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What are the main factors you used in prioritizing the schools you wanted to attend?

Here is mine so far in order:

Previous Residency Matches
Clinical Rotations
School Culture
Grading Scheme
Diversity
Tuition
Cost of Living
Climate
Location
 

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gestalt feeling during interviews (most important factor for me)
curriculum (wanted a systems-based approach and 2 full preclinical years)
rigor of clinical training (the harder the better)
departmental strengths (esp. surgery, surgical subspecialties, anesthesiology, radiology, and internal medicine)
location
cost
P/F first year
quality of facilities
research opportunities
quality of teaching during preclinical and clinical years
availability of mentors
unique aspects of the school
 

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1) Will they accept me?
2) Will they accept me?
3) Will they accept me?
4) Will they accept me?
5) How well will they prepare me for medicine in general?
7) How well will they prepare me for my boards?
8) Good residency matches?
9) Location?
10) Tuition
11) Hot chicks a plenty?
 

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My 5 most important factors ranked in order of priority.

1. Location
2. Location
3. Location
4. Location
5. Location
 

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Originally posted by Slickness
My 5 most important factors ranked in order of priority.

1. Location
2. Location
3. Location
4. Location
5. Location

You know.. I didn't know there was no discussion this week so I showed up and wondered why I was the only person there..
 

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Originally posted by TTSD
You know.. I didn't know there was no discussion this week so I showed up and wondered why I was the only person there..
:laugh: Yea there's no discussion next week either. Just thought you should know.;)
 

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Originally posted by Slickness
:laugh: Yea there's no discussion next week either. Just thought you should know.;)

ah, thanks. I was so informed. LOL. I wonder how the people on the field trip faired today? Probably freezing and raining!
 

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Originally posted by TTSD
ah, thanks. I was so informed. LOL. I wonder how the people on the field trip faired today? Probably freezing and raining!
Yea it's sad. I'm glad I got it over with last week.
 

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Originally posted by Slickness
Yea it's sad. I'm glad I got it over with last week.

Indeed. Did you do your trip log yet? I only jotted like a few notes down and I'm trying to expand it beyond half a page. My entire assignment comes out to about two pages. This is sad.
 

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Here is mine so far in order:

Excellence in my graduate research area
Location
Diversity
Chance of getting accepted
Tuition
Residency match

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Reputation
Cost
Climate
Location
Residency Placement
Preclinical Curriculum
Clinical Rotations/Quality of Hospitals
Board Scores
Diversity
Easy Transportation into Campus
Cost of living
Proximity to Best Buy
 

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Originally posted by Gleevec
Proximity to Best Buy

Haha...well you can always rely on BestBuy.com!

For me,

Reputation
Location
Resource available in public health
 

Gleevec

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Originally posted by CalBeE
Haha...well you can always rely on BestBuy.com!

It's not the same. It's the difference between going to a sporting event or watching it on gamechannel on your computer.
 

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residency placement varies a bit from year to year, and specialty to specialty. I recommend looking at the past few years for a specfic schools, for the fields you are interested in.
 

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Originally posted by carrigallen
residency placement varies a bit from year to year, and specialty to specialty. I recommend looking at the past few years for a specfic schools, for the fields you are interested in.

I wish I had that kind of info, but it seems as if for 90% of my school they dont post their lists online (I got them when I interviewed). So I only have 1 year's worth. Some schools only have PGY-1, so a lot of the more competitive matches are missing altogether.

There should be some standardized database for this (dont need names, just locations and field from each school).
 

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That's exactly what I'm looking for. Some schools are really good about making that info available. But for others it's quite difficult. It would be nice if we SDNers got some information together. =)
 

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Originally posted by Gleevec
Reputation
Cost
Climate
Location
Residency Placement
Preclinical Curriculum
Clinical Rotations/Quality of Hospitals
Board Scores
Diversity
Easy Transportation into Campus
Cost of living
Proximity to Best Buy

same for me but substitute IKEA for Best Buy (thank the heavens above one is opening in Philadelphia this summer, jusst in the nick of time)
 

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What I considered... is it Rochester....or is it not Rochester. That is all.
 
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