SDN Members don't see this ad. (About Ads) Okay, after reading so many responses about people being miserable during their preclinical years at DS, I feel i should chime in. As an MS1, this year has been amazing and I don't regret choosing this school over others that I had been accepted to. I grew up and also went to school in a very suburban area on the other side of the country and thought I may never get used to living in Brooklyn and going to school in the "shady" neighborhood. But it's been great. The students (my classmates) are some of the most brilliant, outgoing, and sociable individuals I've met in my life. I feel well prepared by the curriculum. The facilities do suck. The internet is slow. The gym is deplorable. But despite all these tiny setbacks, I look forward to learning every day and seeing my friends at school. There are things that could be better taught (i.e. embryology/development) and there are unnecessary aspects of the curriculum (case-based learning), but overall I really feel the education offered is on par with every other medical school from what I've gathered by talking to my friends who go to schools such as Duke, Umich, Temple, and UCSD. Please don't use facilities or lack of enthusiasm by the students as a reason not to come to downstate. I thought the same a year ago and even posted in a thread about students seeming miserable and asking if the area is safe. It's been a 6 months since then and trust me, the area isn't as bad as you think (and you won't even care after a month of school). Turns out my first impression of the lack of enthusiasm was entirely off. And I'm willing to bet yours is as well. I thought I'd never get used to living here, but I don't regret choosing this school at all.