WARNING: THIS POST IS LONG! After having spent some time reading through the posts, I had become aware that many folks out there place an inordinate amount of emphasis on a school's reputation or ranking when applying to med schools. Granted, this often applies to sophomore pre-med gunners who don't know a heck of a lot about actual med school, but others have exhibited such a pre-occupation as well. The number one argument for such a position is that if one wants to match in a competitive specialty (i.e. derm, ophtho, rads, etc.) s/he must attend a "highly ranked" institution (to most, this refers to the US News rankings). I recently ran across a website that shows (preliminarily) the 2003 derm match results. 90 med schools are represented in the 211 posted matches, including 3 outside the US <img border="0" title="" alt="[Eek!]" src="eek.gif" /> . A good portion of these (42 to be exact) come from the "top 10" schools (Harvard, JHU, Duke, Penn, WashU, Columbia, UCSF, Yale, Stanford, Michigan), but a far greater number come from other, less "renowned" places . Here are the represented schools: Merharry LSU UTSW UTSA Baylor Arkansas SUNY Syracuse South Alabama NYU George Washington UCLA Washingtoon UMDNJ Colorado Einstein UCI Pritzker Cornell UCSD UTMB UIC Tufts USC Kansas Jefferson Georgetown Howard Oklahoma West Virginia South Florida Ponce MCP Emory Alabama Loyola SUNY Brooklyn Northwestern Missouri Indiana Tennessee Some school in Iceland Arizona NE Ohio LSU Shreveport Tulane Rochester McGill (Canada) Some school in Austrailia Medical College of Wisconsin Albany Wayne St. Boston University Michigan State Minnesota South Dakota Missouri-Kansas City UT Houston NYMC Siani SUNY Stony Brook North Carolina Wake Forest Nebraska Temple Case Western SUNY Buffalo Ohio State OHSU Louisville Penn State Pitt Virginia Medical College of Ohio Medical University of South Carolina Vanderbilt Texas A&M New Mexico Medical College of Virginia Nevada Florida Here's the url: <a href="http://mywebpages.comcast.net/longk/DermMatch2002.htm" target="_blank">http://mywebpages.comcast.net/longk/DermMatch2002.htm</a> The moral: you don't have to pick a school based on rankings, even if you want to match derm (or anything, for that matter).