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Interested in Primary Care Medicine? Here are the top rated Medical Schools for Primary Care!

1. University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

2. University of Washington

3. Oregon Health and Science University

4. University of California – San Francisco

5. University of Colorado – Denver

Advice for the Law School Class of 2016: 10 Suggestions for Incoming Law Students

By Vikram David Amar
August 30, 2013
Even though it seems that fewer people will be starting law school this year than was the case just a handful of years ago, the group of entering first-year students about to embark on their lifelong journey of legal education still numbers in the tens of thousands. For whatever they may be worth, I offer below—based on my experience as a law student, a practicing lawyer, and someone who has taught at four law schools over the past two decades—ten pieces of modern advice (some intuitive and some less so) for incoming law students: – Read Mr. Amar’s Top Ten through the link below!

Weigh Applying to Medical School After Third, Fourth Year

By Edward Chang 
August 20, 2013
US News

So does it matter when you apply? Are there advantages of applying after fourth year instead of third year or vice versa? Both options have their benefits.

Advantages to Applying After Third Year

1. Eliminating one year of worry

2. Becoming a doctor faster

3. Answering fewer secondary application questions

Advantages to Applying After Fourth Year

1. Having an extra year to mature, rest and strengthen your application

2. Taking the MCAT later

3. Interviewing without juggling

 Learn more behind the reasoning for both options here!


5 Questions Medical School Applicants Are Afraid to Ask
By Kathleen Franco, M.D.
September 24, 2013

Medical school applicants want to make the best possible impression on admissions officers, but as a result they may be hesitant to ask certain questions and get the facts they need to make a reasoned decision about the medical school they select.
Students should ask the following challenging questions, as well as understand when and under what circumstances it may be less risky for students to ask them.

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Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare 5 – 4

By Bill Mears and Tom Cohen, CNN
updated 11:29 AM EDT, Thu June 28, 2012

Washington (CNN) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the controversial health care law championed by President Barack Obama in a landmark decision that will impact the November election and the lives of every American.

In a 5-4 ruling, the high court decided the individual mandate requiring people to have health insurance is valid as a tax, even though it is impermissible under the Constitution’s commerce clause.

“In this case, however, it is reasonable to construe what Congress has done as increasing taxes on those who have a certain amount of income, but choose to go without health insurance,” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in the majority opinion. “Such legislation is within Congress’s power to tax.”

The importance of the decision cannot be overstated: It will have an immediate and long-term impact on all Americans, both in how they get medicine and health care, and also in vast, yet-unknown areas of “commerce.”

The most anticipated Supreme Court ruling in years allows the government to continue implementing the health care law, which doesn’t take full effect until 2014.

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The Shrinking Law School

By Mitch Smith

Published: May 1, 2012

Inside HigherEd

Frank Wu doesn’t mince words.

“The critics of legal education are right,” said Wu, the chancellor and dean of the University of California Hastings College of the Law. “There are too many law schools and there are too many law students and we need to do something about that.”

So he is. Starting this fall, Hastings will admit 20 percent fewer students than in years past, a decision that required the college to eliminate several staff positions. No faculty members lost their jobs.

It’s not that no one wants to go to Hastings — the freestanding law college in San Francisco rejects three-quarters of its applicants. And Hastings is arguably the most prestigious law school to announce such a plan, joining a trio of law colleges that rolled out reductions last year. Nationally, far fewer students are taking admissions tests and applying to law schools (applications were down about 15 percent last year countrywide and down 7 percent at Hastings). That trend is projected to continue for the foreseeable future, while those who do attend often graduate with plenty of debt but few job opportunities.

The remedy, Wu believes, is to “reboot the system.” The shift comes at a time when law schools are confronting an upending of their business model and a public relations disaster.

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 Vet School Surge

By Mitch Smith


Published: February 8, 2012

Inside HigherEd


Schuyler County — in New York’s Finger Lakes region — is home to 18,000 people; 14,000 farm animals; one NASCAR track and exactly zero livestock veterinarians.

That dearth of vets is a common problem in rural America, and one reason behind a push by the country’s veterinary colleges to admit more students.

Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine is launching a $22 million project that sustains its class size at 102 students, up from 90 a few years ago. The college is seeking an additional $34 million that would allow it to enroll 120 of its annual 1,000 applicants by 2017. The two-phase project would also help Cornell improve its facilities and train more students to treat livestock.

(The previous paragraph was changed to accurately reflect the financial status of Cornell’s efforts to increase its number of veterinary students.)

If the plans are approved, Dean Michael Kotlikoff said, Cornell hopes to increase enrollment in its food animal program from 20 in each entering class to 30.

Those extra vets – as many as 100 graduating every decade – could help ease a well-documented trend of veterinarians in New York and elsewhere leaving food animal practices for more lucrative careers treating domestic pets.

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Inside Higher Ed


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There’s More to the Law Than “Practice Ready”

By Alfred Konefsky and Barry Sullivan, The Chronicle of Higher Education

Published: October 23, 2011

Law graduates must be practice-ready, not simply in the sense of being ready for the first stage of practice, but by being equipped for a lifetime of professional growth and service under conditions of challenge and uncertainty. Those who are practice-ready only in the narrow sense may have an initial advantage, but that will soon evaporate. Even today, a small-town business lawyer in upstate New York or downstate Illinois will have clients doing business in China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, or Mexico. She may be able to draft a contract, but her advice will be more useful if she has some basic appreciation of the differences between the civil and common law systems….Read more here! 

Law Schools on the Defensive Over Job Placement Data

By Katherine Mangan, The Chronicle of Higher Education

Published: October

Kyle McEntee graduated from Vanderbilt University Law School in May with $150,000 in debt and a pit in his stomach. After passing the bar in North Carolina, his home state, he began applying for the few jobs he found posted but was competing with laid-off lawyers with at least a year or two of experience.

“Everyone I talked to was beaten down and depressed about their job prospects,” he says.

Today Mr. McEntee’s career is on something of a roll, but hardly in the way he’d expected…Read more at


Why Medical School Should Be Free


Published: May 28, 2011

DOCTORS are among the most richly rewarded professionals in the country. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that of the 15 highest-paid professions in the United States, all but two are in medicine or dentistry.

Why, then, are we proposing to make medical school free?

Huge medical school debts — doctors now graduate owing more than $155,000 on average, and 86 percent have some debt — are why so many doctors shun primary care in favor of highly paid specialties, where there are incentives to give expensive treatments and order expensive tests, an important driver of rising health care costs.