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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by goldie, Jun 14, 2002.
Weighing these two options...any thoughts?
Are you a New Yorker?
Those are my two top choices so I know you must have a hard decision. But if it were me and I got accepted to my two top choices I would consider a few options
1.Experience: Downstate is directly across the street from a level one Trauma Center (Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn)I think that you would have no shortage of interesting cases there to learn from. I'm not sure if MS is affiliated with any level one but their merger with NYU makes them a great teaching facility.
2.Cost: Downstate is waaaaayyyyy cheaper(especially if you are a NYC resident)than Mount Sinai, in terms of tuition and living costs. Brooklyn's Cost of living is by far cheaper than living in Manhattan(I know I have lived here all my life) <img border="0" alt="[Clappy]" title="" src="graemlins/clappy.gif" />
3.Location: Mount Sinai is on the upper east side (ladeeda) so because of that it is slightly safer than Downstate, which is located in East Flatbush (despite what the brochure says about being in the heart of park slope... not even close )where the 67th precinct is located, the busiest police unit in Brooklyn (get the hint) <img border="0" alt="[Wowie]" title="" src="graemlins/wowie.gif" /> . I'm not saying that my neighborhood is like South Central LA (not even close) but it's not the upper east side either.
4. YOU: What are your goals for your career? What do you want to experience? How do you want your social ife to develop? Where would you be more comfortable? Because if you are not comfortable in your surroundings then I think that you are going to have a difficult time. (Highly stressful)
So you have a few options to weigh I hope I helped. So what's my choice? Well, I live exactly 5 minutes (walking) from Downstate and 1 hour (subway ride) from Mount Sinai. I'm leaning toward Downstate. (hhmmmm, wonder why <img border="0" alt="[Laughy]" title="" src="graemlins/laughy.gif" /> )
I am a New Yorker, living in Brooklyn. I agree with the previous comments, though the whole "reputation" thing is rolling around in my head. And while the surroundings of Downstate aren't very aesthetically pleasing, I think it's right to be in the thick of the busiest precinct in NYC. Also, the match lists between the two seem very similar.
On the other hand, Mt. Sinai is a world-class hospital (though financially troubled...the Dean explained the situation, and while it's not great, they seem to be taking steps towards getting out of the black) with a lot of opportunities. But, as a medical student, does this make a great difference?
Thanks for your help.
go to whichever med school is the one that is the best match for you. of course, all u.s. med schools are relatively good. so in that sense, no matter where you end up you will get the training to be a qualified MD. that being said, some schools will open significantly more doors than others. and, in that sense sinai is a far superior institution. the sinai's hospital and the quality of medicine practiced at sinai are superior to brooklyn, plus the faculty and opportunities and funing are much greater at sinai. simply put, sinai is just a much more impressive institution.
Mount Sinai being in Financial difficulty might affect you in terms of new facilities or cutting of staff faculty and programs/classes. But that usually happens when a school is seriously in the RED <img border="0" alt="[Wowie]" title="" src="graemlins/wowie.gif" /> So take that into consideration. Or maybe you ca call and asks more questions. But being a fellow brooklynite I would still lean more toward Downstate.