GA, CA, IL, OH...?

Hey guys! Long time no talk. I've been in the process of getting my blog into book form, which is a HUGE undertaking considering I started this blog 6 years ago. I'll be getting back to more regular posts later this week, but right now I have a question for all of you!

Jared has reached the point in his medical education where it's time for us to submit our top three preferences for where he will do his hospital rotations for the next two years. Our options are NYC (various hospitals); New Jersey (various); Reno, NV; California (various); Miami, FL; Atlanta, GA; Detroit, MI; Toledo, OH; Chicago, IL. We've narrowed it down just a bit, but need to narrow it down to three by tomorrow evening.

For numerous reasons we will be putting Reno, NV, as our first choice. It's got a good teaching hospital, a low cost of living (we so poor), is in the West (close to family), and is near some awesome nature (Lake Tahoe wut). Plus other stuff. BUT. There are only 16 positions available there and Jared comes from a class of somewhere between 600 and 700. Our chances are okayyyyy, but there's also a pretty solid possibility that we'll be getting our second or third choice instead. That's where you come in. We are in need of any information/advice we can get about a few specific cities. We would be there for 1-2 years. Plz help! I would appreciate any information that may sway us toward or against any of the following locations:

(1) Colton/Stockton/San Joaquin, CA

(2) Atlanta, GA

(3) Toledo, OH

(4) Chicago, IL

Thanks, lovelies! And feel free to comment anonymously if you feel weird or something. I'd love to hear from all of you who have knowledge about any of these :)


  1. Not that it really makes a difference, but if you ended up going to one of the Northern California cities, you'd be about 2 hours from where my husband and I will be living for the next year. Just saying ;)

    1. Deboraline! Oh my goodness I'm so happy you commented. I've missed you so! That would make my life awesome to be living near you again. F'real. And maybe it will happen! We submitted our preferences today, and California is our #2. We can go to Disneyland together when our husbands are gone :)



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