I was reading through “Best 168 Medical Schools“, a manual created by Princeton Review, analyzing the unique aspects of many popular schools my peers and I had applied to. Unlike college where transfers from one place to another are frequent, medical school tends to be more concrete – once you start at one school, you finish at that same school. So how do you know you’re picking the right one?
Personally, Baylor Med was an easy choice for me for the following reasons (not in any particular order):
Proximity to Home
I tend to get home sick rather easily. Not only because I miss my parents, but I’ve lived in Houston my entire (minus six months) life. I love traveling, but won’t live anywhere else. There just isn’t a reason for me to leave Houston when the world’s largest medical center is right around the corner.
Does the school have a curriculum which will help me ace those board exams and land a residency of my choosing? This is probably the most obvious concern for pre-meds; however, it’s probably the most elusive aspect of any school. How will the professors be? Will the students adopt a competitive or collaborative mentality? There are countless questions regarding the curriculum which one will not truly know until he or she attends the school, yet it’s still important to consider the statistics of previous classes.
Before I wanted to go to Baylor Med for medical school, I knew (more importantly) that I wanted a residency program there. Residency is far more important in terms of “training” a doctor than the didactic, fact-ridden classes of medical school.
What criteria do you base the quality of a school on?