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I've had interviews at drexel, rush, and uic. Can anyone evaluate these based on your experiences regarding clinical, reputation, etc.? I've seen past threads but those were dated back to 2002 and all. I would appreciate a nice recent review of these schools. THANKS.
 

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Some of the positives I saw at Drexel were:

-they have two different curricula and you can try one out for a week and switch if you don't like it.
-there are 4 different clinics you can work in during your first 2 years
-standardized pt, so you're learning about taking Hx and physicals and you start early (they said first few weeks of first year)
-the hospital is open to you shadowing doctors and learning
-they have clinical sites all over the state; you can choose to stay at one for the whole 3rd year or you can move around.
-they have "concentrations" in humanities and women's health

I don't know much about reputation and I don't know anything about the other two schools. These are things that I heard on interview day, so if someone who attends Drexel reads this please correct me if I'm wrong! :oops:
 

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Some of the positives I saw at Drexel were:

-they have two different curricula and you can try one out for a week and switch if you don't like it.
PIL can go to IFM but not the other way around I dont believe. If you stay too long you're screwed, though
-there are 4 different clinics you can work in during your first 2 years
Yes you *can* but theyre so wildly popular its really hard to get time in (they fill up really really fast)

-standardized pt, so you're learning about taking Hx and physicals and you start early (they said first few weeks of first year)
All schools have standardized patients. The small group sessions are seriously the worst

-the hospital is open to you shadowing doctors and learning
Meh
-they have clinical sites all over the state; you can choose to stay at one for the whole 3rd year or you can move around.
Actually I think Allegheny (in Pittsburgh) is the only one you can stay at for everything.
-they have "concentrations" in humanities and women's health
:barf:

Yeah that special little star you get for the humanities is really just you doing a whole lotta busy work.

I don't know much about reputation and I don't know anything about the other two schools. These are things that I heard on interview day, so if someone who attends Drexel reads this please correct me if I'm wrong! :oops:
 
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IF you are instate at UIC, I think this ones a no brainer. If not, I still think it's between UIC and Rush. Location is a wash, since they're next door to each other - how did you feel about the schools?
 

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Although the students at Drexel and UIC are solid academically, it seemed like they were not very social. The students that I met at UMiami, Tulane, and Emory seemed a lot more happy and comfortable.
 

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its was MCP, but DUCOM hasnt had that name in 10 years so i dont know how updated those surveys would be.
Agreed. They don't provide any dates, and they do not list the number of students polled. For ex. if 70 people were polled at Drexel vs. 13 at Rush then the stats could be misleading.
 

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Of all the schools I've interviewed at, Rush seemed to have the most social group of kids. I also know a few people that go there, and they seem to have the same feeling for their school/classmates.
 

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Although the students at Drexel and UIC are solid academically, it seemed like they were not very social. The students that I met at UMiami, Tulane, and Emory seemed a lot more happy and comfortable.
Um, OK.

You can spend all of third yr at AGH or Monmouth. Or you could when I was there.
 

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sorry for the hiatus. my interview date for rush and uic got pushed back b/c of the snowstorm in december but i just finished them last week. overall, i enjoyed the chicago area a lot more than philadelphia so that puts uic and rush over drexel. in comparing uic vs rush, there are a lot of differences.

-uic is a lot bigger = a lot more resources, not only for medicine i.e. gym, library, etc.
-uic is very old school with a low budget while rush is more technologically advanced with more funding coming in for new wings of the hospital, etc.
-both students seemed generally happy and social. the tour guides were great for both schools.
-rush faculty is definitely more open and excited to see new students.
-rush interview was more fun because of the ease of conversation.

im a little torn...im thinking rush but uic is successful in matching residencies (like approx. 96% of seniors get their first three choices)...what to do...
 

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UIC is known for producing excellent clinicians. Rush is known for its flowery commercials on TV. ;) :hungover:
 

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Rush students are allowed to use the UIC gyms, but they have to pay a special rate for it.
The funding issue is hopefully getting better because of the new state funding structure for the University of Illinois health science schools. SIUe was getting a lot more money for their colleges than UIC. Now, the health collleges at UIC get money directly from the state.
 

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sorry for the hiatus. my interview date for rush and uic got pushed back b/c of the snowstorm in december but i just finished them last week. overall, i enjoyed the chicago area a lot more than philadelphia so that puts uic and rush over drexel. in comparing uic vs rush, there are a lot of differences.

-uic is a lot bigger = a lot more resources, not only for medicine i.e. gym, library, etc.
-uic is very old school with a low budget while rush is more technologically advanced with more funding coming in for new wings of the hospital, etc.
-both students seemed generally happy and social. the tour guides were great for both schools.
-rush faculty is definitely more open and excited to see new students.
-rush interview was more fun because of the ease of conversation.

im a little torn...im thinking rush but uic is successful in matching residencies (like approx. 96% of seniors get their first three choices)...what to do...
It is also highly unlikely you will get the Chicago campus of UIC as of right now. I was accepted in December and was told that the Chicago campus was full. (A few still trickle in, but most are being put in other tracks).
 

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How accurate is that survey that carriebad posted above? Do ppl agree with those assessments?
 

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yeah the reason i'd go to uic is to stay at the chicago campus...why would i want to be at urbana...
 

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yeah the reason i'd go to uic is to stay at the chicago campus...why would i want to be at urbana...
Exactly. Just another factor to consider if/when you get in. I was highly dissapointed because last year December was way early enough to get Chicago.
 
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