Tips for Selecting the Right Medical School Curriculum

Curriculum is one of the factors to seriously consider when choosing a medical school. If I were a student applicant on the interview trail, I would pay particular attention to the variations of curricula among schools, asking myself if I’d thrive or survive at various schools based on my preferred learning style.
The curriculum, arguably more than anything else, will mean the difference between a positive and a negative medical school experience. One style of learning can work well for one person but not another.
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Some students, for example, happily learn by memorizing a required list or watching a video stream repeatedly. They feel confident in their ability to earn an A grade when they have memorized the requirements. These types of students can become anxious when they don’t know where they stand with respect to others in their class. Other students like to branch out and work on solving problems with a team or study group.
Students who like to study at home on their own schedules might not find themselves as content at a school with required daily attendance. These students aren’t necessarily acquiring less material or knowledge than those who learn better in classroom environments. They just learn differently.
If prospective students do not see schedule or attendance information on the medical school’s website, they should ask other students during the day of interview. Another possibility is to ask the admissions director how professionalism is measured at …