New Medical Schools

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I found this post http://forums.studentdoctor.net/showthread.php?t=277016 about new medical schools that have either opened or are in their planning stages. There are a lot! Does anyone know how competitive admissions will be for these schools in the first few years? I would think since most do not want to be in the first class that they would be the easier to get in to than established schools. Will they be difficult to get in to for OOSers?


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IMHO, top tier candidates most likely won't apply to a new school or will use it as a safety. The exception to this is when a new school opens up and offers a full scholarship for its first class (that school in Florida for example). It depends if the school is attached to a university or hospital system as well, which may affect the quality of education and how likely they will be to achieve full accreditation after the first class graduates. Initially some people wouldn't want to risk this. Now, you're still going to have to perform in the school though and pass the boards and all.


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The short answer here is that there's really no way of knowing. Until data for the first few years comes out, there's no predicting how new schools will behave.

The best guess would probably go something along these lines: The schools themselves will probably start as middle to lower tier; building up a good reputation and standing takes decades. The first few classes will be harder to get into than a typical low to mid tier medical school, because often times the pilot classes are smaller than the full class size or incentivized in some way (as above mentioned).
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    You don't qualify for federal loans until a school graduates its first class. So, unless you're offered a full ride, it might not be worth it.