When searching for a doctor of any kind, you want the best of the best. When you’re a future doctor searching for a medical degree, you, too, want the best of the best. Here’s a breakdown of the top four medical schools in the country for anesthesiology and why they’re worth the sometimes hefty investment.
All Hail Harvard
Harvard. Commonly found at the forefront in most academic fields, Harvard Medical School is no exception. Located in Boston, Massachusetts, it has an annual tuition of $53,581 and has turned out notable alumni such as Surgeon General of the U.S. Army Joseph Lovell as well as former U.S. Senator and surgeon Bill Frist. The curriculum is structured into two years of study graded on a Pass/Fail scale before beginning clinicals at one of almost 20 affiliated institutions throughout the New England city. There are 12,583 part- and full-time faculty available for the 726 students currently enrolled in the number one school for drug and alcohol abuse as well as women’s health. All you need is a median MCAT score of 37 and a median incoming GPA of 3.93.
For the best, head to the west
For California residents, the UCSF School of Medicine is relatively affordable in comparison to the others on this list, at $32,365. However, if you’re an out-of-state student, prepare to pay $44,351 to attend the leading medical school in AIDS research. The student body, which is 52% female and 48% male, studies block courses for the first two years before moving on to a year of clerkships followed by a year of clinicals. Offering a faculty-student ratio of 3:3:1, the San Francisco school admits approximately 150 students each year with median MCAT scores at 36 and average incoming GPA at 3.85.
With 461 students currently enrolled at the John Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, the medical school prides itself on fostering a community environment by dividing students into one of their four colleges: Nathans, Sabin, Taussig, and Thomas. The leader in internal medicine and geriatrics, this Baltimore school follows the Genes to Society Curriculum and costs $47,284 annually. Students median MCAT scores fell at 36 and incoming GPAs are at 3.91, easily rivaling any Ivy League.
The one that started it all
Philadelphia is home to a lot of America’s history, and the Perelman School of Medicine is no exception. It’s home to the first medical school and first school hospital in the United States. Tuition costs $52,478 and notable alumni include Nobel Prize winners Michael Stuart Brown and Stanley Prusiner and the founder of Jefferson Medical College (now Thomas Jefferson University) George McClellan. Fostering effective leadership and team players, the 655 enrolled students are broken up into small groups and learn through a course of six different modules.