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  • Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine
  • Podiatry School
  • Miami Shores
General Info

What graduating class are you in?

2018

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 MCAT score?

500

What was your undergrad GPA?

3.5

What was your undergrad science GPA?

3.8

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

33161

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?

"Location" Report Response

What do you like least about this school?

"Administration is lousy" 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?

5 out of 10

Please provide any other general comments on your school

"I’ve always been the kind of person who gives people the benefit of the doubt and tries to see the positive in every situation. However, as a third year getting ready for my externships. I am ready to leave this place and I never want to come back.My only hope that comes from someone reading this is that they will not make the same mistakes I did by coming here. I only wish someone had told me differently and advised me to go to a different school. . By any means i’m not a person that sits here in resentment, my class mates are amazing and i’m super glad I met them, but what we’ve been through is not okay. This mess is a perfect storm caused by three people who have led us to these events, 1) clinical instructor , 2) our dean and 3) physiology professor/academic dean To avoid defamation I ask that you google these names. We recently got a new clinical instructor this year, we were called the transitional class because of this. Literally a month before our externship selection we were told that we would now have to do a home month here in Miami, this was not new but in the past if someone wanted to stay here you could switch with your classmate and go elsewhere. This now meant that people who did not want to stay here now had to squeeze a month in and would leave them with one less externship. Thats not a bad deal you say, but then she insisted she needed three per month and that she would be picking our clinical site. Meaning if you were all the way out in seattle, you would have to come back to miami if there was a month unaccounted for. She also picked our clinical site. Which is another disadvantage because that meant if you were interested in a Barry clinical for externship your home month would count as an externship but she made sure of this as well. We were also told that when Barry University is off, clinic would be off as well, however a two days before thanksgiving rolled around, another email rolled around saying we would be expected to be in clinic. We felt this was calculated as we had a class meeting with her the Monday before and there was no mention of it. She also required 5 SOAP NOTES a day that had to be done in 24 hours, keep in mind we are taking 6 classes,6! That amounts to 15 a week and she would not approve them for whatever reason so then you had to go back in there and change the stupid log. It was time consuming and counterproductive. During this time our dean was emailed multiple times and many of my classmates arranged meetings with him to voice our concern. Nothing was done. During this time we had a few people retaking boards and some failed the second time. He sent us an insensitive email telling us our board score rate an made a point of saying that it was lower than the years before. Not taking into account we had lost a couple of people from our class who we considered our friends. It seemed at this point that he did not care about the welfare of the students but rather our board rates. He met with us in a class meeting in December, in December! Five months after the first sign of trouble, and five months after we had sent emails and reached out to him about an increasingly intolerable situation. Our meeting went well, and we were hopeful. However when we returned in January not much had changed, we now were still required 5 logs a day but now instead of being due in 24 hours they were now due before five on Saturday. We were told at the beginning of class meeting by our clinical instructor that we did not have to do logs during externship, however in our last class meeting we were told we would now have to do one a day for the whole month which would account to 20 a month. NONE of the other podiatry schools are require do logs during externships! We emailed both the dean and clinical instructor and didn't hear back for them and its literally been a week! Now to our last person who has created a perfect storm, this last example will show you how dysfunctional the administration is, if the above hasn't already convinced you. We get a final exam schedule at the beginning of every semester, not only that we get a syllabus from the professor. Our academic dean who is also the physiology teacher, tried to tell us our surgery final was on a Monday when we had two other finals, even though we had the schedule he gave us and the syllabus form the professor. He literally let this go on a week before finals for two days and kept saying that because his schedule says Monday (this phantom schedule that nobody saw) that we have to take our final on Monday. In the end the professors stepped in and said it was Tuesday. Its one of many examples of incompetence at this school, unqualified people in positions they should be in, and a dean who doesn't care about the welfare of the student but only about numbers. DO NOT GO HERE. CHOOSE DIFFERENTLY YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED." Report Response

Cost/Financial Aid

Are fees/tuition expensive?

5 out of 10

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

5 out of 10

Are many institutional scholarships/grants available?

5 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?

6

How long are you typically in class per day?

6> hours

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

No Response

Are courses recorded for medical students?

Video recording

How many days per week is anatomy lab?

2

How many students per cadaver?

5-6

How long (in months) do you have anatomy?

3 months

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

5 out of 10

Are standardized patients used?

no

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

1 out of 10

Are syllabi provided for the student?

yes

What books are necessary?

No Response

What books are unnecessary?

No 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?

5 out of 10

Are faculty members very available to students via email/message board?

5 out of 10

How is the instructional faculty during pre-clinical years?

"good" Report Response

How is the instructional faculty during clinical years?

"Good" 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?

5 out of 10

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

"A-F" Report Response

What is the grading scale used during clinical years?

"A-F" 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)?

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?

7 out of 10

Do you feel safe on campus?

6 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?

5 out of 10

Is on-campus housing available?

yes

What is the quality of available on-campus housing?

3 out of 10

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

"apartment- 1,400+" Report Response

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

5 out of 10

Is couples housing available?

no

Is nearby off-campus housing available?

yes

How expensive is nearby off-campus housing?

5 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?

8 out of 10

What is the range of extracurricular clubs available?

8 out of 10

Is the student body cooperative or competitive?

8 out of 10

Is the environment supportive for underrepresented minorities?

8 out of 10

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

8 out of 10

Is the environment supportive for students with disabilities?

5 out of 10

Is the environment supportive for married students?

8 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?

No Response

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

"clinic" Report Response

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

"They say good in clinic but not well read." Report Response

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