Gap jeans are not made for everyone.
The med school may not be "prestigious" as in it's definitely not Northwestern's HPME, but people that graduate from here get residencies in competitive fields in competitive places.
What's the deal with always searching for brand names?
I am willing to pay so much simply for the early clinical experience. They are not joking you guys. I don't know very much about other programs, but I do know that I am in the hospital at least twice a week interviewing and interacting with the staff and patients (Getting an HPI, starting to recognize heart sounds, vital signs, chief complaint, learning how to interpret lab values etc). The Docent system just simply rocks. Third year you get your own office and see patients in the clinic. UMKC may not be well known by lets say....someone's grandma, but people in the medical community are very interested in its graduates. Considering that some students don't see patients until the 3rd and 4th years of traditional med school, I have heard from year 5's who do rotations away at places like Harvard, that they feel more competent and ready to handle real life situations.
Plus I wanted to go to a school that would be a challenge not a competition or a struggle. I feel that if I would have gone the traditional route, or to a more "prestigious" program I would always be competing and concerned about other people's grades... that's not the kind of physician or person that I want to be. I want to grow horizontally toward everyone, not vertically. It's lonely there... and cold.
Here I feel like we are not competing. Everyone is trying to get through this thing together. If people are struggling you help them. If there is a huge test that everyone is worried about EVERYONE will be awake for support and guidance. The dean and teachers are very involved with grades and concerned with your well being. It feels like a big family with 100 of your most diverse and intelligent relatives.
Idunno... for me it just fits. You honestly get what you pay for in my opinion.
So I guess it's comparable to your favorite jeans from your favorite store that fit you unlike any other and have big pockets to prepare you for everything....
... and that you'd be willing to buy back on ebay for no less than $60,000.
(Sorry about the jean anologies... um... bye. I'm going shopping!