I'm incredibly grateful to be in a position to choose between McMaster and Western's med programs, but I'm having a lot of trouble trying to come to a conclusion on which one to pick. Both programs seem amazing and I really enjoyed seeing the campuses while interviewing but I want to make sure that I'm making the right choice!
McMaster really sold me on their whole 3 year program/PBL style when I was there, but reading stuff on the internet and talking to people I've been hearing more negatives about it, like how it feels rushed, that you have to know exactly what kind of research/specialty you're interested in right away, that people feel like they lack the proper knowledge for their placements, and that you shouldn't go to Mac unless you want to do family med. On the upside though, three years saves a good chunk of money, Mac has a great reputation as a school, and the facilities seem top-notch both in the school and the hospital.
On the other hand, I think Western is a bit more traditional with a 4 year program that has more classical lectures. The community at Western seemed really social and tight which is a big draw for me, and I don't mind doing an extra year if I can explore my options more and potentially match to a better specialty (if I decide I want to do that). Western definitely doesn't have the same reputation to the average person as Mac does though, and from what I saw on the tour the facilities are a little older and more worn looking. Both schools are about the same distance from home for me, and Hamilton and London seem to be pretty similar (medium-large cities) in terms of what they can offer.
I know at the end of the day I'm just going to have to make a decision and that they would both be great schools for me, but if any current students from either of these schools wanted to weigh in I would really appreciate the help. I suspect there are a number of people who are in a similar position to mine who would also benefit from your advice, knowledge, or stories