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What is the best medical school?

What is the best school? Does it matter what school you attend to get a better job, in the future? #doctor #professor #nurse #health

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Carmen’s Answer

Hi Sarah,

Great question! What graduate program are you interested in?

The colleges/universities recommended and listed as the best medical schools per US News World Report of 2017 - are:

#1 Harvard University

Boston, MA

$58,050 (full-time) 720

#2 Stanford University

Stanford, CA

$54,327 (full-time) 487

#3 Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD

$50,160 (full-time) 471

#4 University of California—​San Francisco

San Francisco, CA

$33,420 (in-state, full-time); $45,665 (out-of-state, full-time) 633

#5 University of Pennsylvania (Perelman)

Philadelphia, PA

$54,036 (full-time) 629

#6 Columbia University

New York, NY

$57,634 (full-time) 660

#7 Duke University

Durham, NC

$55,180 (full-time) 478

#7 Washington University in St. Louis

St. Louis, MO

$60,798 (full-time) 507

#9 University of Michigan—​Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, MI

$34,050 (in-state, full-time); $52,380 (out-of-state, full-time) 719

#9 Yale University

New Haven, CT

$57,629 (full-time) 411

11 University of California—​Los Angeles (Geffen)

Los Angeles, CA

$32,757 (in-state, full-time); $45,002 (out-of-state, full-time) 737

12 New York University (Langone)

New York, NY

$50,660 (full-time) 571

12 University of Washington

Seattle, WA

$34,476 (in-state, full-time); $63,930 (out-of-state, full-time) 1,022

14 Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

$49,500 (full-time) 384

15 University of Chicago (Pritzker)

Chicago, IL

$51,237 (full-time) 362

15 University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA

$52,510 (in-state, full-time); $54,036 (out-of-state, full-time) 601

17 Northwestern University (Feinberg)

Chicago, IL

$55,889 (full-time) 648

18 Cornell University (Weill)

New York, NY

$52,500 (full-time) 409

18 University of California—​San Diego

La Jolla, CA

$32,346 (in-state, full-time); $44,591 (out-of-state, full-time) 507

20 Mayo Clinic School of Medicine

Rochester, MN

$49,900 (full-time) 207

Carmen recommends the following next steps:

One recommendation is to visit the colleges you are most interested in attending and meet with an Admissions or College Advisor. They can speak to you about the requirements, the curriculum, expectations, tuition costs and more. You can also reach out to their Admissions office by phone or emails, but nothing beats the in-person discussion.
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Please share any other questions you may have and best wishes. We look forward to hearing from you again.
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Jessica’s Answer

One thing to consider when you're looking at medical school is to think outside the box! American medical schools are excellent quality, however, they can be very competitive (read: stressful) and expensive. I went to the Latin American School of Medicine, which is in Cuba, and which offers a full scholarship to anyone who is qualified, even Americans. If you are interested, you can read more about it on the IFCO website.

But Cuba isn't the only other country that has a medical school, obviously. Lots of students who may turn out to be fantastic doctors but who don't "look good on paper" have studied medicine in what are called "Caribbean schools", because, guess what, they're in the Caribbean. These schools are used to receiving American students, so it's a little bit easier to transition back to an American residency then from, say, the UK, which also has excellent medical school.