PDaddy wrote:If you get into Medical school, people don't care whether its Johns Hopkins, Harvard, Howard, Minnesota, or Temple. They make few or no judgments. They just know that you went to medical school. The elitism in law admissions does not exist in medical school admissions...why?
There is actually a huge amount of elitism in medical school admissions. People (and some patients) really DO care what medical school doctors went to, and where they did their residency. If you ever get around to reading http://forums.studentdoctor.net/ you'll find that med-skool applicants stress over prestige/ test scores/ admissions chances / etc. just as much as they do here on TLS. They're also nastier in general. (Sorry TLS peeps, but y'all got nothin' on SDN when it comes to snark)
lawgod wrote:If there were elite doctors offices which charged twice as much, but you knew you were actually going to get a much higher skilled doctor, you'd see everyone who could afford it taking their business there, and the lesser skilled doctors falling off the map. Lets face it: you have no idea whether your doctor who took 3 weeks to figure out what was wrong with you simply is clueless.
There ARE docs and clinics that charge 2-10 times more for expert advice, and you DO see those who can afford it going there instead. There are also doctors that set up expensive clinics to cater to wealthy patients. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Concierge_medicine
The reason "lesser skilled doctors" remain in practice is that the AMA carefully regulates the number of doctors on the market at any given time. Thus graduating from medical school has certain advantages over law school in terms of jobs available. Downside is that just because you went to medical school doesn't mean you get to practice the kind of medicine you want. You can screw up one exam and spend the rest of your life in a specialty you hate like family practice because all the kids with high scores scooped up dermatology and cardio-thoracic surgery residencies.