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Discussion in 'Physician Scientists' started by Neuronix, Apr 28, 2002.

  1. Neuronix

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    Ok here's the deal; I'm broke. Ok now that I got that out of the way, here's my qustion. I'm going to be applying this year to a set of MSTP programs near where I live (Delaware) and a set of MSTP programs not so near where I live. I'd like to apply to UCSF because of their Neuroscience program, but it says right on their MSTP page "WE DO NOT PAY INTERVIEW EXPENSES". So is there any way I can ask a program like this to pay my way? Or are they going to just say no? Of course I'd want to ask before I put in my primary application (why waste money?), but I'm on the fence on whether I should do that or not.

    If anyone has a list of schools that will/will not pay interview expenses, please feel free to post them.
     
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    WashU pays ALL (they'll even fedex you your plane tickets and lodge you in the Chase Plaza <img border="0" alt="[Lovey]" title="" src="graemlins/lovey.gif" /> )

    Duke pays up to $300 in travel expenses and they pay for accomodation.

    UChicago pays all (they also make your travel arrangements for you and put you up in a swanky hotel)

    Harvard doesn't pay anything, but they'll put you up with a student host.
     
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    Wow...you're really asking a lot. Take out some loans and feel immensely grateful if UCSF decides to grace you with a secondary. And if you are adamant about having the school pay, stick to the Midwest.
     
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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by none:
    <strong>Wow...you're really asking a lot. Take out some loans and feel immensely grateful if UCSF decides to grace you with a secondary. And if you are adamant about having the school pay, stick to the Midwest.</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">I didn't realize that I was being unreasonable. If that's the general attitude I will stick to midwest and east coast schools that I am reasonably close to.
     
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    I agree. All the UC schools will make you pay. However, I think it's to confrontative to just ask them to pay up. I had a friend that tried to do that with UCLA and they didn't like it.

    UCSF is an awesome school. If you can pay for the interview go. If not I would suggest taking a small loan. Else...like Original said -- stick with the Mid-West and East Coast schools near you.

    Mayo paid our tickets and put is up at the Radisson Plaza hotel.

    I live near Sinai so I didn't need travel expenses (but they don't pay anyway). Nonetheless they put us up in decent hotel on the west side of Manhattan.

    NYU put us up in a NASTY hostel!!
    I actually went and stayed with a friend cuz that hostel just plain SUCKED!! :D
     
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    The UC schools and Stanford absolutely do not pay. I doubt there is any way you could get them to either. The places I know about that pay are:

    U of Michigan
    U of Iowa (they put us up in the Sheraton and took us out to some nice restaurants...very cool)
    U of Wisconsin
    U of Utah
    Northwestern (they don't pay airfare, but they do pay for hotel and meals)

    UCLA, UCSF, Stanford, and UC Irvine do not pay, however. UCLA will pay for a revisit if you are accepted.

    Good luck,

    Adam
     
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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by JJ4:
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    Else...like Original said -- stick with the Mid-West and East Coast schools near you.</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">I never said that :)
     
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    Indeed. Sorry Original -- I meant "none" :D

    In any case Neuronix -- regardless of whether you wanna pay or not I say apply to all the schools that most interest you and then go to the interviews that you want based on what you get.

    Dang Original -- so picky... <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" /> :D
     
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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by JJ4:
    <strong>Dang Original -- so picky... <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" /> :D </strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">My bad. I'm just trying to give you a hard time :D
     
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    I appriciate the advice everyone. It's just that there's a bunch of schools that interest me (20?) and I'm trying to narrow it down to about 10 - 12. Fun.
     
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    Neuronix-

    The debt thing is just going to get worse. I seem to recall that Baylor 21 said that his credit card balance went from around $1,000 to $12k due to the costs of applying and interviewing. You might want to apply as early as possible to schools that interview and decide early, like Cornell and Wash U; Cornell decides in early December and Wash U decides a week after you inteview. If you get into those schools, you can drop other, less attractive schools from your list and save money on secondary fees and travel.
     

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