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Is having "Summa cum laude" on your resume good for anything as a doctor? I'm talking ANYTHING, including but not limited to:
-Getting residencies
-Getting leadership roles in a hospital setting
-Getting hired by a private practice
-Getting chicks at a bar
-Impressing patients
 

rHinO1

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Is having "Summa cum laude" on your resume good for anything as a doctor? I'm talking ANYTHING, including but not limited to:
-Getting residencies
-Getting leadership roles in a hospital setting
-Getting hired by a private practice
-Getting chicks at a bar
-Impressing patients
Definitely not good for that :D
 

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summ cum laude probably doesn't speak any louder than the 4.0 it took you to get there..
 
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-Getting chicks at a bar --> Unlikely
-Impressing patients --> Most won't know what that is

How about one-upping fellow medical school uber-nerd in a verbal tantrum?
 

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Looks impressive on the diploma you'll have hanging in your patient rooms.
 

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Is having "Summa cum laude" on your resume good for anything as a doctor? I'm talking ANYTHING, including but not limited to:
-Getting residencies
-Getting leadership roles in a hospital setting
-Getting hired by a private practice
-Getting chicks at a bar
-Impressing patients

Not really. If you're lucky, it might get mentioned in an introduction to a talk you give, but even then it's pretty lame. However, the grades that got you there may play a role in residency apps, but likely not much of one.
 

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Strange. I have always found [thus far] that chicks slide off the bar stool when I tell the I graduated summa. (And I don't mean that they left.) :smuggrin:

Perhaps you aren't doing it right? You need to make sure to present your graduation photo when you drop the 'summa bomb' followed up with a quick "if you play your cards right, I may even let you handle my tassel".

Batting average 1.000
 

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-Getting chicks at a bar --> Unlikely
-Impressing patients --> Most won't know what that is

How about one-upping fellow medical school uber-nerd in a verbal tantrum?
I feel like once you're actually in medical school, bringing up undergraduate GPA/MCAT scores is an automatic loss.
 
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Not referring to the normal medical school student.

Residency directors at some top programs seem elitist enough to possibly care, but not as a top selection criteria.

Chicks in bars? Have you seen chicks in bars? Pass.

And yes, i think most patients wouldn't look below the name of the medical school diploma to care.
 

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it might make your mommy proud. but otherwise it's doesn't do jack
 

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probably nothing, I'm gonna use it to tell my kids to work hard tho :smuggrin:
 

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Is having "Summa cum laude" on your resume good for anything as a doctor? I'm talking ANYTHING, including but not limited to:
-Getting residencies
-Getting leadership roles in a hospital setting
-Getting hired by a private practice
-Getting chicks at a bar
-Impressing patients
I'd guess that residencies would care more about AOA than summa.

Most patients won't even know what "Summa cu laude" is, let alone give a damn about it.
 

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Well, for us pre-meds it means little.
I was wondering the same thing about graduating with an Honors diploma (I'm in the honors program at my school)... what's the point?

I guess its just for yourself...you know...a personal goal.;)
 

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Well honors programs often have different "programming" like a thesis or something that will help. But to me summa cum laude just means you had a high GPA, and you could easily just say the number.
 
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Yeah I'm pretty sure anyone reviewing your application probably already has a working knowledge of the different tiers. I'm assuming its pretty common knowledge. Its just using words instead of numbers to depict your GPA. I don't see why it would make that much of a difference.

However it is interesting to point out that that I will graduate summa cum laude (because my ugrad allows grade replacement) but my gpa per AMCAS will fall into the magna cum laude range. Maybe I can fake people out with this in the future? hahaha
 

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Well crap I guess being voted most studious senior and being in Who's Who in American High School Students is not going to get me much then. Damn it.

I should at least get a free beer.
 

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Strange. I have always found [thus far] that chicks slide off the bar stool when I tell the I graduated summa. (And I don't mean that they left.) :smuggrin:...
You guys do realize that you can still say this in bars even if it's not true. Actually achieving it is thus meaningless.

The short answer is, no it won't matter one iota. In medicine you are always judged by the last place you've been. Nobody cares much about college once you are in med school, and nobody cares much about med school once you are in residency and so on. It might make you feel good about yourself, or make your parents proud. And it looks nice on your diploma and CV. But it won't have any real impact on your life.
 

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As useful as eating steak with a straw. No one ****ing gives a flying ****. How many colleges are there in the country? How many people graduate summa? How many of those people revolutionized the world?