UF vs. Georgetown vs. Tulane

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    hey everyone....i haven't been accepted to all of these schools, but after my interview trips ive found myself with these as my top 3. UF i love for financial reasons, but the town of gainesville leaves something to be desired (ive also lived here for the past 2.5 yrs). gtown and tulane are in GREAT cities (i love DC and new orleans), but is the cost worth it?? ive heard that gtown is high stress, any truth to that??

    i would like any input.....i really have no idea which school i would choose right now (maybe the schools will make the decision for myself:)) anyone have a similar dilemma with these schools??
     

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      I was at the national AMSA convention this past month that went by and I met a girl from LSU.


      They do their rotations at the same hospitals as Tulane students, and she told me that a lot of people at Tulane don't really like it there.

      Maybe she was biased, but I haven't heard the best things about that school from others as well.

      I would go with UF or Georgetown, but I think they are both top notch schools, as well as top notch research universities.

      Both rank in the 40's on the USNews rankings and have good match rates from what I understand.

      It really depends on what you are looking for in curriculum, program, and location.

      Just my two cents.

      I would probably say that UF's cheaper price for in state residents would attract me there over Georgetown, even though I sometimes would like to go to DC
       
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        hey MEDicated,
        i am also trying to decide between georgetown and other schools...what was it that you liked/disliked about gtown?
        i didn't apply to UF or Tulane, so i can't really speak to that, but i can say that DC is great and i think gtown would be an excellent education. i am slightly concerned about cost and work-load there too, though on some level i guess we just have to realize that med school is tough, no matter where you go. it is relative though, and i'm sure some places are not as tortuous as others.

        i guess i don't have much advice, but am interested to see what others think.

        georgetown has an interesting philosophical angle that i like, state schools are good due to $$$...tough call.

        good luck!
         

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          GO TO WASHINGTON- ITS A GREAT PLACE- THE WEATHER IS EVEN TEMPERED- AND IF YOU HAVE TIME YOUCAN BECOME WORLDLY WITH CULTURE. mY SON JUST WENT THROUGH THIS PROCESS AND IT IS HARD- DO WHERE YOU WILL BE HAPPY- DONT WORRY ABOUT THE RANK OF THE SCHOOL . YOUCANT GO WRONG IN WASHINGTON
           

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            Hey there. Washington DC is a great place (and this is coming from a former Floridian). I have lived here for 8 years. From the students I know at Gtown, the first 2 years are hard, but I believe that med school is just hard in general. If you are interested in research, there is plenty of opportunity. Also, the students I have spoken to loved their 3rd and 4th year training at Gtown and feel very prepared. I don't know much about UF and Tulane but I can tell you that Gtown is a great place!
             

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              hey all, i appreciate your info. i feel like im leaning towards gtown, but im on their "competitive pool" list and im not sure what will happen with taht. like you all have said, DC and particularly georgetown is awesome. naomi, i also sensed that they had a very tough workload, but that was only through the presentation b/c i didnt have the opportunity to meet students there. UF seems very laid back and although medical school is supposed to be strenous, i want an environment i can enjoy.

              general question for anyone who knows.....supposedly gtown doesnt have a metro stop, so what about travel around the city or commute from a less expensive apt?? do must students have cars there??
               

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                I would say go to UF. I interviewed at Georgetown, and they pretty much told me (both Ms. Sullivan (?) and my interviewer) that I will get in other places and I shouldn't consider going there. My interviewer, who is the anatomy prof, said "I used to be at Harvard. Trust me, there are a lot of places better than this. Sure, both my sons went here, but that is for financial reasons."

                Unless you are a D.C. fanatic, I don't think georgetown is worth the price. Personally, I think a person should only consider paying out of state / private schools costs if a school is a top 30 caliber school or they can't get into their state schools. The finances are just too much to not consider. Especially, when you'll get roughly the same education. If anything, postpone your desire to go to DC for four years, and do your residency there (at least you will be paid)......
                 

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                  gujuDoc said:
                  I was at the national AMSA convention this past month that went by and I met a girl from LSU.


                  They do their rotations at the same hospitals as Tulane students, and she told me that a lot of people at Tulane don't really like it there.

                  Maybe she was biased, but I haven't heard the best things about that school from others as well.

                  I would go with UF or Georgetown, but I think they are both top notch schools, as well as top notch research universities.

                  Both rank in the 40's on the USNews rankings and have good match rates from what I understand.

                  It really depends on what you are looking for in curriculum, program, and location.

                  Just my two cents.

                  I would probably say that UF's cheaper price for in state residents would attract me there over Georgetown, even though I sometimes would like to go to DC


                  That sounds like bullsh%t to me. Every student I met at Tulane loved it there. That is one of the major reasons why I want to get off the waitlist so bad. The students were awesome, I was approached by many offering to taske me to their lectures and I spoke with several for quite awhile. I don't know, I go the feeling that everyone there was happy, the only gripe I heard concerned the facilities which I agree with. They are rundown, but it hasn't played a part in my decisions.
                   

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                    yeah merc....i agree with you. on my visit to tulane, i had the best host and met some incredible students.....laid-back, but focused. my tour guide even took us out for drinks afterwards! my interview group didn't seem to lively, almost all of them turned down the offer, but i really enjoyed meeting the students at tulane...and they did seem happy.
                     
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