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- Feb 21, 2002
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Congratulations on having a good problem! I think this is more predicated on what sort of career post-school. If you are going into the relatively non-competitive residencies: IM, FM, etc., then you would of course pick the low debt school. For ultracompetitive residencies: Derm, Interventional Radiology, etc, then it becomes a larger consideration. Step II is still scored though.Hey guys- I hope this is an ok place to post this. So I’ve been accepted at my state school with a really solid scholarship, so I’d be paying little enough to where my folks can help out and I’ll graduate debt-free. This school is ranked in the 60's and 70's for research and primary care
I also got accepted to a T20 school fairly recently where it seems unlikely I’ll get much (if any) moola since it's so late in the cycle. I’ll likely graduate with a tonnn of debt- perhaps around $260,000 after potential parental help.
The insane difference in price the two is completely mind-boggling to me and with STEP 1 going P/F and a lot of people guessing that school prestige is going to matter more, I’m at a total loss as to what to do. I’d love to go to the T20 and it’s my top choice also in a city I enjoy, but I can’t even begin to think how I’ll pay all of that off. Some simple calculations with projected average residency salaries makes it seem I'll be paying off debt for at least 8 years after graduating (if I continue to live super frugally). It doesn't seem worth it at all although, again, I'd love to attend the T20.
Anyone have any advice?