Need help choosing a school

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Straight Cali, May 17, 2008.

  1. Straight Cali

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    Hey Everyone,
    Thanks in advance for your help (and I apologize for the obnoxious nature of this post). So, I just got off of the UCSD acceptable list, which I'm very happy but also conflicted about. I was all set on going to Vanderbilt (faculty, students, and facilities are all first rate) but am now torn. Some issues that I was hoping people could address regarding UCSD:
    • Gunner/cut-throat reputation; although i hear that its improving with the new dean
    • Quality of life
    • Does research prowess overshadow clinical training?
    I should also mention that I'm from/love SoCal and would save a ton of money by attending UCSD, both in terms of tuition and moving expenses. I'd also like to do my residency somewhere in Cali. Thanks again for any help.
     
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  3. TheRealMD

    TheRealMD "The Mac Guy"

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    PM lord_jeebus, UCSD Class of 2008. He might be a little busy prepping for graduation.
     
  4. slidingDoors

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    the last part is your answer "you want to do residency in cali"
     
  5. The Doctor

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    I'd go with UCSD, to help with your Cali residency, to save the money, and to be near your family. Vandy is a great school, but so is UCSD, and I feel like debt is ignored far too often in these types of decisions.

    That said - if you want to go into academics or a super-competitive specialty, then it might be worth it to invest in Vandy. Having lived there for four years, I can tell you Nashville is great and you wouldn't regret it.
     
  6. lord_jeebus

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    If knocking back sake in Tokyo every night for five weeks while waiting for the ceremony counts as busy :laugh:
     
  7. lord_jeebus

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    I sent a PM to the OP, but for the record I'd like to share my opinion that

    Cost is a major issue

    Getting a CA residency from Vandy is not an issue
     

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