JustDocy said:I am not trying to be trollish. I am from California, and have the opportunity to go to either school. I am torn because in terms of location, RF seems to be the place to be, doing clinical years in Chicago. However, I have heard way better things about Penn State's reputation. I do want to return to California after medical school, and I don't know if either would give me an advantage?
I am really looking for people's opinions, because I do not even know where to begin, because i have heard such bad things about RF, but also good things too. I am really concerned about rural life, but I am also concerned about possibly not receiving the best education by choosing RF.
I'm sure if you asked any of my patients if I went to good med school, I doubt they'd say something to the effect of it "sucking ass."
My point is not to let the probationary status scare you. There are plenty of other perfectly valid reasons to choose another school over RF. It all depends on personal priorities. Unless you're someone planning for a super-competitive fellowship, it's amazing how little anyone cares where you went to med school once you've matched.PathOne said:Among the issues brought up by the LCME accreditation team was the high dependence on student tuition (=high costs for students) and the lack of access to comprehensive teaching hospitals. While I'm sure they're trying to deal with the issues, it would seem that schools without probationary accreditation status would be preferable...
Slippery Pete said:cuz peeps outside the med profession r ignorant... u know wat i'm sayin homes
DrBodacious said:Along with reputation, I'd consider the curricula at the schools too. I know RF has a numerical grading system, and I've heard some RF students complain about the extra stress it adds.
DrBodacious said:Also, as far as location goes, RF is nearly rural, at least it is in a pretty boring area about an hour north of Chicago. So if you're a city person you won't really dig that anyway (for the first two yrs.).
DrBodacious said:And to add in my 2c about rep... it is very true that you could succeed at either school, there is a neurosurgery res at my school from RF. Another way of looking at it is that you're going to work your tail off at either school if you want to be competitive.
DrBodacious said:But lets face it, Penn State will help you in the rep dept.
DrBodacious said:Also, haven't we decided that comparing match lists is not very usefull?