I was given the luxury today of understanding the different types of medical schools. Do people from research based schools usually get into research based medical schools b/c they have the experience and the background. Because my school is a four year university does this mean that I am at a disadvantage if I were to apply to UC San Diego medical school or UCSF medical scholl, both heavy in research. This is going to sound terrible, but I want to stay in California. I don't want to end up like a friend of mine in a medical school in Washington D.C. Why does it have to be that my home state has one of the most competative medical schools in the nation. I was trying to avoid trasnfering from state to a JC then to a university just to get the research background, but it seem to me like that's the way it is. Everyone who I talk to tells me no, it's what you make out of your education that makes you a good applicant, not the school. Well, then why the heck would my own school pre-med adviser tell me that most our students get accepted into medical schools outside of California, not within. B/c our CSU offers four year degrees not doctoral programs, does that mean I'm in the wrong institute for what I want. I know I'm sounding like a real jerk here. Most people are happy just to get accepted. I just want a straight answer to my question, from someone who really knows please.