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Does it matter which undergraduate university I go to for medical?

I want to become a surgeon, so do medical schools care about which undergraduate university you went to? And which program? #doctor #medicine #surgery


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JD’s Answer

Perhaps to a certain extent some of the more prestigious medical schools might give preference to graduates from more prestigious universities. However, what will be most important in the medical school selection process are your undergraduate prep courses, grades, MCAT/SAT scores, and accomplishments listed on your CV.
Unlike more than a decade ago, today there are many more medical schools available to candidates other than those well established schools. Whether off-shore, South of the border, or even newer schools at smaller US universities, there seems to be a medical school for everyone.
What is more competitive today than merely getting into medical is the competition in getting good residency training in your chosen specialty.


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Rachel’s Answer

Any 4 year university should be able to provide you with all of the premed requirements (1 year biology, 1 year inorganic chemistry, 1 year organic chemistry + labs, physics, calculus, and biochemistry). I would look at each school individually and see which fits your personality and desired major (does not have to be science) best.

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Richard’s Answer

Yes and no. The most important thing is to get good grades and have a high MCAT.

Some admissions committees favor graduates from elite colleges. But it would be better to have great grades from a state university than a crummy transcript from an elite college.

There are plenty of good colleges and medical schools. In general if you are interested in research, you may want to look at the more elite private institutions, but if you are interested in clinical practice, a state university may offer the best value

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Richard’s Answer

Yes and no. The most important thing is to get good grades and have a high MCAT.

Some admissions committees favor graduates from elite colleges. But it would be better to have great grades from a state university than a crummy transcript from an elite college.

There are plenty of good colleges and medical schools. In general if you are interested in research, you may want to look at the more elite private institutions, but if you are interested in clinical practice, a state university may offer the best value

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