Of course Brown is the best ! (Brown class of 2002)DrJ-Bond said:Hi guys,
I might only be able to attend two of the three of these programs...if so, which two are best in terms of rep? thanks for your opinions.
hey, I would also like more info on BU vs. Tufts.... i can imagine that they would be thought of as lesser programs, in the face of such renowned Harvard affiliates right next door. but i've heard that the actual training at both places is quite good. can anyone comment on the teaching, autonomy, camaraderie etc?Legend said:Of course Brown is the best ! (Brown class of 2002)
I don't know much about BU but I was told by a Tufts med student that housestaffs were generally unhappy there. Also the stereotype is that people go to Tufts because they are not good enough for MGH, BWH, BID but still wanna live in Boston.
I heard that Brown is a fairly decent program, and Providence is real nice. Great attendings. Awesome VA hospital.
phatfarm said:Small program, only categoricals. Housestaff are happy. Great learning, great patient diversity. Friendly and experienced PD, excellent comraderie, decent hospital. Hospital used to have financial difficulties but is doing much better. In the heart of Chinatown -> great food! No dilution by the fellows. Excellent morning reports & teaching. Great attendings! I can't speak highly enough of the housestaff.
CONS: only places to eat in the hospital are Au Bon Pain, Dunkin Donuts, and over at Floating Hospital
I've heard the pay is low compared with the Harvard hospitals - what do you expect?
Tufts > UMASS without a doubt
irlandesa said:How fascinating then, that in other threads, Tufts is not in your Top 6, and you seem set on going to UCSF or MGH. Guess all the warm fuzziness of NEMC (what an oxymoron) isn't enough to offset the prestige (and warm weather), and who can blame you? I suppose you are a Tufts student (probably AOA based on where you got interviews, congrats, I was definitely NOT) as I was. I am basing my comments mostly on my experiences in other departments at NEMC and hearsay from others. I will grant that Tufts' fellowship placement and the prestige of where residents went to school is better than UMASS's (though y'all have sent people to UMASS for Cards and GI) or Dartmouth's, and I absolutely love Boston. But, at Tufts, with the exception of the time I spent at Faulkner and Baystate, I never really felt like I fit in as a WASK female from a less than wealthy family who went to a state school for undergrad. At UMASS, I feel SO comfortable talking with and socializing with everyone; no one here cares that I'm not Jewish or Asian or that I don't have a big engagement rock on my finger. And no one cares at all here if you went to Harvard for undergrad or whether or not you were AOA. I am happy and my confidence in myself as a physician has taken off here. If I don't get a fellowship at MGH or UCSF, I'll live.
If you like one-hospital programs with many Mandarin and Catonese speaking patients (which is awesome if you speak either language), and good critical care, NEMC is a solid program. If you are into multiple hospital programs with even more diverse populations and/or programs that have a more of a geographical stronghold (i.e. no competition from other local programs), I would go with programs like Brown and even lowly old UMASS in Woosta. Of course, the majority of people on this board seem to be $#**ing themselves over being rejected by BWH and MGH, dear Lord, get over it already! to each his own, I suppose. Definitely preaching to the wrong choir on here..