The admission process of getting into a med school can be stressful and nerve-wracking. You need to think clearly about which med school you are most suited to. An intelligent decision will come in handy long before you slip into your white coat, because it will help you make the important and informed decision about the medical school you want to be in.
Choosing the right medical school is the most important decision for your life – it is where you will spend the next 5 or 6 years of your life and gain knowledge and skills needed to be a successful doctor.
So, start thinking critically about how to choose a medical school. We’re here to help you get started.
1. What accreditation does the med school have?
Most people don’t give any thought to accreditation when choosing medical schools. Students need to carefully look into school accreditation if they have plans to practice in a reputed hospital. Those who are interested in practicing in the US should note that from 2023 onwards the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) will only certify international students to practice in America if they have studied in a World Federation of Medical Education (WFME) accredited med school.
2. How much does the med school emphasize on teaching?
To find out this, you can check out the faculty to student ratio or consult the admissions office (their response might be just a little biased). The best way to find teaching quality is to ask current students for their opinion.
3. Are there any research opportunities available?
Different med schools have different specialties, and some offer opportunities in partnership with affiliated college of public health, business or law.
4. How much will you be paying?
Being a doctor is rewarding, but the cost of med school can be a huge barrier for aspiring students. While debt might be the norm for med students, if you apply to affordable medical schools, it can make a huge difference in limiting your student loan debt. Check out for scholarships too!
5. Where will you be living and how safe is it?
It's important to know before you begin applying, where you're willing to spend the next few years of your life. In many cases, applicants get impressed by a great med school in a less desirable city and then end up struggling through their medical education. Therefore, consider geography before you take a plunge into the medical field.
6. How is the student life?
Remember, you will be spending at least 5 years of your life in the med school. Talk to current students to find out what kind extracurricular activities they have and whether they're happy.
Now that you have a better idea of how to choose a med school, you can start evaluating your options and choices and get an idea of what to expect from a med school. Once you have your priorities set, start weighing the pros and cons. of each med school. Make a list and see what’s good and bad about each of them.
Applying for med schools and deciding which med school to attend are two different things. Students should always apply to all the med schools that they can see themselves attending. The more med schools you apply to, the better your chances are for an acceptance letter.
To prepare for and study MBBS program abroad and have a successful medical career therefore requires preparation – and these questions are sure to help the aspiring medical students!
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