I have interviewed at Partners, BIDMC, Hopkins, Stanford, Cornell and have Penn and WUSTL coming up. I have small children, and my primary interest is in research. Both my parents and my wife's parents live on the East Coast, hence the preponderance of East Coast schools. I am going crazy trying to figure out how to weigh the relative importance of reputation, lifestyle, caliber of fellow residents, and clear pathways for clinician-scientist careers. I would be very curious to hear impressions of others who have interviewed at these places or, if a resident or junior attending for some reason happens to read these forums, to hear their feedback as well. MGH is incredible, but gives the aura of boot camp, I am not sure I feel like drinking from a firehose for three years. Stanford has excellent research and probably the best infrastructure for translational research in the country, with the MIT-Harvard system close by. It is not considered to be in the same tier of the other schools- the question is whether or not this is relevant given a committment to a research-oriented career. Some would say this is your one chance, so go bust a gut. Others would say, your children are only young once and if you're not going to be seeing patients every day and are going to function as a quintenary caregiver, live it up under the eucalyptus trees. Cornell seems to have strong clinical training, but no engineering or translational infrastructure- it does seem to be awash in wealth, which might translate into research dollars. The main problem is that the training appears nearly as grueling as MGH, not equally so, but up there, with more months of q3 neuro-ICU than all the other programs except MGH. Again, neuro-ICU is very cool, it's just I'd prefer to see my kids if I can meet the board reqs in another manner. So if anybody has impressions of these schools, or if anybody also has kids and is committed to research and has puzzled this out also, please add to the forum. Cheers.