Picking a medical school can be difficult, especially when there are so many to choose from! It can seem overwhelming and intense at first but if you break it down into five simple questions, it can turn into something a lot more manageable.
These are my top five things to think about before choosing a medical school…
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There are two choices when it comes to medical school. Firstly, deciding if you want an undergraduate course (5-6 years) or a postgraduate course (4 years).
Picking a medical school is a big decision and sometimes doing another similar course such as health science, nursing, paramedics or physiotherapy to begin with is a good way of deciding whether or not medicine is for you. Most undergraduate courses are 6 years in length and postgraduate courses are 4 years.
Secondly, there are two different medical degrees to choose from. One is a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) and the other is a Medical Doctorate (MD).
Both are recognised degrees but an MD has a larger research component integrated into the course and is more recognised overseas.
Ultimately there’s no wrong medical school to go to! All medical schools Australia/New Zealand wide have a fantastic culture and it comes down to you and what you are comfortable with.
Each university has its pros and cons but talking to someone who has been or is currently in those medical schools can be a good way of getting a more specific, down to earth view of what that degree is like.
No matter what medical school you attend, as long as it’s the best choice for you, you’re guaranteed to have a great time and learn a lot about how to become the best doctor you can be!