So I know I'm jumping the gun by two days, but I just don't care anymore. Besides, I'm sure the majority of PD's have turned their ROL in already and probably won't be making too many changes. So I'm going to get this ball rolling and here is my ROL. 14. Drexel: Really liked the ICU experience, but ultimately, I felt this was a program under flux. Plus, anesthesia handles airway during the day. I still can't get over this, but that's me. 13. Downstate/King's County: I really like this program. Great mix of academics and clinical training. Two reasons it isn't higher...location (NY isn't appealing as a resident, especially Brooklyn) and the worst ancillary staff in the history of man. I'd rather match than not. 12. USC/LA County: Great program with a great PD (Swadron). I really bought into his philosophy of the place. I think the clinical training here is second to none in that you will see everything, probably more than once. Ultimately, I didn't want to end up at a PGY2-4 program, and I felt the peds experience was lacking. Make it a 4 year program and it likely would have been my number 1. 11. Georgetown: Awesome program in only it's second year. I can't imagine how great this place will be in 4 or 5 years. Great pathology, one of the most down to earth faculties I met on the trail. Great people all around. It just came down to whether I wanted to be a "pioneer" for that program, and for me, I didn't. Although it was tempting. Nothing bad to say about this program. 10. Highland: Probably my dissapointment for the season in terms of where it ended up on my list. I grew up 30 min. south and would be more than at home in the bay area. UCSF starting it's program brings about unknowns. The faculty is young and energetic. I just didn't like being the strongest program in the hospital...and with UCSF, who knows what will happen. 9. Cook County: This is home. I know so many people here and would be happy training here. Personally, I think the faculty is absolutely top notch and teach a ton (I know others didn't get that idea). This became a purely location decision. After 5 years in Chicago, I didn't want to be here anymore. Only other reason, PGY2-4. But I would sacrafice for this in a second if I wanted to stay in Chicago. 8. Boston Medical Center: I loved this program and the faculty I met. The only negatives I saw was just an average bread and butter peds experience. I wanted more time at Boston Children's. Great faculty who were all very funny. If I match here, I'm doing the prelim year to make it a 1-4. 7. Ohio State: Probably one of the best peds experiences in the country, and definitely tops for a 3 year program. This was a pleasant surprise, from the facilities, to the faculty, to the camaraderie and the affordable city. I found this program to have many similarities (in what I wanted) to the next program on the list, but it came down to me living in Cali than Ohio. Awesome program though. 6. UC Davis: Ahhh...I LOVED UCD. I did undergrad here, worked in the ED, and came back to rotate through. Some of the best faculty and great teachers I've met. Also probably the best overall group of residents I met. All fun and helpful my month there. It pains me to rank them at this spot, but could easily drop down here seeing how competitive this year has been. The only negative is that I felt surgery to be a little too dominating in the hospital and the peds experience a little lacking (I know cuz i did shifts there). But I would be more than happy to work with the peeps here. 5. U of Md: Another pleasant surprise. Hands down the top PD on the trail. I love everything about his philosophy and the curriculum he has instilled. Shock trauma, a beautiful hospital, an academic/teaching curriculum, plenty of opportunities, the list goes on. Great in every way. I'd be very happy to open my envelope and see this program. Peds experience may be average, but everything else makes up for it. 4. UPenn: Penn reminds me of Cinci in so many ways. Great PD, faculty, curriculum, elective opportunities, off service, and a great peds experience. I felt surprisingly comfortable at Penn and think the place will continue to improve. 3. Harbor/UCLA: This run down looking place gave me such a great gut feeling. Only 10 minutes from Palos Verdes, where I have family, this place would make me very happy. Also, the curriculum and residents are awesome. This place would give me EVERYTHING I wanted in a program, plus the great location with family nearby. The only reason it took the 3 spot is that I started leaning more towards 4 year programs. 2. Denver: Loved everything about this program (faculty, curriculum, patient population, clinical experience, peds, etc) and most importantly, would love to live in Denver (snowboarding baby!) This could have easily been my number 1 except I felt at home and the most comfortable at my number 1. 1. Cinci: I knew this would be number 1 from the moment Dr. Blomkalns started cracking jokes. Felt at home and loved everything they had to offer. COL added in, and I'll gladly live in Cinci for 4 years. Read my review for details...I LOVE THIS PLACE!!!! Changed my mind and added reasons. Location and gut where larger factors than expected. Good luck peeps!