This might sound a bit of a funny question, from the title…
Basically, reading a lot of the careers posts, a lot of the medical students here (mainly US) are asking about "which placement to do in 2nd year", "should I cover cardiothoracics or IR in my 3rd year elective placement", and even about when to start putting out publications.
My personal experience, and I had a look at UK medical school reddit to check they agree, is that in the UK you all come out of med school with a medical degree. As long as you passed from a med school, happy days, you'll get a job, and most of the important stuff from then on is about work.
I managed to scrape a few shoddy posters from my intercalation (optional year, gains you a second undergrad science degree, so 6 years med school total), did a few audits, and I generally did more than average.
Publishing peer reviewed research as a med student in the UK is rare, really rare. I really don't know how you guys in US do it, no idea what med students would be able to get published.
Also there are so many comments here like "I am M1, I know I want to do sub-specialisation in IR / PICU / left mitral leaflet surgery", like how do you know that, before you have even been on clinical placement? I only realised I liked paeds when I did my block near the end of med school.
So overall, my impression is that which med school, and what you do there, is not that important in the UK, as long as you pass, compared to what you do while working as a trainee.
I'm interested in how other people see it.
Is that other people's experience?
Do you think it's all to do with the structure in the states: it's post grad, then you have your STEP exams and Matching that means there is more pressure for med students? Or is there a more general sense of competitiveness that seeps through to med school?
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