UHS REPUTATION????

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  1. einey

    einey Member

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    UHS students can you answer these questions, anyone else that has good info on UHS.
    What kind of reputation does UHS have in terms of: 1) Students getting along. I read the WESTERN/ COMP pages on SDN and it seems that there is some in-fighting and many of the students aren't happy. Is there alot, some or very little dissention at UHS?

    2) What are the Complex 1 Board Scores or where can I find them?

    3) What kind of residencies do UHSer's get, and what is the deal with the 4th years having to find there own residencies?
     
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  3. DO/MBA

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    As a second year in the genesis curriculum, I can say that most like it some don't. Also, the students get along with no major problems. Recently, the administration had to make some tough money choices and some faculty are grumbling, but I think everywhere has that once in a while.
    Last year, the pass rate for COMLEX was 97% and the year before was 100%, however a better test will be when we in genesis take it in June. I don't think that it will drop much if at all.
    The fourth year is a double edged sword. You set up your own fourth year clerkships. This takes time (all the calls and the paperwork). On the otherhand, it is an excellent way to network your way into a residency. The types of residencies from UHS very going from Derm, Ortho, and Neurosurgery to FM and psych.
     
  4. einey

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    I'd like to hear from some more UHS students on this subject. Thanks.
     
  5. melancholy

    melancholy 1K Member

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    I'd like to say that UHS does have a great reputation, but in defense of Western/COMP, the so-called infighting that you've been reading about has been the product of a small handful of disgruntled students. I admit that in almost all classes, there will be a couple students who aren't happy with where they are for one reason or another. The response on SDN is somewhat more of chance that those specific people decided to come online and post their feelings. That being said, it does seem like a few more students than usual are having academic difficulties, but I think we'll see how that turns out once our anatomy course is done in a week and a half. Our first semester is relatively difficult based on our curriculum, but it gets somewhat easier afterwards from what I've seen (and heard) so far.

    Just offering a little input... hope you don't mind. I'd like to visit UHS one of these days though...
     
  6. Freeeedom!

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    Unfortunately, the actual name "UHS" raises eyebrows, because NOBODY has heard of it (in the allopathic world)! It is quite the generic name you know, and quite frankly people in KC don't know where it is!!
    But, all of that is changing (I HOPE), where it lacks in name recognition, it gains in determined students wanting to make a name for themselves! What people remember is "the DO school in KC"..."yes," I add, "the pricey, yet good Osteopathic Medical School in KCMO."
    But I would say, the senior class right now, will have perhaps the best residency class the school has seen. I say that in all seriousness...there are some great students, with GREAT residency opportunities...from Psych (very good students), to surgery to EM to IM to FP. Our class, competes well with allopathic programs for any type of residency.
    Genesis, is the newer curriculum started after my sophomore year, I cannot speak for the quality, because I honestly have no idea.
     
  7. jokerman72

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    I'm currently a third year at UHS. As far as the quality of education goes, I can tell you I was extremely well prepared for rotations as well as board exams (both the COMLEX and the USMLE). UHS has changed its curriculum recently but I think it will help improve board scores even more. The anatomy and pathology departments at UHS are excellent. I do not feel I could have received any better instruction in these subjects anywhere else in the country. All in all, I'm happy I chose this school. Good luck to you.........
     
  8. Yosh

    Yosh Livin' in the WINDY CITY

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    About UHS....It was my 1st choice...I loved the school and everything about it..except the "NEW" curriculum....which scared me to take the boards under the "untested" curriculum
    It was that curriculum that made me give up UHS...and ultimately come to COMP...which as we all know...is another story in and of itself...

    Best of luck to all of ya...

    Just remember...

    Just cause b/s isn't posted on SDN...doesn't mean that it isn't going on at other schools....

    I have friends at 6 other med schools...and there is no UTOPIAN SCHOOL...

    Just focus....and get through it...


    For UHS people....is CHUBBY's still there??? Amazing Gravy and Biscuits!!!!

    And that strip of bars...with Have a Nice Day and the Irish bar across the street??? Had an amazing time partying in KC!!!!

    Maybe it isn't too late to transfer??
     
  9. electra

    electra SDN Moderator

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    Yosh,

    there's a plate 'o biscuits and gravy waitin' for ya!
    Genesis is neat. It isn't a perfect system, but no school has one. It's evolving in the direction that students need to go and it appears to be making student that much more prepared on the wards.

    electra
     
  10. OK you want to hear from more students......
    UHS students have seen as much as their allopathic counterparts in Kansas City MO where MD and DO rotate side by side. As for myself, I get asked "are you sure you're really a MS3? I know MS4's that don't know this stuff."

    The program is intense but well taught. While I can not speak for Genesis the students of '04 will do very well on boards.

    As far as students getting along: students write up reviews for major tests, help out by giving mock OPP tests and Anatomy practicals, have a big bro/sis assigned to the new MS1 in addition to a faculty advisor, play team sports, and usually have big get togethers 3-4x/yr... etc. In fact I would feel comfortable talking to any of my classmates about a personal issue and respecting their opinion.
     
  11. NewAgeDO

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    Sorry for invading the UHS thread, but like Yosh I, too, was accepted at UHS, but decided to go COMP for various other reasons. Now that I think about it, if I had the chance to go back in time I would have opted to go UHS (ideally, if I could have it my way, I would take my whole class with me to UHS). COMP definitely has some issues it needs to address, but hopefully things will change. I have chosen to be actively involved in this process by acting as the Co-Curriculum Representative in which I have a say on how things "should" be changed for the future. Good luck to those on choosing which med school to attend. Just remember, some of you a lucky enough to even have a choice, or a few choices, to matriculate at other medical schools. There are many out there that don't even have one choice.
     
  12. melancholy

    melancholy 1K Member

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    RobbC- Hopefully I can become a little more involved with improving things around the school. You bring up a good point though.. we should be grateful of the position we are in as being medical students. It took me awhile to become accepted to medical school, but I am certainly trying to make the best of my situation.. and in the process trying to help other people as well reach their goals. Even though I turned down my other interviews and decided to join the class at COMP, I don't feel any regret that I didn't look more seriously at other schools. I had talked to numerous people in the community and those who had some contact with a graduate of COMP only had positive things to say.. so I don't feel that I am losing anything by being here. I would like to figure out what else we could do at the time being though. When's that next meeting?
     
  13. adamwait

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    It is funny that you mention fighting among UHS students. I am a first year and I feel that I am around the nicest group of people I have ever met. We are constantly trying to help each other out for our upcoming quizes/tests. If you are talking about faculty I have no idea what they are thinking, but we have very talented professors, that care how we do. O.K.... There was a few broken noses this year during FLAG! football, but I think the second years could not take getting there butts kicked all the time
    <img src="graemlins/laughy.gif" border="0" alt="[Laughy]" /> . Seriously, I have enjoyed my first year so far and I blame the kindness of my classmates. Regarding boards, I think the genesis program is a good idea because I looked over some mock comlex tests over break and they looked pretty easy ;)
     
  14. einey

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    Thank you, that's very nice to hear. UHS sounds like a very good school. If there are any UHSer's with a dissenting opinion, I like to hear from you too, and the reasons you feel the way you do.
     
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    I wish I could offer you a dissenting opinion of UHS, but I cannot. The students are some of the nicest social creatures you'll meet and the education is extraordinary. I am currently a 4th year, and cannot extoll the virtues of the Genesis program, but from others' responses, they seem to feel well-prepared. I have met other osteopathic students from other schools, and I can tell you that UHS students have a fund of knowledge equal to (or better) than most of the other students I have worked with.

    If you do the work, you'll do well. The pathology professor will help you a great deal (you'll curse him early, you'll thank him later). I ended up with 99% on Comlex, and did very well on USMLE. I hope this helps.
     
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    adam is correct in saying that we have a very caring and thoughtful class. I think we have pulled together and really bonded through some important activities and happenings and that great things are ahead for all of us. <img src="graemlins/clappy.gif" border="0" alt="[Clappy]" />
     
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    adam is correct in saying that we have a very caring and thoughtful class. I think we have pulled together and really bonded through some important activities and happenings and that great things are ahead for all of us. <img src="graemlins/clappy.gif" border="0" alt="[Clappy]" />
     

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