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  • Hofstra

    Votes: 23 52.3%
  • Case Western

    Votes: 21 47.7%

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Hofstra (received 50% tuition scholarship for all 4 yrs)
Pros:

-Close to home (I would have the choice of living at home w/ commute of ~1 hour)
-About $100k cheaper
-Would want to be a resident/attending in the Northwell system in the future
-Class of 100, so I feel like I would get closer to student body/faculty

Cons:
-rank

Case
Pros:

-rank
-potentially more research opportunities/pubs
-more competitive matches

Cons:
-$100k more expensive (solely based on tuition, but I'm expecting it to be a little more than this because I would have to buy groceries, etc, whereas if I attended Hofstra, I know my family will help out a lot in this regard)
-Not close to home at all
-Bigger class size

I'm very interested in derm and/or plastics, and I know with Step 1 becoming P/F, clerkship grades and school rank is going to become very important. Although I am partial to Hofstra, should I be choosing Case for my future? Pls help weigh in!
 
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ginsengreset

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If you're interested in plastics at Hofstra, I can say that getting research/pubs won't be a problem. If you want, I can tell you a bit more over PM.

I agree with the emphasis on clerkship grades, and Hofstra's clerkship grading scheme is set up such that subjective evaluations by attendings make up only 10% of your grade (I've heard it makes up 30-50% at other places; I don't know about Case unfortunately).
 
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hailbate

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That's tough. I would lean Hofstra just cause of your desire to match specifically into Northwell. Even though they didn't match anyone into plastics/derm last year, I think if you look at the quality of the institutions that Hofstra matches into, I'm sure the potential is definitely there to go derm/plastics. With also how high their students score on Step 1 (their average was actually higher than Case's last year by a point), I'm sure they will prepare you just as well for Step 2 as Case. That is in addition to the support system and amount of money you will be saving at Hofstra.
 
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If you're interested in plastics at Hofstra, I can say that getting research/pubs won't be a problem. If you want, I can tell you a bit more over PM.

I agree with the emphasis on clerkship grades, and Hofstra's clerkship grading scheme is set up such that subjective evaluations by attendings make up only 10% of your grade (I've heard it makes up 30-50% at other places; I don't know about Case unfortunately).

Is the 10% a good or bad thing? Also @pink101 , I'm going through the same exact decision, if you want to talk about it!
 
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