Choosing a medical school
Does it matter which medical school you go to?
Students and doctors tell us how their choice of medical school influenced their careers
- By: Alison Walker
The answer to the question depends on who you ask. Applicants to medical school, medical students, foundation doctors, doctors in specialty training, and qualified doctors all have different opinions. Your choice of medical school is an important decision in your life, determining where you live, how you study, and what you learn. But does your choice really matter in the long term? Is there any objective evidence to compare the quality of medical schools and how it determines your future career? And on what criteria, if any, should comparisons be based?
Most sixth form students applying to medical school for the first time say it doesn’t matter where they go. Their priority is to get into any medical school that will have them, because competition is so fierce. UCAS report that there were 84 395 applications to preclinical medicine in 2013, but only 7515 of applicants were offered a place.1 Daisy