedicated and knowledgeable, during the few opportunities you have during MS1 and MS2 to escape the misery of PhD education. If you are an MD/PhD applicant, then you will probably love this school (and my hat is off to you). If you want to become a physician and actually learn medicine (and eventually treat patients), then you will hate everything about this place." Report Response

What do you like least?

"The majority of professors at this school are PhDs (and all that this implies). To say that these people are out of touch with modern clinical medicine education would be a gross understatement. If you want a PhD oriented education without an actual PhD to show for it, then you should absolutely apply here. The new curriculum may be better implemented, but bear in mind that the same people teach it (i.e. non-physicians). If the administration simply replaced the PhD staff with actual physicians, the vast majority of education issues here would be resolved. Unfortunately, the administration is also comprised almost exclusively of PhDs (the Dean of Medicine is a PhD, for example)." Report Response

The Details

Does the student body seem cooperative or competitive?

6 out of 10

Does the environment seem supportive for underrepresented minorities?

6 out of 10

Does the environment seem supportive for lesbian/gay/bisexual/transsexual students?

2 out of 10

Does the environment seem supportive for married students?

8 out of 10

Does the environment seem supportive for students with disabilities?

3 out of 10

Does the environment seem supportive for older/non-traditional students?

8 out of 10

How approachable are faculty members?

10 out of 10

How do students from this program do after graduation - are they adequately prepared for practice?

"Lots of primary care grads. The ones I've talked to seem to have done very well in residency." Report Response

What are rotations like?

"5" Report Response

Any other information you want to share?

"There are a few excellent professors here (and they are all actual physicians). Unless you are an MD/PhD applicant, avoid this school like the plague." Report Response

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