Is there an easy way to find out what schools are best at what? What schools have the best opportunities for those to be aspiring to be which kinds of doctors? Stuff like that.
1. Look at the affiliated hospital system (ex. Harvard has Mass Gen which I think is ranked by us news as #3 in ortho... thus if you dominate your surgery rotation at mass gen, then do a sub I, you'll be favorable to get a match there or another match at an awesome hospital --- reputation carries)
2. Look at the match lists for the past years (not only 1 year back, look at more than 5 years of data I would say...), this would give an idea of how students tend to specialize at the certain school and how awesome they tend to match into residencies (ex. Vandy I believe always has students that match strongly at competitive ortho residencies)
3. Look at the department at the school... see if the research etc gels with what you may be interested in (just go to the school's (or hospital) website and search ex. 'neurosurgery department' and read up)
How is that you find numbers 1 and 2? Did I miss something?
Easy, by NIH funding. http://www.google.com/search?source...+extramural+medical+school&btnG=Google+Search
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