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Tulane vs. GW

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by buffy, Jan 30, 2002.

  1. buffy

    buffy Member 7+ Year Member

    Nov 26, 2001
    I've already been accepted at Tulane, but I'm trying to decide if I should go to an interview at GW or not. I'm not happy about spending more money to travel across the country, but I don't know a lot about how these schools compare. I really liked Tulane when I visited and was very impressed with the curriculum, faculty, and level of motivation by the students. Also, I think the clinical opportunities at Tulane are great. Any ideas about how these schools compare?
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  3. Darwin

    Darwin 10+ Year Member

    Aug 18, 2001
    HMS Beagle
    I interviewed at both and would choose Tulane in a heartbeat...too many reasons to write; IM me if you want more info.
  4. mdhopeful

    mdhopeful Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jun 3, 2001
    Los Angeles
    Hey carberry, I am waitlisted at both. If I get into both it will be a difficult decision. I defintely belive the student atmosphere and collegiality and Tulane is better than at GW. I also felt that the environment of New Orleans and where most of the student's live (near Tulane undergrad) is a very relaxing environment. I stayed for 4 days with a few friends who are 2nd years there and the class seemed to be pretty social. Most of the student's lived in houses or apartments with a bunch of other students. The gym facilities at Tulane are pretty sweet too. If you like to go out and do stuff at night like the bars or listen to music, the town seemed pretty kicked back.

    I stayed with a relative at Georgetown for 3 days during my GW interview but I didn't get to interact with the GW students that much. I thought the areas between GW and Georgetown were very nice, and I guess some students live by campus, others in Virginia, and others in Georgetown. Oh, there is a metro stop at the doorstep of GW's campus, so that is very very nice if you want to get around.

    As far as the school is concerned, I think Tulane is a hair weaker than GW for a few reasons. One is reputation. Tulane definitely has a strong reputation as being an Ivy type of school for the South. But, GW is in DC and has a long history of providing care to populations around the capital and such. Although sometimes GW is overshadowed by the reputation of Georgetown, but most people in the medical community believe that you get better training at GW than Georgetown because of the greater patient volume and diversity of patients. You should know that Tulane's Step 1 passing rate is not that good either. I asked Dr. Pisano about this and he said that they are the only medical school in the country that grants an MD without the requirement of passing the Step 1. I guess their mission is to train people to be good clinicians, not to train them to pass the boards. I think they are working on changing the curriculum more geared towards the boards.

    What GW has going for it is its location, proximity to many good hospitals for specialized rotations, and supposedly next fall, the state of the art hospital will be ready. If I do get into both I might choose GW over Tulane because I am interested in public health at the policy level and so there are many opportunities in DC. I also would rather be in a bigger city than New Orleans.

    You should know that even though I have written the above, I honestly believe that the overall differences are negligible and that personal preference will prevail. Congrats on your acceptance and best of luck! Don't forget to free up one of those spots for me as soon as you decide!!!
  5. alice

    alice Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    Tulane - better school, better research opportunities, better community
    GWU - better location.

    Some would argue that NO is preferable to DC, so I think it's a no-brainer. They have pretty comparable access to clinical care. I got into Tulane and would happily go there over GWU.
  6. willbeMD

    willbeMD Member 10+ Year Member

    Jun 18, 2000
    I agree with what mdhopeful said. I grew up in new orleans and now live in DC, so I have some insight into the differences b/w the two cities. I would definitely choose to live in DC anytime. N.O. is a fun place to visit, but the only true area of entertainment is the french quarter and some local bars. DC is more culturally diverse and does offer the opportunity to work with various populations. Also, I'm not sure how tulane is in terms of research, but GW would not be a great place to go if you are more research oriented. they put more of an emphasis on clinical training and experience.
    Hope this helps.
  7. buffy

    buffy Member 7+ Year Member

    Nov 26, 2001
    Thanks for all the input! Does anyone know what the passing rate for Step 1 is for GW? Also, is their curriculum pretty traditional, or does it include PBL or system based learning?
  8. UCLA2000

    UCLA2000 7+ Year Member

    Dec 19, 2001
    the hospital
    Let me just end this discussion....
    Tulane is ranked #14 by the Gourman Report. For comparison..the top 5 schools are identical to the US news and report rankings, and UCLA is ranked number 12 by the Gourman Report. Tulane is a damn good school.

    Don't pay attention to the US news rankings it takes NIH funding into account, and because Tulane doesn't receive NIH funding it does not rank. All of it's research is self funded. As far as I can remember GW is not ranked on either scale.

    Tulane is a well respected top-notch school. It kicks GW's butt.
    Any questions?
  9. DarksideAllstar

    DarksideAllstar you can pay me in bud 7+ Year Member

    Dec 17, 2001
    West of the Haight
    Yeah UCLA2000- I gotsa question.
    Can you call the admissions office and tell them to take my file off hold and give me a damn interview already?

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