what do you guys consider to be a large medical school class? 110? 150?

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what do you guys consider to be a large med school class? and does it really matter?
 
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Hey, wait! I know Loyola has a class of about 130 peeps, but they split the students in three communities with faculty advisors belonging to each community. Each community has their own lounge, study area, etc. It's like having three medical school classes in 1!
 

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well here in TX, several of the med schools have entering classes of 200 at least, possibly a bit more this year... i think it's kinda cool though, the prospect of meeting so many new people.
 

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Baylor has 168, which is quite large.

It seems the average is around 100-110, though I dont have statistics to back that up, just a gut feeling from reading about different schools.

The nice thing about a larger class, compared to a smaller class, is there is a greater chance that youll meet cooler people, and since the class is much smaller, you can avoid the tools. I would imagine this would be hard at Mayo (though Id be interested to hear what people from especially small programs had to say about class dynamics).

You can always "downsize" a large class by just hanging out with a smaller group of people. Unfortunately, can't go the other way. So I personally would err on the side of a larger class.
 

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Originally posted by Sharky
Med school classes should be around 300 to 400. They would be more conducive to learning.

Why? Smaller is always better (uhh, at least for class size, I mean, since better faculty: student ratio-- more individual attention, etc)

Plus, Id imagine clinicals would start to suck with so many people, probably would be an even greater loss in autonomy.
 

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Originally posted by Gleevec
Why? Smaller is always better (uhh, at least for class size, I mean, since better faculty: student ratio-- more individual attention, etc)

Plus, Id imagine clinicals would start to suck with so many people, probably would be an even greater loss in autonomy.
That is true. A larger class size means more opportunities to make friends.
 

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Originally posted by Sharky
That is true. A larger class size means more opportunities to make friends.

and meet potential enemies...:smuggrin:

i would think 100ish is around an average class size with 140+ starting to side on the large side.
 

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Originally posted by hoping2004
what do you guys consider to be a large med school class? and does it really matter?

I think 120-130 is avg. 100 is small average, 150 is large average. Just my .02

CCW
 

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Ohio State is ~210 i believe...it's not 230, but it's close. I think a class that size is much too large, although some of those students go into the independent study program.
 

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Jefferson has one of the biggest classes at 223 students, but from what I have heard the students still have a sense of community despite the large class. (coming from a school where none of my classes where less than 200 students, large class size doesn't bother me).
 

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This may be a silly question, but say your whole incoming class has 150 people... does everyone take all the same classes at the same time, or do they split it up into two smaller cohorts, and those people all have class together?
 

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at jefferson I know that all the students are in class together. the dean commented that last year they ended up with four extra students and had to add a row of chairs to the lecture hall!
 

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I am like Mayo because of the very small class size. But then again I also seem to like PCOM, which has a very very large class size.
 
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