Hi all, first time poster here. I was hoping to get some feedback and opinions on the rankings of these 3 schools for my particular situation and for insight that I may not have been previously thinking about, as I don't have many sources in real life to go to for this kind of stuff. I served active duty military and have the military paying for medical school, so tuition cost is not a factor. Lastly, my current interests are ortho/general surgery and EM. So here we go: Georgetown Pros: -Prestige -Great match list -Pre-clerkship grading scale is P/F (is this as good of a thing as everyone says?) -Opportunities to rotate at Walter Reed (as an army veteran, this would be fulfilling) -Optional attendance Cons: -I did not like DC when I visited (which could be a good thing? less distractions) -Old facilities -Step 1 is taken at 18 months -Far from family -Undergoing curriculum change which I hear has been rough Rush Pros: -2 hours away from family -I would have a property I could stay at for cheap, relative to the surrounding area (although ~35 minute commute from Rush) -Pre-clerkship grading scale is P/F -Hospital system supposedly has a strong reputation in the Midwest Cons: -Mandatory attendance policy -Less prestige -Facilities were so-so -Also undergoing curriculum change FIU Pros: -Liked this place on interview day the most (although it is only one day... and it was my most recent visit, so I could be victim to a recency effect type bias) -High Step 1 average (240s) -I liked Miami more than Chicago and DC -New facilities -Step 1 is taken after 3rd year (and 1 year of clinical rotations) -Optional attendance Cons: -New school and unknown -Graded pre-clinical years (is this as bad as everyone says?) -No home hospital rotation site SUMMARY: Currently, my heart is saying FIU, and my brain is saying Georgetown. But I don't want to limit my opportunities by going to a newer school. Thanks for your time, and please let me know if I'm looking at any of these criteria (i.e. location and grading system etc.) incorrectly.