University of Massachusetts, Medical School Admission
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The University of Massachusetts is a rather large, public institution located in the town of Worcester, Massachusetts, and has a combined graduate and undergraduate population of over 30,000 students. The university's Medical School, however, is significantly smaller, and is home to about 425 graduate medical students. The average age of enrollment is around 25, and it is fairly rare for any of the students to enter the school directly from their undergraduate education. The school is perhaps best known for its variety of educational styles, as well as its focus on various medical ethical issues. Aside from the basic MD degree, the school offers joint degrees in the MD/MPH, and the MD/PhD in the areas of biomedical sciences, biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, cellular biology, molecular physiology, immunology and virology, molecular genetics, microbiology, neuroscience, as well as pharmacology and molecular toxicology.
Admission to the University of Massachusetts' Medical School is extremely competitive among the relatively few students who apply; last year, over 814 students applied for admission to the school, and approximately 100 of those students were accepted. Eventually however, only about 80 of the admitted students actually enrolled for the coming semester. The admitted students had average MCAT scores of about 10.6 in Biology, 10.4 in Physics, and 9.8 in Verbal, as well as an average undergraduate GPA of about a 3.6. Students are notified of their admissions status on a rolling basis, and are able to take advantage of the school's early application program if they so choose.
The university's Medical School has about 500 faculty members, all of whom come from relatively diverse medical and academic backgrounds. The school also boasts a very manageable student to faculty ratio of about 1:1, and the small classes allow for plenty of discussion and interaction between students and their professors.
Graduates of the Medical School often go on to be accepted to some of the most competitive and prestigious residency programs in the nation, and most frequently specialize in the areas of internal medicine, family practice, pediatrics, emergency medicine, surgery, as well as ob/gyn.
Students are required to complete extensive clinical training including 12 weeks of medicine, 12 weeks of surgery, 6 weeks of family and community medicine, 6 weeks of ob/gyn, 6 weeks of pediatrics, 6 weeks of psychiatry, 4 weeks of neurology, 4 weeks of subinternship medicine, as well as an average of 24 weeks of various electives. Students complete their clinical clerkships at affiliated facilities including Children's' Medical Center, Center for AIDS research, Center of Stone Disease, Cardiovascular Center, Saint Vincent Hospital, Memorial Health Care, as well as the Berkshire Medical Center.
"The school is home to a huge amount of specialized facilities where you can get some incredible experience."
"The faculty here is absolutely amazing, and they really love what they do."
"Students tend to be extremely supportive of one another."
"There is never enough on campus graduate housing."
"The administration is very beureaucratic, and it can be hard to talk to a person sometimes."
"Tuition is pretty high, and you aren't ever given very much financial aid."
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