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- Mar 20, 2003
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Originally posted by Chirurgien
I think big name schools mean nothing in the long term. Just like it doesn't matter where you went to undergrad, it also doesn't matter where you go to medical school. The important thing is to do well in the school you do attend and to enjoy it. I'd attend the school that accepted you and get started on your medical career already- there's a long road ahead of you and it doesn't pay to wait around for an unlikely big name acceptance.
Well, I do think it matters where you went to undergrad for med school admissions. I also think that where you go to med school matters for more competitive residencies. It's a recent revelation, but the big name schools are a lot better when it comes down to research.
Aight. If I get into either Cornell or UCLA, I prolly not reapply, but I think I'll still defer a year. I'm just getting into researching, but still, I learned a hell of a lot doing research for the past three months, and it seems like I'd learn a lot more if I take a year off and devote myself to do this research. I also feel like I'd be able to make more out of med school with this experience. Of course, I'm planning on pursuing this research in med school as well.
But the way it's going right now (with two recent rejections and waitlist from freakin einstein), I don't think I'll get into either cornell or ucla. Waitlist at best, but I prolly wouldn't even be on the top tier waitlist. So I definitely think it's worth it to take a couple of years off and reapply.