best medical school to go to considering cost.

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  1. entropy

    entropy Senior Member

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    Considering cost, location, reputation, residency
    match, student happiness, etc what do you think is the best medical school ?
     
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  3. oh my god!!! without a doubt

    UCSF, interivewd there, and got the boot afterwards <img border="0" alt="[Lovey]" title="" src="graemlins/lovey.gif" />

    but definitely UCSF, cheap, beatufil location, great residency....I fell in love with that school so bad...and the gym was so aweome

    UCSF we salute u

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  4. paean

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    If your parents don't make a lot of $, many of the top 20 private schools offer need-based aid that brings their cost down to the level of state schools. My friend just choose Stanford over Davis because it was cheaper. So it is situational. But I really loved UCSF as well.

    If your family makes a lot, but you don't expect a lot of help, go for state schools that allow you to become in state residents after a year, and Mayo. But that assumes money is your primary concern. All the other considerations are subjective.
     
  5. none

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    Yeah, gotta go with UCSF as well if you're lucky enough to be a Californian that is.
     
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    Baylor....$6550/year, and if you're out of state, you get a scholarship that reduces the tuition to the in-state amount.
     
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    Location aside, I think every student at Mayo Medical School receives AT THE VERY LEAST a half tuition scholarship.
     
  8. Jameson

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    Mayo is pretty cheap, ~ 9500 to 6000 if you are a resident of any of the three states in which that have medical facilities [Arizona, Florida, or Minnesota].
     
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    Consider McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Relatively cheap tuition (approx $12000 US), ridiculous cheap cost of living (rent is approx $400-500 for studio/1 bdrm), beautiful city with a taste of the european culture (french-speaking city) and most importantly, an excellent repuation south of the border. High residency matching rates too for those wanting to go back to the US. They accept about 25 American applicants each year, so worth looking at!
     
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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by none:
    <strong>Yeah, gotta go with UCSF as well if you're lucky enough to be a Californian that is.</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Tuition may be cheap, but how about the cost of living in SF??
     
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    Gotta put in another vote for Baylor. Unbelievably cheap, especially for Texas residents (like me!). Very highly ranked too, if you care about that kind of thing.

    Very reasonable cost of living in the Houston area, although living in the medical center area costs more than outlying areas.
     
  12. none

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    The cost of living in SF is easily less than the extra cost of going to any private school. And unfortunately, the other UCs aren't as good as SF, or like LA, have very similiar exorbitant costs of living.
     
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    Mayo...nobody pays more than $10,000 per year, the cost of living in Rochester is very low, great residency matches, great support from faculty since the class size is only 42...there is that winter thing though...brrrr...
     
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    stanford and hopkins are good with cost. for in state residents, UCSF is good.
     
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    UCSF, UCLA, and Baylor, far and away. Baylor prolly has the cheapest cost of living of the three.
     
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    Any of the Texas schools. Texas rocks. <img border="0" alt="[Clappy]" title="" src="graemlins/clappy.gif" />
     
  18. Doc AdamK in 2006

    Doc AdamK in 2006 Now 2 year UB Med Doc

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    Praying4MD:

    Unless your from Texas.

    Last time I looked all the Texas schools except from Baylor had a 99.0% in state acceptance.

    That's what I thought.

    AK
     
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    I'm pretty sure Baylor accepts quite a few out of state.
     
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    I'm from Texas and bit biased but I have to say UT SOUTWESTERN !!!!!!!!!! :D
     
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    I meant except for Baylor.

    But I will have to say the any of the SUNY schools.

    AK
     
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    I vote for UCLA (for cali residents). UCSF gets all the attention, but UCLA is great too--now even more so with the new UCLA med center opening in 2004 and the Geffen endowment (200 million). However, I agree that LA and SF are both expensive cities, but that extra cost does not outweigh the extra cost for private schools.
     
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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Praying4MD:

    Unless your from Texas.

    Last time I looked all the Texas schools except from Baylor had a 99.0% in state acceptance.

    That's what I thought.

    AK
    </font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">They aren't 99%; they are closer to 90%, which is lower than Cali's instate numbers.
     
  24. Jessica

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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by paean:
    <strong>If your parents don't make a lot of $, many of the top 20 private schools offer need-based aid that brings their cost down to the level of state schools. My friend just choose Stanford over Davis because it was cheaper. So it is situational. But I really loved UCSF as well.

    If your family makes a lot, but you don't expect a lot of help, go for state schools that allow you to become in state residents after a year, and Mayo. But that assumes money is your primary concern. All the other considerations are subjective.</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">I agree.

    Fortunately (I guess) my parents are not wealthy. With need based aid, schools like Hopkins ( <img border="0" alt="[Lovey]" title="" src="graemlins/lovey.gif" /> where I'll be in the fall! I am sooo excited!) ended up being more affordable than UCSF! (who knew?? :confused: I really loved UCSF, though)

    Even if the tuition is cheap, there are a lot of other factors to consider, as others have mentioned.... like the cost of living in the area, distance from home (multiple cross-country flights can really add up), other "hidden" costs and fees, etc.
     
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    My vote is for any of Texas Medical Schools
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    OHSU, UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON.#1 and 2 every year on us news best primary care schools.14-16k in state before student aid/scholarships/grants. living in portland is cheap!!!
    uc's are all good if you are from ca, but cost of living+++
     
  27. entropy

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    ucsf or ucla
     
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    HALF of Mayo's students pay ZERO dollars, the other half pay @10K, unless they are from MN, AZ, or FL, then they pay half of that. With its rep, plus inexpensive cost of living (compared to SF or LA, at least), Mayo was my dream school. Sigh.
     
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    The student budget for cost of living in SF hovers somewhere around 15000-16000 per year. Tuition/fees for instate CA residents = a little more than 10k. Most students receive grants, but I am unsure of the exact amount. I'm awaiting my financial aid packet at the moment.

    I think Mayo, Baylor, Stanford, UCLA, UCSF (all the UC schools for that matter) and UW all pack an amazing punch for their dollar when you consider the program, reputation, residency matching, etc.. I've heard great things about both Stanford and Mayo when it comes to grants. Small class size matters when it comes to the ability to fund students' education.

    Originally, it was looking like I was going to go to Einstein and have to take out somewhere around 180K in loans :eek: Then, the lord smoked some crack and let me in UCSF. I'll be saving atleast 85K. Pretty sweet.
     
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    I have to agree with Stanford having absolutely fantastic financial aid.

    I'm doing the 5 year plan (3 pre-clinical, 2 clinical), and with my financial aid package and tuition credit from TAing, I'm looking at less than 10K a year in total loans for the pre-clinical years, with no parental contribution. 4th year it will probably jump up because I wont have time to TA, but 5th year will drop down again because Stanford only charges 10% tuition after 4 years.

    :clap:
     
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    ECU!!! Cheapest school in the country!!!!

    Okay, so you have to be an NC resident to get in, and Greenville isn't exactly the best town to be in for 4 years, but it's soooo cheap to live there and you can't beat the tuition. And hey-- you're only an hour or so from the beach.

    Now if they would only send me a secondary...:rolleyes:
     
  32. jaboy

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    But its in Dallas
     
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    I'm a California resident, so it is a moot point for me, but can't someone get California resident status after living here one year? I think I heard someone say that before. And what other states if any is that true for? That would alter this discussion a bit, wouldn't it, expanding the number of public schools that ought to be considered.
     
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    UT Southwestern! I have to concur with MandM. UTSouthwestern is 6500 for everyone (in and out of state). Well actually, out of staters get a 1,000 dollar scholarship so we get to pay less!

    On another note, I thought Baylor only gives a 5,000 scholarship to out of staters reducing it to 15,000. You can buy a condo that first year and then pay instate after that.

    Dallas? What's wrong with Dallas?
     
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    USUHS - $0 in tuition costs, and they pay you to go to school. But I guess it's only worth it if you want to get into the military.
     
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    I second Candybit's opinion of McGill for med school. The key here is not just about tuition, but location (montreal, montreal, and montreal) + dirt cheap living cost. With the way American dollars being exchanged into Canadian dollars, you can not only get a nice, affordable apartment in downtown Montreal, within 10 min walk of the med school, but also live like a king/queen (by the way, you don't need a car in montreal; it has very nice, clean subway within a compact megacity). All of these of course assumes that you can take the freezing winter of Montreal.

    http://www.studentdoctor.net/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=6470&highlight=mcgill

    I also second the low cost of Baylor. But Houston is no Montreal.
     
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    I have thought about applying to Mayo, however, it was never a dream school of mine. Though I guess it technically should be. I lived in Rochester for about two years (while I was in high school) when my dad was working there for a while. And while I thought of the people as being very friendly, Rochester was too quiet of a town for me. Having only 75000 people there (it's probably more than that now), I couldn't imagine myself living there.

    Though I will consider the point that even if I had applied, my chances of getting in would have been very slim.

    I have been a Vikings fan ever since though. :p
     
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    Yeah, if you want cheap, even profitable--USUHS!! :clap:
     
  40. entropy

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    ucla and ucsf and mcgill
     
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    Another vote for Baylor. If you want to go to a private school for less then a public school price - It is Baylor all the way! I could not believe that a top school had such a small price tag. I think it is a very well kept secret.
     
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    I would have to say Ohio State is a great deal if you're married and your spouse is willing to begin a full-time job before you start school. If that happens you get instate tuition which is only about 15K. It's also a top 50 school so you can't go wrong, plus Columbus is a great city!;)
     
  43. jesco

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    UCSF all the way. Now that the carpet-bagging dotcomers have melted away, housing is a more available and a whole lot cheaper. Spend a minute in the Anatomy lab on the thirteenth floor with a splendid view of the bay and you will be convinced that the other UC's have nothing on SF.
     
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    I guess it's cheaper to live there than Chapel Hill. Isn't the tuition similar?

    If you're into primary care, ECU is most likely the best bang for the buck.

    -RA
     
  45. dr kevin40

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    def UCSF. that's if u could be a resident of any state in the US

    Wessssssside
     
  46. manicmaven

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    Mayo...if you have a shot. Which I don't.:(
     

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