One of the important elements of applying to medical school is assembling a thoughtful and comprehensive list of schools. In response to the predicted physician shortage, several new medical schools have opened in recent years, and a new one is set to launch this upcoming year. Commonwealth, Hofstra, Quinnipiac, the University of California at Riverside, the University of Arizona at Phoenix, and Virginia Tech Carilion launched recently, and Western Michigan will open in the next year.
Should you consider applying to a new medical school? What are the risks of doing so? Some of the risks are obvious, others less so. The Association of American Medical Colleges interviewed two students who chose to enroll at new medical schools for their take on the pros and cons. If you’re considering applying to a new school ask lots of questions of the admissions staff, faculty, and current students (if there are any!) Find out about the curriculum, clinical rotations, and the faculty. Be sure to do your due diligence.
–Liza Thompson, Expert Medical School Admissions Consulting