VeggieGal

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hey guys,

i just wanted to ask you guys on the allo forum for some advice. i am interested in doing a peds residency and then sub-specializing. i know that it's early and everything, and my choice of residency will probably change, but i would appreciate the advice nonetheless. right now i am deciding between UChicago, UT Southwestern and baylor. i am also waiting to hear from a couple of other places. i really loved uchicago but everyone is telling me that UTSW and baylor are better programs. do you think there is a huge difference between the three? i am not too keen in being in TX.

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uchicago is an excellent medical school. plus peds isn't particularly competitive. don't worry about your choice of schools, you'll do just fine. good luck.
 

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I'm a third year planning to apply for peds. If you liked UChicago best as a medical school, I'd say go there. It's not a "top 10" peds program, but it's generally considered 2nd in the city behind Northwestern Children's Memorial - which is perfectly fine. As you probably know they have a brand-new standalone children's hospital which should be cool to be in. :)

Rotating through Texas Children's would be an excellent experience - but if you don't like Texas, it's not worth it. Residency interviews do have a regional bias (albeit less so for peds, being less competitive) and you may well find yourself changing your mind. A lot of people get very turned off outpatient peds.

For my part, I'm at Temple and didn't even rotate during my clerkship at a place with a residency program. Looking at the match lists though, I don't think it makes too much difference. We've had matches at CHOP (#1-2 peds hospital in the country - I'm sure the regional aspect helps there), Children's Memorial and UCSF. I'd sure love to be as fortunate!