Many students and parents fall into the trap of idealizing what a particular college will provide once a student matriculates into that college. Even top universities that claim pre-med success do not necessarily have the actual opportunities needed during undergraduate years. While a top university might provide truly helpful pre-medical opportunities, most of those opportunities must be sought earnestly with diligence and guidance.
It is also surprising to many that some lower ranked universities actually do provide a better opportunities for their pre-med students than many universities that are far more prestigious. If a famous medical school only accepts one or two premed students from Princeton each year but accepts many students from a seemingly unremarkable university, that fact should tell you something. If a teenager wants to become a physician, then the key is to start learning in high school which university is truly better for pre-medical paths and longterm career success.
Similarly, many students and parents fall into the trap of idealizing medical school training with various assumptions unless they are informed by close family members who are physicians. Meanwhile, there are many others in society who devalue and deride physicians and hospitals; they know better than their "stupid" doctor. Wherever there is lack of transparency mixed with wounded pride, there will be misconceptions in one direction or the other.
On the face of it, both the paths to medicine and the medical school experience itself are far more complicated and arduous than getting into an Ivy League school for college. On the flip side, at least there are many paths to medical school and many different types of medical schools. But along the way, unless a student has family members in medicine, they may not realize that very few colleges will prepare them for medical school. Even a university with a medical school next to the undergraduate campus may not openly share information with undergraduates. Worse, not only will the college fail to provide useful instruction about how doctors think, even the majority of medical schools fail to teach their medical students how to think like great physicians.
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