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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by SpiresAAC, Mar 7, 2007.
New York or DC? Sinai or Gtown? Anyone want to weigh in on this comparison thread?
Sinai. NY is a far better city and MSSM has a far better reputation. No contest.
From what little I know about DC, it seems to me NYC wins hands down (though I'm biased since I live here!). Not only is it great for culture, entertainment, food, fun, but also its patient population has a diversity that is tough to beat.
Plus, Sinai itself is a great school, known for having students who are not only really diverse (due to their active recruitment of URMs and their Humanities and Medicine program) but also really happy! For me, there would be no question. Of course, if you have ties to the DC area you might be more hesitant to leave but I think you would be happy with your decision.
I have ties to DC (Gtown undergrad), but I live in NYC and love it here, which is a big reason why I want to go to Sinai. It just feels weird to make my final decision based solely on location preference (although I know Sinai is a great school, ranked higher than Gtown if that means anything).
sinai. overall better school and better location. given the opportunities the school affords its students, it's a far better place to begin fleshing out the type of career you want in medicine (if not already decided) and subsequently pursuing that path with vigor.
Yup, Sinai. In addition to the better rep, I've heard better things about the school's culture. My Pre Med advisor specifically steered me away from G-town because he felt that administration fosters competition instead of cooperation amongst the students. Conversely, Sinai's P/F system is know for creating happy, collegial students.
New York is a cultural backwater, infested with investment bankers and aspiring fashion models. Washington is the capital of the free world, and the mid-Atlantic region is the last outpost of western civilization
I didn't apply to Georgetown because a lot of my friends who interviewed there last year all pretty much said the same thing: that it's a really old-school, stubborn and unwelcoming institution. I have no idea if you got that impression while you were there. I'm waiting to hear from some more schools, but I think I would be really happy at Sinai because of the wonderful experience I had on interview day.
I found this on last year's class thread, and the positives pretty much align 100% with my experience there:
Here are my thoughts after revisit this past weekend.
IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER
-Great school, good reputation
-Central Park. It's so nice to be right in front of it.
-Because of central park and the subway stop being a block away, the location is definitely very very nice.
-Great research/ option to add MD/PhD later.
-You start electives early on. So let's say, the student I stayed with was a first year and he did a surgery elective during the first year.
Bottom line, you get exposed to the specialties you are interested in early on.
-Students were VERY VERY happy and down to earth.
-Location is kinda nice because you get to experience both Harlem and UES. But there doesn't seem to be a lot of places to hang out/study (coffe houses etc, yes that's where I study, me and my headphones LOL).
-Students emphasized that profs love to teach. And they stressed this again this past weekend. We met a couple of the professors and they were really nice.
-Cafeteria was really nice (I know this doesn't really matter).
-Close to the subway (not that important either). Actuallly it is quite important.
-Anatomy lab overlooks Central Park (Do I remember this correctly? Or am I going crazy?)
-According to Dean, board scores are Really good. Anyone know average?
-The 92nd St. Y. Students have complete access to it.
-Financial Aid seemed good b/c MSSM has the 13k/year private loan that you defer up to 3yrs in residency
-The dummy patients (simulation dolls) and pretend rooms with cameras
-All that translates to great clinical traiining.
-Medical spanish electives.
-The hospital is really nice.
-Both Elmhurst and Sinai are great hospitals and at Elmhurst you get exposed to a lot that would not otherwise see (I guess it could be compared to Bellevue in that sense).
-By Harlem, so it did seem a little shady at night.
-I did not like housing. The space/location is amazing, but I thought the building was dirty and the noise from the train ALL night was insane.
(I know most of you are gonna kill me for this, since people love sinai housing). For NYC, the size is AWESOME, but I'm not sure it compensates for
the crazy loud noise and the dirty hallways.
I thought I edit this because after this weekend I kinda changed my mind. The student I stayed with for my interview had his apt right next to the train, but other appts are on the other side so you really dont hear the train at all. Plus if you get a high enough appt you'll barely hear the train.
-I felt like the students do not match that well in some specialties, I am considering academic medicine, so this is important for me.
but then again, I know match lists cant really be trusted.
what specialties? anyone else think this is true or know anything about sinai matching?
Definitely go to Sinai. It's in a great spot in NYC (right next to central park!!). It's in Spanish Harlem, which is really getting much better. My friend lives blocks away and she never feels unsafe. I think it is totally fine to consider location heavily in your decision. You'll be learning the same thing no matter where you go, so location, delivery of material, clinical opportunities, and researching opportunities (if you care about that, at least) are what truly define one school from another.
Plus I'd really appreciate your spot at Georgetown =). Good luck with the decision!
mssm no question. go and don't look back or think about it again.
the consensus seems to be mt sinai by a long shot, and i personally gotta agree - ditch georgetown and enjoy sinai
mssm for all the above reasons