Medical Schools

What are the Features of a Great Medical School?

The ranking of medical educational institutes is one of the criteria to judge professed quality of an institute. But in case of medical educational institutes, it is not that clear cut to measure the significance of ranking as is with law and business institutes. There are various statistics about law and business institutes such as rate of employment or initial pays and bonuses that schools’ post graduates get etc. that could suggest the ranking achieved by the institute. This helps students to decide which institute they should attend.

On the other hand, all those who enter into supervised clinical training course (a prerequisite to start medical practice) after graduating from medical schools make almost same earning during the program. The variance in income only comes after the residency period depending upon which specialty one chooses to go with.

However, it is said that graduating from some particular medical schools can help one’s chances to qualify and pursue one’s desired specialization field. And for those who aspire for M.D. /Ph.D. it is perhaps more significant to consider ‘medical research rankings’. But it is more of an individual’s performance at medical school and his scores in USMLE (United States Medical Licensing Examination) that determines the future prospects of a practitioner – not just a high-flying medical institute could dictate it alone.

 What should be the role of ranking in selecting a medical school?

It is not possible for everyone to join University of Pennsylvania or Harvard Medical School. However, for the students eager to pursue a career in the field of medicine, there are various overseas as well as about hundred medical education institutes in U.S. that can be equally considered.

As to the role of raking in selecting a medical school, it is mainly determined by individual’s objectives. Suppose if one wants to become a physician scientist, it is very important to join a top ranking research institutes that have numerous resources, post-doctoral fellows, publishing prospects and expertise in grant writing – it would not only open new academic avenues but would assure of one’s successful career.

However, for someone wishing to be a clinician, the institute ranking should not be as important as average GPA/ average MCAT score, academic standards, demography, and geography of the institute.

In order to increase their chances of being accepted, the applicants had better apply to more than one institute. In addition to a local medical school, it is suggested to consider applying to some institutes with average MCAT and GPA score criteria. It is always better to try your luck at 2 or 3 local schools. While applying to schools use ranking wisely so as to help you guide about the institute instead of just relying on top 10 institutes for your admission.

Although, a high-ranked private medical institute could be a branded option to opt for, it is wiser to grasp the opportunity of choosing a state school where you could save up to 100, 000 dollars of expenses. For a large number of specialties such as psychiatry, gynecology, obstetrics, family medicine and internal medicine USMLE grades are more important than medical institute’s ranking. Nevertheless, exceptions are also there. For ones aspiring for plastic surgery, orthopedic surgery, dermatology etc. the records have shown that those who graduate from top rated research institutes have an upper edge on others.

Whatever institute you attend, a physician’s feat however is how effectively he treats his patients. Medical ability and competency is what tells of your worth as a medical practitioner. Thus, a candidate must consider various other important factors, in addition to institute ranking, while making his choice where he is going to spend his 4 or 5 years.

Top 5 UK Universities for Medicine Top 5 USA Universities for Medicine
University of Cambridge Harvard University
University of Oxford Johns Hopkins University
The University of Edinburgh Washington University in St. Louis
University College London Duke University
University of Dundee University of Pennsylvania