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  • SUNY - University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Buffalo
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?

in-state

What was your MCAT score?

515

What was your undergrad GPA?

3.8

What was your undergrad science GPA?

3.85

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

14502

What is your race/ethnic background?

No Response

Overall, how would you rate this medical program?

8 out of 10

What do you like most about this school?

"-Most professors are very approachable and make themselves available in the pre-clinical years. -Pre-clinical lectures are recorded. -Early clinical experience and ample community volunteer opportunities. -Student body is likely one of the most friendly and "team oriented" in the country. -Rotate through a diversity of hospitals and hospital systems (VA, County, Private, Research, Catholic, etc). -There are ample research opportunities. -World Class Simulation Center -The school is expanding and building a huge new state-of-the-art facility for 2018. -Strong emphasis on patient care." Report Response

What do you like least about this school?

"-Lectures are not oriented towards "high-yield only material," so integrating proper USMLE review is really on your own time. -Current (pre-2018) facilities are a bit run down. -Residencies associated with the university are going through a change to revamp quality. However as a medical student, this won't effect you too much." 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?

7 out of 10

Please provide any other general comments on your school

No Response

Cost/Financial Aid

Are fees/tuition expensive?

4 out of 10

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

10 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?

Systems-based

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?

"A few times a week." Report Response

Are courses recorded for medical students?

Video recording

Are courses recorded for medical students?

Free note taking service

How many days per week is anatomy lab?

3

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?

5 out of 10

Are standardized patients used?

yes

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

10 out of 10

Are syllabi provided for the student?

yes

What books are necessary?

"-They recommend books, but rarely are any truly "required." You must read on your own though if you are going to succeed." Report Response

What books are unnecessary?

"-Individual opinions" Report Response

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

"-N/a" Report Response

Faculty/Grades

Are faculty members very open to students during office hours?

7 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?

No Response

How is the instructional faculty during clinical years?

No 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?

"F, S, S+, H (fail, satisfactory, sat+, honors) Honors are not easily attainable. There is little to no grade inflation." Report Response

What is the grading scale used during clinical years?

"F, S, S+, H Honors are not easily attainable. Sat+ usually includes about 60% of the class. There is little to no grade inflation." Report Response

Is the class ranked?

no

Clinical Rotations

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

No Response

Are the desired rotation sites easy to obtain?

7 out of 10

Is desired rotation order easy to obtain?

8 out of 10

Are the elective rotations easy to obtain?

8 out of 10

Is there substantial hands-on experience for medical students?

9 out of 10

Are the rotation sites conveniently accessible for medical students?

8 out of 10

What responsibility do med students have on the wards?

"-Depends on the team. But on certain rotations, you will be treated as a resident. On some more advanced sub-specialty electives, you may do more shadowing-type work." Report Response

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

"-Gates Vascular Institute (9/10 stars) -Roswell Park Cancer Institute (9/10 stars) -Kaleida Health (7/10 stars) -VA (5/10 stars) -Catholic Health (7/10)" Report 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?

"Everything! Urban, rural, suburban, wealthy, poor, homeless... The greater area is over 1.5 million people!" Report Response

Location & Housing

How do you feel about the location of the school?

6 out of 10

Do you feel safe on campus?

6 out of 10

How available and convenient is public transportation?

4 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?

no

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.)?

No 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?

10 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?

"-Festivals -Concerts -Bars -Sports/Pick-up games -Head up to Toronto" 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?

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?

8 out of 10

Is the environment supportive for married students?

7 out of 10

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

9 out of 10

Post Graduation

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

"Well. Most grads get one of their top 3 matches." Report Response

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

"-Emergency Med -Internal Medicine -Primary Care" Report Response

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

"Decent reputation. This is one of the oldest schools in the country." Report Response

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