The Best 168 Medical Schools, 2012 Edition Paperback – Oct 11 2011
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- Beginning sections have a lot of information and perspective on being a doctor and the sort of question you could run into at a medical school interview
- Book also has a few strategies for non traditional applicants
- Back of the book has information for postbacc programs (But see the cons below)
- Book also has profiles for osteopathic (D.O. degree) schools
- Riddled with errors. Examples: Yale doesn't participate in AMCAS (Wrong), UCSF in-state tuition is stated to be $0 (wrong), and the Tufts University page actually is the information for the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, USUHS (Apparently the editors of the book were drunk and couldn't even COPY AND PASTE from the correct website)
- The information is horribly outdated. The UCSF statistics were from 2005, SUNY Stony Brook University School of Medicine is from 2011, UCSD Medical School has stats from 2006
- The Post-bac programs are NOT thoroughly covered. The MSAR does a much much much better job at identifying EVERY post bac program
In summary: Don't buy this book. Use U.S. World News and Report and the MSAR for accurate and useful information. There's no telling what information is accurate and what is inaccurate in this book. Considering the plethora of errors and lack of editing, I think using this book can be more harmful than helpful. Obviously the Princeton Review rushed this book out to try and make it seem like they have the yearly authoritative lead on what's what in the medical school world, but this is obviously a sham. This book is so low quality I'm surprised that it has more than 2 stars at all.
Pages 222-223: Information supplied is for Uniformed Services University, NOT Tufts University. There is no other listing for Tufts.
Pages 368-369: Information supplied looks like it is for West Virginia University School of Medicine, NOT Washington University in St. Louis. There is no second listing for Washington University in St. Louis. This is one of the top medical programs in the country, and should absolutely be listed properly.
Pages 372-373: There is a second listing for West Virginia University School of Medicine, but it is unclear which pages provide the correct information for the school.
Had I not been paying attention, I would have decided not to apply to some schools that are a good fit for me.
Medical school applicants have enough to worry about, without having to deal with incorrect resources. I'm sure there are more mistakes than I have found here, so I am no longer going to use this book. It's completely useless.
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