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Is it worth the money?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by TheElement, May 18, 2008.

  1. TheElement

    TheElement Being Lazzy 5+ Year Member

    May 27, 2007
    I have a chance to visit a couple of med schools before the interviewing processes start but it'll cost me around $80. I'll get a tour at the schools. Will it the tour be the same as when we're interviewing anyways or is it good to get some exposure beforehand?
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  3. guitarologist

    guitarologist class of 2012 2+ Year Member

    Mar 29, 2008
    It depends...

    First of all, how many schools are you visiting for $80? I guess I'm asking, why $80?

    Second, how far are these schools from where you reside? If it is out of the way, it isn't worth the hassle. You will get a sufficient tour on your interview day.

    Third, are you visiting to decide whether or not to apply?

    If you know you are going to apply to a specific school regardless, there is no need to visit, as it will only make sense to take a tour of the schools that offer you an interview. However, if you are trying to decide whether or not to apply, the school isn't out of the way, and the cost isn't crazy, then go for it.
  4. TheElement

    TheElement Being Lazzy 5+ Year Member

    May 27, 2007
    Yeah the expenses are for getting from Dallas to Houston. I'll be visiting two of the medical schools there. I'm sure I'll be applying to all the schools in Texas regardless so the trip would just be used to get some early exposure.
  5. chad5871

    chad5871 Physician Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Apr 6, 2006
    Portland, OR
    I visited about 13 schools during my spring break this past year to get a feel for where I might be applying. It was an extremely useful trip and I would highly recommend it if you can afford it. I think it's really important to not only evaluate the school's facilities, but also to evaluate the location of the school. For example, after visiting Temple in Philadelphia I have decided definitely not to apply - I could not see myself in that area for four years of my life.
  6. kenmc3

    kenmc3 Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Feb 14, 2003
    I say no, wait to get an interview invitation otherwise the visit will be moot and your money poorly spent. I think the interview will give you a good appreciation for the school and you can always go back for a second look after.
  7. lord_jeebus

    lord_jeebus 和魂洋才 Moderator Physician 10+ Year Member

    Jul 12, 2003
    Yeah, save the money for second looks when you have acceptances. You'll be able to focus on the key schools, and make direct comparisons.
  8. 186321


    Jan 29, 2008
    Its up to you. And honestly, $80 in the grand scheme of this whole application process is peanuts. I would personally do it but maybe bring a buddy along and make a trip out of it.
  9. chr123

    chr123 7+ Year Member

    Jul 7, 2007
    If you're applying this year, then I wouldn't do it. You'll probably be making the same drive 3 times this fall for interviews and it gets old real fast.
  10. Jolie South

    Jolie South is invoking Domo. . . Physician Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    yep, and it would suck to fall in love with a school and then not even get offered an interview.

    i'd save the money for second looks as another poster suggested.
  11. TheRealMD

    TheRealMD "The Mac Guy" 5+ Year Member

    May 23, 2007
    Houston, Texas
    You'll be rather bored during your interview day. Save your money.

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