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Should I go for Drexel's interview?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Old ortho, Apr 10, 2007.

  1. Old ortho

    Old ortho 2+ Year Member

    Mar 11, 2007
    I was accepted by NYMC, and on waitlist at three mid tier schools (not sure how high, schools won't say). Drexel just offered an interview. Can someone tell me how would you compare Drexel with NYMC as far as the school and quality of education, locations and city, and expenses? I am from Cali.
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  3. Robizzle

    Robizzle 1K Member 2+ Year Member

    May 28, 2006
    Boston & NYC
    I'm the king of Drexel vs. NYMC. Here's stuff taken from what i've posted in the past.

    1)Close to home, friends and family. (I'm from Queens NY)
    2)Good Step I scores (225 avg)
    3)Matchlist for 2006 was very good:

    23 into Anesthesiology,
    19 into Radiology,
    4 into Neurosurgery,
    3 into Opthalmology,
    1 into Dermatology,
    8 into Orthopaedics 2 into ENT
    (that's a total of 60 students out of 190!)

    4)Westchester Medical Center is a level 1 trauma center
    5)I would get to rotate through NYC hospitals, and I think it's important to get to know people in NY if I ultimately want to do residency there.
    6)Beautiful facilities (new anatomy lab, student building, and children's hospital)
    7)Lots of libraries/study centers on campus so I get lots of study space.
    8)Dorms are right on campus, so everyone lives in the same place and I assume that makes for a closer class atmosphere.

    1)New city of Philadelphia!
    2)Symptom-based curriculum
    3)Also good board scores (somewhere around 225-230)
    4)Also a good match list:

    11 into Anesthesiology
    1 into Derm
    5 into Optho
    14 into Orthopaedics
    1 into ENT
    15 into Rads
    2 into Rad-Oncology
    (totalling 49 students out of 255)

    5) Their hospital is in Center City, which is good for clinical experience as well.

    1 Big downside that I hear from current students is that during 3rd and 4th years, some people randomly get sent to far away hospitals for rotations (e.g. Pittsburgh).
    Other downsides are that I would need to find my own apartment (no on-campus housing unlike NYMC), would be far from home, Drexel's surrounding neighborhood is not the prettiest (ghetto), and their facilities are all in 1 building which is not too high-tech. Also, the two biggest draws to Drexel for me were the PBL curriculum (which I've decided against now) and the orthopedic match-rate. But now I think it's silly to base all my decisions on just 1 specialty.. who knows what I'll eventually want? Who knows how my grades will actually be?
  4. Haemulon

    Haemulon Slippery When Wet Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

    Jun 1, 2006
    On SDN
    I knew my man Robizzle would be onto this question like a malpractice lawyer waiting outside a high-risk OB service.

    Good post, as always. :thumbup:
  5. Robizzle

    Robizzle 1K Member 2+ Year Member

    May 28, 2006
    Boston & NYC
    HAHAHAH i love it, Haemulon
  6. Old ortho

    Old ortho 2+ Year Member

    Mar 11, 2007
    Thanks a lot, Robizzle. If you were not from NY (let's say Cali), would you still pick NYMC over Drexel?
  7. epigastric

    epigastric Stewart U. Class of '11 2+ Year Member

    Nov 8, 2006
    Can't say anything about Drexel, but a ton of NYMC students are transplants from California. A lot of these students match back to California (and decent places, too) thanks to this long-running connection. So if you're thinking about going back home after medical school, NYMC would be a good choice.
  8. Robizzle

    Robizzle 1K Member 2+ Year Member

    May 28, 2006
    Boston & NYC
    Hmmm... that's a good question. If I were from cali, I probably would be lost, and it would depend on which city I liked better..As you can see from my comparison, I actually put "Philly" as a plus for Drexel since I like going to new cities.. but if both cities were new to me, I would definitely do NYC > Philly :D.

    Very true, but same holds for Drexel as well=P
  9. supamike318

    supamike318 New Member 2+ Year Member

    May 17, 2006
    Hmm, I have one acceptance at RFU, and now I just got an interview for Drexel too. I'm from cali, so neither place is close to home. Any suggestions?
  10. thedelicatessen

    thedelicatessen In Memory of Riley Jane Moderator Emeritus 5+ Year Member

    Jan 23, 2006
    Drexel is on par with the other schools mentioned (I interviewed at them all), so if you don't have any particular East coast/Midwest geographic preference, I would stay with the acceptances you already have and save the travel time and money. Good luck!
  11. badasshairday

    badasshairday Vascular and Interventional Radiology 10+ Year Member

    Apr 6, 2007
    Why do you guys call Philidelphia a new city???? It's super old... I'm missing somthing obviously.
  12. lizolix

    lizolix New Member

    May 31, 2006
    Washington, DC
    I would say take the interview, you never know how much you're going to like a school until you visit. I just interviewed at Drexel and thought it was great. Annd, I hated NYMC. I turned down my acceptance there to reapply.
    So everyone is different. You should check it out and decide for yourself which school is a better fit.
  13. supamike318

    supamike318 New Member 2+ Year Member

    May 17, 2006
    Thanks for the feedback, maybe I'll go check it out. Does anyone know if they still have spots open or is it gonna be an interview for waitlist? The interview is the last day they interview, in beginning of May.
  14. hb2998

    hb2998 10+ Year Member

    Jan 17, 2005
    Same situation.. I have an acceptance with a scholarship from UNCOM (UNMC). I'm not going to go to Drexel for the interview. They do have a good match rate but I really don't want to fly out. I really hope this isn't a decision I will come to regret later.
  15. berkeleyboy

    berkeleyboy Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Oct 18, 2002
    Phoenix AZ
    Honestly, I would look at what fields you might be interested in and see if NYMC or Drexel has a residency program or a department in the fields you are looking at.

    At Drexel, I know we don't have an allopathic ENT program so if your interested in ENT this might hurt you when you are applying for residency because you don't have the support of a strong ENT faculty to back your application up. Also, you don't get to fall back on your home program as a residency choice.

    I know its early, but this can hopefully help in your decision.

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