You do want to apply to the top schools. While you can get a good education at most medical schools the name that appears on your degree can open doors for you in the future. The right medical school can set you up in a career that will serve you well and it will help you to build a strong network.
Choosing the right school for you largely depends on what you want to do with your career. Are you focusing on research? Are you focusing on family practice? Before you get your application materials out check out these top ten schools. All of these schools are top medical schools and although they are listed numerically one is not better than the other they are all top schools!
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill-Rated one of the best for primary care medical career plans
Yale University- Rated one of the best for research and specialty career plans
Duke University-Rated one of the best for research and specialty career plans
Harvard University-Rated one of the best for research, specialty and primary care medical career paths.
John Hopkins School of Medicine-Rated one of the best overall
Mayo Medical School-Rated one of the best overall
University of Nebraska Medical Center-Rated one of the best for primary care career paths and one of the most affordable
Washington University at St Louis-Rated one of the best for research and one of the most affordable
Stanford University-Rated one of the best for research
University of Alabama Birmingham-Rated one of the best for research, specialty and primary care also ranked high for affordability.
There are many really good medical schools in the US with in state tuition as low as $18,000 per year. Some of the schools on the list like Harvard or Duke are private schools with higher tuition rates than public or state schools but public or state schools can provide you with a stellar education from very well respected names.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the oldest public university in North Carolina and a world renowned medical institution. You can shop for your medical school by many different criteria and get a great education. Narrowing down the list to the top ten is very difficult when there are so many excellent institutions.
Other schools worth mentioning include University of California at San Francisco, University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, University of Chicago and University of Michigan.
The top ten medical schools largely depends on your search criteria and what your career path entails.