This thread will address myths about careers in healthcare, the application processes, residencies, etc. Myth: If I don't get into a top XX college, I'll never get into a top XX medical school and never get into the residency I want. The Facts: While attending a university known for it's prestigious name may give you the brand name, it does not promise you success. You are responsible for your own achievements in college and in the end a high MCAT and strong GPA from your state university will get you much farther than a lackluster performance at a big name institution. This goes on to residency placement as well, you do not need to go to the big name medical school to get into a competitive residency. High board scores, good clinical grades and making the right impressions will help you match more than the name of your school. Summary: You are responsible for your own success in medicine. Names sound nice, but the work you do will decide where you go next.