quick q- what day does it say on your status page that the deposit/acceptance confirmation were received?me3 said:
There are 4 different locations chicago and what I'll call the URP track. URP stands for Urbana, Rockford, and Peoria. for those who go to Rockford and Peoria, they will go to Urbana for the first year and complete the program at the other location. I believe some even go to all three, but I'm not sure about that. Each year 50 are selected to Rockford and 50 to Peoria, while 25 will stay in Urbana all four years for a total of 125. Meanwhile, 175 students will go to Chicago for all 4 years. Many people seem to be convinced that Chicago is the best campus, but I've heard many good things about the other three programs too. I guess, if you are bent on going to a city, then Chicago would be the ideal, but I've heard that students there are generally less happy (more stressed out) than the ones from the other schools. Plus, I've heard that Chicago class is full, so anyone who is admitted from here on out will have to chose from one of the other locations. As far as MD PhD program goes, yes they generally stay in U-C, but if not all 25 seats go to that program then they probably have others stay there for four years. Other programs such ats the RMED program have its students go to U-C for one year and Rockford for 3 years. These students only account for 15-20 of the 50 that are assigned to Rockford each year.YzIa said:I dont know much about the UI system of med schools, but I thought that Urbana/Champaign was reserved for MSTP. So, what is the basis for the decisions of assignments and where else can you be assigned besides Urbana and Chicago?
chitown82 said:haha. yea i really feel like you can't compare chicago with urbana. just my take tho....
sooo...when did everyone who got in this cycle have their acceptance card/deposit entered on the online status check? thanks!
i am intent into going into academic medicine and participating in a ton of research while in med school. i mentioned this in a letter included with my acceptance card/deposit. i would not want to go to uic if i didnt get the chicago campus because of my professional aspirations. anyone think they might take this into consideration when assigning a campus?
send a letter in ASAP.Dragonfly411 said:me3, how did you get them to tell you when it seems like they wouldn't tell anyone else?
I did a search on SDN about UIC site locations, and some people said that even though UIC states that they assign people's sites based on first-come-first-serve, it really isn't that way. They take into consideration other factors (e.g., residence), but I'm not sure how true that is (it's all hearsay by SDNers). In all, I'm not sure what to believe. I even read that someone was assigned to the Chicago campus in March while another person was sent to one of the three other locations, and s/he heard back in January!
Anyway, I really want to send my letter to UIC, stating my reasons for wanting to be placed on the Chicago track (professional ones, not just personal reasons), but I'm not sure if I should send it before they give me the confirmation.....? Anyone have input? I figure it's better to take the initiative than to passively sit around and wait for their mail, though.
I went to Champaign-Urbana for over two years. I still love the town. You are true about the restaurants, but as a student I never had $$ to waste on expensive restaurants. so that never bothered me! Green St. has many good places to eat.PBR727 said:Champaign-Urbana is not a fun place to live. The "good" restaurants here would be considered mediocre at best in Chicago. I pay over $900.00/year to park in my building in addition to feeding the parking meters (which cost about 3X as much as the meters in Chicago). The whole city smells like manure thanks to the south farms and the bars are some of the worst amongst Big Ten schools, but that's only my opinion.
This is from a PM lSent- to someone awhile ago about campuschanges...me3 said:
I can understand how you feel but you should reconsider. Why would you want to re-apply next yr after getting in this yr? You can still rotate in Chicago in your 4th yr. There would be underserved population in peoria as well. You can work with the underserved during residency and as an attending. Think about it!! Good luckDragonfly411 said:Man, this really sucks. I just got assigned to Urbana (M1) and then Peoria (M2-M4). The reason I'm so disappointed is I am interested in working for the underserved area, and being in Chicago will allow me to have so much more exposure to this population. I've already done so much work (through volunteer and AmeriCorps) with this population..... and now I'm going to be transferred to freaking Urbana and Peoria? Ugh, I'm so pissed. This doesn't match my future goals at all.
It doesn't help that this is the only medical school who has accepted me so far, AND after interviewing at UIC, I really wanted to attend this school, too. I feel like I have to wait another year and reapply so I can get into somewhere in Chicago. And I really did want to go to UIC anyway for several reasons (diversity in both the student population and exposure to patient populations during clerkships). Now, I really don't know what to do...........
Rockford's Latino population is about 10% - a decent amount if you'd like to be exposed to a Spanish speaking population. I have a good family friend who is on staff at the Rockford hospital UIC is associated with. He said the majority of doctors who teach med students are part-time faculty. He noted while they are excellent doctors, their overall teaching (clinical years) is not as good as at the Chicago campus. Again, this is just his observation. No need to flame me. If you are a Rockford student - I'd like to know more about your experiences thus far.NEATOMD said:If you are interested in working with the underserved populations, I would say that Rockford is the best campus for you. Rockford is geared toward teaching its students how to cope with underserved populations. Also, though I've not been there much, I hear that Rockford does have a significant Latino population. While it does tend to stress primary care, students who go there are by no means limited to primary care. Just thought I'd throw that information out. Basically, though, I'd say your med school education is going to be what you make it wherever you end up going. If you end up going to Peoria, just make the best of it. Unfortunately, having a bad attitude about your situation will end up being reflected in your work.
No flamethrowing intended here. Thanks for your input, honestly. I in no way was trying to push Rockford onto anyone. I am not trying to bash Chicago in any way, either. I only wanted to point out that there are other campuses aside from Chicago's that may work out well for people if they are willing to keep their minds open and truly consider them for their possiblities.chitown82 said:Rockford's Latino population is about 10% - a decent amount if you'd like to be exposed to a Spanish speaking population. I have a good family friend who is on staff at the Rockford hospital UIC is associated with. He said the majority of doctors who teach med students are part-time faculty. He noted while they are excellent doctors, their overall teaching (clinical years) is not as good as at the Chicago campus. Again, this is just his observation. No need to flame me. If you are a Rockford student - I'd like to know more about your experiences thus far.
ThanksbloHaZaRd said:Skiz Knot, I read your posts last year about trying to get into the Chicago campus. I thought or at least hoped you got in at the end. Must've been dreaming.
Anyways, I'm glad you like where you are now.
LoveDoc said:question guys who sent your site preference card in....
have you sent your hepatitis B and transcript in?
on the status page it says i haven't fulfilled my pre-requirement
requirements but i'm assuming they are talking about transcript
from this semester.
I WILL GET ASSIGNED MY SITE BEFORE I SEND THE HEP B FORM
When I interviewed @ UIC, I told them point blank that assignment anywhere other than Chicago would most likely result in me NOT attending their school. I am from Chicago (proper, not the frelling burbs), I did my undergrad @ the U of C, and had no intentions of ever leaving.chitown82 said:...He noted while they are excellent doctors, their overall teaching (clinical years) is not as good as at the Chicago campus. Again, this is just his observation. No need to flame me. If you are a Rockford student - I'd like to know more about your experiences thus far.
thanks for the information. i wasn't trying to "knock" rockford as i'm sure if you re-read my post, you'll agree...i was simply stating the opinion of *one* doctor.Daiphon said:When I interviewed @ UIC, I told them point blank that assignment anywhere other than Chicago would most likely result in me NOT attending their school. I am from Chicago (proper, not the frelling burbs), I did my undergrad @ the U of C, and had no intentions of ever leaving.
Notice the past tense.
After I was assigned to Rockford, I did a little research and found out many things that made this a more desirable campus for me... looking back on my last 3 years here, they've played out like I thought. Here are the biggies...
1) there are virtually no residents. the only residency game in town is an FP residency at a hospital that very little M3 experience occurs. What's the significance? Well, this turns your m3 core clerkships into de facto sub-i's.
in other words, 3 days into my 3rd year, I was running a hospital medicine service for a physician who was in his clinic, seeing patients. by myself. similarly when i was on surgery, i was first assist on several cases - first freaking assist! i didn't have to bypass the fellow, the senior resident, the junior resident, the intern, the off-service rotator, and the m4 rotator... i could actually see everything, and scrubbed on almost every case my attending did. peds, ob, and psych were the same thing... boatloads of experience.
yeah, so you maybe need to read a little more; but the clinical didactics are fantastic... and most of us do very well on the shelf exams and step 2 (so our teaching can't be THAT bad, can it?)
2) you start seeing patients in the fall of your 2nd year... this is a whole extra year of getting comfortable talking about histories, doing physicals, and developing diagnostic frameworks. plus, it will help with the USMLE Step 2 CS (Colonic Satyr-ism) immensely.
some other benefits are that rockford is the "most affordable city in america" (chicago tribune, 2003 or 2004), and is 1 hour from 3 great cities - chicago, madison, milwaukee. your car doesn't have to pass emissions anymore (so if you have a beater, don't need to replace it)... and it never takes any more than 15 minutes to get anywhere you need to be. try that in chicago at 8am on the kennedy near the junction.
ultimately, then, if you aren't self-directed and need things spoon fed for you, then rockford probably won't do you well. but, if you like actually SEEING and TREATING patients (the reason, i hope, you're going into medical school), and want the responsibility and experience... then rockford'll do you right. plus, if you're worried about rockford being 100% "primary care" - take a look at last year's match list: 9 radiologists, 4 emergency physicians, 4 surgeons, 1 neurosurgeon, 1 ophtho, 1 derm... and most of the IM/Peds group plan to do fellowships.
just my $.02 - and don't knock it till you've tried it.
chitown82 said:thanks for the information. i wasn't trying to "knock" rockford as i'm sure if you re-read my post, you'll agree...i was simply stating the opinion of *one* doctor.
Honestly, you're not looking deep enough. There is diversity anywhere you go, and the fact that you feel you need to "see" diversity on someone's sleave indicates you're probably missing a lot of it.I can't imagine moving to a place that resembles where I came from. I almost feel like I'm going "backwards."
Dragonfly411 said:Congrats! Did you send in a letter with your site preference card? Was wondering how you got Chicago.
bbtbay said:LoveDoc, are you out of state? I'm wondering if maybe they give preference to those who are out of state so that they can get their higher tuition maybe???