first of all congrats..both are amazing schools...dont know what you find important but here are my thoughts:thoughts?
i'm in state, but $$ is not a make-or-break
Okay I'm going to be more serious now.... if I had to choose between location and a P/F system, I'd go with location. For me at least, living in a place I love and feeling like I fit well into my surroundings plays a huge part in my happiness... and being happy = being less stressed overall and more academically successful.i genuinely liked LA and the vibe on campus, but i'm actually a huge east coast person (did my undergrad there), don't mind the weather and subsidized housing on the upper east side sounds amazing..
exeunt: congrats on your acceptances. It's great to have options.random betch-
guess it doesnt hurt to post my md apps now
haha, i'm from ca and i love it, but im ready for something new.. not a goal for me to either go to med school or do residency here. i always wanted to go to school in nyc, but cornell seemed reallllllllllly (scarily) intense, and i also want a laid back experience in med school. im genuinely torn
yeah, i know med school anywhere is a lot of work, so i'd like to pick the lesser of two evils, so to speak. also i really don't want a competitive/cutthroat environment, bc my undergrad was notorious for that and i'm definitely sick of it. i remember the students at ucla seemed pretty happy and relaxed and said that they had a lot of free time, whereas at cornell everyone cited the grading system/rankings as sources of stress. when i asked one of my interviewers if they were going to change the system, he even said, "differentiation is a great and necessary thing" LOL
Is it really lowering stress? Don't most schools still have internal rankings? Granted, UCLA is true P/F all 4 years, I think. So +1 for UCLA.yeah the Dean of Cornell said H/P/F all four years was a good thing because thats what residency directors want..what bullsh*t because almost all medical schools are converting to P/F to lower the stress for their students..
dont know if it actually does but thats what admissions offices cite as the reason (at least the ones I visited)..obviously med school is going to be stressful no matter what though..OP i dont think you can go wrong either way man...go wherever you think you will fit in best..if you cant decide go with gut feeling..Is it really lowering stress? Don't most schools still have internal rankings? Granted, UCLA is true P/F all 4 years, I think. So +1 for UCLA.
This. Very different vibes. People in LA begin driving when they are 15.5 - 16 years old (I started at 15.5) in NYC, I know some 30-40 year old adults that don't have licenses!Which do you prefer... LA or New York? I think the two cities have a really different vibe. and for most people you love one and hate the other.
I personally would love the opportunity to live in New York. LA being so spread out and having to drive everywhere is a huge turn off.
Wow, that sounds really cool!btw....cool perk about anatomy....UCLA is one of the few schools (possibly the only one though) that incorporates unembalmed cadavers into the curriculum. Anatomy at UCLA is very well done....amazing profs and resources made for students. This week, Dr. Carmine Clemente (publisher of the classic anatomy atlas) has been walking around lab asking if anyone needed help/ Q&A!! Anyways, the unembalmed cadavers are used as part of a clinical integration station. This week we took turns learning how to do spinal taps and epidurals under the supervision of anesthesia attendings. We've used them for intubation exercises and other cool clinical things.
i totally agree with this. my biggest grip with LA is the TRAFFIC. what a nightmare. i don't know how much that comes into play as a med student though..? maybe for rotations?I personally would love the opportunity to live in New York. LA being so spread out and having to drive everywhere is a huge turn off.
Veaselhaufen, you seem to know so much about LA. How big is the city in square-kilometers? Secondly, if you were to choose, which building in LA is your favorite?MS1 here.
Someone asked about the traffic. Traffic doesn't exist for all intents and purposes because everyone lives RIGHT next to school and Westwood has everything you could ever want. The only time traffic comes into play is going to the beach Hell, as a medical student I'm going surfing 3-4 days a week year-round. Find me a school that can match that for quality of life. SERIOUSLY- COME HERE OR YOULL REGRET IT. Talk to me at second look if you have doubts. Ill be the one who looks like... well... veaselhaufen