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JustDocy said:How do I decide between Rosalind Franklin and Penn State. Please help!!! Does anyone know more than me? thanks so much for your input.
naimist said:Hi JD,
I interviewed at Penn State and have been in the "interviewable" pile at RFU for a while now, so I might be a little more biased towards the school that actually invited me...
With that said, I loved Penn State. All the students I met there were very laidback and loved the school. The emphasis on humanities and the research component were very appealing to me. Also, I'd consider Penn State more of a suburban area rather than a rural area. It's about 20 minutes outside of Harrisburg, which is apparently a big city, though I've never been there myself. I can't find any specific info about residency placements, i.e. where the students matched, but Penn State did manage to place several in anesthesiology (8), dermatology (2), opthalmology (3), plastics (2), and radiology (2), which I believe are considered the more competitive residencies. However, it does seem to emphasize primary care more.
RFU seems to be a pretty good school too, although I can't really say since I haven't been there. It gets a lot of crap from SDN because it was recently put on probation for financial issues, which I think it has worked very hard to correct. I also think it's not in Chicago itself, but rather North Chicago, which is a suburb outside of the main city. I've heard the students there still score higher than average on their Step 1 scores and Cook County Hospital can't be beat for clinical experience.
With that said, I think I'd feel more at home at Penn State, being a small town girl myself. I hope this helped though.
JustDocy said:what is all the flack about given to rosalind franklin? is it a bad school?