I'm interested in the medical field, hopefully as a doctor or RN. Does UCR offer anything that would tip me in selecting it over UCSC, which has a Health Sciences program especially for students wanting to pursue a medical career?
One thing to note. UCR's med school wont be the traditional teaching hospital and such. Because of budget problems, the med school will use existing hospitals nearby, but it will have academic buildings on the UCR campus.
"its one of the top because of the partnership with UCLA."
No. Just because they have a partnership program with UCLA that accepts about 24 people each year doesn't mean their premedical program is top-notch. UCR's premed does not beat UCD, UCI, and UCSB's science programs. Especially UCSD's.
And on a sidenote, UCSC is a little more prestigious school than UCR.
"UCR's premed leads you to UCLA medical school. That's why people want to get into UCR's premed."
Yeah, for like 24 people. What an accomplishment. I believe there are more premed students than that at UCR. Unless it's really that crappy.
"Where does UCSD's premed lead to? Unless you are saying UCSD's premed is better than UCLA's. "
No. When did I say UCLA's premed is better than UCSD's? If you don't know what the UCR/UCLA program is - UCR is the premed and UCLA is the medical school part. I am saying UCR's premed as a standalone premed program (despite the partnership with UCLA) is behind UCSD's. You can't just say that UCR's premed is now better than UCSD's or other UC's (especially Davis) just because 24 people get in to UCLA every year with the program.
Oh, and UCSD's premed can lead anywhere because students apply everywhere. Not just UCLA. There are other (and possibly better) medical schools than UCLA.
Not all of UCR's premed is guaranteed to go to one of the best med schools in the country. Only 24 of them. Get the point.
Having 24 premeds go to UCLA doesn't make the UCR premed program that great. By the way, I am not just talking about Thomas Haider program. I'm talking about the UCR as a premed school as a whole because that's what people here keep saying. Just because of one program with UCLA doesn't make it a whole better school than the other higher ranked UC's. I would be more impressed if ALL of UCR's premed students end up somewhere like UCLA or comparable to that. But no. You are only talking about 24 people out of perhaps 200-300 people or more so don't say UCR's premed is better than others. What happens to the other people who didn't get into the program? Does that mean they are screwed?