UMDNJ, I need some urgent advice.

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  1. Wannabe Doc

    Wannabe Doc Member

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    I just got an interview at UMDNJ, and coincidentally I am going to NY for another interview. Now they have agreed to squeeze me in, but this means that i have to drive from NY to Stratford, NJ. I just want to know from people already there, what they think of the school. How much is it?
    The weird part is I never sent in my secondary to the school. So is that a good sign, that they really want me or is that standard policy. How is the city of stratford? How big is it?
    Any kind of advice will help, so please type a way.

    thanks
     
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  3. Hello,

    I'm not a medical student, I am very familiar with the school. I'll tell you what I know, and I hope it helps. I'm sure others will add more later.

    I think invitations for interviews without
    secondary applications are something that they do there. In the letter I received with my interview invitation it says that anyone who hasn't forwarded their secondary application processing fee should do so prior to the interview date. That tells me that they offer them before the secondary because who would send in a secondary without the application fee? (I'm speculating a little)

    Don't consider that discouraging. They interview very few out of state applicants. I think each year the class is only made up of 2 or 3 out of state students. So they selected you from a large applicant pool!

    What is Stratford like? It is rural/suburban. Safe streets, relatively congested traffic, alot of housing. Mini-malls... Rt 30 has alot of stores. It's typical suburbia. Within walking distance of the campus is the Patco train. It takes you into center city Philadelphia for $4.20 round trip.

    The campus is clean. The school is small but everything is new. It is right next to Kennedy Hospital so that seems like a nice advantage. Literally, the medical school is on the same campus as the hospital.

    I can't comment on what it is like to be a student there of course. Nor can I comment on the interview. I haven't had it yet! When is yours? Maybe we'll have it on the same day. Wouldn't that be cool?

    Stratford is probably a 2-2.5 hour drive from NY if you go down the NJ turnpike.
    I suggest you take a look at their website and download their Student Handbook. A huge chunk of information aobut the school is locked up in it. Everything from it's curriculum to it's academic policies. The handbook is in .pdf so you're going to need to download Adobe Acrobat viewer first if you don't already have it.

    Good luck.

    W.U.A.S.




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  4. Wannabe Doc

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    Thanks for the advise, my interview is on Feb 2. The problem i have now is that I'm only 20 and I can't rent a car from NY city. So i'm gonna have to find some sort of public trans.
    By the way, where are the clinicals done, during the 3rd and 4th years.

     
  5. Hello again,

    There may be better ways, but I only really know of one way to get there from NY via public transportation. As pointed out below there may be more ways or better ways. You'll have to take a bus from NY to Atlantic City NJ. They're usually casino style shuttles for people wanting to take a gambling trip. From Atlantic City you'll take the NJ train that will drop you off right at the campus basically. It's a 5-10 minute walk from the train to the school. The down side is that the bus trip is 2.5 hours and then another hour on the train. So you're looking at 3.5 hours one way. That's ALOT of traveling.

    I believe all of the rotations can be done within the Kennedy Health system. The hospital on campus, one in Washington twsp, and one in Cherry Hill. All are within 20 minutes of the campus. They also have affiliations with Our Lady of Lourdes in camden and one hospital in North Jersey. I've never heard of them having any other affiliations. Maybe someone else knows more? A school like NYCOM has what 30? 40? I know PCOM has 35.

    It's up to you to decide if it is worth it to attend the interview. If it was me, I don't think I'd want to travel THAT far for the interview if I was accepted at another school I liked.

    W.U.A.S.



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  6. pirulo

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    UMDNJ-SOM's clinical rotations are done at the core teaching hospitals, which is the kennedy memorial university medical center, with the three branches mentioned above or at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital which is the core teaching affiliate. We also have a couple of other teaching affiliates one in Jersey City, and I forget the other. You do your electives pretty much any where you want, there are many good hospitals in the area including UMDNJ-RWJ's Cooper hospital, and all the philly hospitals.
    You can also take the SEPTA train through Trenton, to the 30th street station in Philadelphia, and then take the PATCO, to the Lindenwold station which will leave you right in front of the school, it will take a couple of hours, and I'd say about $15 each way...
    I'm an MS1 at SOM, email me if you have any questions.
    [email protected]
     
  7. Taking the train to the 30th Street Station is a good idea. However, The second train he would have to get on would not be the Patco highspeed line. At the Lindenwold stop is the patco highspeed line and the Amtrak regional rail. The Patco line goes from 16th and Walnut down through Camden to Lindenwold. He would want to take the Amtrak train from the 30th street station and get off in Lindenwold. They are both at the same station.

    Geeze that sounds confusing huh?

    In short, Take the train to 30th street station. Then take Regional rail from 30th street station to Lindenwold station. UMDNJSOM is right across the street. Ignore anything that has to do with Patco. ;-)

    W.

     
  8. pirulo

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    yes, take the jersey transit, which leaves from the amtrak rail, at the 30th street station...by the way it only takes about an hour and 15 minutes to go to New York, in two and a half hours i'm in DC... It's a great place to go to school...
     
  9. jon8markley

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    I don't have very much time to write because I am studing for a neuro exam but I would like to say going to UMDNJ has been the best decision of my life. I have never had a more challenging and fullfilling year in my entire life. Good luck
     

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