Starting med school in August, very interested in RadOnc, 2 choices right now: 1. Vanderbilt (finaid situation currently unknown) 2. UT-Memphis (full tuition scholarship) Easy decision if I wanted to do primary care, but I really want to do RadOnc as of now (I know I know, specialty preference likely changes, but can we just assume for now that this is fast-forwarded to residency application time and that I'd be applying for radonc). From what gfunk6 said in his "RadOnc Application Guide": , UT isn't highly regarded as a RadOnc powerhouse and they don't even have a residency program. In fact, most of their radonc faculty work over at St. Jude doing peds, so my exposure would be to rad onc would be limited to shadowing opportunities with community rad oncs and maybe some research at St. Jude (but again, thats limited to peds and might not be the best for residency, esp since peds is such a minor part of rad onc practice). There would only be one summer at UT (right after M1) to do summer research, thus limiting the amount of time I can do rad onc research at another institution. UT has no RadOnc clerkship, so all my rotations would have to be away with no chance to even get any official experience before going on the away rotation. more problematic about UT is the fact that there wasn't a single RadOnc match this year there. I just don't want to end up trying to get bottom of the barrell residencies that might not be in cities where I would like to live. It seems that reputation does matter, and that UT's lack of a radonc program could really hurt me. I'm not saying that I wouldn't match if I tried, but would I match where I would want to match? ...but UT is free, and Vanderbilt is not.