I've posted this question on MomMD, but thougt I would post here, too....I'm a frequent flyer of the SDN and MomMD forums and PROUD OF IT I just don't post much... but these forums have been a wonderful source of info!!! I'm lazy, so I'll copy and paste : I am currently finishing up my pre-req's post bach and am now thinking about where to apply next year (it'll be here before I know it!!). I am a divorced mom with an 8 yr old, wonderful, beautiful daughter. I know this is going to be a difficulty journey, but I am determined, so don't even try to change my mind . My original intention has been to apply to med-schools in Illinios (Chicago area) so we can be near my ex. He is very willing to help out as much as possible and we, thankfully, have a friendly relationship--we both want what's best for our child, period. However, lately I've been stewing over the cost of tuition, and since I am a Texas resident, tuition is VERY cheap vs. chicago schools. What would be the most favorable thing to do...go to medschool in Texas and apply for residencies in Chicago? Would that be unrealistic? I am concerned about the amount of hours required during clinicals 3rd and 4th years in medschool. Are years 3 & 4 somewhat comparable to residency in the number of hours away from home? My number-one priority, without a doubt, is my daughter. I just need some honest opinions/advice from some current 3rd/4th yrs. on what would be the best for someone in my situation. Sorry to make this so lengthy...your advice is greatly appreciated!! One more thing (sorry): I don't have ANY family here in TX, although my mother has offered to move here during my 3-4 years, but I'm not sure that would actually happen...alot could happen between now and then. So many variables!!! What to do???!!!