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Who here absolutely loves their med school? Do you want to talk on and on about how great your school is like you would about a new puppy? Make everyone else jealous and tell us how great your institution is.

I was clicking around on AMSA medical school survey results page and the vast majority of people seemed happy with their schools. :thumbup:
 

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Yes, I do love my medical school but realize that this may not be for everyone. We have a small class size with 42 students so we get a lot of attention and help from professors if the need arises. The facilities are amazing and the electronic environment is superb. We start our clinicals during second year so that was one major bonus of coming here. Our classes for the most part are taught by M.D so there is a lot of clinical correlation with all of our classes. All the students share information and it is a very cooperative environment. BTW pass/fail for the first year is great for creating a good atmosphere within the class.
 

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Yes, and I go to your future school. I am genuinely happy here, have made some of the best friends of my entire life and have been given the opportunity to see any sort of pathology imaginable and know how to treat it.
 

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1) Obligatory mention of US-News...because this is SDN, after all...
We're top 10 in research and #1 in primary care. :thumbup:

2) Price
Tuition is right now just a bit over $12k per year. Most people graduate with a bit over $75k in debt.

3) Match Lists
What everyone wants to know, right? Dug up a post on SDN for 2004 - some competitive specialties:
- Anesthesia, 14
- Derm, 5
- EM, 9
- Ophtho, 3
- Ortho, 6
- ENT, 3
- Rads, 5
- Urology, 1

Not bad, considering half of the class (~80 out of ~160) goes into primary care fields.

4) Location
Some people don't like Seattle - they say it's too cloudy and wet. I say it's great because the temperature is between 40F and 60F for 8 months out of the year. We don't have any natural disasters (e.g. hurricanes, tornados, earthquakes). The UW is an hour from skiing, two hours to a natural rain forest, and three hours to the beach (or Canada).

5) Faculty/Curriculum
A good mix of high-powered researchers and down-to-Earth primary care docs give lectures. Curriculum-wise, the first year is P/F and discipline-based. The second year is H/P/F and systems-based. PBL is integrated into the second year.

6) Students
We don't always pick the students with the highest GPA/MCAT scores. A fair number of students probably have sub-30 MCATs and low-3 GPAs. But we do have a great mix of students from various:
- ages: avg. 24
- majors: everything from art to religion to literature to engineering
- schools: representing both a fair slice of the Ivy League and small liberal arts schools
- countries of origin: many!
- life situations: a fair number of married students, some with 1/2/3 kids

But we all share a desire to work with rural or underserved populations, and we all do our best to foster a sense of acceptance and belonging. Oh, and we share notes and old exams and stuff too.

7) Unique opportunities
Since our school serves ~1/3 of the US land mass, you can have the opportunity to do everything from work in the Seattle inner-city to work in N. Alaska or E. Montana.
 

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Iwy Em Hotep said:
4) Location
Some people don't like Seattle - they say it's too cloudy and wet. I say it's great because the temperature is between 40F and 60F for 8 months out of the year. We don't have any natural disasters (e.g. hurricanes, tornados, earthquakes). The UW is an hour from skiing, two hours to a natural rain forest, and three hours to the beach (or Canada).
You sure about that? There was a little incident in 1980 just a few hours down the road involved Mount St. Helens. Perhaps you have heard of it? And Seattle is located in a fairly active seismic zone. In fact, there was a magnitude 6.8 quake as recently as 2001.

Pic of Starbucks headquarters after quake:



That said, it is a gorgeous city, and UW is an almost ideal school in my book!
 

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Okay, so we have maybe one major earthquake per decade and one minor volcanic eruption every few decades or so. :D
 

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Iwy Em Hotep said:
Okay, so we have maybe one major earthquake per decade and one minor volcanic eruption every few decades or so. :D
But what a bonding experience! I'll never forget '01 when my whole physics class staring wide-eyed at each other from under desks as someone reminded us that the organic lab was directly over our heads! Ah, yes, got to love the northwest. :p
 

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At first I was apprehensive and didn't have great things to say about my class. But as time goes on, I realize I wouldn't have completed my medical education anywhere else. The people really are a lot better than I gave them credit for and have done some amazing things with their lives (I will admit that this is class dependent though.) I've made some of the best friends I will ever have. And I wouldn't trade the hospital we rotate through and the phenomenal people I've gotten to work with for anything: 2 huge private hospitals (Methodist & St. Luke's,) Ben Taub General Hospital (trauma/surgery galore,) the largest VA in the country, and Texas Children's Hospital, one of the largest children's hospitals in the country and the option to do some cores at MD Anderson Cancer Hospital too. Add Drs. Feigin, DeBakey, Cooley, Fraser, Mattox, and a couple of others in there and there is simply nothing lacking in our educational experience and a ridiculous amount of pathology we are exposed to. Now, for me to consider having gone through med school only rotating through 2 or even three hospitals just sounds foreign to me. I guess I am spoiled.
 

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efex101 said:
Yes, I do love my medical school but realize that this may not be for everyone. We have a small class size with 42 students so we get a lot of attention and help from professors if the need arises. The facilities are amazing and the electronic environment is superb. We start our clinicals during second year so that was one major bonus of coming here. Our classes for the most part are taught by M.D so there is a lot of clinical correlation with all of our classes. All the students share information and it is a very cooperative environment. BTW pass/fail for the first year is great for creating a good atmosphere within the class.
what school do youuu go to?
 

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virilep said:
nevermind....mayo... but i still woulda chose vanderbilt.
Ack! Don't say that! Our class wouldn't be the same without efex101!

I second everything she said, and I have to echo what the guy from Baylor said. I've made some of the best friendships of my life here at Mayo, and I can't imagine a better environment to learn and grow as a physician than the Clinic and its hospitals!

Well, back to playing in the snow! Weeeeee! :)
 

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I agree again with agp4. I am a first year as well and absolutely love it here. Please PM with any questions you have!

agp4 said:
Ack! Don't say that! Our class wouldn't be the same without efex101!

I second everything she said, and I have to echo what the guy from Baylor said. I've made some of the best friendships of my life here at Mayo, and I can't imagine a better environment to learn and grow as a physician than the Clinic and its hospitals!

Well, back to playing in the snow! Weeeeee! :)