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Don't know where I will end up yet, but decided to make a thread.
Exactly. Boca offers so many opportunities that simply cannot be found at larger schools.
I thought the class was increasing to 64? Though, to me, I think 48 or 64 are good sizes.
I thought I should chime in. I am trying to decide b/w UM-Boca and another school right now so I've been speaking with some current students at both schools to find out some more info. I thought I should share what I've heard about UM-Boca.
First if have not already, you should probably read this:
The article above was a concern for me until I spoke to the current students. They said that they will probably be doing most of their rotations at JFK and Bethesda hospitals instead. The students I spoke with were happy about that. They seemed to feel these were better teaching hospitals anyway. The only downside they pointed out was that the commute can be a little long (with traffic) so some of them are moving. They were also told they can do as many or as few rotations at Jackson as they want, but commuting is an even bigger problem there.
One other thing I found out was that the rotations are done a little differently there. You will have some "traditional" rotations (i.e. Ob/Gyn, Psych etc.), but other then those the rest are "integrated" rotations. This means that you will see a patient in the ER, and then follow that patient after he/she is admitted to the hospital, and through surgery or other specialist care/procedures. Personally I think this is a fantastic model, but I'm a little concerned about the hours and grading, so I'm investigating that further.
All the students I spoke with are VERY enthusiastic about the school. I've heard very few complaints and those that I have heard are minor. BTW I was told that the class of 2013 is going to be 56 students (but this could change).
I apologize if any or all of this is old information for you. These were things that were not made clear at my interview day so I thought I would share my subsequent findings. I really loved the school during my visit and I'm definitely leaning in that direction right now.
Hope to see you all in the fall and good luck with your applications.
Thanks for the links! I actually had not been on the school website for a while (you would think that would be the first place I would check for info!).Thanks Oncodoc for the info! You all may have already seen this but I came across a new video on the website today: http://med.fau.edu/biomedical/ummsm_rmc/ummsm_rmc.html The video is an updated version of the one I saw at my interview in November and had lots of good information IMO.
Also, in regards to the integrated clinical curriculum. I too was concerned about the integrated rotations. After doing some research on it, I feel much better and think it may actually be an awesome way to learn medicine. Even the big H is structuring their 3rd year curriculum to be more longitudinal. One article I came across: http://www.thecrimson.com/article.aspx?ref=517263
"We are now exemplifying how any site in any location with any mission trains better when students have relevant interactions with the faculty and with their patients longitudinally, said Hirsh, who also helped design Harvards third-year pilot program at Cambridge Hospital.
Here is the schematic for third year at UM-Boca: http://bioserv.biomed.fau.edu/meded_facdev/images/CDM_Graphic_calendar_M3_2009-10.jpg
Anyway, just more food for thought.
That seems like it would make sense. Maybe not as north as Boynton Beach but in between Boca and Boynton seems like a good compromise, somewhere around Delray Beach maybe. But I am OOS so I am going to have to go back look around the area again.So with the situation referenced above about BRCH, it seems to me that a little north of Boca is now the ideal place to live. Anyone have any opinions on this?
The students that I spoke to who are moving are going to Delray Beach. I too am OOS and am hoping to not have to move during my time at UM-Boca. The two areas that were suggested to me were Delray and Boynton but near I-95 if I plan on living there for all 4 years. I've also been warned that, while Boca is great, surrounding areas can be hit or miss (even within the same city). If someone from the area can elaborate that would be helpful.So with the situation referenced above about BRCH, it seems to me that a little north of Boca is now the ideal place to live. Anyone have any opinions on this?
954, have you decided on UMMSM FAU over USF? Congrats!Its a personal decision for each of us, but as for myself, the Boca campus just seems like a better fit. I am proud to be a [email protected] student.
A few notes:
A preliminary academic schedule for our class has been posted
Also, I just read that the new gym which recently opened is currently undergoing a second phase of expansion. It should be very nice when all is said and done.
Congrats on the acceptance, Fiko! Are you decided on FAU, or are you waiting on other schools?i just got accepted to Boca campus last week, does anyone know if there will be a second look? even though i go to FAU and know the program back and forth it would be nice to meet everyone
First thing I would suggest you do when you get to FL would be to find your nearest Publix or CVS and buy yourself a Sunpass or Sunpass mini. The mini costs 4.99 and gives you 5.00 in free tolls (plus discount on all tolls) so it's basically free, and saves a ton of time if you are on a toll road.Bring a roll of quarters for the turnpike in case you go exploring and get a little lost, like me.
If anyone else has any good tips about the city or Florida in general, let me know. I'm driving cross country in a little bit and will be there in July to settle in.