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Cali Programs

Discussion in 'Radiology' started by Keroberos, Aug 10, 2002.

  1. Keroberos

    Keroberos Member 7+ Year Member

    May 1, 2002
    In hopes of returning to the Golden State :love:, I was wondering about the Radiology Residency Programs in California. Which are the best? The worst? What kind of reputations do each have? How competitive ( USMLE scores, etc ) must the applicant be to match? Thanks. :D
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  3. prostate

    prostate Junior Member 5+ Year Member

    Jun 25, 2004
    hmmm... i had the same question....
  4. nikoo

    nikoo Member 7+ Year Member

    Dec 15, 2002
    same here prostate! same here.
  5. unknownMD

    unknownMD Member 7+ Year Member

    Mar 20, 2004
    Matching at any CA rads program is going to be very difficult, so you should feel privileged if you do.

    So, given that, here are the programs IMO by reputation:

    UCSF > Stanford > UCSD > UCLA > UCD > UCI > Loma Linda > SCVMC > Harbor-UCLA > Cedars > SBC > Kaiser LA

    Once again, they are all great programs that are all difficult to match at!

    Generally, to match at one of these programs, the absolute minimum:
    USMLE S1 > 220
    Regional ties to CA (or else an away rotation)
    Good LOR
    Good clinical evaluations

    If you are gunning for the upper tier programs:
    USMLE S1 > 240
    Regional ties + away rotation
    Research with pubs
    Phenomenal LORs
    HH/Honors in most clinical rotations

    These are gross generalizations. For more mind blowing discussion, go to
  6. Whisker Barrel Cortex

    Whisker Barrel Cortex 1K Member 10+ Year Member

    Aug 10, 2001
    Due to the draw of the location, California programs end up being much more competitive than than a similar level of program elsewhere in the country. The programs I interviewed at in the midwest were much better programs overall than the programs that granted me the privildge of interview me in California. If you want to go there, realize that you will match at a program that is one tier below where you would match elsewhere.
  7. Vince

    Vince Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    Hey UnknownMD,

    What about LA County/USC? Where you gonna squeeze them in to your list?
  8. unknownMD

    unknownMD Member 7+ Year Member

    Mar 20, 2004
    Between UCLA and UCD. These lists are SO subjective and are gross generalizations. They change for different areas, like research, lifestyle, clinical vol, etc. Any program in CA is going to be great!

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