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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by swifteagle43, Apr 15, 2007.

  1. swifteagle43

    swifteagle43 Lover- not a fighter 10+ Year Member

    Nov 30, 2004
    If I don't get into a medical school I am moving to california and try to establish residency...maybe i can get in then....if not i want to go to law school on the west coast

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  3. Non-TradTulsa

    Non-TradTulsa Senior Member - Resident 7+ Year Member

    Apr 17, 2005
    We're all sick of what has to be the coldest April on record in most of the country. It's a lovely 35 degrees this morning in Oklahoma City, for heaven's sake - the middle of the South - it ought to be well on the way to the mid-70's this time of year.

    Don't kid yourself about establishing residency in California, however. California is one of the most difficult states in the US for applicants - the California state schools are the best anywhere - and there aren't any "lower tier" options in California in the allopathic world. If you have a top-flight application, UCLA (and UCSF, if memory serves me) gives very little preference to state residency (UCLA's official policy is "no preference").

    Most of my family lives in California and I may well move there to practice. However, I am very grateful that I lived in Oklahoma when I decided to go to medical school - Oklahoma has little in or out migration of physicians, so the state has been forced to sink a ton of money into an excellent allopathic school (OU) and an excellent osteopathic school (OSU). Combine that with very strong in-state preference and only 3.3 million people in this state, and you've got some of the best odds anywhere if you have a good app.

    Your home-state odds are probably far better than in-state California. Good luck!
  4. Law2Doc

    Law2Doc 5K+ Member Physician Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Dec 20, 2004
    Agree. If you are truly set on moving to a warm climate state to improve your odds, I would think Texas or Florida would be more beneficial.
  5. Doctor~Detroit

    Doctor~Detroit this poll sux!!! 2+ Year Member

    May 9, 2006
    Sick Of The Cold F*cking Midwest!!! Who Is With Me?!!!! Northeast Or Bust!!!!!!!!1
  6. Non-TradTulsa

    Non-TradTulsa Senior Member - Resident 7+ Year Member

    Apr 17, 2005
    I just checked. It's going to be just as warm in Minneapolis today as it will be in Oklahoma City. That is just so wrong.
  7. Old ortho

    Old ortho 2+ Year Member

    Mar 11, 2007
    If you want to go to a warmer place, I recommend Florida or even Texas or other southern states. I am from California, and it is toughest state to get into the in state school. I know more than a few Cali pre-med students with GPA's of 3.8 and MCAT's of 32+ and decent EC's having to go the east coast med schools.
  8. GoinBack2Cali?

    GoinBack2Cali? it used to be so cool 2+ Year Member

    Jul 6, 2006
    San Francisco, CA

    but then you have to live in oklahoma??
  9. blargh

    blargh Banned Banned

    Oct 24, 2006
    it's so cold here! i can't believe it's 65 degrees in san diego right now. i can't wear shorts!

    hehe sorry that was mean.
  10. Crazy4F1

    Crazy4F1 10+ Year Member

    Oct 4, 2006
    hello from a noreaster. i think my entire campus is going to wash away in this miserable weather.

    for me, how about someplace where it doesnt rain a lot? :laugh:
  11. BadgerMD

    BadgerMD 2+ Year Member

    Feb 12, 2007
    From MN and currently living in WI..... We had record breaking snow last week. I win! I graduate in 5 weeks and I feel like it should be christmas or something. Anyone wanna trade?
  12. riceman04

    riceman04 10+ Year Member

    Mar 21, 2005
    Los Angeles
    Yeahhhh...after spending 1.5 yrs here in Killadelphia...I am quite ready to head back to my birthplace...dat's right biotches...I'm going going back back to Cali Cali!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I just hope I did not lose my state residency
  13. alwaysaangel

    alwaysaangel 5+ Year Member

    Sep 4, 2006
    Orange, CA
    Like others have said you're MUCH better off in your home state than in California. Plus different schools have different residency requirements and its going to take a couple of years + CA drivers license etc. So you won't be applying for a good long while.

    Then I have to ask why you didn't get in this year? If its because your numbers are average or below average then DEFINITELY don't move to Cali - they are brutal on applicants. They want 3.7+, 35+, lots of research and clinical experience. You have to remember that 75% of Cali residents that apply and get in to medical school end up out of state because all of the UCs rejected them. THATS HUGE. And unfortunately unless you have very impressive numbers/ECs you'll just waste a bunch of time establishing residency and then you will end up moving out of Cali with the rest of the 75%.

    If you want warmer climates try AZ. It only takes a year to establish residency and they interview every single AZ resident (which is every applicant since they don't take OOS applications).
  14. kdburton

    kdburton Ulnar Deviant 5+ Year Member

    Sep 3, 2005
    All this cold weather must be due to the global warming :laugh:
  15. pennybridge

    pennybridge Banned Banned

    Oct 13, 2006
    are you serial?
  16. maestro1625

    maestro1625 10+ Year Member

    Jan 22, 2006
    you saw Day after Tomorrow... all of the north gets frozen in ice...

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