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  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine at Philadelphia
  • Osteopathic Medical School
  • Philadelphia
General Info

What graduating class are you in?


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


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


What was your biology MCAT score?


What was your MCAT score?


What was your physics MCAT score?


What was your verbal MCAT score?


What was your undergrad GPA?


What was your undergrad science GPA?


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


What is your race/ethnic background?


Overall, how would you rate this medical program?

6 out of 10

What do you like most about this school?

"The PCOM community has always made this school feel like home." Report Response

What do you like least about this school?

"Administration does not help students when it comes to planing their careers. Students must do a lot of their own research" Report Response

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

7 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

No Response

Cost/Financial Aid

Are fees/tuition expensive?

7 out of 10

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

6 out of 10

Are many institutional scholarships/grants available?

5 out of 10

Is institutional aid need-based or merit-based?



How is the curriculum structured?


How many courses are taken at a given time?


How long are you typically in class per day?

4-5 hours

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

"During the anatomy, almost every day. By second year it is usually about 2 times a week." Report Response

Are courses recorded for medical students?

Video recording

Are courses recorded for medical students?

Fee-based note taking service

How many days per week is anatomy lab?


How many students per cadaver?


How long (in months) do you have anatomy?

3 months

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

2 out of 10

Are standardized patients used?


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

5 out of 10

Are syllabi provided for the student?


What books are necessary?

"Really no books before studying for boards" Report Response

What books are unnecessary?

No Response

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

No Response


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?

9 out of 10

How is the instructional faculty during pre-clinical years?

"Generally the faculty is very good. They enjoy teaching and are happy to answer questions/" Report Response

How is the instructional faculty during clinical years?

"A wide range of sites are used, so you get a wide range of quality/" Report Response

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

8 out of 10

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

5 out of 10

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

"Traditional grading scale" Report Response

What is the grading scale used during clinical years?

"pass/high pass/ honors pass/ fail" Report Response

Is the class ranked?


Clinical Rotations

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

"Order of rotations is determined by a drawing. Core rotations (8 third year and 4 fourth year) are provided, sites divided among the group of students that are completing the same core. Electives are arranged by the student. Clinical campus opportunities allow students to complete all cores at one site, if they are selected. Required rotations -FM, IM, Psych, Peds, Cardio, IM selective, Surgery x2, OMM, EM, Rural, urban x2, medicine sub-i" Report Response

Are the desired rotation sites easy to obtain?

6 out of 10

Is desired rotation order easy to obtain?

3 out of 10

Are the elective rotations easy to obtain?

5 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?

4 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?

8 out of 10

Do you feel safe on campus?

9 out of 10

How available and convenient is public transportation?

9 out of 10

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

Clinical years

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

10 out of 10

Is on-campus housing available?


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.)?

"On campus housing will begin in 2018" Report Response

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

No Response

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?

No Response

How would you rank student involvement in extracurricular clubs?

7 out of 10

What is the range of extracurricular clubs available?

7 out of 10

Is the student body cooperative or competitive?

9 out of 10

Is the environment supportive for underrepresented minorities?

9 out of 10

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

5 out of 10

Is the environment supportive for students with disabilities?

5 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?

"As with most schools, the ceiling is determined by how hard you work. Students who do well can succeed in whatever they desire." 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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