Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science Reviews
The University and program had its ups and downs. I felt that a class or two was not very relevant to the field of a Pathologist's Assistant, and it was packed into our busiest quarter (interesting class, but a lot of information from Neuroscience does not directly apply to a Path Asst). The department unfortunately had a rough year while I was attending. There was a lot of staff turnover, which was disappointing to see some people leave. There was also a great lack of communication among staff and between students and staff, including class scheduling/cancellations, how to appropriately answer exam questions, grading system for exams and assignments, and information about clinical rotations. The positive aspect over this experience was the feedback we were able to provide for the current staff; we were assured that these issues would be addressed for future classes. The staff (including those that left, those that joined, and those in other departments) were all great! They were willing to answer any questions, had an open door policy, were very approachable, and most of all extremely intelligent. They were able to challenge the way students learn and think about concepts, and apply concepts to everyday practice. Classes offered through the department (vs those outside the department) were excellent in making connections to everyday practice and job skills. For example, Clinical Correlations tied together Embryology, (Medical school-based) Pathology, and certain aspects Structure and Function/Histology into the daily practices of a Pathologist's Assistant. The assigned worksheets were simple, yet also provided a study guide for exams. The department also provides sites to complete the second year clinical rotations. Although my class had issues with this part of the program, it is nice to know that sites are provided that are willing to take students. This is, however, an expense the students takes on themselves; expenses for housing, travel, food, and rent are not provided by the university. Also, there are a limited number of sites within Illinois; students will have to travel out of state to complete this part of the program. The experience gained, though, is highly valuable!