Med STUDENTS treating you differently because of undergrad/situation?

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Have you ever encountered a med student who looked down on others for going to a state school? For example someone who goes to Columbia vs someone who went to San Diego State University for example. I'm sure some gunner med students think this way. MCAT is one thing, but it's easier to keep a higher GPA at certain schools. Yes.. science is science, math is math. There is still variation for over all GPA and even science GPA.

Or do people look down on med students who completed a masters degree, are older, non-trads?

Is there this sort of feeling in med school? What is the general thought from med students?
 
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No. I went to a state school, and I go to a school where many people went to ivies or other top undergrads. I have never felt that it is an issue at all. I have also never gotten a vibe from anyone that another student doesn't belong at the school for any reason.

There may be competition, but I've never seen it reach a level that "someone doesn't belong."
 

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This shouldn't matter to you.
 

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I would say so; when the med students from state schools see me, they're all :bow:

Have you ever encountered a med student who looked down on others for going to a state school? For example someone who goes to Columbia vs someone who went to San Diego State University for example. I'm sure some gunner med students think this way. MCAT is one thing, but it's easier to keep a higher GPA at certain schools. Yes.. science is science, math is math. There is still variation for over all GPA and even science GPA.

Or do people look down on med students who completed a masters degree, are older, non-trads?

Is there this sort of feeling in med school? What is the general thought from med students?
 

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yes. then i sabotage them and get them booted out. last laugh=me
 

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"I went to Harvard UG and attend Harvard med school. When I see my fellow colleagues who come from state schools, I question Harvard's admission committee competency in weeding out the losers." -some guy I know from Harvard.

True story.
 

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"I went to Harvard UG and attend Harvard med school. When I see my fellow colleagues who come from state schools, I question Harvard's admission committee competency in weeding out the losers." -some guy I know from Harvard.

True story.
This would be a legitimate reason to commit battery.
 
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Where do you even get these ideas from?

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Med students. :scared:

Good to know that they aren't all judgmental lol

What about post-baccs/masters program/older students? Do they do their own thing, or do they also hang out with the younger fresh out of undergrad kids?
 
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"I went to Harvard UG and attend Harvard med school. When I see my fellow colleagues who come from state schools, I question Harvard's admission committee competency in weeding out the losers." -some guy I know from Harvard.

True story.
Well obviously at Harvard..

I'm talking more mid-level med schools. :)
 

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I think this may be another one of those old wives tales because although I hear about this everywhere, I've never actually encountered it. Just thinking about it doesn't make sense. Do you meet someone and the first thing you say is:

"Hi my name is Will smith, I'm a Sagittarius, and I went to a state school for my under grade!"

No, not so much!

If someone is going to be snarky because you went to a state school instead of a place they consider as "prestigious," then I imagine that the problem is a little deeper then that; they are probably just d-bag!

...lucky people problems...
 

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If I had gone to state university and then to a top school with only ivy graduates, I would be thinking, "LOLz I paid less for tuition and got into the same med school. Problem?"
 
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I get it though.

Oh well, I guess I'll hang out with state kids
 

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"I went to Harvard UG and attend Harvard med school. When I see my fellow colleagues who come from state schools, I question Harvard's admission committee competency in weeding out the losers." -some guy I know from Harvard.

True story.
The idea here is to talk about what can reasonably be correlated. There is no greater cosmic rule that bars the smartest wo/man on the world from being a janitor. Ergo your friend is a ******* :-/
 

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If I had gone to state university and then to a top school with only ivy graduates, I would be thinking, "LOLz I paid less for tuition and got into the same med school. Problem?"
:laugh:
 

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If I had gone to state university and then to a top school with only ivy graduates, I would be thinking, "LOLz I paid less for tuition and got into the same med school. Problem?"
Jejejeje. I hope to be in your position one day.
 

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Someone did this to me before.

My reply was literally this..

First I just stared at him....wondering if he's being cereal



















































Then this, when i figured out he was being cereal.
 

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If I had gone to state university and then to a top school with only ivy graduates, I would be thinking, "LOLz I paid less for tuition and got into the same med school. Problem?"
Lol this is true. If you were can go to a CC for two years, transfer to a public univ, and get into a great medical school (or any medical school, for that matter) ... then you won.

That Harvard guy sounds like a toolbag.
 

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If I had gone to state university and then to a top school with only ivy graduates, I would be thinking, "LOLz I paid less for tuition and got into the same med school. Problem?"
Yeah but mommy and daddy probably paid for undergrad and med school for them. So they've still got you beat. :D
 

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You'll probably meet some douches no matter where you go to school, do residency, and work. They're everywhere. Better get used to them now.
 
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You'll probably meet some douches no matter where you go to school, do residency, and work. They're everywhere. Better get used to them now.
This. You will encounter many dbags along the way. Just stay away from them if you can. If you must interact with them just be pleasant and don't let it get to you. You never know who you will have to call upon in the future as a connection.
 

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You both go to the same school. If someone makes fun of you for going to a state school, make fun of them for being a ******* who could only get into a med school that state school kids attend.
 
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lol so everyone's a ******* and a douche? No, that makes you look more of a moron. Top 20 undergrad(avoiding the hyperbole of Harvard we love using b/c that's only one example) worked hard in high school to get into top 20. He/she is obviously very bright. You can't call someone like that a *******.

Here's how you should address it:

Top 20 undergrad goes to Harvard med.

Unknown state school(not flagship/large state unis. I'm taking Wayne State University vs University of Michigan or Michigan State, or san diego state vs UC) goes to Harvard med.

Top 20 undergrad say's the unknown state school kid got in just because he was able to easily maintain a high GPA and volunteer/research/get LoR due to lack of competition. Easily study for MCAT since courseload was so "easy" and essentially took a "shortcut"

State school says: D = MD woooooooooooooooo!

:smuggrin:
 

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I went to a top 25 undergrad and there were plenty of *******es around. At times, I consider myself one of them. There is a difference between being academically challenged and being an idiot. You won't find the former at Harvard; you probably will find the latter.
 

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Have you ever encountered a med student who looked down on others for going to a state school? For example someone who goes to Columbia vs someone who went to San Diego State University for example. I'm sure some gunner med students think this way. MCAT is one thing, but it's easier to keep a higher GPA at certain schools. Yes.. science is science, math is math. There is still variation for over all GPA and even science GPA.

Or do people look down on med students who completed a masters degree, are older, non-trads?

Is there this sort of feeling in med school? What is the general thought from med students?
I hang out in the non-trad forums a lot, and I've never heard of anybody being looked down on for being older. Mad respect for, jealous of, even intimidated by, but never looked down on. I'm not sure where you got this idea.

I've always heard that medical school is a big reset button, where everybody's track record starts clean and people are judged by their performance in med school. It would be pretty sad for a person to be hung up on how their peers wound up at the same school.
 

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I older and non trad and hell if anything we look down on the fresh out of college crowd. The maturity divide is astronomical with some of these people.
 

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I older and non trad and hell if anything we look down on the fresh out of college crowd. The maturity divide is astronomical with some of these people.
LOL no kidding. Montana State Billings was a non-trad commuter undergrad. Most of the students there are about 30. Going to medical school my peers will actually be younger than in undergrad! And boy do they have some warped views on how the world works. Give them time...
 
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Another one of those 'I always wondered but never asked' threads. I'm wondering the same, not so much in terms of how people look upon your undergrad, but if I'd get judged as a resident for attending a mid-tier or state med school.
 
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I hang out in the non-trad forums a lot, and I've never heard of anybody being looked down on for being older. Mad respect for, jealous of, even intimidated by, but never looked down on. I'm not sure where you got this idea.

I've always heard that medical school is a big reset button, where everybody's track record starts clean and people are judged by their performance in med school. It would be pretty sad for a person to be hung up on how their peers wound up at the same school.
Ah, as a non trad, that is music to my ears.
 

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lol so everyone's a ******* and a douche? No, that makes you look more of a moron. Top 20 undergrad(avoiding the hyperbole of Harvard we love using b/c that's only one example) worked hard in high school to get into top 20. He/she is obviously very bright. You can't call someone like that a *******.
Sure I can. If I, a guy from a low-ranked state school, go to the same medical school as a "top 20" genius, then the guy is obviously a ******* for looking down on me because we both go to the same medical school.
 
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I went to a top 25 undergrad and there were plenty of *******es around. At times, I consider myself one of them. There is a difference between being academically challenged and being an idiot. You won't find the former at Harvard; you probably will find the latter.
+1

Truth.
 

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People from USC look down on people from UCLA all the time...

That's not a state vs. private school thing though :smuggrin:
 

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Look, we all think as med students that we are the ****. Honestly though, they don't know anything. That's what residency is for, to show us all what we don't know. Ignore med students who preach a holier than though attitude.