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Medical School Reject-O-Rama

Trail of a medical school candidate

Hisashi T Fujinaka

“And you thought you have rejection letters. See what Hisashi received in less than five years and over sixty attempts. His bio should inspire you not to loose heart. Try, Try and Try again son.”

Before you ask questions, do some homework. Click on some of my other links. Just because my first name is “Hisashi” doesn’t mean I wasn’t born in Portland, Oregon (I was), that I’m not a U.S. Citizen (I am), and that I’m not an Eagle Scout (I am, even though I no longer support the Boy Scouts of America.)
Just because they’ve always told you that hard work will get you your heart’s desires doesn’t mean it’s true. There’s a lot of luck involved in life and I’m kind of tapped out right now.
I can’t tell you to avoid applying to medical school. I will tell you that it, in part, had left me without a job, bitter, and without much confidence. Maybe when you’re approaching 40, you won’t be living with your parents or applying for jobs tutoring beginning computer students with a degree from MIT. But my problems are my own and anti-depressants didn’t do much to help me with it.
Good luck!
Some of the rejection letters are missing because I didn’t complete all the secondaries.

Select a year to see the letter

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Does PhD pedigree matter?

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 Choosing a School for PhD

This post is inspired in large part by discussion over at Cosmic Variance about the importance of choice of particular graduate school and pedigree effect. Two extreme points of view are: a) pedigree matters a great deal, having a top school name on your resume will enhance your chances of getting a job and b) pedigree effect is non-existent, and if you are smart and do good science, it doesn’t matter where your degree is from. Additional discussion centered on issue of difficulty of “upward” mobility – which means that most people tend to get positions down the ranking ladder from their PhD institutions, not up.
It’s of course difficult to do proper “controlled” measure of pedigree effect – maybe students selected by top program would do just as well in lower ranked programs, who knows.
So let’s ask a different question – how many of the academic jobs in top research universities go to PhDs from the top programs? Ideally one would want to focus on recent hires only, looking at entire faculty makeup means integrating over the past50 or 60 years, with a big hiring spike in sputnik/cold war years. One way to address this issue is to look only at associate and assistant professors, which typically represent recent hires. Another, possibly better, way is to limit by the years of PhD (say count only PhDs obtained past 1995), but it involves more work. I spent about 4 hours compiling the data, and not sure I want to spend much more on this, even though it is a lot of fun and I am a sucker for playing with numbers.
So here’s the statistics, and I will criticize methods later – AIP graduate program listings, which I believe are compiled in 2005-2006 list 636 professors in the top 50 institutions (I used NRC’95 rankings) in associate or assistant rank. Typically their PhD years span about 12-15 year period from about 1990 till ~2003-2004. 162 of them have foreign PhDs (more on that later) and 472 held PhDs from US. More than half of those hires have PhDs from just 8 institutions: Harvard, Princeton, MIT, Berkeley, Chicago, Stanford, Caltech and Cornell. The effect is larger than I expected, but perhaps not completely unexpected.
Below are the institutions that have 3 or more PhD graduates among 636 assistant/associate rank professors in the top 50 physics programs:

Harvard University

Princeton University

MIT

Univ. of California-Berkeley

University of Chicago

Stanford University

CALTECH

Cornell University

University of Michigan

Columbia University

University of Minnesota

Univ of California-San Diego

Univ of CA-Santa Barbara

Univ of Il Urbana-Champaign

University of Washington

Yale University

SUNY-Stony Brook

University of Texas at Austin

Univ of Wisconsin-Madison

Johns Hopkins University

University of Pennsylvania

University of Rochester

Univ of California-Los Angeles

Univ of Maryland College Park

Northwestern University

Rice University

University of Colorado

Boston University

Indiana University

Rutgers -New Brunswick

Brandeis University

Duke University

Purdue University

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Top 10 universities contribute 59% of US PhD hires, those ranked 11-20 provide another 18%, the next ten ranked 21-30 provide 10%, and ALL of the remaining US universities contribute remaining 12% or so.

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Percentage of PhDs that goes on to become faculty at top 50 universities.

Comparison ranking in terms of total PhD hires and ranking of USNews and NRC.

and the complete article is available at Incoherently Scattered Ponderings

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Law School Rankings vs. Parent University Rankings

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By Paul L. Caron

From Which Law Schools Outrank the Undergraduate Institutions With Which They’re Affiliated?

U.S. News Rankings: Law v. Undergrad

Here are the Top 100 law schools that have overcome the most headwind — the law schools with the biggest positive spread between its ranking and the ranking of its parent university

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Note that the chart understates the spread in many cases, because it assigns the highest possible ranking to schools in the Third (#131) and Fourth (#196) Tier of the National Universities Rankings.

Other Top 20 law schools that are ranked significantly higher than their parent universities are

Michigan (#8 Law, #25 National University)

Virginia (#10, #23)

USC (#16, #27)

UCLA (#15, #25).

Update:  Several readers commented that since U.S News ranks more national universities (262) than law schools (184), a more meaningful measure would look at the disparity by percentiles rather than by absolute rank.  See here for a ranking by percentiles
 

Law Schools Ranked Lower Than Their Parent Universities

The law schools that are ranked significantly lower than their parent universities
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Percentiles rather than absolute ranks have been used because U.S News ranks more national universities (262) than law schools (184). Schools in Tier 3 and Tier 4 the percentile ranking of the midpoint of those tiers because U.S. News does not disclose the actual rank of those school

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Entrepreneurship – where is it taught best?

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Recently New York Times published an article about the subject. Interest in Entrepreneurship is growing and the study programs are increasingly being offered. Nearly 3000 colleges provide training in the subject.As with every thing American passion for Ranking of the ‘ Entrepreneurship’ programs is existing.

So which school is the right place for those interested in starting their own companies?

Fortune Small Business spent seven months interviewing hundreds of entrepreneurs, professors, administrators, students and alumni to try to find out.

The magazine answers the question this way: It found that the best places to get an Entrepreneurship education were:

Undergraduate

Babson College

Indiana University

Syracuse University

University of Arizona

University of Pennsylvania

Online Education

Boston University

University of Houston

University of Wyoming

Western Carolina University

Cross-Disciplinary Studies

Cornell

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Stanford University

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Wake Forest.

Graduate School

Babson

Harvard

Indiana University

M.I.T

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Syracuse

University of Arizona

University of California at Berkeley

University of California, Los Angeles

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

University of Pennsylvania

Executive Education

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Harvard

Northwestern

Stanford

University of Chicago

University of Texas at Austin

Family Business

Babson

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Kennesaw State University

Loyola of Chicago

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University of Texas at El Paso.

DOES PASSION TRUMP ALL? Maybe we have the whole approach to teaching entrepreneurship backward, George Gendron writes in Inc.

READ THE ARTICLE AT

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The Times Higher World University Rankings 2007

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University of Tokyo

University of Hong Kong

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University of Edinburgh

King’s College London

Kyoto University

Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris

University of Melbourne

Ecole Polytechnique

Northwestern University

University of Manchester

University of Sydney

Brown University

University of British Columbia

University of Queensland

National University of Singapore

Peking University

University of Bristol

Chinese University of Hong Kong

University of Michigan

Tsinghua University

University of California, LA

ETH Zurich

Monash University

University of New South Wales

University of Toronto

Osaka University

Boston University

University of Amsterdam

New York University

University of Auckland

Seoul National University

University of Texas at Austin

Hong Kong University of Sc & Tech

Trinity College Dublin

University of Washington

University of Wisconsin-Madison

University of Warwick

University of California, San Diego

London School of Economics

Heidelberg University

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

University of Adelaide

Delft University of Technology

University of Western Australia

University of Birmingham

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Technische Universität München

University of Sheffield

Nanyang Technological University

University of Nottingham

Dartmouth College

Uppsala University

University of Illinois

Emory University

University of York

University of St Andrews

University of Pittsburgh

Purdue University

University of Maryland

University of Leeds

University of Southampton

Vanderbilt University

University of Glasgow

Leiden University

Case Western Reserve Univ

Fudan University

University of Vienna

Queen’s University

Utrecht University

Pen State University

Tokyo Institute of Tech

Rice University

University of Copenhagen

University of Montreal

University of Rochester

University of California, Davis

University of Alberta

Georgia Institute of Technology

Cardiff University

University of Helsinki

University of Liverpool

Georgetown University

National Taiwan University

Tohoku University

University of Geneva

Lund University

University of Colorado

McMaster University

Durham University

University of Virginia

Maastricht University

Nagoya University

University of Waterloo

University of Aarhus

University of Basel

University of Otago

University of California, SB

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University of Southern California

Ohio State University

University of Sussex

Texas A&M University

Université Catholique de Louvain

University of Ghent

Nanjing University

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Univ of Western Ontario

Hebrew Univ of Jerusalem

Newcastle University

Technical Univ of Denmark

Eindhoven University of Tech

Korea Adv Inst of Sc & Tech

Université Pierre et Marie Curie

University of Arizona

University of Florida

Kyushu University

University of Aberdeen

Indiana University Bloomington

Simon Fraser University

University of California, Irvine

University of Zurich

University of Minnesota

Universität Tübingen

Universität Freiburg

University of Bath

Freie Universität Berlin

University of Lancaster

Wageningen University

City University of Hong Kong

Queen Mary, Univ of London

Hokkaido University

University of North Carolina

Tel Aviv University

Université Libre de Bruxelles

Univ of Sc &Tech of China

University of Notre Dame

Ecole Normale Supérieure

Cranfield University

Michigan State University

Tufts University

Keio University

Washington University in St Louis

Erasmus University Rotterdam

Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Universität Stuttgart

University of Calgary

Vienna University of Tech

Universität Göttingen

Macquarie University

Helsinki University of Tech

University of Dundee

Universität Karlsruhe

University of Bologna

University of Groningen

University of MA ,Amherst

University of São Paulo

University of Campinas

University College Dublin

Rutgers,  New Jersey

University of Reading

Waseda University

Rheinisch-Westfälische Tech

Università Degli Studi Di Roma

Université Louis Pasteur

University of Leicester

University of Twente

University of Antwerp

University of Canterbury

University of Oslo

University of Surrey

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

KTH, Royal Institute of Technology

Univ Nat Autónoma de México

University of Barcelona

Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen

Queensland Univ of Technology

Chalmers University of Technology

Kobe University

University of Wollongong

University of Cape Town

Rmit University

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For a Commentry on this Ranking also See:

THES-QS World University Rankings 2007

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Doctorate Degree Programs focused on Quantitative Finance / Derivatives

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  School Program  Specialization Location
1. Berkeley – Haas School  PhD Finance   Berkeley,CA
2. Boston College – Carroll School  PhD Finance  Econometrics Chestnut Hill, MA
3. Boston University   PhD Mathematical Finance Boston, MA
4. Carnegie Mellon    PhD Mathematical Finance Stochastics, Financial Economics Pittsburgh, PA
5. Claremont Graduate University – Drucker School PhD Financial Engineering   Claremont, CA
6. Cornell University     PhD Operations Research   Ithaca, NY
7. Florida State University         PhD Financial Mathematics   Tallahassee, FL
8. Illinois Institute of Technology – Stuart School  PhD Management Science     Derivatives, Corporate Finance, Investments Chicago, IL
9. Purdue University     PhD Mathematics with Focus on Computational Finance      West Lafayette, IN
10. Rutgers University         PhD Finance   Newark, NJ
11. Stanford University      PhD  Finance Dynamic Asset Pricing     Stanford, CA
12. Stanford University  PhD Statistics     Financial Mathematics Stanford, CA
13. University of Arizona – Eller       PhD Management with Concentration in Finance    Tucson, AZ
14. University of Alabama – Culverhouse   PhD Finance   Tuscaloosa, AL
15. University of Houston – Bauer School PhD Finance Fixed Income, Derivatives, Quants Houston, TX
16. University of Nebraska Lincoln   PhD Business Administration       Econometrics Lincoln, NB
17. University of Chicago  PhD Finance       Chicago, IL
18. University of Florida   PhD Quantitative Finance     
19. University of Pennsylvania – Wharton School   PhD Finance     
20. Vanderbilt University – Owen School  PhD Finance   Derivatives, Statistics, Differential Mathematics  

Recruiters’ Top MBA Schools

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Extract of the article by Ronald Alsop published in Wall Street Journal (WSJ)
NATIONAL RANKING
Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business in Hanover, N.H.
Tuck received its highest ratings this year for its “well-rounded” students, their personal integrity, interpersonal and communication skills, and teamwork abilities.

University of Michigan

Michigan had rivaled Tuck with its consistently strong showing in the survey in previous years, but some recruiters now complain about both the students and the career-services office. One survey respondent said more Michigan students are demonstrating a “what’s in it for me?” attitude.

“Students weren’t as prepared for interviews and were somewhat more arrogant than in the past,” says David Gallon, a survey respondent and senior strategic research consultant, truck and SUV, for Toyota Motor Corp. in Torrance, Calif.

Northwestern University

Northwestern University is another school that tumbled in the 2007 ranking — to 12th place from sixth — after a number of years near the top of the ranking. Recruiters said they were displeased with the pompous attitudes of some students at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. Some students also proved disappointing in their financial knowledge.
The Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Sloan made a notable gain in the ranking, jumping six places to No. 4. It also moved up three places in the International ranking, to No. 5. Recruiters gave MIT its highest marks for students’ analytical skills and work ethic, and named it more than any other school for excellence in teaching information technology and operations management.

Anderson School of Management – UCLA

Anderson School rose to No. 15 after three straight years in the cellar. Recruiters said they are most impressed for its diversity and energy and for students’ strong leadership, interpersonal and teamwork skills.

Harvard University and Stanford University

Two schools that typically rank low despite reputations for academic excellence — again were criticized for what recruiters said were their students’ inflated egos and excessive expectations. Nevertheless, their graduates still end up landing some of the highest paying jobs.

REGIONAL RANKING

Brigham Young, in Provo, Utah

Year in and year out, recruiters rave about graduates’ maturity, competitive drive, integrity and international experience, especially from their missionary work for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Academically, the Marriott School receives high marks in the Journal survey for its accounting program. Some recruiters also are finding that more Brigham Young M.B.A.s make a good fit for investment banking. “BYU has put much more emphasis in preparing their students for investment banking,” says Steven Potter, a survey respondent and managing director at Banc of America Securities in New York. “At both the B.A. and M.B.A. levels, they have had outside firms come to the school to give a course on valuation techniques that is much more practical than theoretical.”

Thunderbird School of Global Management

Last year’s top-rated Regional school, experienced quite a turnabout, slipping 10 spots in 2007. Recruiters said the school produces some stars but that it admits too many students who lack enough work experience. Survey respondents also were critical of the many international students with weak communication skills and the need for visa sponsorships to work in the U.S.
“Thunderbird attracts good students who want ex-pat careers, but also average students who can afford the steep price and want to ride Thunderbird’s above-average reputation,” says Tom Kondo, a survey respondent and human resources manager for L’Oréal Paris in New York. “Often times, the average students will claim interest in international or ex-pat careers, but don’t really have the skills or desire to follow through. When we interview there, we always have to weed these students out.” Recruiters said they still consider it the top school in the world for teaching about international business.

Among the biggest gainers this year were three Boston-area schools: Boston University, Boston College and Babson College. Babson placed highest of the three at No. 21, up 14 spots from last year.

Three new schools broke into the top 10: Indiana University, the University of Florida and Emory University. Indiana jumped 10 places to No. 5 this year, as recruiters noted that students are more polished and sharper, especially in their marketing skills, and that the career-services office has become more responsive. The survey respondents awarded Indiana higher scores this year for incorporating experiential learning into the curriculum, faculty expertise and course content, and overall recruiting value.

INTERNATIONAL RANKING
ESADE and Switzerland’s International Institute for Management Development (IMD) held on to first and second place again this year, while No. 3 London Business School and No. 4 IPADE Business School in Mexico swapped places.
This year, ESADE was rated highest for students’ personal integrity, their teamwork abilities and the career-services office.

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