Peter Bach, of the Memorial Sloan—Kettering Cancer Center, and Robert Kocher, of the Brookings Institution, argue that medical school should be free. In a May 2011 New York Times op-ed, the two doctors said M.D. programs could be free if they suspended stipends for students in specialty training programs.… Continue reading
Understandably, many medical school applicants worry about their prospects for admission. Premeds typically apply to a strategically selected swathe of schools chosen for their location, numbers, and at times, reputation. However, a very important—and sometimes overlooked—facet of the application process is researching and finding the school that is the best fit for you, which is usually done through visits.… Continue reading
Many medical school applicants breathe a sigh of relief when they receive that coveted acceptance letter and then settle into their new school. For a select few, however, a few things change along the way, and a little-known option might emerge: transferring.… Continue reading
By the time Mike Moore finishes school and starts his career as a doctor, he’ll be in his 50s.
As a second-year medical student at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences, Moore listens to lectures from younger professors and sits with classmates who are old enough to be his kids.… Continue reading
Let’s be honest. While studying optics or organic chemistry in the wee hours of the morning three weeks before taking the MCAT, almost every aspiring medical student says that they would give anything to get into any medical school. But not all schools are the same and it isn’t just a difference in prestige, faculty, or location.… Continue reading
Thousands of students from offshore medical schools flock to teaching hospitals in the United States each year to complete the clinical portion of their education. In New York, the number of students performing third- and fourth-year hospital rotations from these offshore programs now almost equals the number of students from the state’s own medical schools.… Continue reading
For generations of pre-med students, three things have been as certain as death and taxes: organic chemistry, physics and the Medical College Admission Test, known by its dread-inducing acronym, the MCAT.
So it came as a total shock to Elizabeth Adler when she discovered, through a singer in her favorite a cappella group at Brown University, that one of the nation’s top medical schools admits a small number of students every year who have skipped all three requirements.… Continue reading