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  • Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
  • Osteopathic Medical School
  • Pomona
General Info

What graduating class are you in?

2013

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

DO/MPH

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

Not applicable

What was your biology MCAT score?

12

What was your MCAT score?

507

What was your physics MCAT score?

10

What was your verbal MCAT score?

7

What was your undergrad GPA?

3.1

What was your undergrad science GPA?

2.8

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

02865

What is your race/ethnic background?

Caucasian

Overall, how would you rate this medical program?

5 out of 10

What do you like most about this school?

"living in southern california" Report Response

What do you like least about this school?

"clinical rotations arranged by yourself, large geographical distance between clinical sites, poor faculty/student relationships, money hungry" Report Response

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

4 out of 10

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

3 out of 10

Please provide any other general comments on your school

"If you are able to work well independently and enjoy living in the best region of the united states for a single person in their late 20's then this is a good choice for you. Living in Southern California was a great experience, and I would do it again. You are in control of your own destiny and can match into a high tier MD residency if you put your mind to it." Report Response

Cost/Financial Aid

Are fees/tuition expensive?

10 out of 10

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

8 out of 10

Are many institutional scholarships/grants available?

4 out of 10

Is institutional aid need-based or merit-based?

Need-based

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?

5-6 hours

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

"always- which sucks, lectures recorded but attendance mandatory." 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?

6 out of 10

Are standardized patients used?

yes

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

8 out of 10

Are syllabi provided for the student?

yes

What books are necessary?

"none" Report Response

What books are unnecessary?

"powerpoints with all needed information is provided" Report Response

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

"no" 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?

"Good" Report Response

How is the instructional faculty during clinical years?

"Fair" Report Response

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

7 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?

"4.0 grade scale" 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?

"electives the student must coordinate themselves, there is a lottery system for specific rotations for the third year core rotations which are osteopathic medicine (1 month), elective (1 month), internal medicine (3 months, 1 month of which being a sub specialty), family medicine (1 month), general surgery (1 month), OB/GYN (2 months), psychiatry (1 month)" Report Response

Are the desired rotation sites easy to obtain?

2 out of 10

Is desired rotation order easy to obtain?

5 out of 10

Are the elective rotations easy to obtain?

2 out of 10

Is there substantial hands-on experience for medical students?

10 out of 10

Are the rotation sites conveniently accessible for medical students?

2 out of 10

What responsibility do med students have on the wards?

"rotation and site dependent. Ranges from no responsibility to pre-rounding and writing notes on >10 patients in busy community medical center, answering consults, >24 hour call." Report Response

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

"generally good condition" Report Response

How far are the clinical sites from the main campus?

No Response

What is the typical patient population medical students work with?

"under served" Report Response

Location & Housing

How do you feel about the location of the school?

9 out of 10

Do you feel safe on campus?

8 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?

10 out of 10

Is on-campus housing available?

yes

What is the quality of available on-campus housing?

7 out of 10

Please describe the on-campus housing if available (i.e., cost, type - studios, 1-br, 2-br, etc.)?

"no personal experience with this but was available, apartment complex owned by school." Report Response

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

1 out of 10

Is couples housing available?

yes

Is nearby off-campus housing available?

yes

How expensive is nearby off-campus housing?

9 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?

"It's southern california... there is alot to do for someone in their mid-20's. Great nightlife and nature environment for all types of outdoor activities from hiking to surfing." Report Response

How would you rank student involvement in extracurricular clubs?

1 out of 10

What is the range of extracurricular clubs available?

1 out of 10

Is the student body cooperative or competitive?

6 out of 10

Is the environment supportive for underrepresented minorities?

8 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?

8 out of 10

Is the environment supportive for married students?

8 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?

"dependent on what you put into your education. You are provided with all the tools to get a top notch MD residency if you put the effort in." Report Response

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

">75% I'd estimate go into family medicine and are generally superstars in the field when compared to MD applicants." Report Response

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

"Within the Southern California area there is not a favorable outlook for non-family medicine applicants but outside of California the school has a good reputation, and matches students into MD programs regularly at top anesthesiology, radiology, and PMR programs. Within the DO match, the school has a great reputation." Report Response

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