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Best Small Town Locations for Med School

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by bewitched1081, Apr 17, 2004.

  1. bewitched1081

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    By this I mean small cities in nice, clean areas with beautiful scenery.
     
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    Burlington, UVM

    great town, small, safe, clean, nice. Wouldn't go there. I need large city life, but this isn't too bad.
     
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    Iowa City is a great town.
     
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    Hanover, NH (DMS)
     
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    i dont know if this is small enough, but salt lake city is beautiful. skiing, biking, rock climbing all within spitting distance. slc ain't burlington, but its not nyc either.
     
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    Grand Rapids, MI - once MSU CHM moves there in a few years...!
     
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    mobile alabama (university of south alabama)
     
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    Madison, WI

    A small metropolis situated between 3 lakes, hundreds of miles of bike paths, good restrauants and an excellent University. Overall a nice, clean town.
     
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    Ditto on the Iowa City post. Nice, small, mid-western town.
     
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    Winston-Salem, NC

    Wake Forest
     
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    Of course, I am completely biased, but Oklahoma City is a very nice city to be in. (I don't know if you could consider it small, but it feels kinda small). The downtown area has seen extensive renovations following the bombing, and there are many things to do. Traffic isn't very bad like Dallas, and the people are generally friendly.
     
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    East Lansing, MI (MSU-CHM/MSU-COM)
     
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    Hershey, PA
     
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    Toledo, Ohio

    Medical College of Ohio
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    can't beat burlington for one of the best small town med schools.

    davis isnt too shabby either.
     
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    I'll concur on that. Davis is a cool little town to live in.... very chill, classic college town, hella trees and flowers (which means a high pollen count but they are gorgeous in the spring), nice proximity to outdoorsy stuff to do, and close enough to the Bay Area when you want a more urban experience.
     
  18. Elizabeth1028

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    Burlington, VT (UVM)
    Hanover, NH (Dartmouth)

    Can't beat rural New England. :)
     
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    When you want to tear loose after studying non-stop all week there are a ton of good bars, the one mile long pedestrian State St. w/ shops (and bars), spring/summer/fall saturday Farmers Market around the capitol square, music, the Memorial Union on friday and saturday night with live music and, essentially, a bar. I spent 13 years there. It really is great.
     
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    What exactly is everyone considering small? I think everyone agrees that Burlington, Hanover, and Iowa City are small, but there are some cities listed that large cities like Toledo, Salt Lake, and Madison. If these are considered small then I'll throw in Lexington, KY. I really like Lexington, and if you are Kentucky basketball fan there's no better place to live. Downtown has several nice restaurants, there are several concerts that come in, you're within an hour of Louisville and Cincy, and you definitely have four distinct seasons with no extremes in either summer or winter. The only thing that sucks is traffic, but if you can get over that it's almost perfect.
     
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    Charlottesville, VA (where UVA is). It's especially nice if you're used to a college town-type atmosphere. And I think it was just rated the #1 place to live in the US or something like that.
     
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    There's plenty of places like this. Could you be more specific? Do you like outdoorsy activites? Do you want to be near a big city? What kind of weather would you prefer?
     
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    Tucson AZ has beautiful mountains
     
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    Penn State in Hershey, PA won me over. The area is beautiful, the people are friendly, and most of the week, the whole town smells like chocolate! Also, Harrisburg is only about ten or fifteen minutes down the road, so there's plenty to do nearby in your downtime. About 1.5 hours in the other direction is Philadelphia for weekend trips.
     
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    hahaha. not exactly what i had in mind. but better than l.a.
     
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    i dont know about the weather. coming from socal i guess some place that has ok temps. i dont mind freezing temps in the winter but getting some sun is nice too. i just wanted to get an idea of which med schools are in safe towns that arent too heavily populated and of course have a bit of a rural feel.
     
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    Vallhala, NY (NYMC)
     
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    Ok, in that case many of the cities posted here will suffice. Just make sure you keep in mind which of the med schools posted here actually take a significant number of out-of-staters.
     
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    I second: Charlottesville (UVA), Lexington (UK), and Hanover (Dartmouth).
     
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    Rochester, MN (Mayo Medical School)
     
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    I agree with Pianogirl04- Cville is it. Small enough that you won't get lost but has everyhting you need within distance and if you need to escape to a large city, Washington DS is two hours away. The backdrop at UVa is the Blue Ridge mountains, Shenandoah Valley, vineyards. it was voted by readers digest as one of the top places to raise a family. Awesome.
    Also, the Medical School is really good.
     
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    westwood, CA (UCLA)
     
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    St. Louis

    Relatively small city and they've got all those parks and WashU which is a fabulous institution.
     
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    You gotta have other criteria to go by. Weather? Beach v.s. mountain?

    My vote is for Charleston, SC with MUSC. Nice people. Excellent beach. Warm weather.
     
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    Chapel Hill, NC :thumbup:
     
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    St. Louis? You're kidding me, right? The only good thing about St. Louis is the very low cost of living. St. Louis is not a scenic locale by any stretch of the imagination. It's a rather decadent midwestern city. Although, WashU is an outstanding medical school.

    My 2 cents regarding great small cities for med students:
    Hanover, NH (incredibly beautiful place, especially at peak foliage; the PERFECT place for an outdoorsy person)
    Ann Arbor, MI (quintessential college town with a distinctly cosmopolitan air)
     
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    The definition of a small town is swinging quite loosely here. I'm seeing the largest or the second largest city in several states being mentioned. Well, to be fair, I guess Cheyenne and Laramie, Wyoming, aren't exactly megalopolises.

    Anyway, I have to go with Charlottesville. The Blue Ridge mountains, awesome local music scene (DMB originated out of Charlottesville, tons of bluegrass), the Shenandoah Valley, the vineyards, horse races, mint julips, and Richmond and DC within a short distance. C-ville is also great in that it doesn't feel like a town of elitists, but rather also has very strong ties to the surrounding region.

    C-ville was also recently named the city with the highest standard of living in the US.

    I would also venture Charleston, SC, though I think it's too large for this category. I guess the downtown area would fit, but Charleston is bigger than that.

    My one grip with Madison is that it has a few too many extremists and nutjobs, IMHO. Cool town otherwise, though.
     
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    Davis (UC Davis)
     
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    NYU is definitely in a nice, small town. People in that town are very friendly and approchable. It feels a little rural at times.
     
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    Definitely NYC :laugh:

    Sorry, I had to.
     
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    i felt the same way about moving to a place outside of socal..i wanted small and safe.....and that's why i liked Hershey...beautiful scenery, very safe, small, great school, and yes, the chocolate smell is lovely.....
     
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    Umm, Grand Rapids is MI's second biggest city... not what I'd call a small town.
     

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