that driven guy seems pretty disgruntled.
I'm a third year (fourth year in three weeks) at UIC, and figured i'd drop a line in here as well..
When I chose UIC, I chose it knowing that the first two years anywhere were going to be difficult for me, but at UIC (without the "handholding") they may be worse. That was the case. The teaching isn't great. The exams are pretty ridiculous. And so on, and so on. What I find is that med students are kinda complainy, and we at UIC tend to amplify it. The culture at UIC, i guess.
I am not convinced that UIC sucks. the teaching isn't great, but I'm not convinced that any med school can teach the volume expected to know.
I chose uic at the time for the clinical experiences. Now that i'm completing my third year, i'm seeing that the clinical experiences are SIMILAR at many places. HOWEVER, having exposure to various other med students in the city at the hospital sites, i find that we have some real winning sites. Affiliations change and are quite fluid; we used to be heavy into cook county, and now we have a few rotations there.
despite all this, the fourth year, you can rotate anywhere in the world.
so what's the big difference between med schools? nobody can really say without having gone to multiple schools. I find that it doesn't make much of a difference; uic students do just fine with matching. we do better with the loans, being a state school.
guess i rambled a bit. and whatever his name is was complaining about his ob/gyn rotation; you don't have to do it at u of illinois hospital; you can do it elsewhere, in the suburbs, like christ and lutheran and st francis, where the pt population is different. for that matter, many people do all of their third year rotations away from uih for commuting reasons; i loved the rotation i did there because it was a great learning experience.
to each their own.
good luck to all of you on the dreaded wait list. as i must begin applying for residencies, you must realize that the application process never seems to end. and instead of mcat, it's boards!
but the most difficult part of med school is getting in.