How did you choose your med school?|
|The location, the students at the school, the faculty and schools mission statement.|
Iggy at State University of New York Upstate Medical University College of Medicine (MD), class of 2013.
Pre-med: University of Maryland- College Park, Biology and American Studies degree. Answer posted 1/4/2009
|I choose Harvard because, it is one of the best Medical Schools in the United States. It's also not to far from home.|
James Tolbert at Harvard Medical School (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: Harvard University, B.S. Chemistry & Biology degree. Answer posted 10/23/2008
|I chose my med school based on where I would be most comfortable,...besides it wasnt possible for me to base it off prestige, med school admissions is so random that many dont get that opportunity. I chose Maryland because I had a lil history with the school, I knew many of the students who often came to my undergraduate to help us out ( we were right up the road). Maryland was definitely the right choice for me.|
Yusuf Ali at University of Maryland School of Medicine (MD), class of 2012.
Pre-med: Morgan State University, Biology degree. Answer posted 6/13/2008
|Proximity, affordability, suited to the specialty I'm leaning toward. That's how I chose my college and it worked out perfectly, so if it's not broke don't fix it.|
Sandro Corti at UMDNJ--New Jersey Medical School (), class of .
Pre-med: Answer posted 3/24/2008
|I really liked the atmosphere when I visited. The people seemed happy, not stressed as they did when I visited some other schools. I was very excited to learn OMM and so I chose a school with a fantastic reputation for OMT and good rotation sites. PCOM was the best fit for me, and I think it's important to find the school that fits you best.|
Lynn at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) (DO), class of 2010.
Pre-med: Cedar Crest, Genetic Engineering degree. Answer posted 6/19/2006
|Osteopathic folks were very friendly, and welcomed the non-traditional student that I was...|
Mike Benninghoff at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) (DO), class of 2001.
Pre-med: Muhlenberg College, BS - double major biology/natural sciences degree. Answer posted 2/6/2007
|i think God wanted me there. hard to explain-- my interview was really a miracle story. i was so blessed on that day that i had no doubt tcom was it for me.|
Sarah Tran at University of North Texas Health Science Center - Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine at Ft Worth (UNTHSC-TCOM) (DO), class of 2012.
Pre-med: Houston Baptist University, BS degree. Answer posted 1/23/2008
|i chose umc because that's the only school that accepted me! haha...but seriously...i'm glad it worked out that way. i'm very comfortable with the area, i'll be semi-close to home, and i believe it will be a good match for me in the long run.
update: umc is still great because they let folks like me take breaks without making you feel like you're worthless. very very supportive.
emily at University of Mississippi School of Medicine (MD), class of 2011.
Pre-med: University of Mississippi, B.S. Chemical Engineering degree. Answer posted 3/20/2006
|Several factors contributed to my decision to attend school in Arizona:
1) Location: my fiance and I wanted to be in a place where we'd be able to get out and hike or camp once in a blue moon; we love the outdoors. He will also be able to pursue his advanced degree at ASU, right down the street - very convenient.|
2) Clinical rotations: when I'm married, I don't want to have to go to different rotation sites all over the country every 4-8 weeks. I wanted the option to do my rotations in the area (even if I end up choosing not to); I also wanted a diverse patient population, which describes Arizona to a T (and honing my Spanish will be nice).
3) The overall "feel" of the school: I just liked the laid-back atmosphere of AZCOM. I also liked the fact that there are allied health programs affiliated with the school; no doctor is an island, after all.
Sarah Levin at Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University (AZCOM) (DO), class of 2011.
Pre-med: Wesleyan University, Neuroscience & Behavior degree. Answer posted 11/26/2006
|My choice was simple. My family is here, and I was not willing to live away from them. Being near my family was/is MY priority (even if I couldn't be a physician). Be realistic about the sacrafices that you're willing to make to be a doctor. Also, don't get caught up on the whole med school ranking BS (you'll be called Dr. no matter where you graduate from). It's so difficult to get accepted to any med school, so make the most of wherever you get accepted.|
Maria Reyes at University of Utah School of Medicine (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: university of utah & westminster college (2nd BS), psychology & biology degree. Answer posted 5/10/2007
|well...haha...it was the only one I got into. Usually your best chances are with the schools in your home state.|
George Dunham at St George's University School of Medicine (Caribbean), class of 2010.
Pre-med: Wake Forest University, Biology degree. Answer posted 5/2/2007
|It was the closest to family.|
Aaron Beck at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: Concordia University Wisconsin, General Biology degree. Answer posted 1/3/2006
|Once I decided on podiatry, I was down to 3 of the 8 schools. Temple was my number one choice, because they seem to focus on trauma, surgery and have a childrens hospital (I want to focus on surgery but also want to perform medical missions to third world countries for children with diseases like club foot). I also was considering Des Moines and Arizona, because their curriculum was said to be far superior and you learn together with the d.o. students (so you know the classes are the best you can get).
I first interviewed at Arizona, and was impressed with everything. THe interview went awesome, and I was excited to possibly have the chance to help establish the program (it is in its 3rd year).
But I still had Temple. It was horrible (I won't go into details, but will just say my experience turned me off). I am a huge history buff, and loved the idea of being in philly, but I was not impressed with the school. So, Arizona said come and I was very excited to do so. (Oh, I cancelled 2 other interviews I had. I did not get an interview at Des Moines, because I had not yet taken the MCAT).|
Zack Gangwer at Arizona Podiatric Medicine Program (AZPod) at Midwestern University (Podiatry), class of 2011.
Pre-med: Weber State University, Microbiology/Clinical Laboratory Science degree. Answer posted 12/29/2006
|I picked DMU because it has awesome first pass rate on boards, excellent residencies, the campus is really new, and the school is located in the midwest.|
Brian Dix at College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery (Podiatry), class of 2011.
Pre-med: South Dakota State University, BS Biology degree. Answer posted 12/20/2006
|Being an out of state student University of North Texas was the hardest osteopathic medical school to get into, it was also the least expensive for an out of state student. When I went there for the interview I really enjoyed my experience.|
Cole Zanetti at University of North Texas Health Science Center - Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine at Ft Worth (UNTHSC-TCOM) (DO), class of 2011.
Pre-med: University at Buffalo, Psychology degree. Answer posted 11/17/2006
Paul Nielsen at New York Medical College (MD), class of 2010.
Pre-med: Cornell, Human Biology, Health, and Society degree. Answer posted 10/11/2006
|If your lucky enough to be able to choose your school, you have to pick the school that feels most comfortable. It has to be a good fit all around.|
Erik Amoroso at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2010.
Pre-med: University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, B.S. Computer Science degree. Answer posted 8/17/2006
|Des Moines, Scholl, Barry
Doug Christensen at Des Moines University - College of Osteopathic Medicine (DMU-COM) (Podiatry), class of 2011.
Pre-med: Loras, BA Secondary Education degree. Answer posted 10/10/2006
|they accepted me and i liked the facilities and location.|
Ehren Dueweke at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2010.
Pre-med: Kalamazoo College, Chemistry degree. Answer posted 8/21/2006
|My undergrad had a file of all the places premeds applied to and where graduates actually ended up. I applied based on location and then based on where kids from my school got accepted. That's how I ended up in Milwaukee. Love it here too!|
J Chang at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2007.
Pre-med: BYU, Neuroscience degree. Answer posted 7/28/2005
|Medical Scholars program at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. I graduate college in 3 years, don't have to worry about applying to medical schools, get to stay in Miami. I love it here and think the school is magnificent. For me, it was a no brainer.|
Brian Wolf at University of Miami Miller School of Medicine (MD), class of 2011.
Pre-med: University of Miami 07, B.A Psychology degree. Answer posted 7/8/2006
|Our first choice was based on location--if Arizona had offered me a spot, we would have stayed in Tucson.
We looked at other schools based on the advice of friends that had attended the schools as well as the location.|
Bill Holmes at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: University of Arizona, Molecular & Cellular Bio/Anthropology degree. Answer posted 1/6/2006
|It was the only one I got into!|
Dana Marie Smith at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) (DO), class of 2010.
Pre-med: Ithaca College, B.A. Biology degree. Answer posted 6/24/2006
|The school chose me plain and simple. It turned out perfectly because I don't think there are any other places in Texas that can compare to a school in the middle of the Texas Medical Center.|
Chris Cruz at University of Texas Medical School at Houston (MD), class of 2010.
Pre-med: Texas A&M University, Biomedical Science degree. Answer posted 5/20/2006
|Hopkins was going through change in their curriculum in 1993. The school was transitioning from an 8-hour a day lecture based format to a less didactic and more interactive format. With this new format of teaching and the name associated with the school, I felt it was a good investment for the future. In the end, it paid off because it helped me acquire an ophthalmology residency at one of the top 5 programs.|
Andrew Doan, MD, PhD
Andrew Doan at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (MD), class of 2001.
Pre-med: Reed College, B.A. in Biology degree. Answer posted 6/11/2006
|I mostly chose my medical school by how I felt about the school while at the interview. At some schools I just did not like the atmosphere and the feeling of the school. At other schools, like Medical College of Wisconsin, I just really liked the general atmosphere of the school and the medical students that I met throughout the interview day.|
Scott Larson at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: Idaho State University, Microbiology degree. Answer posted 10/23/2005
|I wanted to remain in Georgia, so a lot of it had to do with location. Also, the school's mission statement influenced my decision.|
Mindy Williams at Morehouse School of Medicine (MD), class of 2010.
Pre-med: University of South Alabama, BSN degree. Answer posted 5/31/2006
|Cirriculum, board pass rate, overall comfort of the school/atmosphere, repuation, residency placement, location, cost of living, scholarship|
Robert Greenhagen at College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery (Podiatry), class of 2008.
Pre-med: Briar Cliff University, B.S. in Biology degree. Answer posted 5/30/2006
|It was in town. I wanted to stay here.|
Matt Tallar at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: UW-Milwaukee, Microbiology/Biotechnology degree. Answer posted 2/7/2006
|I went on my gut instinct. I got the best feeling at MCW and was most impressed with the people and opportunities here. This was my first choice and I was accepted here one week after interviewing. Surprisingly, MCW handily defeated UW-Madison on my list and I am from Madison.|
Joe Behn at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: University of Wisconsin--Stevens Point, Biology degree. Answer posted 1/4/2006
|I was REALLY impressed with the facilities at RFUMS-CMS and the match list was GREAT! the board scores are also above the national average. In addition, as a Canadian student, they DID NOT require an escrow account (have $200,000 grand in your bank account) as many other schools do. I did have a choice for other schools, but am REALLY glad I came here, the people are great. Our dean is really friendly and even has lunches with students every week. The facilities in the anatomy lab are great and the histo labs are all online!!!|
Dina R at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science Chicago Medical School (MD), class of 2008.
Pre-med: University of Toronto, Hon BSc degree. Answer posted 3/19/2006
|I chose my medical school because I love miami . I love Florida and the University of Miami has a great medical school . I also did my undergrad at the university of miami and could not picture myself anywhere else but being a Miller alumni and a cane .|
Mayra Coelho at University of Miami Miller School of Medicine (MD), class of 2010.
Pre-med: University of Miami, Neuroscience degree. Answer posted 3/19/2006
|My first priority is my family so I chose schools that gave me access to suburban areas with good schools. For example G.W. would not be a good school for me, so I didn't apply. MCW, Crieghton, UofU, Loyola, all good schools.|
Casey Lythgoe at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of .
Pre-med: B.Y.U.-Hawaii, Biochemistry degree. Answer posted 10/25/2005
|I think that the biggest factor for me and my wife was having family close by.|
Jeff Hanson at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: Utah State University, Biology degree. Answer posted 2/11/2006
|MCW was the school that made me feel like they actually were interested in me beyond being an applicant and actually wanted me to come here. Iw as impressed by the area, the facilities, and the people. When all was said and done, MCW had moved to #1 on my list.|
Jeffrey Anderson at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: Bethel University, Biblical and Theological Studies degree. Answer posted 2/11/2006
|The overall atmosphere at MCW, plus the nicer hospital facilities nearby, gave me a very good impression. I chose MCW or Madison mostly because I thought MCW would be a better place to prepare for emergency medicine. Also, I did not like the thought of being shipped all over the state for 3rd and 4th year rotations through Madison. I also thought the general aspects of living (location, commuting, food, people) was better in the Milwaukee/Wauwatosa area.|
Marc Biedermann at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: University of Wisconsin - Green Bay, BS Human Biology Health Sciences degree. Answer posted 2/6/2006
|Ohio State and MUO were probably my two top choices after interviewing. Ohio State won out due to location (being able to live with my husband).|
Amy Raubenolt at Ohio State University College of Medicine (MD), class of 2010.
Pre-med: Bowling Green State University, Spanish degree. Answer posted 1/13/2006
|Through recommendations from my pre-med advisor at Grove City College. And also based upon my realistic chances of getting into medical schools in Pennsylvania.|
Adam Mehring at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) (DO), class of 2008.
Pre-med: Grove City College, Molecular Biology degree. Answer posted 1/10/2006
|I gained acceptances to three schools, which were also my top three choices due to geographic considerations. Ultimately, I felt comfortable at all three schools and chose the one where my wife would be closest to her family (to offer her another support system while I am in school) and where we would not be forced to move after two years--the University of Minnesota-Duluth does not offer years 3 and 4 in Duluth at this time...you have to move to the Twin Cities.|
Jesse Stringer at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Biology degree. Answer posted 8/31/2005
|I am from Milwaukee so I wanted to come back home and be near my family. I also really liked the program at Medical College of Wisconsin and liked that it was solely a medical school and that the faculty was here for us and not for undergrads.|
Kim Bentley at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: Duke, Biomedical Engineering degree. Answer posted 10/31/2005
|I interviewed at four schools and Medical College of Wisconsin was simply the best for me. I had a great interview day, connected with the interviewers and loved the whole experience. I also received an offer there by October 15th, which enabled me to cancel all the other interviews I had. Some of the other interviews were good as well and I received some additional offers, but things at MCW just felt totally right. I knew I had found the right place.|
Christian Becker at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: Idaho State University, Zoology degree. Answer posted 7/26/2005