I'm wondering the same thing, struggling if I want to rank it #1 or not. The residents seemed very nice - probably not any nicer than anybody I've met from the Midwest, but certainly tops for the East Cost. I love their committment to International Medicine. I've heard the teaching, atmosphere, work-hours, are all non-malignant. Dr. Tammaro seemed fantastic. Morning report was excellent and the seniors seemed very competent. Fellowship match is decent - I only bring it down from great because Cards is a bit scattered.
My worry is Providence. It seemed charming - mostly in the Thayer Street undergrad area and Federal Hill, the Italian mob area. There was a real mix of people in Providence (when I visited the undergrad students were just trickling back in from break). The town seems a bit dead when they're gone. There are a bunch of people there for other schools - like the culinary school Johnson and something. There was somewhat of a blue-collar feel, with some rugged workers there, not really seeming too Yuppie. It seems the city is growing and lofts are starting up, a lot to do with the artist, RISD community.
I wondered if I would really feel connected with Brown since we don't really work there. However, Thayer street is nice enough to go out. Outside of that, there's a new mall and a small theater district area that was scattered - a few trendy clothing/furniture stores over a few blocks. I'm not too excited about it long-term as I like a bigger city. I suppose you could trek by train into South Station Boston for a break...not a bad idea.
And, I wonder about relocating far over to Brown. Do residents gel? I hope to get some feedback about that since I'd be far away for a holiday back home. I really want a tight knit group...why go somewhere different if you lose your good friends where you are?
Any other thoughts?...