Here is what has been going on with Crimson Scholar Danielle Miyagishima and her interview process at some of the most esteemed MD/PhD graduate school programs in the country.
Danielle has been accepted to the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago, the Weill Cornell Medical College (as part of the Weill Cornell/Rockefeller/Sloan Kettering Tri-Institutional MD/PhD program) in New York City, and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland – all of which are in the Top 25 Best Medical Schools, as ranked by US News and World Report.
The Feinberg School of Medicine – her first MD/PhD program acceptance – is a highly ranked research medical school with a strong neuroscience program, which led Danielle to apply. “Case Western Reserve, a well-established medical school, has several research mentors that I could see myself working with, particularly in the area of brain cancer research,” Danielle said.
She has also visited Indiana University, the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Yale University, the University of Texas Southwestern, and the University of Colorado School of Medicine.
“I applied to UT Southwestern because of its preeminent reputation in biomedical sciences. It is unique from many of the other places I applied to in that it is only a biomedical graduate school, meaning [the school does not have any] undergraduate programs or other fields of study,” Danielle said. “It has six Nobel laureates (including one of the directors of the MD/PhD program) and numerous National Academy of Science Members and Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigators – both of which are elite statuses in sciences.”
The decision to apply to Yale stemmed from the program’s reputation. “Yale is known for excellence in a variety of academic areas including its medical school and graduate school,” Danielle said.
Yale places an emphasis on self-directed learning and is one of the only medical schools to use a pass/fail system and avoid the use of an internal ranking of medical students. “This means that students can focus on learning rather than studying for an exam,” Danielle said. “It also gives students the freedom to pursue areas of interest outside of or related to medicine. In addition, they have a very strong bioethics program, which is something I am interested in making part of my graduate education.”
By mid-March Danielle’s remaining notices of acceptance expect to be received, followed by Danielle’s selection of a graduate school.