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Trowa

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Hi,
I really need some good opinions on these schools. I just got off the waitlist at Tufts today and I bascially have this weekend to decide where to go. I am pretty much all set to go with NYMC and was going to move in next week. I am not a big believer in rankings or anything as I love NYMC. I hear that Tufts has a good reputation. I did like Tufts, but i do like NYMC for a lot of reasons. I mean for the people who know about Tufts, are their placements really good? I really appreciate any opinions for both schools. Thanks
 

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molybdenum-
do you have to be an ass? just wondering. because, i know how to be an ass- and you're being quite the ass. congrats, ass.
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Hi, if you really like NYMC a lot, maybe that's the right fit for you. When you account for tuition, cost of living and everything else, I think you'll find that Tufts will be about $6-8k/year more than NYMC. Also, at NYMC, you'll get to live in very nice dorms that are 3-minute walk away from classes. The facilities at NYMC are much better than at Tufts.

But Tufts has its merits, too. It's in Boston, which is great. You'll need a car at NYMC, whereas you won't need one for the first two years at Tufts. If you want to go into competitive specialties, Tufts probably has better reputation.

As for reputation in primary care medicine, I think both schools are comparable since both had very good matches. Both schools offer a lot of early clinical exposures.
 

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I personally liked Boston more than New York. So I'd pick Tufts baised on that. As for the schools, they are both great schools to study at. The people at NYMC seemed really happy and content to be there.

Good Luck
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Originally posted by altaskier
I personally liked Boston more than New York. So I'd pick Tufts baised on that. As for the schools, they are both great schools to study at. The people at NYMC seemed really happy and content to be there.

Good Luck
:)

Umm...NYMC isn't in New York City - it's out in the middle of nowhere, from what I've heard. Tufts is located in one of the shadier areas of Boston.
 
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Katie

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Umm...NYMC isn't in New York City - it's out in the middle of nowhere, from what I've heard. Tufts is located in one of the shadier areas of Boston.

well, a 25-30 minute train ride or 30 minute drive w/out traffic is not really out in the middle of nowhere. and Chinatown is not a great neighborhood by any means, but it is getting better and is nowhere near as sketchy as parts of Dorchester like Harbor Point (where a few unfortunate classmates live) or areas like Roxbury. It also compares favorably to the area around Temple U. in Philly and Harlem in NY.

Trowa, I wrote you quite a detailed e-mail, i hope you don't fall asleep reading it:) the only part of it I will reiterate here for any interested applicants is that Tufts is particularly strong in clinical exposure during the first and second years. When I interviewed at NYMC in Dec. 2000, some of the first years I talked to were disappointed in that they only got to meet with patients about once a month. At Tufts, most students see patients at least twice a week through the curriculum, and we begin our Physical Diagnosis course in parrallel with Anatomy during the Spring Semester.
 

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Originally posted by Katie


well, a 25-30 minute train ride or 30 minute drive w/out traffic is not really out in the middle of nowhere.

Sorry, shows what I know. where i live you can't drive longer than 30 min without hitting ocean. :)
 

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Tufts' location actually compares favorably with those of Boston's other two med schools. I really like where Tufts is, and I don't think it's as dangerous as people make it out to be. Maybe the term "Combat Zone" scares people off, but I think being next to Chinatown is great and a 10-minute walk will take you to either Faneuil Hall or to the eastern end of Newbury Street. It's certainly not in a classy neighbourhood like Back Bay or Beacon Hill. But Tufts Med School is truly in the heart of Boston, whereas BU's in a sketchy area on the south end and Harvard's way out in the Hungtinton area, which was not a very nice neighbourhood until a few years ago before the real estate started going nuts.
 

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personally, i'd go to Tufts.
for its better location and reputation.

congrats on having a choice though! :)
 

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Tufts all the way!

NYMC has a terrible admissions system, which may or may not speak volumes about their curriculum as well. However, with that said, NYMC is a very nice campus and the students seem to enjoy themselves. But, the school isnt' attached to a university which could help you in the later years of medical school, residency and beyond.

Tufts is expensive, but it's a great school smackdab in the center of Boston!!!!! It has a great reputation and utilizes some of the best hospitals in the nation.

Tufts all the way.
 
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