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Is it really important?

Discussion in 'Physician Scientists' started by Neurosh, Mar 8, 2007.

  1. Neurosh

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    Hi~
    I want to be a physician scientist in the future.

    I am a freshman in Purdue University.
    And I have a question.
    Is the prestige of the institution of premed years significantly important to get into med school?

    My situation is as follows.
    I am a US citizen but I lived in another country for 16years.
    So I am not pretty goot at communicating in English right now.

    After graduating high school and finishing one semester of a college in that country, I decided to come here, USA.

    When I applied for universities, I considered the possibility of getting into that college at spring semester(because I wanted to start as soon as possible) and financial problems.

    And I thought that I could spend some years improving my English and then go to more prestigious university.

    As a result, I entered Purdue University.

    Actually, prestige is not the most important thing to me as considering institutions. But, you know, every human being has achievement motivation. And I have more compared with average people. So, I want to spend my own potential as much as possible.
    Therefore, I want to go at least good med school which can motivate and incite me academically.

    Inversly, that implies that my current college doesn't do that..
    I can barely meet studious people like myself and the size of class is too big for me. And I can get good grades though I don't study much and deeply.(I want to study deep and hard)

    I am a kind of people who likes challenges. That's why, I guess, I feel a little helplessness and can't apply myself these days.

    And that's why I am really desperate to the former question.
    In case I can't get into med school, I can become miserable.

    Again, Is the prestige of the institution significantly important to get into med school?
     
  2. Auraraptor

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    umm congrads?
     
  3. ThatOne

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    Although you might not have heard much about Purdue University abroad, it is considered quite a solid institution here in America.
    (https://engineering.purdue.edu/Engr/AboutUs/FactsFigures/Rankings//Rankings/)

    It is normal to not feel particularly challenged the first few semesters. Get a good solid start, adjust to life here, and take this opportunity to really polish your English skills. The upper-level classes will be more challenging, or you can even look into taking some graduate-level classes. If you want to be a physician-scientist, you should also be looking to work in a lab -- which should again be very intellectually stimulating.

    Good luck, and try not to talk too badly about your home institution and your peers -- it will win you enemies you don't need.
     
  4. Dr.Watson

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    You will be fine coming from Purdue.

    To get into an MD/PhD program, in addition to improving your English, you need to focus on getting good grades, a high MCAT score (when the time comes), and lots of research experience.
     
  5. OP
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    Neurosh

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    Thank you for your reply.

    I know Purdue is a good school.
    I didn't mean to tell badly about my school.
    I just sort of complaint and concerned a little.(Because I know admission to med school is very competitive.)
    I love my school, though.

    Thank you again, I'll follow your advice.:)
     

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