Re: Choose a good medical school
After spending my first 6 months reading Vet Medicine in Uni of Edinburgh, imo, studying in a "good" Uni (world top 200) and the "prestigious" Uni (world top 20) does make a difference.
In UK, the usual entry requirement to get into a Good university is probably AAA* for medicine and probably CCC for a course like sociology or economics. The admission dept will ask for a lower requirement for the latter because it is deemed as less demanding in comparison to a medical course.
However to get into a Prestigious Uni like Oxbridge, UCL & Imperial, they will want you to have AAA* irrespective of what course you apply. Initially, I wonder why the high entry requirement across the board until someone I met from Cambridge told me this reason which sounds logical... According to what he said, the rational is whatever the course you chosen to study in Prestigious Uni, the University intends to groom you to be the Best of the Best in your respective field of study... hence they recruit the Best of The Best scholars in each discipline. The prestigious university is looking to groom people with big dream that want to make a difference to mankind like Lee Kuan Yew or PM Abishit of Thailand who can bring better life to their countrymen. For medicine, they will probably want to see graduate doctors further their ambition by working to invent new surgical methods or new way to treat a patient. Otherwise, what is the purpose of a Prestigious Uni to train a doctor who only interested to come home and open a small clinic, open everyday at 9am , treat a few patients and close shop at 5pm ? You don't need to go to Oxbridge to do that. Probably the same reason why these prestigious uni always prided themselves with the number of Nobel Prize laureates associated with them.
Another point on what Glassy once mentioned, students in Oxbridge are given one-to-one tutorial, hence personal attention to everyone of the student, and that i believed also make a difference in the quality of scholars they produced.
Also take my veterinary course in Edinburgh as example, Royal Dick Veterinary School is ranked No 1 in Research Assessment Exercise in UK (RAE 2008 ) beating Cambridge in this field. Roslin Institute is currently amongst Global Top 10 animal research centre as well as having the highest concentration of Animal scientists in the world. In short, maybe if comparing with studying in UPM Malaysia & Massey in NZ, the difference in quality of education might be little, but not so if you are attending a Prestigious Uni. There is definitely a difference in things you learn if your lecturers are top animal scientists or researchers.
Last edited by littlewheatgrass; 18-02-2011 at 07:28 PM.