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Program directors do not know who you are. How are they supposed to assess your quality?
The name of the school for U.S. graduates.
What country you came from for International Graduates
What I am writing about here is NOT my personal opinion. I am writing this to help you get insight into how the mind of the program director works. I am not always agreeing.
For instance, I recently spoke to a surgical program director who did NOT want to take anyone graduating from a Caribbean med school. His reasoning was anyone in a caribbean school was someone who could not get into school in the US.
I do not agree with the attitude, but it must be addressed.
US schools are considered better because there is a more uniform ‘product’. US schools have a rigorous accreditation process that is identifiable and measurable. Most international schools do not.
Recently a student from a caribbean school got very upset with me about this. He said “Our school is just as good” Then he admitted that with >1,000 students in a single year and the fact that most of the 3rd and 4th year had to be virtually self-arranged by the student, that, perhaps this might lead to some quality issues.
Here is the rank order
1. US grads
2. Americans who went to international schools
3 Internationals in international schools
4. Internationals with Visas
Before you start getting upset, or feeling ‘discriminated’ against, this works at EVERY level. In New York there are a lot of 1st class schools. A student applying from Stonybrook or Buffalo will have a harder time in getting an interview that the students from Columbia, NYU or Cornell.
I was at Boston University last year. You might think they would feel relaxed and at an advantage.
they don’t. Why?
“We are in the city with Tufts and Harvard”
Remember, it is like an arranged marriage. They do not know who you are at first. They know the name of the family.
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