The New Tool That Can Help You Find the Perfect Medical School

By Lorena Roberts on November 6, 2018

According to a recent press release, choosing a medical school is getting easier thanks to the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). They’ve launched a new resource for students who plan to apply to medical school (or transfer from your current one!).

Whether you’re already in medical school or you’re a pre-med student at a university already, this tool is important for you to know about. It’s overwhelming to think about what schools you’d like to go to, much less tackling the application process.

With so many medical schools around the world, it’s tough to choose where you want to pursue your dreams, and it can be incredibly overwhelming.

However, thanks to the ECFMG, there’s a new tool that can help you select the most ideal option for medical school. You can find it at www.ecfmg.org/medschoolselection.

The development of this tool comes after the rapid growth in the number of medical schools popping up around the world. We all know the big ones — Stanford, Johns Hopkins, Washington University, etc. But there are smaller schools that engage in spurious business practices. We’re also seeing students travel outside of their home country to attend medical school, which is where it really becomes intimidating. There are way too many decisions to make and it’s overwhelming for students.

“With more than 3,000 medical schools worldwide, selecting the right school can be an intimidating task and a significant financial investment,” said Dr. William W. Pinsky, President and CEO of ECFMG and Board Chair of ECFMG’s Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER). “Our new guide provides prospective medical students around the world with information on the characteristics to consider and questions to ask when evaluating medical schools before applying so they can make a well-informed decision.”

This tool gives students the opportunity to think about what’s important to them when it comes to choosing a medical school, and it narrows down what the best options are. The guide covers all the important stuff: curriculum, faculty, accreditation, and clinical rotation explanations. Additionally, it also prompts students to ask questions about the student experience, consider how schools market themselves, and talk to alumni about their success in and beyond medical school.

What is ECFMG? 

A nonprofit organization based out of Philly, ECFMG is a leader when it comes to promoting quality healthcare. Their program of certification evaluates whether international graduates are ready to enter medical programs in the US. ECFMG offers a variety of other programs for the world’s physicians and the entities worldwide that educate, train, register/license, and employ them.

Lorena graduated from The University of Tennessee in Knoxville last December with a BA in Honors Psychology. After some serious soul-searching, she's decided to pursue a Master's in teaching in order to teach middle school math! In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her Whippet mix, Gio, at the dog park and binge watching Netflix with endless cups of Hot Cocoa.

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