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Emory vs. MCG 2014

Discussion in 'Allopathic School-Specific Discussions (<2017)' started by thehughesfactor, May 13, 2014.

  1. thehughesfactor


    Mar 25, 2014
    I know, everyone hates this question (and apparently Emory gets compared to every school out there on this forum). This is a mostly a question of finances, as I qualify for in state tuition at MCG.

    Total year cost ~$55,000
    Brand new educational building, including new anatomy lab opening in August
    located in Augusta- smaller city, less 'entertainment'
    Must do clinical rotations in Georgia
    2.5 hours from "home"

    Total year cost ~$80,000
    Gorgeous campus
    Accelerated curriculum- Step 1 after 1.5 years
    located in Atlanta- large city, lots of friends
    1 hour from "home"
    Associated with Grady hospital
    Higher national ranking and "name value"
    Greater wealth of research opportunities

    These two schools have nearly identical Step 1 scores. Percentage-wise, they send the same proportion of students to competitive residencies like ortho, derm, etc, although I wasn't able to get any information about where they actually match residency. I imagine that the Emory name might have the advantage in getting you a residency interview outside of the South.

    If you're still reading this, can I get your opinion? I qualify for $47,000 of unsubsidized 5.4% Stafford loans at both schools (not even enough to cover tuition at Emory). Little to no help from parents - I can go home and eat for free on the weekends, but that's about it. I don't mind eventually working in Georgia, but I would like to snag one of those more competitive specialties and I'm having a hard time putting a price on the abstract differences like brand value.

    If the schools produce the same average step scores, and the same proportion of highly competitive residents, then basically I'm paying an extra $100,000+ to live in a fun city and attend a school with greater research potential, both of which I won't truly be able to invest myself in because I'm a medical student. What would you do?

    FYI I'm 25 years old and single, with three years of research experience and a couple of papers.
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  3. DermViser

    DermViser 5+ Year Member

    Apr 4, 2009
    Might want to get your facts correct. MCG is P/F in the first year and then letter graded in the second year:

    "If the schools produce the same average step scores, and the same proportion of highly competitive residents," --- is this in fact true?
    Last edited: May 13, 2014
  4. tarheel1408

    tarheel1408 2+ Year Member

    Jul 23, 2012
    If you're interested in academic medicine, Emory will probably be better for you in the long run. If you just want to practice medicine, MCG will get you where you want to go.
    DermViser likes this.
  5. 194342

    194342 Physician 7+ Year Member

    Mar 17, 2008
    Post this in preallo, has nothing to so with current medical students. You'll get better responses there.
  6. sobored

    sobored 2+ Year Member

    Feb 18, 2013
    Give yourself an edge for residency apps. Go to Emory.
    AsclepiusMD likes this.
  7. Smurfette

    Smurfette The blonde among the blue. Administrator Physician 10+ Year Member

    Jun 6, 2001
    Moving to more appropriate forum.

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