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Is Texas Tech University a decent college if you want to go to a good (top 50) Medical School afterwards?



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Question:
Is Texas Tech University a decent college if you want to go to a good (top 50) Medical School afterwards?

I am going to Texas Tech and wish to pursue a career in medicine. Will Medical Schools take applicants from Texas Tech seriously?


Answer:
Yes to both questions.

Don't fall victim to ranking a medical school. There's not a dime's bit of difference between the education received at the Medical College of Georgia and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. There can't be. All medical schools are accredited by the same authority and all medical student have to pass the same medical licensing exams. If 90% of students from one school passed these exams and only 80% of students from the other school passed, there would be intense focus by the LCME to identify and rectify the problem. Fortunately, the pass rates from all US schools are within a few percentage points of each other and have been, consistently.

Texas Tech has its own medical school, so you're sitting right where you want to be. The best chance of being accepted into a medical school is to do your undergrad at the same university with a medical school. Of course, the downside to that is if you earn a reputation that is less than stellar or you have marginal grades.

There are 2,618 universities and colleges in the US. Logically, there will be variances in the grading criteria, so it is reasonable to think that a 4.0 GPA from one school might carry more weight than a 4.0 from another. But it doesn't work that way. There would be too many variables. Certainly, the overall GPA is considered, but it's the corollary between the GPA in the prereqs and the score on the MCAT that are the scholastic determinants. So, if an "easy" school awarded a 4.0 GPA in the prereqs and the student scored poorly on the MCAT



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