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. Medical schools often fall into one of two categories–primary care and research–and which you apply to (and ultimately attend) is important.

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