10+ Year Member
- Jul 14, 2007
Edit: New template is up here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AtXl1rN3VAffdHlIQlRyWWNvZjBiNjFUQ09jdVRKLXc&usp=sharingORIGINAL POST said:======ORIGINAL POST=====
If you didn't know, SDN a few years ago came together to create a legitimate, free spreadsheet (google doc) of all the US Allopathic and Osteopathic schools, collating all the MCAT/GPA/etc data. This sheet has been useful for tons of applicants as a free resource, but I think we can make it better. The last time it was updated was March 7th, 2012--nearly 2 years ago.
What I'm proposing is that we update the MCAT/GPA info on the sheet. Additionally, I think a resource that a lot of students would appreciate would be things about the actual school's curriculum and finances. We could create a separate spreadsheet for this too, but it might be more useful to just keep it all in one spreadsheet.
I think we could turn this sheet into an even more essential resource with some of the following improvements:
While GPA/MCAT are important information when choosing schools to apply, I think this other information is also important.
- Update (where possible) the GPA/MCAT info
- Add a column for whether the school require's a thesis before graduation
- Add a column for whether the school uses a 1-year, 1.5-year, or 2-year preclinical portion
- Add a column for whether the school offers merit aid / average indebtedness (if this can be found in a free fashion)
- Add a column for whether the school is P/F, H/P/F, etc
What do you think? Is this a good idea? What other information might we include, and would it be better to just create a separate spreadsheet for this entirely? If each person took a school or two and searched for the information, we could be done in less than a week.
Do you have thoughts on categories that can be added/removed? After we figure this out we can begin populating this bad boy.
I think I should also point out that this won't be the final format. If we can't get enough information for some columns we will drop them in the final version. Plus we can move things around or hide them as necessary, etc. This is primarily to get us the information we need to work with.