Med School and MBA Admissions News Roundup

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Here's what's been going on in the world of MBA and medical school admissions news:

  • An Israeli news source ( reports that top b-schools in the U.S. have begun recruiting seriously in Israel. This year, more than 150 Israeli students will attend MBA programs in the U.S., including the first ever Israeli-Ethiopian student will be studying at Brandeis as a Fulbright scholar. Duke Fugua recently established a scholarship especially for Israeli students, and decided that Tel Aviv will soon become an anchor city for holding admissions interviews, putting it in a class with Beijing, New York, Chicago, and San Francisco. Army experience (which in Israel is mandatory) is always an impressive point when adcoms are reviewing student profiles.
  • Top business schools in the U.S. are adding social media courses to their curricula to keep up with the growing corporate demand for social media-savvy employees, reports a Businessweek article, "B-Schools All A-Twitter Over Social Media." Companies like Panasonic, AT&T, and Citigroup all hire social media directors to "develop and manage marketing strategies that address the nuances of the online world." If b-school graduates want to be considered for competitive positions in marketing and development, they'll need to make sure that their technological social media skills are current. (Only 84% of 2009 b-school graduates placed jobs straight out of school, compared to 2007's 98%.) Columbia offers four internet marketing courses, including "Media and Technology" and "Social Media." Harvard offers "Competing with Social Networks." Other top international b-schools that offer courses in social media include London Business School, Insead, and HEC Paris.
  • An AAMC study examines med student interest in practicing in underserved areas at the time of matriculation, and how that interest changes by the time they graduate. Student race and ethnicity are also factored into the data. Results show that intent to serve the underserved populations diminishes over the course of med students' studies. Those who were undecided at the time of matriculation were more likely to change their intentions to "no." However, among Latino and African American students, the switch to "yes" from "undecided" was more prevalent.

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