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We are all set. You’ve made up your mind: you want to become a doctor. Apart from apparently having excellent graduation grades and covering the ideal of spending your professional days helping people and making differences in their lives – there is nonetheless one question forcing itself through your prefrontal cortex, your thalamus, amygdala and so on:
Where will I study? Which university shall I choose? Which are the best medical schools in the world?
Thanks to highly valued websites www.topuniversities.com and www.careeraddict.com the following blog-chapter uncovers the worlds most sought after medical schools. Ladies and gentlemen, dear scrubs, the following present the top 10 around the globe:
1. Harvard University
Location: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Degree type: MD
Annual tuition fees (2017/18): $59,800 (£46,020) + additional administrative fees The top spot is, however, shared; after all, no educational compilation would be complete without the inclusion of Harvard. Its medical school is regularly at the forefront of various clinical studies and research papers, while the MD programme also offers an alternative Health Sciences and Technology pathway in collaboration with MIT. There are also numerous high-profile teaching hospitals and research institutions within close geographical vicinity, so there is no shortage of access to brilliant minds and top-quality facilities. Indeed, if you can meet Harvard’s stringent pre-med requirements – and if you can afford it – then you can look forward to four years of some of the finest medical instruction in the world.
2. University of Oxford
Location: Oxford, UK
Degree type: BM, BCh
Annual tuition fees (2018/19): £9,250 ($12,020) for UK/EU students, and £18,620 ($24,200) to £32,895 ($42,750) for international students Ultimately, though, if you want the best medical education that Europe has to offer, then Oxford is the place to be. Despite its reputation for excessive essay assessments and a ruthless approach to information delivery, it is consistently voted as one of the best medical schools in the world. Much of the curriculum is focused on the scientific aspect of medicine, with students encouraged to work from and draw conclusions from primary pieces of research. This innovative approach to teaching ensures that Oxford graduates ready-made pioneers in their field, with the wider medical community benefitting in the long run.
3. University of Cambridge
Location: Cambridge, UK
Degree type: BM, BCh
Annual tuition fees (2018/19): £9,250 ($12,020) for UK/EU students and £70,131 ($91,135) for international students Steeped in tradition and focused on thought processes over practical learning, medical students at Cambridge focus solely on theoretical and classroom-based learning until Year 3 of the programme. When med students are eventually let loose, though, it happens to be at Addenbrooke – one of the world’s most renowned and prestigious teaching hospitals. Pursuing a similar medical curriculum to that of its eternal rival Oxford, Cambridge does offer one unique difference: alongside the aforementioned clinical placements, students are encouraged to diversify by choosing a specialisation that is not medical in nature, such as philosophy or business.
4. Standford University
Location: Palo Alto, California, USA
Degree type: MD
Annual tuition fees (2018/19): $56,229 (£43,270) + additional administrative fees Although better known for its technological achievements and influence within the nearby Silicon Valley, Stanford University also has a world-renowned medicine programme; it’s also one of the most difficult to get into, with an acceptance rate in 2017 of just 2.3%. For the lucky few who do get in, you’ll get to enjoy the close proximity to San Francisco and San Jose, although you won’t want to get too distracted. The school boasts eight Nobel Prize winners and a host of internationally recognised faculty members, so you’ll have a lot to live up to.
5. Johns Hopkins University
Location: Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Degree type: MD
Annual tuition fees (2018/19): $53,400 (£41,090) + additional administrative fees Run in partnership with the famous hospital of the same name, Johns Hopkins is the oldest medical research university in the US and is a name synonymous with advancements in medicine. Among its attributed achievements are the development of CPR, treatment development for sickle cell disease and the creation of the first biological pacemaker. There are four colleges within the school and, as a result, students are encouraged to foster a competitive spirit. Indeed, this ethos is reflected throughout the campus as a whole, particularly in the notable success of the university’s lacrosse teams. As an indication of the school’s standing, it is also often regularly referenced in popular culture; some of the fictional doctors to have ‘attended’ Johns Hopkins include Perry Cox (Scrubs), Gregory House (House), Julius Hibbert (The Simpsons), Preston Burke (Grey’s Anatomy) and Hannibal Lecter (The Silence of the Lambs).
6. Karolinska Institute
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Degree type: N/A
Annual tuition fees (2018/19): Free for EU/EEA students and 238,333 kr ($26,680/£20,520) for international students As a small, one-faculty school in the quiet suburbs of Stockholm, the Karolinska Institute may be much smaller in size than many of its counterparts on this list, but don’t let that fool you. It is widely regarded as one of the best medical schools in Europe and, since 1895, has been responsible for awarding the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine – an award that five of the institution’s own researchers have won at some point. Remarkably, for EU and EEA students, it’s also free (international students are required to pay tuition, although they are among the cheapest fees on this list). The downside is that your foreign language skills will have to be up to scratch; although there are several master’s courses in English, the main medical programme is, unfortunately, taught in Swedish only.
7. University of California (UCLA)
Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
Degree type: MD
Annual tuition fees (2018/19): $40,714 (£31,330) + additional administrative fees Despite being named after a movie executive/record producer with seemingly little connection to the medical world, be in no doubt: the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA is one of the foremost clinical colleges in the world. Its four-year course is split into two theoretical years, followed by two clinical years, including a whole year of rotations and placements across Los Angeles’ many busy hospitals. If you want to be close to the glitz and glamour of Hollywood in between your study breaks, then this could be the school for you.
8. Yale University
Location: New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Degree type: MD
Annual tuition fees (2018/19): $59,630 (£45,880) + additional exam and insurance fees Founded in 1810, the Yale Medical School has a long-established reputation for innovation, having performed the first X-ray and administered the first use of penicillin on US soil, as well as being the first faculty to try chemotherapy as a means of cancer treatment. This creative approach has filtered into its teaching, too. Adopting what is known as the ‘Yale System’, students are not graded for the first two years of study and sit exams anonymously. Large lectures are also thrown out of the window, with the department instead preferring intimate seminars and tutorials. If you prefer a more independent approach to study, then this could be the school for you.
9. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
Annual tuition fees (2018/2019): Graduate students generally incur greater expenses than undergraduates. Most attend the Institute for a calendar year rather than an academic year, increasing the cost of tuition. In 2018–2019, nine months’ tuition and fees are $51,832 (specific programs and departments may have different tuition amounts).
At its founding in 1861, MIT was initially a small community of problem-solvers and science lovers eager to bring their knowledge to bear on the world. Today, MIT has evolved into an educational behemoth, with some 1,000 faculty members and more than 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students.
Location: London, UK
Degree type: MBBS BSc
Annual tuition fees (2018/19): £9,250 ($12,020) for UK/EU students and £33,650 ($43,735) for overseas students. Based in central London and, therefore, with direct access to the biggest and most active trauma departments in the UK, UCL’s MBBS is one of the most sought-after medical courses in the UK and beyond. As one of the most prestigious universities in the country, you’ll also be surrounded by some of its brightest minds. UCL also boasts a proud tradition of innovation and discovery; both adrenaline and the human immune system – two of the most significant advances in medical history – are credited as being discovered here. If you can meet the grade requirements (A*AA, including chemistry and biology), then you could represent the next instalment of scientific and clinical pioneers.