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Duke vs. Baylor

Discussion in 'Allopathic Class Threads' started by youz, Mar 22, 2007.

  1. youz

    youz New Member 5+ Year Member

    Mar 2, 2006
    So I'm trying to decide between these two. I was wondering which you all would prefer. I've been giving this some thought and I've come up with the following breakdown:

    Solid clinical experience
    Houston (big city)
    Short pre-clinical
    Good research opportunities
    Seemed pretty laid back

    Houston (mildly uncool big city)
    Large number of Texans (not that I mind Texans, I just like diversity)
    Doesn't have the Duke "Pizazz"
    No campus feeling

    Small class, more attention
    Unique curriculum
    Year of research
    Ridiculously short pre-clinical
    Has a great campus
    Students seemed to be some of the happiest I encountered
    Cheap living
    Oh, and basketball

    Durham (smaller than I'm used to)
    Not as big of a medical center
    More expensive

    Any thoughts? Anyone else considering these two? Also, has anyone compared the match lists of these two schools (I would imagine that Duke wins in this respect but I'm not certain)? I have a few other good options but I like these two most. Well, today, anyway!

    My apologies for long post but hopefully this list of factors will help others who are considering these two schools...
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  3. diosa428

    diosa428 SDN Angel 5+ Year Member

    Feb 24, 2005
    You will probably get more posts on this if it were in pre-allo. I don't know anything about Baylor, but I'm a first year at Duke, so maybe I can help you out a little:

    Small class, more attention - actually, I'd prefer a larger class - more people to get to know, etc. 100 is really small when you spend every day together. But I'm a first year, so once we're doing our rotations, this may become more beneficial, with less students rotating in the specialties.
    Unique curriculum - This is why most of the students in my class came. Honestly, there's no need to spend 2 years on the basic science stuff, we get to do our rotations earlier, and do a year of whatever we want.
    Year of research - at Duke, or anywhere in the country, or world! Or get a second degree! And still finish in 4 years.
    Ridiculously short pre-clinical - Like I said above, this is great. Who wants to sit in class for 2 more years?
    Has a great campus - it's a nice campus, but this isn't really a big deal once in med school (although the gardens are amazing).
    Students seemed to be some of the happiest I encountered - yeah, we :love: it here.
    Cheap living - true.
    Oh, and basketball - yeah, lots of my classmates went to LOTS of games.

    Durham (smaller than I'm used to) - yes, it's small. If you LOVE the city, then this may be a problem, but honestly, we don't have TONS of time to go out. There's a mall, a movie theater, bars, CH is a short drive, Raleigh is a little bit further. That's about all we really need. If we have a free weekend, we go to the beach (summer) or the mountains (winter). Both are a couple of hours away.
    Not as big of a medical center - after having been on the wards this year, I can tell you that patients come to Duke from all over (including other states), so there's still a lot of variety and interesting cases.
    More expensive - Yes, it is expensive. And I wish I weren't staring at the debt that I am, but I loved Duke enough to choose it anyway. However, if Baylor is going to be a LOT cheaper, and you don't absolutely LOVE Duke, then this may be a big (deciding) factor.

    Sorry, I probably didn't help that much, but let me know if you have any questions.
  4. Critical Mass

    Critical Mass Guest

    Feb 23, 2007
    Um, no. (Full disclosure: I attend neither school.)

    The other poster was correct. Pre-allo is where people debate the match lists. Here where the experienced people are, you'll get the same answer over and over again, namely that there is no such thing as a Duke student who was able to match someplace better than a Baylor student simply because of his/her choice of school. Let me repeat that--no such thing.

    Congrats on both offers. There is no question whatsoever that I would choose Baylor 7 days a week and twice on Sunday almost exclusively based on the pricetag and cost of living. Both have unique curricula (though I would prefer Baylor's as far as I can tell).

    Don't get me wrong, I have been on interviews at Duke and UNC as well as Baylor, and Carolina looked like a great place to live. I had enough debt coming into med school, however, and any difference in "prestige" between Duke and Baylor are sponsored by the lay public or basketball fans, not the medical community. (And please don't wave some magazine rank in my face in favor of either school--that's for pre-allo too.)

    Most of the stuff you listed had a lot more meaning to me before med school, but now that I've started, my list includes only three things: administration's assumed hegemony over the day-to-day lives of students, total cost of education, and curriculum/grading system. Unfortunately 2 of those 3 can only be ascertained as to personal fit after you've started.
  5. youz

    youz New Member 5+ Year Member

    Mar 2, 2006
    Thanks a lot to both of you for your input. It's a pretty big decision though I think I would be happy at either. By the time I need to decide, I'll have visited both schools and will hopefully have a better idea of where I belong.

    Anyway, I wanted to get the opinions of current medical students but I guess a pre-allo thread might be appropriate as well...
  6. OncoCaP

    OncoCaP 2+ Year Member

    Aug 28, 2006
    Houston, Texas
    Current medical students do post in pre-allo frequently, so don't be afraid to go where you will get great help. Also, pre-allos have various comparison details that are helpful as well. You can also lurk or ask questions in current threads for Baylor & Duke. I'm very sure that if you search prior threads about these schools you will get plenty of detailed information. :luck:

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