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  • Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Osteopathic Medical School
  • Athens
The Basics

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Overall, how satisfied are you with this program?

No Response

What do you like most?

"Very little, but I guess a few professors shine. And we at the Cleveland Campus get to go to the Cleveland Clinic for rotations." Report Response

What do you like least?

"I am bulleting this list compiled from a large group of my fellow medical students (we are current third years). We listed the type of abuse followed by specific examples describing how it happened. We sincerely hope this helps to advise pre-medical students NOT to attend HCOM unless there are no other options. I am bulleting this list compiled from a large group of my fellow medical students (we are current third years). We listed the type of abuse followed by specific examples describing how it happened. We sincerely hope this helps to advise pre-medical students NOT to attend HCOM unless there are no other options. TL;DR - HCOM faculty does not care at all about their students. The “students first” propaganda is absolutely false. Students are the only ones expected to display professionalism, and we are constantly wasting time in class to cover easy, low-yield details instead of the confusing, higher-yield material. Student and physician burnout is a real thing, and HCOM propagated it by assigning us hundred page readings (which were covered in 40 minute boards review videos), forcing us to come to school (healthy or not) Physical: -Forcing us to risk exposure to SARS-CoV2 to participate in classes we’ve already covered online and have minimal added benefit being conducted in person right before our clinical rotations month. We were meant to have a Q&A with faculty, but the day before this occurred we received notice that the meeting would be turned into a presentation instead. -They held our grades from our Return to Wellness (final preclinical) semester hostage until we signed a legal document basically saying we are willing to risk our health and contract COVID-19 for the pointless activities listed above. -Forcing us to show up to classes every M-F for 4+ hours a day only to be babysat by staff and have unproductive, low-yield classes (e.g. forced to watch plays, being told mood rings are real, spinning quarters over and over again, terribly biased, non-informational ethics lectures. This was the NORM. It was incredibly rare to come out of a class feeling as if you learned important things.) -At least one student was injured during OMM, and when he advised the PCA and one of his professors, they basically told him oh well. He has since visited 5 doctors for this pain and nobody has been able to resolve it. Emotional: -Our curriculum director, Dr. Todd Fredericks, compared us medical students publicly to middle schoolers. His tweet said “Try being an aging medical school professor and being constantly confused as to whether or not you are at the medical school or the middle school… You’ll find out. Just wait…” -Homophobic and racist stereotypes being acted out by a straight, white faculty member in class during a case presentation, including air quoting “bisexual” and portraying a black mom as abusive and adding in stereotypes that are not related to the patient’s case (e.g. Mac and cheese and fried chicken being favorite meal, ignorant mother finding a joint in the patient’s pocket and assuming it was for her friend, etc.) -Terrible attendance policy—had to show up to school everyday. Sick students and students with sick children, sibling weddings, funerals for anyone not considered primary relatives, lack of transportation (or car BREAKING DOWN on the way to school) were all forced to either come to school or face the risk of a professionalism violation because of our strict mandatory attendance / request off policy. If you do not have a doctor’s excuse and are sick, they force you to come to school, though we are taught that many infectious agents (viral, namely) are treated symptomatically, and as medical students we don’t have extra money for copays for an otherwise unnecessary office visit. Their solution was to grant 3 days TOTAL off after a year of us combatting administration. So, if you’re like some of the medical students and happen to lose a family member, or a close friend commits suicide, or you have legal issues going on with the family, or your father who doesn’t speak English is going to surgery (all real scenarios), expect a maximum of 3 excused absences before you’re expected to bounce back into class and be “present and interactive” in their low yield attempts at class. -The Instructors of Records (semester leads) treat you as if you’re children and constantly berate you and shush you. Especially during the Return to Wellness semester—those two are TERRIBLE. Many of us were more respected during elementary school. And we were NOT that bad of a class. We are the FIRST class to go through this terrible curriculum and didn’t want these things to happen to future classes. Unfortunately the higher-ups are unwilling to listen to our constructive feedback. Staff also apparently call us “kids.” -We do not need classes daily. Nobody pays attention in lecture—we all study flashcards or watching videos or even online shopping / using social media. THIS is self-directed learning, which ought to be done at one's own place of comfort (mine being the local library). The best part of my preclinical years should NOT be a pandemic allowing us to stay at home and not waste time in class, but sadly, that is the reality. Mental: -Many students had their Step/Level 1 exams cancelled due to COVID closures. The faculty stated in an email that they will support us in every way possible to make sure this has minimal impact on us. When the time came that the exams could continue, they refused us the ability to have a few weeks of dedicated studying before the Boards (which, by the way, must be passed before earning your DO degree), and told students to “pre-study” during our original dedicated. With all the little details you’re expected to know to succeed, this is certainly impossible / unreasonable. -Students felt unsupported by the faculty since day one. One student brought her baby to class, and Pam (one of the faculty whose job seems to be to babysit us as mentioned above) in Cleveland literally tried to tell her she can’t take “it” to class and that she would have to confiscate the baby. THIS IS A REAL THING THAT WENT UNPUNISHED. -Students had to request that the school stand for social justice during the BLM movement. They were not planning on doing anything on their own. LGBTQ+ students do not feel welcomed. Minority students fail to call HCOM a home. They will LIE to you during orientation about all of this stuff—take it from the group of students constructing this message—it’s false. They only care about your money and seemingly your suffering. -One faculty member made sexist and inappropriate jokes during our mandatory class. E.g. belittling the MeToo movement (he sent an email apologizing after class), one mocking lawyers (again, sent an email apologizing after class), and one undermining the importance of Lyme disease when a student in the class was being treated for it. -We were promised an innovative, self-directed curriculum that would help us rock boards. Exams come, and the only way we all pass is via questions being bonused (seriously, often 10+ questions had to be bonused on exams for an average to be ~80%). Boards come, and students feel underprepared and burnt out from the mandatory curriculum to do the best they can. Rotations come and students feel yet again unprepared and certainly unsupported by staff. There are many, many more examples of how HCOM abuses their students. We write this, again, in hopes that you consider not choosing HCOM to pursue your DO degree unless absolutely necessary. Thanks for reading. -Members of the class of 2022" Report Response

The Details

Does the student body seem cooperative or competitive?

10 out of 10

Does the environment seem supportive for underrepresented minorities?

No Response

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

No Response

Does the environment seem supportive for married students?

No Response

Does the environment seem supportive for students with disabilities?

No Response

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

No Response

Do you/did you feel well prepared for your board exams?

No Response

How approachable are faculty members?

5 out of 10

What are the facilities and clinics like (old/new, well maintained, etc.)?

"Cleveland and Dublin campuses are new and well-maintained. Athens is older but new construction is currently underway." Report Response

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

"This is the first year of the new curriculum, so uncertain at this point. Up until now, the answer is yes." Report Response

What are rotations like?

"Cleveland Clinic rotations will likely be awesome. There were some issues with current fourth years where one of their OB/GYN rotations was a physician who only prescribed medical marijuana, so those students had to scramble to find their own OB/GYN rotations and some had to travel all the way to Toledo." Report Response

How do students from this program do in the Match?

"Good, but again this is for the previous curriculum. I think the new curriculum is 10 steps in the wrong direction." Report Response

Any other information you want to share?

"The students who wrote this feedback successfully completed 2 years of pre-clinical under the new PHWC at OU-HCOM. We were strong students and some of us have already taken Level / Step 1. We feel this is the most accurate way to represent our school and faculty. Very few positives, unfortunately. Go elsewhere if possible." Report Response

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