Would anyone here attend Penn over UCSF if they were from California, but could still enjoy Philly? Do these schools have comparable reputations in academic medicine and with residency directors? Clinical training at Penn is perhaps second to none because you get to start clerkships 6 months earlier than most schools. That is the main thing I'm looking at. Does this neccesarily make clinical training at Penn stronger than at UCSF? However, perhaps this would make the basic science year more crammed and stressful in the first year and a half. Both schools have new, cutting edge curriculums. I would enjoy both student bodies.