MCPHS University - Graduate (MS/PhD) Ratings|
|Total Grad Surveys||15|
|Avg years at University||3.0|
|Research Quality||D+ (2.9)|
|Research Availability||C- (4.0)|
|Research Funding||C+ (5.3)|
|Graduate Politics||C- (3.7)|
|Not Errand Runners||C (4.5)|
|Degree Completion||B (6.9)|
|Alternative pay [ta/gsi]||D+ (3.5)|
|Sufficient Pay||D (2.6)|
|Education Quality||C- (3.7)|
|Faculty Accessibility||C (4.5)|
|Useful Research||C (4.5)|
|"Individual" treatment||D+ (3.1)|
|Campus Beauty||C- (4.2)|
|Campus Maintenance||B (6.7)|
|University Spending||C (4.2)|
|Scholastic Success||C- (4.1)|
|Surrounding City||B (6.9)|
|Social Life/ Environment||C- (3.6)|
Also, professors DO NOT care, espeically the physiology/immunology professor, SHE WILL FAIL YOU, even if you're 0.1 point away from passing. She has no sympathy whatsoever. Most professors read straight from their slides during P1 and you'll end up teaching yourself everything. At least 2 exams will be thrown at you every week. During the first dean's forum, you'll be told the minmium GPA to stay in the program is 2.2, at first everyone thought that it's not bad at all, believe me when I tell you maintaining a GPA of 2.2 is so much harder than anyone would have thought.
To conclude, be prepared for sleepnights, tears, not getting the grades you deserve, and last but not least..DEPRESSION! best of luck.
At least 1/2 of the students who start as PharmD will be pushed out and forced to settle with a BS degree (even if they never failed a class).I wish I went to a different school but now i'm stuck, thank goodness I only have 1 year left.
If you go to this school you will have a hard time getting a job after you graduate because it is getting an ever increasing terrible reputation. I had no idea a school this bad could be accredited otherwise I would've listened to all the PA's who graduated from this school who told me not to go here.
Don't be fooled. They don't give a damn about you. Don't ever say anything to anyone, including the mental health counselor because it will not be kept confidential. They will out you no matter what. They do not take responsibility for anything. You're better off not going to PA school than going to this school. If you're stupid enough to still apply then you have only yourself to blame.
In your first year, you will be taught for the most part. Your first year will be enjoyable, but your second year you won't learn a damn thing. Sure they will teach you about some things (especially when it comes to pharmacology), but when it comes to actual therapies of certain disease states (stuff that a pharmacist should be an expert in) you will not learn a damn thing.
All these people want, seriously, is money! They want to expand their conglomeration of a school and nothing else. If you apply here, you are guaranteed to see new "improvements" in buildings. Since I have been here these people opened up 3 new buildings. They have "upgraded" their distance education systems. They hired a new IT guy. All of these things are for the sake of enrolling more students for the desperate "need" of pharmacists! I guess they don't realize that the need for pharmacists is shrinking every damn year. It is not 1999 anymore people!!!
Really, the worst part of it all is that they appeal to hardworking smart students like so many of us who applied to this horrible program. They say "Graduate with a Doctorate degree in pharmacy in under 3 years!". Who wouldn't like that? I kinda feel like these people tricked us all, just to fulfill their need to grow a bigger school.
My suggestion to anybody in High School reading this is: apply to URI or UCONN if you want to go to pharmacy school in the Northeast. I recommend these schools because it seems that most of the better professors at our program come from these schools. Do not even think about going to MCPHS Worcester/Manchester. Believe this from the words of somebody who has been through this crappy program.If your are in college and want to apply to pharmacy school my suggestion is: forget about MCPHS Worcester/Manchester at all costs and look elsewhere. I know this program sounds appealing, but you will eventually find yourself paying over 40,000 a year for a crappy education. If you can find another school that will accept your credits apply there. If it means that you have to take an extra year at another school, do it.
The so-called "professors" here should be called "mediators" because that's all they do. They do NOT teach because they are just a bunch of retail pharmacists -they don't have a teaching degree or training. And it shows when they "teach" therapeutics - the most important class in pharmacy school.
The format for therapeutics is you work on a few cases for two hours then you go a large auditorium to "discuss" the answers. The "professors" then calls on groups or individuals to answer the cases then you go home. That's teaching at MCP.
You don't learn anything because you are not taught anything. You are expected to go home and memorize a ton of drugs, side effects, formulas, contra-indications to drugs that aren't even used anymore.
The exams will asked questions that wasn't even mentioned in class but you are expected to know because "I don't have time to teach everything. So learn it on your own."
The exams will also have questions on rarest side effects -they won't ask for the most common ones - only the ones where less than 1% of the population will experience.
If I could do it all over again, I would have chosen somewhere else. Although I am graduating with a bullshit pharm D degree from this awful school, I know NOTHING. I am so screwed for the NAPLEX.
God forbid money go into CURRENT TEACHING or getting seasoned instructors. All new instructors are GREEN --> meaning minimal pharmacy experience (fresh out of residency doesn't count) and also they are cheaper to hire. Academia to academia doesn't breed good pharmacists!
In house Politics -- the Pharmacy Science Dept truly attempts to teach you whereas the Pharmacy Practice Dept does not teach and is not supportive in any way, shape, or form. Also, seasoned instructors from Pharmacy Practice leave every year and the school is only 5 years old! What does that tell you? The direction is for "students to teach themselves." Do you see this forum anywhere else in a clinical teaching program? Are surgeons next?
What you get out of this program is "how to take an exam and pass." Big deal. Pass the Boards. But are you a COMPETENT PHARMACIST? No, you are not. Are you even knowledgable? No, you are not. You are taught how to apply what you know. You want to learn about drugs? You won't be doing it here!
Also, you CANNOT TRANSFER your MCPHS-Worcester classes elsewhere. You are stuck here. If you do poorly here, you have to wait a YEAR to return to the classes or you have to completely reapply and go elsewhere (for 4 years).
The format for this program will more than likely disintegrate in a few years, due to the death spiral it is in now. Your only option if in the program is to finish and move far, far away and hope that no one in the pharmacy world realizes how horrible this place is.
The school currently starts with 150 students so to capture monies for people like Charlie Monahan and growing a monstrosity of a school. MCPHS-Worcester will NEVER be a top school of pharmacy. The new Dean, Michael Malloy, is the worst candidate for that position and is detested by students (and a piss-poor instructor!). He will NOT support you EVER.
My advice -- Go elsewhere. Go somewhere that encourages LEARNING. Go somewhere where instructors are supportive and encouraging and facilitate you to become a competent pharmacist. Go somewhere to get your money's worth because you will not be getting it here. You have been warned!