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I have a friend who's deciding between these medical schools (not registered for SDN). She's a Maryland resident. It's a tough decision, and she was wondering if anyone has any advice about this situation or input about any of the schools? Thanks!
 

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StacyC said:
I have a friend who's deciding between these medical schools (not registered for SDN). She's a Maryland resident. It's a tough decision, and she was wondering if anyone has any advice about this situation or input about any of the schools? Thanks!
Its not that difficult, UMD is a hell of a lot cheaper and its a great school. Nothing about Pitt or Dartmouth makes up for the difference in tuition.
 
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Well, it depends on a lot. All three are good schools, with different plusses or minuses. If you're looking purely at reputation, Pitt is the best. However, Maryland in-state tuition will definetely beat Pitt. It depends on what's important to your friend, what areas of medicine he/she's interested in, etc. You need to post more specifics in order to get a better response...
 

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Maryland, but wait for financial aid packages before withdrawing. Dartmouth became cheaper than my state school
 

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DMBUGA34 said:
Maryland, but wait for financial aid packages before withdrawing. Dartmouth became cheaper than my state school
Dartmouth gave you over 20k/year in free money? Congrats!!
 

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its also important to think about what type of place would make him/her happiest. what are the kids like in each place? the kids at DMS are not like ANY i have seen anywhere else. there is just a different, wonderful attitude up here in the north country. sure, its a smaller place with fewer types of cases and fewer cases in general, but the hospital is warmer than anywhere else i have worked. and the students are happier, too.
 

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Oh and I would pick DMS or Pitt if the person is intersted in competitive specialities/academic medicine.
I'm not even sure I would agree with this, especially comparing DMS and Maryland. If you are meant to get a neurosurgery spot and become a neurosurgeon, you're going to do it from either DMS, Pitt, or Maryland. Neither of these schools would assure such a spot either.

Even my former gunner self may have chosen Maryland in this situation if I didn't get one of Pitt's big scholarships. But who knows; I don't want to think about those days :)
 

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Maryland, easy IMHO. They have a lot of links with Hopkins, I'd venture, being in the same area. I thought their match list was pretty impressive--see allo forum, although of course the match list ain't the end all be all! I don't think Pitt or Dartmouth are worth money in terms of the little extra "oomph" they may add.
 

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lalalala said:
Maryland, easy IMHO. They have a lot of links with Hopkins, I'd venture, being in the same area. I thought their match list was pretty impressive--see allo forum, although of course the match list ain't the end all be all! I don't think Pitt or Dartmouth are worth money in terms of the little extra "oomph" they may add.
In looking at their match lists, it seems like a decent proportion of their students go on to do residencies at Hopkins hospital.
 
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