School with top ranking or school in great location?

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  1. CaliBoy

    CaliBoy Senior Member

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    So, this topic might have already been covered at some point in SDN. But since I am relatively new, I am interested to know what you guys think. Hypothetical situation: (1.) You are accepted to a highly ranked school with great reputation/stats/etc. but it is in a miserable city/location, and (2.) You are then accepted to a school that is not as spectacular reputation-wise (say, 30 US News slots lower), but it is in a location in which you love and would be very comfortable spending four years of your life.

    Which one would you pick? :confused:
     
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  3. Doctora Foxy

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    I would pick where I would be the happiest (in this case the lower ranked school). But if you are planning on entering a very competitive residency, I would go with the higher ranked school. :cool:
     
  4. vyc

    vyc Senior Member

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    depending on the specifics... (like exactly how miserable is the location?)

    i would probably go to the higher ranked school.
    bc as doctora foxy wrote, i don't know what i want to be doing for residency but i'd like to be as competitive as possible for anything.
    (i highly doubt that i'll be going for a super competitive residency but i don't want to preempt myself yet)

    that said, i'm a firm believer that i can find happiness pretty much anywhere. this will sound hackneyed but it's really the people you're with and not the place you're at, that really matter to your experience.
     
  5. ckent

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    go to whichever school is cheaper.
     
  6. USeF

    USeF sunny L.A.

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    yea, this was discussed just a couple days ago ( you may find it on page 2 or 3) but that situation was actually a tough question. It was ranked school vs. state school with no or low ranking.

    Since you didnt mention public (state) school , I'm going to assume both are private, which would make it pretty easy to decide better ranked private.

    The best way is to avoid applying to good weather private schools, so you can just take for granted you'll be in cold,windy weather no matter where you go! :D
     
  7. gmendese

    gmendese Porn Star

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    Go where you'll be happiest. PERIOD. All 125 US medical schools provide the same education and have similar USMLE STEP 1 pass rates (check them out and you'll know what I mean). Just do your best in school and score as high as you can in your courses. Here's an example for you: Harvard, ranked number 1 in research, has a reputation for pumping out students ill-prepared for third and fourth years, which affects their competency in residency. Yeah, they'll probably get a nice residence having "VE RI TAS" on their transcript, but does Harvard make them better doctors? Absolutely not.

    With that said, choose the school that you like and you'll become an excellent doctor IF YOU WANT TO.
     
  8. matthew0126

    matthew0126 Anaheim Angels

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    hehee... sorry i know this wasnt an option: go to a high ranking school that is also in a location you love!!
     

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