It is soooo much more informative than Barron, which is a waste of several trees for a useless text in my opinion. I was originally going to use the word 'futile' to describe Barron, and noticed that a synonym of futile is 'barren.' Ha. Anyhow, for those you have yet to read it, the US News version provides a fairly comprehensive evaluation of all the medical schools, from the usual GPA, MCAT scores, requirements, acceptance rates, rank in primary care/research, etc., to admission policies provided by the schools, description of curriculum, popular residencies chosen by students at their respective schools, and percentage of students not coming directly from college after graduation. The last one is a statistic I looked at on all the schools I'm interested in and noticed there are a good few that have anywhere from 25% up to 40%. According to the Mayo Clinic profile, 43% didn't come straight from college. Hopkins is 36%. The admission policies give you a much clearer picture as to what they are looking for. While for some it seems to be straight up GPA and MCAT, others want to look at the individual. Of course, getting pass the first hoop of screenings has to be done either way. Anyhow, just wanted to share that with you guys.