How to choose the medical school which will be right for you
Applying to medical school is like entering a long-term relationship. This may sound a little far-fetched however, it is true that over the course of your lifetime you will likely spend much more time at work than you will with your life partner. Becoming a doctor will influence every aspect of your life. And so you want to make sure that this relationship is built on the most solid of foundations in order to avoid a messy and painful divorce later down the line.
Your years at medical school will be some of the most important and influential of your life. It will grow and develop you as a doctor and ultimately as a person. And so you, of course, want to make sure that whichever medical school you do decide to apply to is going to be the right for you. This means distancing yourself from the idea of the “best” medical school and instead focusing on somewhere you think you can be happy and thrive for the next 5 years.
So how to narrow down your options?
Research, research, research! Each medical school has its own different character. Their own pros and cons. But of course, this will vary from person to person and so the only thing to do is to find out all you can about each medical school.
Visiting as many universities as you can and attending their open days would be ideal of course so that you can get a feel for each campus, of what kind of facilities they offer and what your possible future lecturers are like.
The structure of the course which is offered by each medical school also varies. Some have a more traditional approach with a few years of lecture-based learning before you are let loose talking to patients and on the wards. Or would you rather be thrown in the deep end and gain this experience early on? Can you tackle staying awake in lectures or would a more modern ‘ problem-based learning’ approach be more suited toward your style of learning?
Even the location of the medical school is important. Are you the kind of person who wants to be in a big city with lots of things going on? Or would you prefer a quieter location? All of this needs to be taken into account and ultimately should become a factor in your final decision.
All of this may sound daunting but by doing your research beforehand you can’t go too far wrong. Whichever medical school you do end up at it’s all about immersing yourself in the life there. As in any relationship, it may be rocky at times but the more work you put into it the more you will eventually get out
About the Author
My name is Georgia and I am currently a third year medical student. I am passionate about all things mental health related. I have an Instagram page @girlwithastethoscope which follows my journey through medical school.
Be sure to check out Georgia’s post earlier this week on how to make a personal statement that medical schools can’t ignore. You can find it here!
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