Univ of Miami isn't the same place it used to be. And there are a few things that all SDNers should know. As an undergrad of UM and florida res, you now have the worse chance of being accepted into their medical school. Hinkley once told a friend of mine that he has a better chance of being accepted to UM Med if he attended an out of state undergrad and being a Florida resident. This advice was given to him as a freshmen and he transferred to Duke undergrad. Now, the former pres (Foote) left and Shalala took over the reigns. All I have to say is that she makes one hell of a politician. When she arrived at UM, she claimed that she was student oriented and that she was going to make changes. B*ll ****. No changes and no plans on making changes. The only thing that she has done is generate money. And that is all she is about. $$$ The Bling Bling. Greedy Jerk!! Through her "Momentum" campaign, she has raised billions for the medical school. But that's not enough to satisfy her. Now, the advice that Hinkley gave my friend is outdated. The current advice is that you have a better chance of getting into UM as a non-resident of Florida. Because 1. non-res pay more money for tuition 2. Shalala wants UM ranked because they are not even in the top 50. This 2004 application year has been the worse for Florida residents. For the most part, only non-res (like from Cali and NY) have been interviewing and getting accepted. Supposedly, UM claims that they are using a "new formula" to generate the list of interviewees. New formula? What kind of formula must this be when a girl I know was accepted to Wash U in Dec and has not even heard from UM. To be frank, UM sucks and really needs to check themselves. If it wasn't for Jackson, they wouldn't be anything worth looking at. The admissions committee needs to develop a better so-called formula and meet as a regular committee and not through a computer generated vote. Money should be spent on fixing their sh*tty facilities and giving the Rosenstiel building a major facelit. That building is so disgusting. The so-called innovative curriculum should also be changed because it dissects all subjects into blocks and does not integrate the different disciplines which is going to hurt the students come USMLE time. And Dean Hinkley should stop being so freaking cocky. (FYI: his license plate is a vanity plate "MD MAKER" Come on! Give me a break. The only person that makes a doctor, is that person's sweat, blood, tears, and lots of money. Also, he really needs to stop being Shalala's B*tch. That whole Medical School is wack. Except Hinkley's secretary Agnes. Just thought everyone should know. Go to UF, USF and even FSU. Much cheaper and better. Like I said, it is not the place that it used to be.