I was accepted to both programs as well and liked both. I was not from TX or IL. Ultimately I chose BCM. The main factors were the quality of the graduate training (in genetics/overall) and affordibility of the city. I loved Chicago, but I was able to buy a townhouse in Houston.I'm interested in doing BME/biophysics research eventually; anyone have thoughts about choosing one over the other? Thanks!!
Not sure where you got that vibe from. I have the opposite impressionThis would only be helpful if you had picked up on the same vibe and weren't sure whether or not to trust it without independent verification, but when I was at NW I really got the feeling that all the students there were fairly miserable (or at least had been for a while & then got over it). I don't know if this is because of the city and the difficult living arrangments that usually arise from trying to live in a city on a student-sized stipend, or if it's something about the program itself, but I wasn't the only one who picked up on it in my interview group. (We later talked about it when we met up again at another school.) At my interview day someone asked, "Are you guys happy?" during the student panel, and after a beat or two someone answered, "Well, Chicago's really great." It was kind of unusual actually.
But if you didn't get this feeling, don't worry about it at all. And I didn't interview at Baylor so I can't say how NW compared to there, unfortunately. Good luck making a decision!
Fascinating to see how subjective the impression of a program is!Not sure where you got that vibe from. I have the opposite impression
more like 1100 of 2000 (2250-250for tax), but yeahI agree with the other posts above that you should probably choose based on where you want to live for 8 years.
On that note, I'll say that in my opinion affordability of a city is not brought up nearly enough. You're going to be living in a place for most of a decade on a really modest salary. LA, NY, Chicago, are all fun cities. They have great cultural and social opportunities, but the cost of living near your medical school can be egregious. If $1200 of your $1900 a month goes directly to rent/utilities, that's going to put a serious damper on your lifestyle.
You have to weigh whether you think you can tolerate the additional cost for the benefits. Also, try to consider how you're going to feel about your living situation when you're 30 years old.
They dropped last year bc they stopped including funding from people who have a primary appointment at MD Anderson, but are BCM faculty also.if you feel that all things are equal research-wise.... its probably time to think very carefully about and research Baylor's financial situation. It's pretty staggering. During my interview, it was very surprising to see how many people were oblivious to what has been going on with them over the last couple of years. As to what effect it will have on students, that's questionable. It doesn't seem like the quality of the program has dropped substantially, but keep in mind, you're going to be stuck with them for the next 8 years. Further, if you're someone who cares about rankings, you'll see they dropped substantially last year and will almost undoubtedly be taking a hit this year as well. In all likelihood, they are on the rebound. But seeing as the rice merger fell through, the next few years will probably not be smooth sailing.