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Frequently Asked Questions
What is Unirats.com?
uniRATS provides a comprehensive directory of Academic, Research and Technology units that underpin the mission areas of every accredited allopathic and osteopathic medical school in the U.S. and Canada. Our proprietary database provides extensive navigation to source URLs and selected contact information for academic departments and divisions, research centers and institutes, and the research and technology offices that support them.
How do I begin using the service?
Decide whether you prefer to participate as a Subscriber or Visitor, then visit PRICING to indicate your preference.
Will my subscription automatically renew after the first year?
No, we do not automatically renew Subscriptions.
What if I subscribe and the service does not meet my needs?
We will gladly refund your Subscription fee in full if, within the first 48 hours of your subscription, you call or email us regarding your dissatisfaction with your subscription or our service.
Can I use uniRATS.com on my iPad, iPhone or other tablet / mobile device?
Definitely. The website and related functionalities should render well on your mobile device.
How do I change my password?
If you are logged in and know your current password, click Your Name in the upper right corner of the page. Then, click Change Password and respond to the prompt.
If you are unable to login and/or you do not know your current password, click Forgot Password in the upper right corner of the page. At the prompt, enter your email address. You will receive an email containing your new (reset) password.
What schools are included in the database?
The module comprises all schools listed by the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) and by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).
"Founded in 1876 and based in Washington, D.C., the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) is a not-for-profit association representing all 141 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools; ..." Source
"The Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) is the nationally recognized accrediting authority for medical education programs leading to the MD degree in the United States and Canada. The LCME is sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges and the American Medical Association." Source
What about schools with multiple campus locations?
In addition to denoting each school’s main campus, we also denote all identifiable campus locations.
Why are the school names abbreviated in the search results?
The uniRATS database maintains a ‘short name’ as well as a ‘formal name’ for each medical school. Within all modules, search results will present the short name in the left-hand column of all tabular displays. However, when records are downloaded, the formal name will appear in the name field of the downloaded file.
What is an Academic Unit?
We define “academic unit” to mean a specialized medical school department, program or initiative devoted to a particular discipline and focused primarily on education and training. Examples:
Note: Currently, our database incorporates only departments and their respective divisions/sections. Although uniRATS documents and provides access to source URLs for graduate medical education directories of residency and fellowship programs, we do not currently present search output for individual programs.
How do you handle Department names?
When academic units (departments, divisions, sections) are presented in tabular displays, they will appear exactly (or, as close as is reasonably possible) to the manner in which they are denoted on each school’s website. It is literally impossible to provide 100% accuracy for every unit, as there are uncountable instances whereby varying descriptions of a unit’s formal name is denoted. For example, a department directory might indicate a a department one way, while the departmental website might deploy one or two alternatives as the formal name of the unit. In these situations, we arbitrarily choose the one that we believe most closely represents the ‘true’ formal name.
How do you find the resource URLs?
On many medical school websites, hundreds of URLs are inoperative and/or missing—even in top-level gateway pages such as those for Academic Department or Research Center/Institute directories. Where these situations have been encountered, uniRATS has devoted hundreds of hours to the pursuit of valid URLs and includes them in its database, even though many medical school websites continue to deploy text with erroneous or unintentionally omitted hyperlinks.
In some instances, we are unable to locate valid URLs for a school’s directory-denoted units, and we are frequently unable to determine whether the unit exists or not (i.e., and thus should no longer be listed in their directory), or whether the unit does in fact exist, but a valid URL is undiscoverable.
What are Divisions and Sections and how to you track them?
Some schools denote departmental divisions/sections, if they exist, while some schools do not. Some schools denote some of their departmental divisions/sections, but not all of them. The uniRATS database aggregates and displays every unit that is discoverable, although site users should understand that the data can never be 100% inclusive or accurate for the stated reasons.
In these situations, as uniRATS does not act as an arbiter to declare which unit listings are valid and which are not, we list all units that reside in a school directory, and we work with the medical schools to advise them of questionable listings. uniRATS offers access to departmental personnel at every medical school in order to facilitate rapid identification, reporting and updating of inconsistencies and/or errors of omission or commission.
What’s up with the Patient Care data?
Currently, the uniRATS database does not contain any contact information (data) for patient care units, as this module will be the last of the three mission areas to be developed within the uniRATS database.
However, navigation to source URLs is provided as a service to individuals in acute need of health or healthcare provider information relating to diagnosis or treatment options for medical conditions, diseases or disorders impacting themselves, their family members, or their loved ones.
In these situations, uniRATS will provide free access to data contained within the Education, Patient Care, or Research modules and will provide guidance as considered appropriate.
Individuals may contact Jack Detweiler via email (jack@uniRATS.com) or telephone (386-244-7848) to request assistance.
Despite there being no intentional inclusion of Patient Care data in the uniRATS database, some crossover data will appear because of a lack of standardization in terms of how schools report their organizational structure.
Example: Some departments (i.e., most notably, Departments of Pediatrics) denote their departmental divisions/sections on the website of the medical school itself (as do most departments), which makes their subunits relatively easy to identify.
However, many schools redirect site visitors to the department’s clinical/teaching affiliate (i.e., a Children’s Hospital) where visitors are challenged to accurately identify formal divisions/sections that may be bundled/buried within a compendium of hospital services. Thus, URLs and data will often reflect contact information for the institutional healthcare provider (i.e., hospital or medical center) as opposed to that of the medical school itself.
What is a Research Unit?
We define “research unit” to mean a specialized medical school center, institute, program or initiative devoted to a particular discipline and focused primarily on research. Research units operate and are variedly denoted as departmental, interdepartmental, interdisciplinary, or university-wide centers or institutes. Irrespective of their designation, if a research unit is denoted within a school’s primary directory of centers & institutes, the unit resides within our database.
Departmental research teams are comprised largely of Ph.D. faculty and technicians; perform basic, clinical and translational research; sponsor collaborative research opportunities for the clinical faculty, and train students, residents and fellows in research protocol.
What is a Research Office?
We define “research office” to mean an office, committee or panel that oversees research, typically under the administrative direction of a Vice Provost for Research. The Office of Research facilitates basic, clinical and translational research activities, supports interdisciplinary research throughout its associated medical center and school of medicine, and is engaged in obtaining sponsored research funding and in the overall management of program activity.
What is a Technology Office?
Technology offices are the first technology units (offices, programs, initiatives, etc.) to be presented within our database. Operating under administrative oversight of the school's Office of Research, technology offices (variedly denoted as offices of economic development, enterprise development, technology development, and technology transfer) have significant impact with respect to realizing the economic potential of university research.
We single out these offices because their task is to help move (transfer) the most promising scientific and technological developments (i.e., innovation) into commercialization–either internally or externally via collaborative partnering or licensing–for the purpose of creating novel products or services that yield measurable benefit to society, thus fulfilling the primary mission of every academic medical center–improving healthcare for all.