An important thing to consider when applying to medical school is the environment of the school itself. This takes into account the class size, who your classmates are going to be and the kind of interaction between you the student and your professors.
Medical school isn’t something you want to do alone. With only 54 students in a typical entering class (50 MD + 4 MDPHD), forming close friendships and getting to know your classmates is rarely an issue at SSOM. Camaraderie develops quickly and becomes stronger as the year goes on. The small class size allows medical school to become a shared experience with your future colleagues.
“I have been VERY pleasantly surprised with the camaraderie. Rather than making school a competition, everyone has been very helpful toward each other by sharing study tools and forming study groups.” -MSI
“With a small class size, you truly get to know your classmates and you know they will be there for you whether it concerns studying, emotional issues, or merely going out to have a good time.”
The small class size and attentive faculty make for an exceptionally positive learning experience at SSOM. Professors are always eager to give one on one attention, to the point where most faculty and staff know the students by name. In a recent survey, some students even admit that the willingness of professors to go out of their way for our educational benefit is the best part about SSOM.
“The faculty have been very accessible. This has been a huge benefit to my education, especially when I need clarification on a concept from class that I do not completely understand.”
“The first thing I tell people about when they ask how school is going, is how great my classmates are.”