both are great programs it seems. I am not from LA or the west coast, so don't really have a handle for what the reputation of these programs is. is one more famous than the other? is one nicer? is one richer/have more funding? I like them both for different reasons: ucla = clinical volume usc = two very nice retina faculty members who interviewed me. I disliked things about each program as well ucla = large, perhaps fragmented faculty usc = lower clinical volume, many residents who talked about why they had gone to harvard med - and the program director initiated and participated fully in this conversation. I go to a good med school (top 5-6: take your pick of Penn, Wash U or Duke) but I had nothing to contribute to this conversation. hmm. don't know how to order this rank list!