Mt Sinai: The Students

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  1. jase133

    jase133 Senior Member

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    First off, I think Mt Sinai is a great school. I am shopping for medical schools right now and would really be interested in going there.

    To current medical students there at Mt Sinai, what factors do you feel are most important in doing well there? I understand each school has its own "characteristics," and Mt Sinai probably has too.

    Academically and personality-wise, what do you think would make you happy (academically, socially) at Mt Sinai?

    Thanks
     
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    Anyone can help me here? <img border="0" title="" alt="[Frown]" src="frown.gif" />
     
  4. GrandMasterB

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    sinai is a pretty laid back school. i dont think it is all that hard to do well here. everything is pass fail, so it is kinda hard to say though. most ppl live in the same building and we have a lot of bar nights. like college, different groups of people do different things here socially. i like to go to bars and clubs thurs, fri, sat, but not everyone does that...
     
  5. lionel

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    agreed, sinai is a great place, and unique in many ways. i havent met anyone unhappy here, something i can't say about other schools . the faculty is great, very responsive to students in all sorts of ways, teaching is good, help is always avail in tons of ways for people having trouble, also really you can get involved in anything you want and faculty will be supportive/interested in helping....socially, its NYC, you can do anything you want(except _real_ outdoors stuff, but alas)..people at Sinai are really pretty laid back and friendly, and i would say generally well-rounded and interesting.....if you have more specifc questions about stuff at Sinai lemme know. some people(students or otherwise) feel that med school is something to "get through", but at Sinai I really havent felt this way so far, I know alot of other fellow students who have really enjoyed their 1st year, its been really interesting stuff, and fun...but i think this all has to do with why you are going into medicine in the 1st place etc etc as well.

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    hey lionel, who are you? i am an ms1 at sinai too...
     
  7. lionel

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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 GrandMasterB:
    <strong>hey lionel, who are you? i am an ms1 at sinai too...</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">heh i know. but it's not as fun if we know our real identites.
     
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    you dirty rat...just kidding, i think i know who you are anyway- nd?
     
  9. E'01

    E'01 1K Member

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    For those of you who are attending Sinai, do any of you or anyone you know, live off-campus in the surrounding area???
     
  10. lionel

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    its pretty expensive, and Sinai housing is pretty decent, although there are definately many advantages to living away from school. studios can run around 1000$/month off campus etc. might find them for less, especially if you go north into harlem, or want to live a subway ride away from school. if you have someone to share an apt with, i.e. a significant other, or a roomate, then its definately worth it and off-campus housing can work out not that much more than sinai housing and be much nicer, but then again, sinai offers very inexpensive couples housing also...
    hope that helps

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  11. lionel

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    ps yes i know quite a few people who live off campus and it really makes a big difference for them(i.e. not always feeling close to school etc), but majority of people live in the dorms becuase they are cheaper. i would also say its easier to meet people/hang out initially if you live in the dorms, but then again, you'll be seeing the same 100+ people every day in class regardless, so its not that big a deal. of course most/alot of peole would love to live off campus, if it were cheaper etc.
     
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    Lionel thanks so much for answering my post. I don't have a significant other or roomate in mind that I'd want to find an apartment with - I would just prefer to have my own space and privacy and get a studio. I guess I wouldn't mind living in the dorm for the first year, but it's certainly not something I'd be comfortable with. I've just gotten used to living on my own and haven't had a roomate since 5 years ago - and I like it that way. I'm just afraid that I'd miss out on the social stuff that would probably take place in the dorms.

    Well my co-worker (I work at 1425 madison - east bldg.) took me around the neighborhood (Spanish Harlem area) and I picked up two housing applications. They go by income and they both offer studios and 1-bedrooms. Hopefully I'd be able to get something for my second year
     
  13. lionel

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    sounds good. indeed, many students who have taken some time off before school(w/c i highly recommend), or post-bacc students, or really anyone who has been on their own for awhile usually feels the same. have you been in the sinai "dorms" though? they might be different than you think, they are apartments, often 4 students 2 bathrooms, nice living area/kitchen, some are duplexes, some have more than 4 students, some have roof/patio etc. granted, its hard living with other people, and being around stressed out med students all the time was something i was not too excited about, but really, i havent encountered many people, _really_ stressed out here. the main factor in the dorms, i think, is your roomates(obviously), some people get along well and make the place a nice living space, and some people stay in their rooms and the common area is a dump, etc. people tend to make friends and move around w/in the dorms by the end of 1st year. also, if you get put with students who are 3rd and 4th yrs, not uncommon, you may rarely see them + feel like you have the place to yourself anyway. feel free to ask any additional questions, i have a physio final to procrastinate for....also, social stuff, really its not what you think, i had assumed people would always be in and out of each others apartments, hanging out etc, much like frosh year of college, however this is not really the case, i would say the dorm stuff really only makes a difference for the first few weeks of school, it makes is easier to get to know people, but if you make an extra effort, the difference is negligible...if you dont live in the dorms, and live off campus, you'll just need to make a slight effort to be more social w/sinai people, if you want to hang out w/people here etc(if youve been in the city for awhile, im assuming you have other friends you'd like to hang out w/as well)......
     
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    Lionel you're awesome. Thanks so much for taking the time to write such informative posts! I have seen the apartments - two times (A friend of mine is a second-year there - plus I got to see them again during my interview tour). You're right, they are certainly very nice. But again, I just would really like my own space. It also depends on who your suitemates are also like you said.

    If you don't mind me asking, what made you decide to go to Sinai? What year are you there?

    Thanks! :)
     
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    So is Sinai a pred. Jewish school? I'm a Muslim and am wondering if there would be a problem going to that school? I don't want to be hated, and I don't hate other people, so I'm wondering if the experience over at sinai. is a we're all a happy family feeling.
    peace
     
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    hey e'01 im a first year, as for why i decided to go to sinai, im feeling the crunch of physio final tomorow, ill have to answer that another time. but i do beleive its a pretty unique place. mrhdream81 hmmm, you really should come visit, i think you have many misconceptions about sinai. 1st off, not everyone is jewish, for insatnace i would say that a good portion of our class is of asian descent, there are alot of jewish people, a few are orthodox, many arent, there are also a good deal of nonjewish people here. regardless of what ethnicity people are, there are a very wide variety of backgrounds represented at sinai...i dont think, by any means, you would you have a problem at sinai, everyone is really friendly...also, as a tiny part of orientation, we get to meet the sinai(hospital) catholic priest, rabbi, protestant clergyman, etc, i remember them saying they had a very close relationship with the imam at the mosque nearby, and any muslim students who needed help, or just wanted to talk etc, should talk to them and they'll hook them up with the imam. its the most beautiful mosque ive ever seen(corner of 96th and 1st)... really, NYC is a pretty liberal place, i'd be suprised if you had any trouble, there are devout muslim students around at sinai, ive seen them around, though im not sure there are any in my class, there are a few sikhs who people tend to think are muslim also....you should definately visit sinai.

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    What's the couples housing like? How expensive? Thanks!
     
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    there are all different types, different prices, all of it is in regular apartment buildings, some further from school than others, some right nearby, some apts are kinda small, but keep in mind this is nyc etc, and they are really nice and under market i.e. i know some people paying around 800$ for 1 bedrooms etc. but you can pay more and get larger ones, but generally all of them are really nice...
     
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