How to choose a medical school

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Choosing the right medical school is not something that you can afford to take lightly. You are after all going to be spending a minimum of 4 years in this institution and it will set the foundation for your career in the medical field. With so much hanging in the balance, it is important that you take some time to think about what you are looking for in medical school and then only apply to those schools that meet your shortlisted criteria. 

Here are a few basic questions that you need to ask yourself when you are looking for the right medical school to apply to. 

 1 – Can You Afford The Tuition Fees? 

In general, medical school is expensive and it will span a minimum of 4 years so you need to think about how you are planning on funding your education. When it comes to tuition fees, all medical schools are not equal. In the private school, the tuition fees and incidentals can quickly add up, unlike public or state programs, which can be much more affordable. When considering your budget and which school is affordable for you, factor in all forms of financial aid that are available to you including your ability to qualify for a student loan. 

Students scrubbed up for surgery in Morogoro 2- Does The Curriculum Meet your Aims and End Goals? 

Every medical school has its own set of programs that you can choose from and its own curriculum and learning environment. Check out the details of all the schools you are interested in. If your ultimate goal is say surgery, you will want to attend a medical school that focuses on hands-on experience rather than a school that puts more emphasis on pathology or research.  

3 – Is The Location Of The School Convenient For You? 

If you are free of any family encumbrances and commitments and you are planning on staying on the campus, the location may not be as important to you as someone who needs to be close to family or have access to particular facilities. If location is a factor for you, make sure you only apply to those schools who fall within your chosen area. 

4 – The School Is Not Ranked In The Top Ten Medical Schools – Should You Still Send In Your Application?

All medical students would like to apply only to the top 10 medical schools but you should know that the higher the school is ranked, the more applications they will have received and the more difficult it will be to get in unless you’ve obtained outstanding marks in your qualifying exam. Also, these schools are likely to be much more expensive. Think about whether you can afford the fees. There are several medical schools that are not ranked in the top 10 but which are just as good. They are easier to get into and cheaper too so do not hesitate to apply if the schools meet your other criteria.  

The school you choose will eventually affect the success of your future career in medicine so be sure to choose a school that feels like the best fit for you. 

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