Topic: medical schools and rankings (Read 1678 times)
medical schools and rankings
« Thread started on: Sep 7th, 2005, 6:06pm »
Dear Dr. Mehta,
First of all, i want to thank you for what you have done and are doing for the Indian coummunity.
I am currently a junior at UC irvine and pursuing medical school. I read some of your post and one of the factors medical school might look into is the undergraduate you are coming from. Is it possible for me to know what medical school admission staff thinks of UC irvine? UCI has risen in the standings past few years and continues to do so. UCI's bio program is very competitive. Irvine, out of all the UC schools, tends to get outshined so i was just wondering how medical schools might look at different undergraduates and how would they judge students coming from various schools.
My next question is regarding medical school rankings. I think everyone wants to go to a top tier school but I have heard from lot of people that it may not matter as much. Does going to a better medical school make you a better candidate for residency? Schools like harvard and Johns Hopkins are always at the top, mainly due to its research and amount of money it has. What if my main goal is in primary care and not research, in your opinion is it worth pursuing these prestigious colleges just because of their name? There seems to be a real bias becasue schools like University of Washington and Oregon Health and Science University are such great primarycare schools but they dont seem to get the same publicity or fame as some of the top research schools. This could also just be my ignorance.
University of California at Irvine is rated as competitive, The schools are ranked - Most Competitive - Highly Competitive - Very Competitive - Competitive - Less competitive and Non competitive. So you are in the fourth tier from the top.
This means you have to have excellent GPA and MCAT to be competitive with those from higher ranked school.
When you do choose the medical school you need to go to the one that fits your goal not the one ranked higher by USA today. So if you heart is in primary care than look for the schools that are good at that.