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Survey Name University of Mississippi School of Medicine Created Date 12-01-2005
Survey Description - Updated Date 12-13-2005
Category Medical Schools Interviews Last Answer 12-18-2005
Location Mississippi Your Result Never take, Click here to take
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1. What do you like best about your school?
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  • - The amount of patient responsibility as a third year student. Friendly and supportive student body. - Third year rotations in medicine and pediatrics are unbeatable. The residents and faculty in these departments give medical students a lot of responsibility and are eager to teach. If family medicine is your thing, you'll get plenty of exposure to rural health care during that rotation. Children's hospital is very nice and the critical care building is top-on-the-line also. A new adult hospital should open sometime in 2004. Pathology course in second year is great. There are a large number of merit-based scholarships, including several full-tuition ones. For in-state residents (the majority of students), tuition is affordable when compared to other schools.

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12. What do you like least about your school?
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  • - 80% attendance policy for all 4 yrs. Little career guidance. Poor bed side teaching in 3rd & 4th yrs. - You are required to attend 80% of lectures the first two years. Many of the lectures are a waste of time. Very few female or minority faculty members teach med students. The computer labs are located near the library. The systems tend to be older. There are computers in the hospital for looking up labs but it is almost impossible to use them to access up-to-date or other online databases. It is hard enough to get the nurses/clerks/etc. to stop their solitaire games long enough to check labs. Ask about the USMLE step one pass rate. In the class of 2003, around eleven of 100 students failed. Almost twenty people in the class of 2004 failed it the first time. They bought qbank for class of 2005 so things should be looking up but don't expect the 30+ hours you spend in class each week to prepare you for it. Gross anatomy has lost its few student-friendly profs in the past couple of years. It is an antagonistic learning environment. There is definitely an "old boys" feel to the surgery department - be prepared for the mentality of "it has always been this way" in terms of student abuse, especially if you are female. Many of the ob-gyn faculty seem somewhat misogynistic in their attitudes to patients. Unless you are planning to do ob-gyn, you won't get any teaching from the residents -- you are there just to do scutwork. Psych experiences are very hit or miss. If you work on the med-psych ward, you'll learn a lot; on the regular psych ward, things aren't so educational. Most residents in the department are IMG and some have very poor English skills so it can be a frustrating rotation. Student activities are pretty much limited to parties (which is okay if you still love the frat party scene), intramurals, and Bible studies. There are some efforts to start student interest groups but these tend to be poorly attended. There is a lot of homophobia at the school -- both open and hidden. If you are LGBT, think carefully before enrolling here as you will have a lot of resentment to face. Financial aid is poorly run. Be prepared to harrass the office if you want your loans or scholarships on time.

13. Please share any other thoughts you may have about your school.
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  • - There tend to be more nontraditional students, married students, and students with families at UMC so if you fit into one of these categories this might be the school for you. Probably 60-80% of students went to college in state. Some classes have a cliquish feel to them so if you don't fit the ex-Greek or conservative Christian stereotype, most of your friends will probably come from outside of the university. Jackson isn't the greatest place to live in the South. There isn't much to do around here except going to restaurants, bars, or the movies. There are a few cultural activities such as New Stage that are outstanding. I know that this review seems very negative. There is a lot good about UMC but if you do have other options, really consider the points here before deciding to attend.