twicetenturns said:With everything else equal, (grades, boards, etc.) the prestigious school has a slight edge at getting you a prestigious residency. Particularly to one of that school's hospital's. i.e. MGH likes HMS students.
Would attending a prestigious school in the midwest give you any advantage if you wanted to do your residency in the east or are you better off going to a less prestigious school in the east, doing well, and seeking an eastern residency
This can be countered somewhat by sub-i's. They give you some of the face time away that gives the home team the advantage.twicetenturns said:With everything else equal, (grades, boards, etc.) the prestigious school has a slight edge at getting you a prestigious residency. Particularly to one of that school's hospital's. i.e. MGH likes HMS students.
I think both those schools are equally prestigious in the eyes of residency directors, as are places such as UCSF and U Mich. Though they are not Ivy league, you will not at all be at a disadvantage attending these schools rather than Harvard or Yale.rebith75 said:basically why is columbia better than university of washington med school?
Not true. Some private schools have better financial aid. It was cheaper for me to go to Columbia than UNC.Sharkfan said:I'd say that many of the prestigous private schools will give you a bigger debt. Why not roll in scholarship $$ at a public/"lesser" (gasp) school?
To each his own, however...
I don't want to be too nosy here, but why was that? Were you in-state for UNC? I'm weighing public vs. private, and the price tag for my state school is looking so much more attractive right now. I really want to minimize my debt.SarahGM said:Not true. Some private schools have better financial aid. It was cheaper for me to go to Columbia than UNC.
Forgive me for being silly here, but I aside from wowing your family, friends and any acquaintances, I think the major advantage of going to Harvard Med School would be THE HARVARD CLUB.rebith75 said:just curious, do you have a better shot at getting into residencies, is it purely better because you know your getting the educated by the best, thanks
muchlove said:Ok, I have to put my two cents in. We are all on this website because we want to attend medical school. Considering there will be over 12,000 people who apply this year and don't get in, I consider everyone who gets a spot to be prestigous. I have debated about this myself. I went to a "well-respected" aka prestigous undergrad and now I face the question, "Do I have to go to another Top 20 school for people to respect me?" The answer is no! Wherever we decide to go, you do you. You do your thing and the prestige will follow you . You want to be the representative of prestige and not just because you went to a big name school.
But as someone said earlier.....to each his own. Personally, I don't know where I'm going yet, but I'm going to be #1, regardless of my school's rank.
Well, they probably continue to be the "best" compared to other schools if you look at things like board scores. But within each school, half of each class has to be in the bottom half. (i.e. someone has to be the worst of the best). I guess the question really should be, does the bottom of the class at a top ten school trump the top of the class at a below top ten school. I suspect not.Haybrant said:alot of people on sdn seem to overlook the fact that the students at prestigious med schools are there b.c they are good students and, on balance, intend to continue being top students; if you learn from the best and interact with the best, you are likely to be the best. So that is the biggest advantage i see; but look at match lists and you will see that students at 'non-prestigious' schools do very well too; good luck!
I was in-state for UNC. But then I got my fin aid package from Columbia, which has a huge endowment from loyal alumni -- and it was a much better deal! Sometimes private schools have more money with which to lessen the burden of your financial debt.KitEKatEli said:I don't want to be too nosy here, but why was that? Were you in-state for UNC? I'm weighing public vs. private, and the price tag for my state school is looking so much more attractive right now. I really want to minimize my debt.
I was refering to UCSF and U Mich. The OP is implying that U of Washington is less prestigious than Columbia, which perhaps it is if you ask the general public. But residency directors know that schools such as U Wash, UCSF, U Mich, Wash U are as good as and often superior to many Ivy league schools.Chonson said:I think Columbia is Ivy league.