Let’s face it: the top medical schools in America aren’t at the top because their textbooks are somehow more accurate than a less expensive school’s or because their professors are all the best at teaching, they’re at the top because they provide students with connections that can get them high-paying jobs and a name on their résumé which can open a lot of doors. If these sound like good reasons to take on the larger student debts that come with these institutions, here’s a short list of the best medical schools around.
Ever since its founding, Harvard has been one of the prestigious American universities which comes quickly to anyone’s lips. Both its medical school and its law school are top-notch, no mean feat in a society which values both doctors and lawyers, and the medical research that goes on is at the absolute cutting edge. The tuition is sky-high and the coursework is grueling, but Harvard also offers a few exclusive perks for its medical students that give them a way to blow off steam.
University Of Washington
While Harvard is the biggest name in medical research, the University of Washington in Seattle is top ranked for producing primary care physicians, particularly family medicine, rural medicine, and pediatrics. The cost of tuition is much less than Harvard for in-state students (but even more for out-of-state), and for that price students get several mentors, six-week clerkships in one of several neighboring states, and priority placement for university-owned housing.
University of California – San Francisco
UCSF’s medical school accepts only a very small number of students each year, and most of them from California, but the tuition is relatively reasonable, the large faculty offers a lot of personal attention, and the school’s programs are among the best in the nation for a dozen different specialties. Students can also enter dual or joint degree programs which will take them over to Berkeley, or they can specialize in serving those who need them most by joining the Program in Medical Education for the Urban Underserved.
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