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  • University of California Irvine School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Irvine
General Info

What graduating class are you in?

2017

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

No

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

in-state

What was your MCAT score?

513

What was your undergrad GPA?

4.0

What was your undergrad science GPA?

4.0

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

9.....

What is your race/ethnic background?

Caucasian

Overall, how would you rate this medical program?

9 out of 10

What do you like most about this school?

"The people. Don't underestimate this when choosing a school. Med school is hard and having classmates & faculty that have you back is HUGE. Also, the ultrasound curriculum is a huge bonus. Faculty very accessible and responsive to student feedback. Students consistently outperform national averages on the boards across every subject category. Graduates match well. Tons of opportunities for research, global health involvement, leadership, electives, additional degrees (MPH, MBA, etc)." Report Response

What do you like least about this school?

"Distance between the campus (MS1/MS2) and med center (MS3/MS4). Not a huge deal, as long as you're not trying to drive from Irvine to Orange at 5pm." Report Response

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

8 out of 10

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

8 out of 10

Please provide any other general comments on your school

No Response

Cost/Financial Aid

Are fees/tuition expensive?

9 out of 10

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

4 out of 10

Are many institutional scholarships/grants available?

4 out of 10

Is institutional aid need-based or merit-based?

Both

Curriculum

How is the curriculum structured?

Traditional

How many courses are taken at a given time?

4

How long are you typically in class per day?

4-5 hours

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

"NOT frequently. Sometimes for labs or when a special speaker comes in." Report Response

Are courses recorded for medical students?

Video recording

How many days per week is anatomy lab?

2

How many students per cadaver?

1-2

How long (in months) do you have anatomy?

6 months

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

5 out of 10

Are standardized patients used?

yes

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

4 out of 10

Are syllabi provided for the student?

yes

What books are necessary?

"None" Report Response

What books are unnecessary?

"Personal preference" 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?

"Descent. Some better than others." Report Response

How is the instructional faculty during clinical years?

"Great." Report Response

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

10 out of 10

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

10 out of 10

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

"For me it was P/F for MS1 and H/P/F for MS2. Not sure if they've changed it since." Report Response

What is the grading scale used during clinical years?

"H/P/F" Report Response

Is the class ranked?

yes

Clinical Rotations

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

"Internal Medicine (8 weeks), Surgery (8 weeks), OB/Gyn (6 weeks), Psychiatry (6 weeks), Pediatrics (6 weeks), Family Medicine (4 weeks), Ambulatory Medicine (4 weeks), Neurology (4 weeks), Vacation (6 weeks)" Report Response

Are the desired rotation sites easy to obtain?

9 out of 10

Is desired rotation order easy to obtain?

7 out of 10

Are the elective rotations easy to obtain?

7 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?

7 out of 10

What responsibility do med students have on the wards?

"Depends on the rotation, team, and location" Report Response

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

"Great. UCIMC is very new and nice." Report Response

How far are the clinical sites from the main campus?

3 out of 10

What is the typical patient population medical students work with?

"More diverse than you would think (not all patients are typical OC fancy people- most of those go to Hoag). Good amount of Spanish-speaking patients" Report Response

Location & Housing

How do you feel about the location of the school?

8 out of 10

Do you feel safe on campus?

10 out of 10

How available and convenient is public transportation?

2 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?

9 out of 10

Is on-campus housing available?

yes

What is the quality of available on-campus housing?

8 out of 10

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

"Never lived there" 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?

6 out of 10

Social Environment

Do students do a lot of activities outside of school together?

10 out of 10

What do the students typically like to do in the area?

"Beach, bars and restaurants, sports (IM sports teams), sporting events (Angels, Dodgers, Lakers, Kings, Ducks, Rams, etc.), make local weekend trips" Report Response

How would you rank student involvement in extracurricular clubs?

10 out of 10

What is the range of extracurricular clubs available?

10 out of 10

Is the student body cooperative or competitive?

10 out of 10

Is the environment supportive for underrepresented minorities?

10 out of 10

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

10 out of 10

Is the environment supportive for students with disabilities?

10 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?

"Very well. Students match very well" Report Response

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

"Very diverse matches. Students can pursue whatever specialty they want" Report Response

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

No Response

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