Thank you! It's so crazy basically being a 4th year when it feels like just yesterday I was scouring the UM thread before I was even accepted.
I wouldn't make this the focus but it's more than reasonable to make mention that you're considering ophtho and that Bascom is here.Really interested in ophthalmology (done a ton of research in the field) and ofc Miami has the best program in the country. Is it a good idea to mention this for the Why Miami essay?
This right here. As a FL resident wanting to go OOS for med school, Miller was the only state school, I was willing to stay in Florida for. Went to UM undergrad and it was the best four years of my life so far. Good luck to everyone applying here this cycle.Why UM:
Miami is an amazing school. UM med is comprised of several institutions that all collaborate to form the medical education system here. UM Hospital and clinics is our private hospital. Its fancy, has all the latest toys, and is on the cutting edge of medical care. The Miami VA serves our veterans and has some of the best patients I’ve ever worked with. It also provides a unique look at what a true single payer healthcare system looks like – a rare thing here in the states. Finally, Jackson Memorial is our big, gritty, exciting county hospital. It serves as a safety net for all of Miami – funded by the city it will provide medical care for anyone who lives here, regardless of ability to pay, immigration status, or anything else.
Jackson is actually the 2nd largest hospital in the US (and number 8 worldwide Top 10 largest hospitals in the world). It provides medical care for the large afro-carribean and latin american immigrant populations here, many of whom have had little to no healthcare for years if not their whole lives. We see diseases that were eradicated decades ago in the rest of the US. Everything from rheumatic heart disease to dengue fever gets treated here.
We also get a remarkable amount of clinical freedom here. During the pre-clinical years the MD curriculum is very flexible, allowing for a ton of shadowing or research if that’s what you’re into. There’s also a ton of free clinics on campus and around Miami where we can work and hone our clinical skills while serving the community. As an M3 you will routinely carry your own patients on the Medicine rotation – writing notes, interpreting labs, presenting, and proposing a plan to the team. During surgery we scrub every case and usually get to close. On trauma the students gown up for every case and get to the heli-pad – even the crazy multi-gunshot polytrauma’s. On anesthesia we do the non-complicated intubations. Every student will do a lumbar puncture while on Neuro. In EM students routinely get rare procedures like crash intubations, central lines, and paracentesis. Oh and while on Pediatric Surgery I got to scrub for bedside open-heart surgery on a 5 day old baby in the NICU.
All in all, going to school in Miami is a remarkable experience. I have jaw-dropping moments every week and can feel like I helped someone in need almost every day.
The city of Miami is amazing. In February of this year, it was a balmy 75 degrees one day. I drove over to key Biscayne to play a game of beach volleyball against the law students. On my way back, I stopped at a dockside fish market and bought a pound of key west shrimp fresh off the boat. I took them back to my building, were we BBQd the shrimp by the pool then all sat on pool floats and spent a couple hours “studying” the week’s lectures. You can’t do that anywhere else.
I’ve also gotten very skilled at sneaking into opulent south beach resorts and hanging out by their pools. We have fancy night clubs and secret tiki bars. I don’t think I’ve ever had trouble finding something fun to do when friends are in town. We’ve got a great music scene, disappointingly adequate sports, and kick-ass [UM-Med sponsored] tailgates.
P.S. We have an M3 rotation where you can spend a month living in Islamorada in the Florida Keys, where UM will pay to put you up in a fancy beachfront townhouse (complete with kayaks) – free of charge. If that doesn’t sell the school idk what will.
I actually hadn't made that a consideration at all when choosing. We had one each my first two years but nothing happened last year. I wouldn't hold too much weight to it but that's a personal choice because anything can happen.
So for me as a Florida native I was kind of bummed when I moved away for college and we didn’t get hurricanes anymore. The reality is they are not as scary as people make them out to be - usually just knock out power and bring down some trees - no worse than a bad snow storm.
Pretty sure curriculum will be changing for the 2024 class.I would love to hear from any current students what they like from Miami’s curriculum itself? How classes are taught/what’s taught when and how that benefits them, etc. thank you!
For matriculants, they are 507 and 510. For B/B they are 126 and 127. From 2016-2018 there have been 8, 4, and 3 people that are 30+ years old. Not sure about the Spanish requirements. Yeah, it's definitely a plus to know Spanish in Miami.Does anyone know the MCAT 10%/25% scores including for the Biology subsection? How many students aged 30+ approx are accepted per cycle? My MSAR just expired and this was the last school I still had to research .
Also, what is the deal with Spanish there. I thought you used to have to take a spanish course , but now it seems that's no longer a requirement? I speak a few words here and there but I've forgotten most of what I learned in HS. I've seen some comments about how it's not required but that you may be at a disadvantage as english is not the first language for many profs/staff and patients (LORs, favoritism etc). Thanks!