I was wondering.... I am sorting out which school I should attend. When I look at residency placements as an indicator of a schools "goodness" (all rankings aside) I wonder...is it really necessary to attend a school that places 20% of its class at Hopkins or Mass General? Granted the training may be better at some of these top hospitals, but in general, how much does your placement effect your future as a physician? And what about all those stats that you see - "80% matched to their 1st choice?" Isn't that to be taken with a grain of salt because it depends on where the students are encouraged to apply? For instance, I will probably attend Stony Brook...if I have great step 1 scores, great letters, etc...am I precluded from attaining a top residency because of the school I went to? Or, should I even be so worried about all this, after all, I will be a physician - no matter where it may be.