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Following your college career what were some challenges you faced transitioning from college to medical school?

How did you go about choosing a medical school to attend as far as maybe different opportunities they provided and maybe the demographics?
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Richard’s Answer

Great question! Unfortunately since medical school is so competitive, it's more a matter of the medical school choosing you rather than you choosing a medical school. However if you have a choice, choose one that has a high average Step scores. Now that many medical schools are going without ranking, having a high step score is the most important variable to getting into a competitive residency.

Also, it helps in
residency if you've had some hands-on experience in medical school. So going to a medical school that allows third and fourth-year students some degree of autonomy would be helpful

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Charles’s Answer

Hi! Very good question. I already had an idea that I wanted to be a psychiatrist, so I chose a medical school that had strong departments other than psychiatry, because I knew it was my only opportunity to be trained in those other areas. I knew I would get plenty of psychiatry in my residency.

I chose a medical school I could afford. Once you are out of training, where you went to medical school is a very tiny factor, and not worth paying up, just for a name. Everyone gets called "Doctor". Try not to saddle yourself with more debt than you have to; this will affect your early career much more than having a particular medical school name on your diploma.

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Rachel’s Answer

The transition from college to medical school is most pronounced in the third and fourth years of medical school. During those last two years, "the clinical years", you will need to routinely wake up between 4 and 5 AM, get to the hospital before any of the staff, see your patients and prepare for the day. Your schedule will not be your own, and you will be at someone else's beck and call for years. While necessary to learn your medical skills, this schedule can be taxing. The lack of freedom to come and go can be very different from the total independence of college.