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Would you pick Pitt or Northwestern?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by kreno, Oct 2, 2002.

  1. kreno

    kreno Candy Man
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    Just curious.. if you had two choices, pitt or NW, where would you go? Pitt is a bit more prestigious, but not so much that it really matters. And northwestern is in chicaco, and maybe their caliber of students would be a bit more challenging. I don't know. You?
     
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  3. mws99

    mws99 Senior Member
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    I would go to UMich over both of those.;)

    But seriously, I think the curricula are very similar and you can't go wrong with either. I think Northwestern makes you live in dorms though, that is kind of strange.
     
  4. SunnyS81

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    Although I'm applying to both, I don't think I'm well informed enough to make that decision at this point. I really like Chicago, but Pitt's students are supposed to be awesome people. I haven't seen Northwestern's match list, but I would expect Northwestern to at least be on par with Pitt in residency placement.

    Why do you inquire? NU hasn't even started interviewing yet I don't think, so I doubt you are seriously struggling with the decision.

    Take care,
     
  5. INeedAdvice

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    They seem very similar. Both good schools....neither one is Harvard or Stanford, but neither one is a lower tiered MCP-H type school (not that there's anything wrong with a lower tiered school).

    All in all, you can't go wrong with either one.

    Regarding which one is more prestigious, they're almost the same, however, I'd have to give the edge to Northwestern. Pitt doesn't have the reputation that it should have in medicine and it doesn't have much of a reputation *outside* of medicine (not that reputation counts for anything). :D
     
  6. moo

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    NW does NOT make you live in dorms. Plenty of M1s do, but many move out after the first year. There's a lot of subsidized housing around here that's quite affordable.
     
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    I don't know anything about NW, but I fell in love with Pitt when I was there.
     
  8. tBw

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    I applied to both. Pitt comes across much more 'my style' on paper. However, NW is in Chicago, which is a big plus to me over Pittsburgh. Also NW you can do an MPH in the same 4 years as the MD. Thats another big plus for me. So the answer is - I'd have to visit them to be able to separate them at this stage. Both sound good (but expensive!).
     
  9. agent

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    I would go to NW.

    but then im partial to Chicago.

    Honestly if I had my pick of any school in chicago id go to loyola
     
  10. CatsAreKillers

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    Between Loyola, NW, and Pitt, I'd pick them in that order.

    But if I had to select among any *medical* school in either Pgh or Chicago, I'd go to U. of Chicago. :D
     
  11. USeF

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    3 cheers for U of Chicago, Pritzker S.O.M.!

    hip, hip.. HOORAY! :D
     
  12. Sonya

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    could people please elaborate on WHY? like what they like more of U of C over NW. I think that would be much more informative.

    Thanks,
    Sonya
     
  13. mocdoc

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    I picked Pitt over Northwestern for two main reasons. Chicago is a great
    place to visit, but not the sort of place I was ready to move to (a personal
    thing I guess). More important was the sort of students that I encountered
    at each school. Without saying bad things about the Northwestern students
    I just liked the Pitt people much better.

    As far as rankings, Pitt has been slowly climbing its way up and is ranked
    by US News as slightly higher. The students here are amazingly smart, and
    if you do well here, at pitt, there is almost no residency that you won't have
    a shot at. The same can be said for NW. Almost everyone loves Pittsburgh.

    One plus, if it is your thing, is that Pittsburgh is the organ transplant capital
    of the US, if not the world, which makes for some interesting opportunities
    for med students if you seek them out.

    Good luck with your choice, but the final decision should be to follow your
    gut.
     
  14. Classof07

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    I, for one, know that Pitt has a great transplant program and is nationally known for at least that. I have a few friends in medical school there and they seem to like it okay. I was just at a recent talk given by Dr. T Fishbein who is in charge of their growing Small Bowel Tx program and he said that only 4 centers are really doing this type of thing seriously (Nebraska, Miami, Pitt, and I can't remember the fourth.). The faculty are really impressive but I don't know too much about the school and since I'm not applying to Northwestern, I'll shut up now.
     
  15. All-Star14

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    If given the choice, I'd choose Pitt.:)
     
  16. vm26

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    Unless your folks are shelling out the cash I'd go public state over both, why take a loan for 120K when u can take one for 60K? Unless you're dealing with Harvard or Hopkins, it doesn't really make a difference, your residency will be based on your board scores, grades, LOR's during your clinicals
     
  17. Thewonderer

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    Agree. Take whichever school that gives you more $$ and run!!!

    Within medical research, Pitt has better name than NWU. Don't know how that will enter residency director's mind.
     

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