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which "us news" top 25 med schools(teaching hospitals) have the best FOOD?

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  1. chef

    chef Senior Member
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    Ok, quality of education is important, but the quality of food available is also very important to me!!! It'd be great if people can share their thoughts on both 1) cafeteria food at the medical school and/or the teaching hospital where we'll spend most of 3+4th yrs; 2) food available around the campus (in walking distance or short cab ride).

    I'll start:

    Hopkins - 1) S#%@s!
    2) S#@%@s too... :(

    UCLA - 1) dunno
    2) Awesome (westwood village)

    Yale - 1) I heard it was pathetic b4, but seemed ok when I was there at the newly renovated cafeteria
    2) S#%#s.. dunkin donuts and that's about it?

    I'd appreciate more info!!
     
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    Northwestern's cafeteria food is NASTY. truly yucky.
     
  4. Medic171

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    I must admit that I envy you. I wish that I could be so picky as to factor in the quality of food in deciding where to go to med school. Honestly, bread, water, and gruel will do fine as long as a get my degree and license. :rolleyes:
     
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    When I volunteered at Mt. Sinai, the cafeteria food in the hospital was very good....and they have lots of candy too.....those little buckets of bite size snickers made my summer enjoyable :)

    They also have little food carts w/ bagels....NY's are much better than FL bagels! :p

    Then again, I only wish I had such a choice, but it makes for a fun thread <img src="http://www.contrabandent.com/cwm/s/contrib/edoom/eat_arrow.gif" alt="" />

    p.s. Mt. Sinai may not be in top 25
     
  6. vinsanity

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    actually Sinai is rank 23 in this year.
     
  7. </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by racergirl:
    <strong>Northwestern's cafeteria food is NASTY. truly yucky.</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">huh? where did that come from...there cafeteria was like a hotel lounge? their pizza was good too...is it just because you didn't like the attitude of the pple in the school, or do u honestly feel that the food was nasty...because they had like 200 options to chose from...anyway, their pizza was really dilecious...I liked it..
     
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    NYU...

    1) The cafeteria food truly sucks, although they do have mediocre sushi on tuesdays and the Faculty Dining Room, where interviewees eat has good food but its very expensive.

    2) The neighborhood has an amazing variety of ethnic foods and groceries within a five block radius. ranging from burger joints to diners to japanese to chinese to turkish to mexican to tibetan to vietnamese to thai to delis to indian to french and even tibetan.

    NYU is in an amazing location in Manhatten so I guess we get kinda spoiled but it can add up to eat out all the time, so sometimes we have to suck it up and eat that crappy cafeteria food.
     
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    [/qb][/QUOTE]huh? where did that come from...there cafeteria was like a hotel lounge? their pizza was good too...is it just because you didn't like the attitude of the pple in the school, or do u honestly feel that the food was nasty...because they had like 200 options to chose from...anyway, their pizza was really dilecious...I liked it..[/QB][/QUOTE]

    Damn...guess I should have had the pizza! Me and this guy I interviewed with had the asian food. Looked good at the time, but it was..well..not good. Not good at all. You're right though, they did have a lot of choices. I must have chosen poorly. Wouldn't be the first time!

    And about the school itself, I think it's a great school, but I don't think it's for me. You know how you look for a "fit"? I just have a feeling NW's not a good fit for me.
     
  10. i noticed that quality of food will not effect your health, if you exercise excessively. i eat pretty much **** at the school cafeteria, but am in better shape here, than when i'm at home eating beautiful food and doing nothing. also i think all cafeterias are **** like mcdonalds. if you want a nice salmon and macaroni and something else, at least go to restaurants.
    or get a wife or a mom :D
     
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    I actually agree with pj on that one about the exercise...it does work for now (but maybe not when I'm 30) :)
     
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    As someone who went to Hopkins for UGrad and knows the area around the hospital, good luck, the food is icky! If you go to the School of Public Health, it isn't much better, but don't be surprised if you see Balto cops on the 9th floor cafeteria there. They like to stay up there and overlook the area for drug deals!

    On a sidenote, there is a little food court open Mondays-Fridays from 10-3 I believe called the "Market." It's pretty ghetto, but really cheap, you can pick up fresh vegetables and fruits, but also get sandwiches, pizza, burgers, pitas, fried stuff, etc. Other than that, you have a ghetto Chinese restaurant and I think there might be a Roy Rogers to the east of the campus.

    But, most med students don't live around campus, so the food everywhere else is good.
     
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    racergirl--I see you don't accept PM's. I don't mean to hijack this thread, but I was wondering if you could elaborate on what didn't fit for you at NU. Thanks.
     
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    Food at the Stanford hospital cafeteria is positively unholy. On the other hand, the cafe in the med student lounge makes yummy vegetarian sandwiches, which (as I proved this summer) can be eaten pretty much every day without damaging one's health or psyche. There are a couple of OK cafes within walking distance of the hospital also, but all are managed by the university. Overall food score for Stanford med: B-.
     
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    Southwestern was definitely the best in the country (not that i've interviewed near all over the country!). OK, but it was good... --Trek
     
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    Very good idea for a thread!

    I appear to be similar to "english chick" in my dietary indulges. As a vegetarian, I find most hospital and medical school locations to be completely unappealing.

    For instance, Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons sucks as far as food goes. There is not much to eat around that campus at all. (go to grad school here).

    So far UCSF has had the most food options for me that were easily accessible (options for all sorts of eaters). There cafeteria had good vegetarian sandwiches and you are in walking distance of some very good food in the inner sunset district. SF is known for its good food and UCSF is farely close to the action. There are some kick ass burrito places and a falafel place that has me salivating right now as I think of the nice toasty bread, cucumber, hot sauce, mmmm.

    Long story short: Best I've seen so far: UCSF
    Worst thus far: Columbia
     
  17. racergirl

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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by gel1:
    <strong>racergirl--I see you don't accept PM's. I don't mean to hijack this thread, but I was wondering if you could elaborate on what didn't fit for you at NU. Thanks.</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">gel1, I sent you a PM...and I also enabled my PM..I think.
     
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    Gotta be the Farm....I think Stanford has the best food and catering service. I work for them, and man, even, us, poor employees, are treated like kings! When they gather us up for something, we get the best food! We have employee picnics, potlucks, and all those different people from differnet countires bring their best foods, its really fun. I am sure medstudents get something similar.
    UCSF is overpriced as hell (a 3 dolar sandwich will run you 7 bucks), but food is good.
     
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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by English Chick:
    <strong>Food at the Stanford hospital cafeteria is positively unholy. On the other hand, the cafe in the med student lounge makes yummy vegetarian sandwiches, which (as I proved this summer) can be eaten pretty much every day without damaging one's health or psyche. There are a couple of OK cafes within walking distance of the hospital also, but all are managed by the university. Overall food score for Stanford med: B-.</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Ah, but I believe you have not tried the glorious food at the new CCSR Cafe! (in the new building right outside Stanford Hospital -- I'm pretty sure the cafe isn't run by the university). There is also a privately run Thai cafe about a 5-10 minute walk from the hospital in the Psychology building which has yummy yummy food.

    The hospital cafeteria at Stanford is an average hospital cafeteria -- I've had better, but I most definitely have had worse. :)
     
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    I'd have to say the Manhattan schools, except Columbia, have the best food options. Who cares about the cafeteria, NY has great food on every block, or at least every other block.

    also, don't count out Ann Arbor. Again, didn't try the cafeteria but A2 is a great food town.
     
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    I dont know if you ate there at the interview, but the michigan cafeteria is pretty amazing. I worked for a summer in a lab near the hospital, and I ate there religiously. If you are feelin a little saucy, the wendy's next door also kicks a$$. I heard that it has the best service in the nation. I dont know if that is true, but it is pretty quick. Outside of the hospital, the restaurants in A^2 are amazing too.
     
  22. </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by racergirl:
    <strong>[/qb]</font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">huh? where did that come from...there cafeteria was like a hotel lounge? their pizza was good too...is it just because you didn't like the attitude of the pple in the school, or do u honestly feel that the food was nasty...because they had like 200 options to chose from...anyway, their pizza was really dilecious...I liked it..</strong>[/QUOTE]

    Damn...guess I should have had the pizza! Me and this guy I interviewed with had the asian food. Looked good at the time, but it was..well..not good. Not good at all. You're right though, they did have a lot of choices. I must have chosen poorly. Wouldn't be the first time!

    And about the school itself, I think it's a great school, but I don't think it's for me. You know how you look for a "fit"? I just have a feeling NW's not a good fit for me.[/QB][/QUOTE]

    you know though...it could have been the pple at that particular moment of time that werent good....the fact that you've interviewed with those pple doesnt mean that they would be your future classmates....now on the other hand, if you absolutely despised the tour guides, then maybe you have something there....but you know...one visit and couple of conversations can hardly be a "fit".... <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />
     
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    Ok, I've gotta defend New Haven. It has some great great restaurants--just a short walk from the hospital up to the main campus, all around Chapel street or down in Wooster square (little italy). On my block (chapel and high) there were 6 Thai restaurants, a cuban/french combo, and a few really upscale places. But there's tons of good cheap food too. Anyway, New Haven is a hidden treasure:)
     
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    i noticed you didn't fill out cafetaria food for UCLA -- it's AWESOME as well. man, was the food good on the interview.

    UCSF has pretty good cafetaria food...

    i'm sure every1 knows already but columbia basically is devoid of food. there's nothing to eat outside the school.. maybe one diner here or there and a couple of stands selling falafels... yikes

    the cornell area on the other hand, got restaurants everywhere you look...
     
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    wanted to put in a mild defense for hopkins food. the Northeast Market, despite looking so sketchy you almos think you just walked into a 3rd world country, has some decent korean food and a pretty good italian/pizza place. Also what really saves the school/hospital is not the cafeterias, but the Greek man who's on the corner of wolfe and broadway everyday making some of the best gyros and chicken souvlakis this side of athens :)

    Also ucla on campus food is decent. I wouldn't say it's any better than decent, but it's a whole lot better than hopkins on campus. And ucla, with an in-n-out a half block away, how could you ever complain. ***To all you east coasters who have never had/heard of in-n-out, you are missing out on some awesome burgers. That alone is worth doing an away rotation at ucla :)
     
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    Yale's cafeteria food is awesome. Especially the yellow cake with white frosting...yumYum!!

    Mount Sinai's stuff is good too but too expensive for my liking. Einstein is decent but pricey also
     
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    Don't know if they're top 25 or not, but Ohio State's hospital has a Wendys in the basement. (But I suppose I'm not surprised, since Wendy's is headquartered in Columbus).

    Oh, and Cincinnati has a brand new Starbucks on the first level.

    This is a really cool thread. Can we not limit it to top 25 schools??
     
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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Monkeyrunner:
    <strong>.

    This is a really cool thread. Can we not limit it to top 25 schools??</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Of course! Please share any info on any med school.
     
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    Ok, here is the top 20 schools I have been to and experienced:

    Hopkins--yeah, the cafeterias suck! Maybe nearby restaraunts have good food, but the cafeterias were definitely the worst I have seen!

    Wash U--I think they might actually top the list. For the interview you eat at the fancy restaraunt, but we went past the cafeterias, and according to our tour guide they are one of the high points. Lots of options, lots of known fast food places and such.

    Mayo--Known for being the "healthy" place. I would have to say they were pretty good. If you want to eat healthy, they had plenty of options.

    Case Western Reserve--Their main cafeteria looks kinda dated, and their menu doesn't have the greatest amount of choices. However, we were told about the "med student special", which is a hot dog, fries, and coke, which after discount is like $2.17 or something. That is VERY popular with the students. Plus they have a cool little area to sit and eat with vendors, etc. They have better places to eat, too, that are more expensive.

    Great topic!
     
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    In Pittsburgh they deep fry all the cafeteria food. Great idea for a hospital...it generates a steady revenue stream.
     
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    MSU has good food and resaraunt choices galore.
     
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    you know though...it could have been the pple at that particular moment of time that werent good....the fact that you've interviewed with those pple doesnt mean that they would be your future classmates....now on the other hand, if you absolutely despised the tour guides, then maybe you have something there....but you know...one visit and couple of conversations can hardly be a "fit".... <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" /> [/QB][/QUOTE]

    You're totally right! That's what makes picking a school so hard. I've actually been thinking that it might have been a couple PEOPLE that rubbed me the wrong way, not the school itself. Anyhoo, NW hasn't accepted me yet, so maybe they'll decide the entire thing for me! I considered withdrawing my app before the decision, but that's dumb--I know it's a great school and I was honored to get the invite. I guess I just had a bad interview day. Oh...and uh...maybe the fact that I'd only had three hours sleep and was hung over had something to do with it. Did I forget to mention the hung-over part earlier? My bad! Let a girl like me loose in Chicago, and I gotta party a LITTLE, interview or no interview!
     
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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by racergirl:
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    You're totally right! That's what makes picking a school so hard. I've actually been thinking that it might have been a couple PEOPLE that rubbed me the wrong way, not the school itself. Anyhoo, NW hasn't accepted me yet, so maybe they'll decide the entire thing for me! I considered withdrawing my app before the decision, but that's dumb--I know it's a great school and I was honored to get the invite. I guess I just had a bad interview day. Oh...and uh...maybe the fact that I'd only had three hours sleep and was hung over had something to do with it. Did I forget to mention the hung-over part earlier? My bad! Let a girl like me loose in Chicago, and I gotta party a LITTLE, interview or no interview!</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">haha! racegirl, you wouldn't happen to be a md/phd candidate would you? my friend who also interviewed at nwu was telling me about a hung over md/phd girl. i found it quite funny :D
     
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    Mayo has excellent food in their cafeteria. A lot of variety.
     
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    I have realized that the concept of "best food" varies in definition from poster to poster.

    To me, stanky ass fast food is not even a food. Who care if GMOchicfile, burger king and mc**** are located at the medical school. I think that is sad. I'm sure most of you realize that the majority of the diseases we see in our country are related to food. I don't want to start being the food police,,,,,,,but to me the idea of good food has something to do with it being fresh.
     
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    UCSD. UCLA.

    Healthy delicious California Cuisine. You can't beat it.

    Or as I like to say, "Dude, let's hit up Wahoo's for some grubbin fish tacos. Then, let's go ride some nice S swells at Black's"

    --Yep. California Baby. California.
     
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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by lollipop:
    [/qb]</font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">haha! racegirl, you wouldn't happen to be a md/phd candidate would you? my friend who also interviewed at nwu was telling me about a hung over md/phd girl. i found it quite funny :D [/QB][/QUOTE]

    Nope, just a regular MD. I WAS hung over though, and tired! Had a way-fun weekend. I highly recommend bringing fun SO's on interviews! I've brought my boy on every trip, and we've had a grand old time (but maybe too grand at times...another martini? YOU BET!)
     

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