Medical School vs College Comparison


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School Insiders website. Visit MedSchoolInsiders.com to learn more. To become a fully trained and practicing doctor
in the United States, one must go through four years of college, then four years of
medical school and then three to seven years of residency. Let’s go over college and medical school and
see how they compare. What’s going on guys, Dr. Jubbal, MedSchoolInsiders.com. Check out our new vlog channel for a behind-the-scenes
look at the life of a doctor. Link in the description below. Let’s first begin with the material you will
be learning and studying. In College, you have control over what you
want to study in terms of your major. However, you must complete a set of prerequisites
in order to apply to medical school. These include one year of biology, physics,
English, general chemistry and organic chemistry. Overall however, the difficulty and amount
of material you need to learn is highly dependent on your major. I personally majored in neuroscience which
was fun for me because it provided to be conceptually challenging, relying less on rote memorization
and more on critical thinking. There was also a good amount of overlap between
the prerequisites of my major and for medical school. You could however major in anything you want
such as English or biochem or Political science as long as you complete the medical school
prerequisites. In medical school, you mostly learn about
one thing: Medicine, what a surprise. That means no more physics, at least in the
traditional sense and no more organic chemistry. The difficulty of the material in college
will mostly depend on your major. But in medical school, everyone is learning
the same thing. The surprising truth is that the material
at medical school isn’t actually that difficult. The challenging part of medical school is
the amount of information and the pace at which you need to learn it. As they say, learning in medical school is
like drinking water from a fire hydrant. Next, let’s talk about grading. College is highly competitive, where your
GPA and MCAT score will be heavily weighted in your overall medical school application. Check out my other videos and the Med School
Insiders website to learn how you can maximize your score. As a result of this competitive nature, pre-med
culture in university is usually cutthroat, stressful and less collaborative. Many medical schools on the other hand are
transitioning to a Pass/fail grading system during the first two years. This means no A’s, B’s and C’s, just pass
or fail. Medical students are already stressed as is
and this is a welcome change to ease the tension. Reducing the pressure to outperform your fellow
classmates definitely helps ease the tension. Overall, this pass/fail grading helps cultivate
a more collaborative atmosphere between students. Third, let’s talk about your schedule and
time. As you progress from college to medical school,
you will have less flexibility with your time and increased demands on your time. In college, you do have some control over
your course schedule. Whether you’re a night owl or an early bird,
you can customize your course schedule to your liking. In the first two years of college, you should
complete most of your medical school Prerequisites. And in the last two, you’ll work on your upper
division courses that are specific to your major. In medical school, your courses are fixed
for the first two years. You don’t choose your own schedule, every
one has lectures together, usually starting around 8 a.m. And you’re in the same classes for the most
part. Everyone has anatomy, everyone has histology,
pathology and small group sessions usually all at the same time. During the second two years of medical school,
you begin your Clerkships, where your daily schedule is highly variable and dependent
on the service that you’re on. Congratulations you’re now mostly out of the
classroom and in the hospital treating patients. This is what you came to medical school for,
to work in the hospital as part of the medical team whether that’s in surgery, medicine,
psychiatry OBGYN, emergency medicine, neurology, or pediatrics. These rotations are your general core rotations
that you complete in your third year. During your fourth year, you have more flexibility
over what rotations you take. Generally you will be completing sub internships
in your future specialty of choice. I personally did multiple sub internships
in plastic surgery, which is what I ultimately matched into. Fourth, let’s talk about exams. College tests are straightforward with this
quarter and semester system. There’s a period of midterms and then finals
week. It’s not uncommon to have multiple exams over
a couple of days or sometimes multiple exams even on the same day. Medical schools usually do not follow this
pattern. Many medical schools teach material in blocks,
which are shorter than traditional quarters or semesters. Blocks may or may not have exams in the middle,
but they do always have a final exam. For example, a school may have a cardiology
block or a biostatistics block and then you move on to the next. Medical School’s also have these threads,
which are longitudinal classes on subjects such as professionalism or the practice of
medicine, and these run longer than quarters or semesters. They tend to have tests sprinkled throughout
the year. Overall, this translates to fewer tests in
medical school. Exams are also not stacked up within a short
period of time like it is in college. However, this does mean that each test covers
more content than a typical College exam. Fifth, let’s talk about standardized tests. If you thought the MCAT was the biggest and
baddest test you’d ever, take think again. The MCAT consists of 230 questions over six
hours and 15 minutes. Medical students have to take the USMLE, which
stands for a United States medical licensing exam. There are a total of three Steps; the first
two are taken during medical school. Step 1 consists of 280 questions over seven
hours and Step 2 consists of 318 questions over eight hours. Lastly, let’s talk about finances. The financial aspects of college and medical
school are fairly similar. In both, you must pay tuition and cover your
living expenses. According to the College Board, a moderate
college budget for an in-state public school is approximately $25,000 per year and for
private college It’s approximately 51,000 dollars per year. According to the AAMC, each year of medical
school including tuition, fees and health insurance comes out to approximately Sixty
thousand dollars per year with private schools slightly more expensive than public schools
on average. For most, covering these expenses comes down
to student loans. Generally speaking, federal and school offered
loans are superior to private loans. The former usually have lower interest rates,
longer periods of deferment and overall more Favorable terms. If your parents are able and willing to help
you front the cost of college or medical school, be very grateful. That’s very generous of them and it makes
your life so much easier. For most of us, myself included, that may
not be a possibility. I fronted the cost of both college and medical
school entirely on my own. However, I was fortunate in that I received
sizeable scholarships and grants which helped reduce my overall loan burden. I’ll be going over how to finance college
and medical school Including how to secure such scholarships and grants in more detail
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