I've heard top 50 are the top tier schools, but I could be wrong. If you ask me the rankings are alot of bull. There are alot of good schools that aren't even ranked (Tulane comes to mind). There are also alot of schools in the top that aren't really all that anymore, but are still up there regardless because of tradition. Don't pay too much attention to rankings. I sure don't.
the gremlin working in the basement of the USNEWS HQ in Mars decides the allotment of 1st, 2nd,...... and 8th tier med schools.
Seriously folks, my dad's friend has an MD from Yale. Wanna know how many times a patient asked him where he went to med sch?
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