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  1. Hi all There is a strong chance I will be put into the position of choosing between two schools on opposite sides of the spectrum. One is Drexel University, one of the oldest programs in the country, and the other is a brand new program. I have assembled a partial list of Pros vs Cons for each program as well as attributes that could fit in either column. How would you choose? What factors do you feel are the most important when choosing a program? Drexel Pros PANCE Pass Rate = 97% over the past 3 years Access to a more diverse patient population Adjacent to Hahnemann University Hospital Well established preceptors and clinical sites International mission trip opportunity Cheaper Rent (Would be living with my girlfriend) Scholarship Opportunities Large alumni network Cons Starts in September 2015 Located in Philadelphia (May have its perks though) Unknown (Could be a Pro or Con) Required to relocate for clinical rotations Large class size ~75 Inaugural PA Program Pros Large, beautiful campus in a somewhat rural location <10 minutes from a city of 250,000 Starts January 2015 (9 months earlier than Drexel) Brand new PA facilities Comes without the stresses of living in a large urban area (No traffic to deal with, ample parking, tons of space) 13 Clinical specialty rotations Already paid a seat deposit Cons No PANCE data (Unproven curriculum) First class Unknown Clinical rotations all located within an hour drive Smaller class size ~35 Tuition and relocation costs will be approximately the same Both provide cadaver labs and emphasize primary care Same program length (27 months) I would love to hear input from previous Drexel students and those of you who have been part of a program's inaugural class. Any input would be great. Are there any other factors I should consider?
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