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I’m feeling devilish (so I’ll play Devil’s Advocate…) :p While I haven’t been to Duke or Hopkins, I did interview for residency at Mayo (And yes, it’s impressive, no doubt about it.) Anyway, I very much agree with Kristen that residency training is much more important for shaping your career.

I’m about to graduate from a state U med school. We also have tons of free food. 😎 Wherever there are drug reps, student interest groups, med students, and residents (not even all together at once) there is free food. It’s actually broadcast via email where the food is, so food is a common bonus. (And really, why go to an extra lecture if there won’t be food?) It may just be my institution, but we have a whole neighborhood of dining options within walking distance. And who doesn’t crave the occasionall postcall Chipotle treat? 😉 Yep, right there. (This is actually one of my residency requirements… I’ve scoped them out in other citis. 🙂 )

We also have an extensive online network of course readings, handouts, etc, an excellent student-run note service (so you can skip when necessary/desired and not miss anything), online access to all the journal articles at the library (I love this!), and wireless internet. (This is pretty new… we do get the goods, we’re just slower than the wealthier programs, who had it several years ago.) I’m also involved with two big research projects, (involved meaning first author of both papers) and I’ve had strong mentors to work with. Maybe I’m just lucky or stubborn, I don’t know.

At my white coat ceremony, we were told that they expected 96% of my class to graduate. Some would leave for other reasons, (and some did, mostly to PhD programs, oddly enough) but that they would go out of their way to help us. I think that this is quite true – the faculty and staff have bent over backwards in a couple of cases of catastrophes in student’s lives.

And I think my favorite aspect (sorry to bring this up, but it is a huge concern these days), is that I’ll graduate with $125,000 in debt. This sounds like a lot, but I’ve taken out the max allowable every year, and we live pretty well. I have friends who have much, much less. That includes living expenses – my tuition is only about 15K per year.

While we may not have the best, most up-to-date facilities, most of us will end up doing at least part of our training at hospitals that aren’t our own. (The VA system, local private hospitals, rural experiences, etc) Some are really nice, some aren’t. It’s just part of the deal.

I’m sure I’ve left lots out, but I’m quite happy with my education. Would I have gone to Mayo, Hopkins, or Duke if it’d been paid for? (But not Duke… Basketball rivals.) 🙂 I don’t know, and never will, so I’ll just have to be happy with what I’ve got. I figured that since I only applied to one school, I really can’t complain.

Just my :twocents: , compounded at 4.25% over 20 years…