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  • New York Medical College
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Valhalla
General Info

What graduating class are you in?

2019

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

No

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

Not applicable

What was your biology MCAT score?

11

What was your MCAT score?

517

What was your physics MCAT score?

13

What was your verbal MCAT score?

11

What was your undergrad GPA?

3.67

What was your undergrad science GPA?

3.44

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

93619

What is your race/ethnic background?

Caucasian

Overall, how would you rate this medical program?

4 out of 10

What do you like most about this school?

"Access to Westchester Medical Center" Report Response

What do you like least about this school?

"Tendency toward 'band-aid' responses to problems instead of permanent solutions" Report Response

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

5 out of 10

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

4 out of 10

Please provide any other general comments on your school

"Evolving curriculum: bumpy road ahead for the next few years" Report Response

Cost/Financial Aid

Are fees/tuition expensive?

2 out of 10

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

2 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?

Traditional

How many courses are taken at a given time?

3

How long are you typically in class per day?

4-5 hours

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

"3-4 times per 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?

2

How many students per cadaver?

7-8

How long (in months) do you have anatomy?

6 months

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

No Response

Are standardized patients used?

yes

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

6 out of 10

Are syllabi provided for the student?

yes

What books are necessary?

"Moore's Clinical Anatomy, Netter's Atlas, Ross Histology, Guyton (or Costanzo) Physiology, a book for cardiovascular physio (I used Levick), Blumenfeld Neuroanatomy, review books for biochemistry and behavioral science" Report Response

What books are unnecessary?

"biochemistry and behavioral science textbooks; the Purves Neuroscience book" Report Response

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

No Response

Faculty/Grades

Are faculty members very open to students during office hours?

8 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?

"Mixed bag. Some outstanding basic science faculty, but at about a 1:3 ratio to underprepared lecturers. Clinical faculty brought in heavily during Neuro and Behavioral were less than helpful." Report Response

How is the instructional faculty during clinical years?

"N/A (not there yet)" Report Response

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

5 out of 10

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

4 out of 10

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

"Pass, high pass, honors; normalized (very narrow range for HP)" Report Response

What is the grading scale used during clinical years?

"N/A (not there yet)" Report Response

Is the class ranked?

yes

Clinical Rotations

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

No Response

Are the desired rotation sites easy to obtain?

5 out of 10

Is desired rotation order easy to obtain?

5 out of 10

Are the elective rotations easy to obtain?

5 out of 10

Is there substantial hands-on experience for medical students?

5 out of 10

Are the rotation sites conveniently accessible for medical students?

5 out of 10

What responsibility do med students have on the wards?

No Response

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

"Westchester Medical Center (practically on-campus), St. Joseph's in NJ, Greenwich Hospital in CT, Metropolitan in NYC" Report Response

How far are the clinical sites from the main campus?

4 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?

4 out of 10

Do you feel safe on campus?

9 out of 10

How available and convenient is public transportation?

3 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?

7 out of 10

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.)?

"suites, typically shared by 2-3 people (so a shared bathroom and living room). I live off campus." Report Response

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

7 out of 10

Is couples housing available?

yes

Is nearby off-campus housing available?

yes

How expensive is nearby off-campus housing?

No Response

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?

"sports (basketball, soccer); explore NYC and river towns along the Hudson; hiking" Report Response

How would you rank student involvement in extracurricular clubs?

8 out of 10

What is the range of extracurricular clubs available?

7 out of 10

Is the student body cooperative or competitive?

4 out of 10

Is the environment supportive for underrepresented minorities?

7 out of 10

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

6 out of 10

Is the environment supportive for students with disabilities?

5 out of 10

Is the environment supportive for married students?

4 out of 10

Is the environment supportive for older/non-traditional students?

5 out of 10

Post Graduation

How do graduates from this school fare in residency and clinical practice?

"seem to place residents in some good schools/specialties; I hear anesthesia, neurology, and surgery did well this year" 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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