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USF select vs Texas Tech Lubbock


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Mar 10, 2020
USF Pros
1. Location- Tampa and Philly area are both very compelling
2. New medical school building
3. Better match list
4. Higher step scores
5. Better research opps
6. Select certificate allegedly distinguishes you on the residency interview trail
7. Select curriculum (specific leadership and healthcare policy training)and broad goals are compelling
8. Top 50

1. 53k tuition, 83k total COA
2. Relocate after two years
3. USF had high soap rates last year (although Select students were below national avg)
4. I’ll have to clarify that I didn’t go to UCSF for the rest of my life (mostly kidding)

Texas Tech Pros

1. Pros- 18k tuition with a 45k COA
2. Decent match list
3. Mandatory medical Spanish
4. Good faculty relationships and apparent facility in setting up preceptorships
5. Close to the border- I have a global health position in Mexico and it would make it a lot easier
6. True p/f for first two

1. Lubbock. I can’t put into words how much I don’t want to live in Lubbock for a weekend much less 4 years. It’s barren, there’s nothing to do. When I was there, my air BNB host was talking about shooting liberals..
2. The match list is not as good. Higher emphasis on primary care and I don’t want to go into primary care.
3. Lower step score
4. Poorer research, Step scores
5. Lower rank. I don’t generally care about this, but there’s been talk that with Step 1 going p/f school prestige will matter more.
6. Going to school in Texas increases the odds that I’ll match in Texas, and I really don’t want to live in Texas.

Anything helps.

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USF is not worth 160k over Texas Tech, and the difference in ranking is not significant. Lubbock isn't great but Tampa and Allentown (it's 60+ miles from Philadelphia, I would not count it as Philly-area) aren't exactly cities to flock to either. True P/F is a big plus too.
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May 30, 2018
The USF SELECT program is definitely a great choice, but I feel like you should heavily consider Texas Tech over it. It seems that your main cause of concern with Texas Tech is the location. With the SELECT program, you will only have two years in Tampa and realistically you won't have a great deal of free time to take full advantage of the location because of the demand of your studies. As Skittsie13 mentioned, Allentown is over 60 miles from Philly, so you won't really have easy access to the city either. At the end of the day, your medical school education is what you make of it and if you're willing to work hard, you can find research opportunities and achieve academically wherever you end up. I definitely don't think it's worth spending an extra $160,000 just so you can live in Tampa for two years. Just work hard at Texas Tech and you're opportunities are endless.
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Jun 4, 2016
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i was debating this exact same decision when i was choosin a med school. I am no an M3 at texas tech. I have loved the program so far. Although somtimes i wonder if i made the right decision or not and if the school ranking matters enough for the extra debt. Back then debt scared me a lot more than it does now. I'm sure both programs are amazing in their own ways, Morsani select would have cost me almost double.
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Apr 5, 2018
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I am going to offer a contrary position than most. Although fit in the town that surrounds you is a material consideration, I would still think seriously about Texas Tech. Unless money is not a factor, $40,000 per year and $160,000 in total will have a material affect on your financial freedom after medical school. In addition, you are likely to be extremely busy in medical school, rather than spending time out on the town. Plus, the cohort that you’ll likely interact with is unlikely to share an “own the libs“ mentality that you described. In fact, you may find yourself forming a bond with the other students as you go through the experience of living in Lubbock together. Also, you will enjoy the P/F curriculum (and will not have to stress and compete with others) while you get your bearings. Either way you go, you’re in for an incredible journey. I wish you good luck, future doctor.
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