Now that it's getting close to Halloween, we're running a contest to hear your scariest stories! These can be scary stories that you've experienced or stories that you've heard and the story with the most reactions will win!JOIN CONTEST
Thanks, caveman, and you're right. It's MIIIIIIIIGHTY lonely in here right now. BTW, nice job w/ the Miami thread. Maybe I could come visit you in there on weekends or something.unfrozencaveman said:I'll hang out here... It's just like Gainesville- where all the people?
What would people like you do? You'd have to duke it out with yourself. I kinda like the idea though, but we should include USF and FSU too. Florida allopathic school RUUUUUUMBLE!!!unfrozencaveman said:We should maybe post a UM vs UF forum where everyone can duke it out...
I sent you a PM to answer yours, but I think you are right that UF is not as socially non-trad friendly as the other FL schools are. That being said, it is definitely an excellent school, and I didn't feel unwelcome there as an older student. It's just that USF and Miami have SO many older students that I was much more aware of how young the class is at UF in comparison. Here are the pros and cons IMO:JabsterL said:How did you all decide to go with UF vs. USF and Miami? Does the college town thing not bother you or even appeal to you, does the prestige factor of UF win out, is the curriculum and opportunities better at UF, etc? Any advice in deciding would be greatly appreciated - right now I'm really torn between USF and UF...
medgator said:It's kinda funny you say that Q, because I always thought the class at UM had the lowest median age (thanks to the now de-funct 6-year HPME, and 7-year HPME/MSP students) -- there were so many people there I knew who were starting med school at the ripe old age of 19 and 20.
I guess I should have been clearer about what I meant. It's true that Miami has several college-age students coming from those accelerated programs. However, their age spread is larger than UF's; they also have several older students (and I'm defining "older" as "being above age 30" here, since that's what I am ). So most UF students are close to the mean age, while a sizeable number of Miami's students are outliers on either end. I don't care about going to school with some 20-year-olds, but at the same time, I don't want to be the one and only student in my 30s. That being said, I agree with deb that the age of the UF students wouldn't be a dealbreaker for me necessarily either. It IS something that I see as a disadvantage of the school, but each of the other FL schools has its disadvantages also, as I tried to point out. Hope this clarifies.medgator said:It's kinda funny you say that Q, because I always thought the class at UM had the lowest median age (thanks to the now de-funct 6-year HPME, and 7-year HPME/MSP students) -- there were so many people there I knew who were starting med school at the ripe old age of 19 and 20.
deb1212 said:The average age of the UF 1st year class is always young. One of my interviewers actually asked me if that would be a problem for me, and mentioned that a couple of students from last years class transferred out of UF because of that. I'm a non-trad (26yo), and am slightly concerned, but it won't stop me from going there. It's a great school overall.
There isn't any appropriate number. But non-trads are definitely a larger minority at certain schools versus others, and some schools even go as far as to explicitly invite them to apply. I think that a lot of why UF is not as geared toward older people is because it's in a college town. But the school is definitely not hostile toward older students, so I hope that no one gets that impression from what I've said. There just happens to be fewer non-trads there in comparison to USF or Miami. The people of all ages that I know who are students there seem to be happy, and that's really what matters.medgator said:I guess I don't know what qualifies as an appropriate number of non-trad students in a class. There were certainly at least 10-12 (out of 115) people I could think of in my class (people I really knew) who started at the age of 27 or greater, representing about 10% of the class (at least from my perspective). The age ranged up to 44. In the class below mine, one person started at the age of around 48 or so.
ocean42 said:Hey all,
Congrats on getting into UF for all those C/O 2010 people out there! I'll be seeing you all in August, I'm a MS1 at UF right now. I haven't been on student doctor in forever...it brings back college senior year memories Anyway, if you have any specific questions, I can help answer them, but my posts might not be super fast...med school has a way of making you a bit busy!
OMG, is there anything else even IN Gainesville besides housing and the university??? My student host was staying in a small house with another student near the campus. It was pretty nice, and apparently pretty cheap. I don't remember what the neighborhood was called though.JabsterL said:thanks so much! anyone know of good condos?
JabsterL said:hey y'all, i gotta choose between miami-boca campus or UF, and i was hoping you could provide me some suggestions/opinions/advice about what you'd do and why? right now, i'm thinkin UF even though the location of miami and boca and medical experience would be much better IMHO but the price thing is kinda bothering me and, even though it's not definitive, UF's matchlist and step 1 score history (and thus prestige and academic preparation) seem much better...plus, UF has the McKnight Brain Institute and right now i'm planning on pursuing neurorads and will conduct research...so does UF seem like the obvious/better choice to you?
db1 said:I would choose UF over Miami, especially since you have an interest in neuro research. McKnight is a great resourse, I don't know what kind of research opportunities you have at the Boca campus. Plus at UF you have the research track where you can graduate with honors in research, you also get a pretty good stipend for diong research during the summer between 1st and 2nd year. I have been a postdoc at UF for almost 3 years and have worked with several medical students over the last couple of summers. They were all very happy here. Also, on SDN, you get the idea that UF students are arrogant and ultra competetive. From the students I have worked with, I do not get that impression at all.
Miami is a good school and you will probably see some things at Jackson that you might not see at Shands, but will seeing a few obscure tropical diseases during med school matter in the long run? Shands is an excellent tertiary care facility and level one trauma center, plus you can do rotation in Jax, so I think the clinical exposure is not an issue. Miami is much more expensive and the cost of living is very high. It does have great beaches, nightlife, restaurants, cultural events, etc. that Gainesville doesn't have. It depends on what is important to you.
I went to grad school at Baylor, and it is a great school. Out of state tuition is the same as UF in state tuition. If you can get Texas residency it is dirt cheap. I really liked Houston as well, cost of living is low, great restaurants, tons to do. The medical center is amazing and will provide great research and clinical opportunities. It is a top 10 medical school for research. I would probably have gone there over UF, if there weren't other factors keeping me in Florida.
JabsterL said:Thanks man, that's really helfpul and great advice!...i'm waiting to see if i get off the waitlist at baylor between late may and june, but for now i'm plannin on UF cuz of all the reasons u mentioned above, plus preparin students to ace step 1 and get a fantastic residency!
atyourservice said:I didn't waste any time after getting accepted fromt the waitlist last week--I went up to Gainesville yesterday for a 2nd look. It was amazing!!!!!
I went on the tour with 2 awesome students. They were the best and told me a bunch about the school I wasn't aware of--like the pro's of a subject based curriculum. Everything I heard made me see that the students are a part of a huge team and that the professors are great, with a strong teaching focus. My overall feeling was that it's an amazing place to spend 4 years of medical school.
Anyone one else psyched?
atyourservice said:Hi everyone--I was just accepted today from the waitlist!! I really couldn't believe it I'm interested in visiting Gainesville and UFCOM in the next couple of weeks, does anyone know about unofficial 2nd looks and that sort of thing?
atyourservice said:Hey Vinyl,
I'm new to Gainesville too, so it would be cool to get a chance to see the town before classes start. I'm moving in some time next week, so I'll be free for the following week and a half. I'd also like to go by the gym too Anyone else in?