|VTC Medical College in Roanoke|
The 42 is the number of students the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine admits each year. The 4,611 is the number of applications for those slots this year.
And I can tell you from experience, that all 4,611 are brilliant. I helped select the first class at VTC Med School a few years ago and was simply floored by the intelligence and wisdom of the young people who applied. And I'm sure the pool gets better each year as the reputation of this excellent school's--combining research and state-of-the-art medicine--international reputation grows.
Dean Cynda Johnson, addressing the students, said, "Eighty percent of our applicants met the academic bar to be here. Each of you has something special that you can contribute to the Class of 2020. You were selected because we felt you would do well in our unique, patient-centered, problem-based curriculum that utilizes a team approach to learning."
A press release says, "Seventeen members of the new class are Virginia residents; 40 percent are women; and most arrived with considerable research experience under their belts. The school offers a rigorous research-intensive curriculum in which students will spend more than 1,200 hours on individual research projects over the course of four years, culminating in an academic research paper of publishable quality. By graduation, most students have presented their work nationally and even internationally."