I was in the same boat as you about 2 months ago. I eventually had to sit down and weigh the two and came up with the following: Both have amazing clinic exposure -- PCO starts 6 months earlier, however. SUNY, though, because it is in NYC, sees a wide range of patients that come from all different races, backgrounds, and walks of life. In other words -- a lot of visual problems and disorders to be exposed to.i narrowed my choices down to PCO and SUNY. I liked ICO but its too far from where I live. I really like the location of SUNY and would like to live in new york city but i like some things about PCO better. any advice on where I should go?
I got accepted at both ICO and PCO. I liked everything abt ICO except one thing abt the curriculum. The students are required to do research in 3rd year. I never took any research course during my undergrad so i am not sure if I will be alright with research or not. Any suggestions? Are students required to carry out an independent research project? OR, do a groups of students work on one research topic? Plz. help!!i cant really give you advice, but i can tell you how i decided..
i was accepted to ico and puco. i am from oregon, and puco is only 40minutes from where i live. during my decision, many different factors came into play.
puco was cheaper when calculating cost of living, was convenient because i wouldnt have to move as far, was comfortable because i am use to climate in oregon, and have all my friends and family here. however, i decided on ico because i felt the facilities were much better, and i felt i would be exposed to more patients, and a variety of diseases having clinic in downtown chicago. also, i felt this would be a great opportunity to step out of my comfort zone, and live somewhere new and exciting while still "young" and not having any significant responsibilities, like a wife or kids..
hope this helped a little..