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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by JourneyToMD, May 2, 2007.

  1. JourneyToMD

    JourneyToMD Junior Member 5+ Year Member

    Aug 13, 2005
    Hi all.

    So, I'm currently deciding between Johns Hopkins Med and UCLA Med. I went to Cornell for undergrad, and I want to come back to California for residency. What do you think? Where should I go?? :scared:
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  3. JourneyToMD

    JourneyToMD Junior Member 5+ Year Member

    Aug 13, 2005
    Forgot to mention that I am a Cali resident. :rolleyes:
  4. njbmd

    njbmd Guest Moderator Emeritus 5+ Year Member

    May 30, 2001
    Gone Walkabout!
    This is a pre-Allopathic issue and this thread is moved to the Pre-Allo forum. Allopathic medical students can answer questions in that forum.
  5. gotmeds?

    gotmeds? 5+ Year Member

    Oct 9, 2006
    Generally you'd have an easier time getting a residency close to where you went to school. In the case of Hopkins, however, you should be able to go pretty much anywhere. It's a tough choice. Really, you can't lose either way.
  6. EndSong

    EndSong Senior Member 5+ Year Member

    Jul 4, 2005
    Hopkins is the best by far. I would go there hands down unless you definitely 1) Hate baltimore or 2) do not like Hopkins. UCLA is a great school and people def get into fantastic residencies, but as another poster said, you can go anywhere from Johns Hopkins.
  7. zeff

    zeff Kikey McGuido 2+ Year Member

    Jun 12, 2006
    Charm City. Duck!
    I don't know anything about UCLA, so I can't give you any useful advice, but congratulations, that's quite a nice problem to have.

    Also, let us know what you decide--I'm on the Hopkins Alternate List, so I'll need to know whether to scratch Journey-to-MD off my "People I Need to Send my Uncle Vito to Have a Little Talk With/Make an Offer They Can't Refuse" List :)

    edit: before my fellow Italian-American SDNers jump all over me for propagating negative stereotypes, let me just say--Relax, it was just a joke!
  8. indo

    indo Feed me a stray cat 7+ Year Member

    Sep 28, 2002
  9. Janny

    Janny 2+ Year Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    You must go with your gut feeling about where you will be happiest, not just where you think you should go based on statistics about residencies. I was in a similar situation 4 yrs ago when I was applying to PhD programs where I had to choose between a well-known top 10 program and a lesser well known but still very good program. Ultimately, I chose the latter because I felt quality of life (area, finances, people) would be far better at that school. I have not regretted my choice and I do not feel that I really missed out on anything. Four years in a graduate level program is an extremely difficult and trying endeavor. You cannot, as a MS0, really fathom what you will go through and experience. Bottem line is, no matter where you go in the US, if you work hard and make good use of your time and the opportunities available to you, you will end up in a terrific residency with a terrific future. AND it is MUCH easier to do exceptionally well when you are extremely happy. So go where you will be happy! :)
  10. indo

    indo Feed me a stray cat 7+ Year Member

    Sep 28, 2002
    Carbon, did you catch Ms Amos performing that song on Letterman last night?

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