Medical School vs College Comparison

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School Insiders website. Visit 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, 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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81 thoughts on “Medical School vs College Comparison

  1. Just because there is pass fail doesn't mean there isn't competition. Cutthroat people are still cutthroat and schools still keep track of AOA fraternity candidates…

  2. Pass/fail is not always a good thing… It does not separate you from your fellow students that just barely pass… Coming from a GME perspective this makes things very difficult during interviews and ranking, with the rumor usmle going to pass/fail it will be incredibly hard to sift out the mediocre students from the ones that excelled

  3. started studying for the LSAT in my freshman year of HS now that I am a year away from taking the actual LSAT I generally score above 175 and solve the test in a relatively short amount of time.So if you put a lot of time and dedication into something you will make it.Whether its law or med school put in work and you will make it.

  4. can you also do a video on how being in the army(im interested in the national guard) can help with tuition?

  5. for my medical exam i got OSCE and SOCA, studying for a month but the exam last about 10 mins. That is the longgest 10 mins of my life. studying over 60 disease (pathology, treatment, definition, criteria, pathophysiology, working diagnosis, differentiat diagnosis, prognosis, contraindications, complications). but all in all i feel great being a med school student. amidst all the stressful material and classes i get to befriend a lot of people and the most important thing is we had 1 class for 3 years now and in that time 1 class fells like 1 family

  6. Thank you so much! I’m 13 and a future in the medical field is my biggest dream. I’ve been watching videos during my free time and taking notes so I have some knowledge of what I will be getting myself into in the future.

  7. I’ll be starting-out this fall as an incoming freshman majoring pre-medical biology, wish me luck!😅

  8. I’m in 7th grade n idk why I’m watching this but I really want to be a surgeon some day lol. My grades are like As and Bs which I need to work on but that’s just because I stop trying in the middle of the year.. but I’m gonna fix that. My friends say that I’m too dumb to be a surgeon and that I won’t be able to handle the amount of school I’ll have to go through. But I think it would be worth it, if I’m smart enough.

  9. I broke my ankle 2 years ago and now it cracks with almost every step I take it’s really loud and embarrassing but the doctor said it’s nothing and there’s nothing they can do. And I broke my nose when I was 14 and the doctor didn’t do anything and now it’s crooked. I also injured my wrist years ago and now it has bad pain whenever I put any weight on it and the doctor said they couldn’t do anything. My body is all broken and it sucks and asking a doctor for help has been completely useless /: oh well we’re all gonna die anyway I guess

  10. Im 12 and im learning this for the future to be a certified surgeon [i barley going to 7th grade]

  11. Im still siting here wondering what the fuck I would doing in the hospital since I want to be a forensic Pathologist

  12. In sri lanka, us kids have to go through your 4 year college pre med in 2 years. from the ages 16-18( y'all typically are 18-22) , and we don't have semesters, we have one huge national exam in the end questioning all the subject matter we learn for 2 years. AND the acceptance rate is 0.03% as in from 65,000 kids they choose 2,000. not per uni, for all the uni's collectively.
    LMAO I'm going to kill myself.

  13. I'm a senior this year and going off to college and studying to be a trauma surgeon and i'm still trying to figure out what to major in to do this

  14. As a pre-med student in a developing country, I'm horrified from the moment this video started to the very end. I mean, I didn't have to go through college for those pre-requisites — I just went straight from high school. And don't even get me started with the tuition rates — the average minimum for college tuition is already higher than how much I had to pay seven fold.

  15. since I'm an international student,can i go straight to universities from high school?or college is actually necessary?

  16. My friend asked me "why are you always writting tests and exams? I have never seen you not preparing for one of those" #medschoollife

  17. I think we can see now that current education isn't needed, because we can have free online learning, so we can change everything by starting to teach every child science and medicine, at age 8 or 9, because its information that every person needs to know, whether they go on to be doctors or not. The current education system is teaching things that most people can learn on computers in a few days or weeks. Because it's ridiculous to have a system that doesn't start teaching, just a few people, science and meds until they're 25 or 23! We need people who can be doctors by age 18-20, & if there are billions more doctors, then every human on Earth can see a doctor easily, they can know more about their own illnesses, symptoms, etc, and they can tell other doctors their symptoms, and maybe consult millions of doctors online, especially when there's trouble finding a cause or cure. This current system stops billions of people from ever becoming doctors, no matter how bad they want, by causing poverty! So we now have a way to end world poverty, quickly, by ending wage slavery first in USA, the most powerful nation on Earth. I'll explain that later.

  18. physicians are just drug dealers. not very bright. look how much time and money they spend just to make 300k a year and get their egos stroked by stupid people. lol.

  19. This is mostly about Medical school system in the US. Not the same in other country, UK, middle east, India, SAE, Russia.

  20. thank god i dont live in the states. my 3rd semester of med school starts in 1 month and i am 20 years old. all i had to do to get in was to pass a test.

  21. If….. If I'm smarter and my parents are rich I also want to pursue medicine. Still grateful I'm graduating from college next year

  22. Im only 13 but i want too become an anesthesiologist when i get older but i dont think i will be able to get that kind of money for college and then medical school after that. And im not in a wealthy family so i think i will end up having to find something else to do. Thanks gor the info.

  23. I'm a homeschooled student (9th grade), and I don't have a transcript; however, I am planning on taking both the SAT and ACT, plus the MCAT. I have two questions. First, how much will the medical school scrutinize my SAT and ACT scores. What I'm trying to say here is: will those scores improve my chances of getting into med school. Secondly, is it possible to get into med school without gpa. I have two cousins which are both in med school. However, they both attended high school and submitted their gpa's. I haven't been in high school and I'm not planning to. Can I even enter into med school? Anyone?

  24. I read a comment on some videos similar to yours that nursing is the best pre-med… Well is it? I need some advices 'cause I wanted to be an ER doctor and I don't know what to do in college for pre-med. 😭

  25. my husband finished med school in 2012, he funded himself through work and loans which amount to over 610k of which since 2012 he paid more or less 300k.
    What I'm getting at is… i can't express how important it is to have a wonderful doctor and be married to him.
    The downside is long hours and as such i highly recommend patience and commitment

  26. Up here in Manitoba Canada medical school at the U of M is 10 000 per year. Not sure how the experience compares to US medical schools but your learning the same material.

  27. Can you make a video on how to get into med school in America if you live in Ontario canada. Please it would be extremely helpfull

  28. I really want to be a doctor, specifically a pediatrician. The videos you make are really helpful. And it makes me nervous but excited at the same time. Thank you for making this channel! SUBSCRIBED.

  29. Omg that is a lot of money for schooling. Here in canada college is like $7,000CAN a year and med school is like $22,000CAN. I can't imagine $60,000USD

  30. I'm in 6th grade what am I doing here.. btw I subscribed to this since I'm going to be a docter and I need more info

  31. wow i remember watching this video a few days before my mcat, almost exactly one year ago. now i'm matriculating to medical school this July 2019!

  32. Sir I m from India I m studying now in BSc nursing 3rd year. After complet it. Can I takes admission in the mbbs or medical school of USA. Give me information

  33. Is it okay to go to any college when you want to be in the medical field and from there go to a medical school of your choice?

  34. I’m going to um. Just got in. Starting late I’m 27 but I’m thrilled. Thank you for the info. I couldn’t have done it without you.

  35. After high school is it necessary to go to college and then go to medical school? Or can I skip college?

  36. I’m currently in 7th grade, and I plan on being a brain surgeon, I’m not entirely set on brain surgery itself, but I definitely want to work in surgery, but I’m starting to worry about getting sued and costs of school

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