It seems like a big determining factor for selecting a med school is their match list. But what makes for a great match list? Do you already have enough of background to know which hospitals are reputable in a certain speciality?
medstylee said:you make really good points. pre-meds here tend to assume that med schools rated highest by usnews must have the best residency programs as well. while, for schools like harvard, ucsf, etc, it probably is likely that many of their residency programs are top programs, not all of them are the best of the best. i work in the pathology dept at a medical center that is home to one of the more prestigious medical schools in the us. and, while many people here would automically assume the residency program in this dept is a top program, according to the residents i work with, it's generally not considered a top residency program. so, for this reason, i'm not going to rely on residency placement when making my school choice (if i end up having one! ). besides, every school i've been to has boasted about their great residency placement - the subjectivity of it just makes it seem too impossible for me to judge. just my opinion though.
No, I don't. You can get an idea though - if a school places half of their class in primary care (like UWisc), and you're not interested in primary care, then that might not be the school for you.neilious9 said:Do you already have enough of background to know which hospitals are reputable in a certain speciality?
There are several schools where you dont have to pass Step 1 to graduate. You may get your M.D., but you certainly aren't a doctor. You MUST pass Step 1-3 to become a licensed independent practicing physician (unless you are foreign, then its different). It has nothing to do with prestige, its the school's policy.Hermit MMood said:In fact, i believe at Duke Med, it's such a prestigious med. school that you can still become an M.D. without taking your USMLE* (though everyone does)