Hey all, I would really appreciate your opinion. I just got back from Case second look weekend and I was so desperately hoping that it would have resolved my difficulty. Instead, I am still caught in the middle. I really enjoyed the curriculum at Case and it seems like the students enjoy being there. Roughly 8 hours of lecture a week and 6 hours of PBL (which I like since I'm the type that likes to interact and ask questions) and P/F for the first 2 years. Tests are every 12 weeks with Thursdays off. Also, I've never seen a city so devoted to healthcare. There are five hospitals to choose from as far as rotations go (this includes Cleveland Clinic). With one med school in Cleveland (Case), I would think getting whatever internship you want will only require a simple email. The negative aspects are that I don't like Cleveland as a city. The city's weather is depressing and it's far from safe (which I suppose is a give and take with the advantage of the city patient population). Moreover, I've already spent 4 years away from home for undergrad and family is important to me. Lastly, the total cost of Case is roughly 64k/year. So for RWJ: It puts me close to home. The tuition is 20k less than Case per year, and possibly more if I get a scholarship (a good chance). Both schools were very friendly and I definitely liked RWJ a lot too (otherwise I wouldn't be having such a hard time deciding). The curriculum seems to be much more lecture based and a good amount of class each day (9-4 type of schedule). I can deal with this but obviously I would prefer Case's curriculum. So my additional questions are how much should I be weighing the financial difference? How important is reputation in determining residency (I want to go into surgery)? Some surgeons tell me that Case has a noticeably better rep than RWJ while others say both schools are solid. Also, I want to stay on the East Coast either way and perhaps RWJ would help me in establishing these connections? Lastly, how much weight should I be giving to the fact the hospitals are much better in Cleveland? As you can tell I'm lost. Please help.