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Tufts or UVM advice anyone?

Discussion in 'Clinical Rotations' started by zaza240, Jun 18, 2002.

  1. zaza240

    zaza240 Junior Member

    Jun 7, 2002
    Perhaps this the the worng forum to post this in, but I wanted some advice from those applying to (or have already applied to) residency programs. I am trying to decide between going to UVM and Tufts medical schools. I'd like to eventually get a residency in Boston (as I want to live there) probably in a non-primary care field. I realize that Tufts is in Boston but I also know that students at UVM have more clinical exposure (about a semester more). Do residency programs (particularly in Boston) hold one school in higher regard than the other? Or are they about the same, just different?

    Any input either way would be most appreciated.

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  3. zaza240

    zaza240 Junior Member

    Jun 7, 2002
    (I'd be a non-Vermont no in-state tuition for me :( )
  4. Juice

    Juice Junior Member 7+ Year Member

    Mar 28, 2002
    I have posted a note to someone else who asked about UVM. The place rocks. I got into Tufts UVM MCP Hahneman and chose UVM. You simply will not find better clinical exposure. I put in half a dozen chest tubes, 20 or so central lines, floated a few swans, and had lots of autonomy. The clinical faculty is awesome, and teaching is strong.
    As for the basic sciences, not as strong as some other schools. However, I will have to tell you that my roommates and I all busted well over 230 on the boards. The class has a fair number of non-traditional students, and I think this makes the atmosphere much better. The class is not super competitive, and I had lots of great friends. As far as schools ranking schools ahead of others, it may happen to a small degree. I will tell you that my roommate matched Ortho at UCSF. As well, one of my good friends matched Neurosurg at UVA, probably the top program in the country. My point is you can match into any program coming from this school. It all depends on what you do when you get here. The non-competitive nature of UVM makes it a litle easier to excel in the classroom if you work at it.
    Burlington is a great little town. Right on Lake Champlain. A college town, with lots of arts, jazz festivals, etc. We lived on the lake in a sweet 2 bedroom for 1200 total. About what you pay for a 1 bedroom in Boston. We had amazing sunsets everynight over the adirondacks. Swam 10 feet from our house, and had some awesome grilling on the small beach.
    The winters are cold, but a group of 20 or so of us could be found on the mountain during the winter months while the rest of our classmates were in the classroom. We all did very well, and the majority were AOA.
    I would not go to any school over UVM. I enjoyed Med school at least as much as undergrad, though I worked a little harder. The senior selective is awesome, and you can spend the last 15 months doing ANYthing in ANY part of the world.
    I grew up in Boston, and am a big boston fan, but go to UVM. I guarantee you will not regret it....
  5. Doctora Foxy

    Doctora Foxy Meow 7+ Year Member

    Jan 28, 2002
    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif"> Originally posted by Juice:

    We all did very well, and the majority were AOA.
    </font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">I'm only a MS0, but I'm a little confused....I always thought AOA was just the top 15th or 15th percentage of each I wrong?
  6. Voxel

    Voxel Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

    Nov 5, 2001
    I believe he/she was say the majority of his *friends* were AOA not the whole school.

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