I am originally from Westchester, NY (not upstate) and attended school at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC for both undergrad and medical school. I chose UMD for my emergency medicine residency because it really is a one-of-a-kind program. The educational opportunities from some of the most well-renowned faculty in emergency medicine are 2nd to none. Also, when I saw how the graduates from this program really go wherever they want; including top fellowships, top academic centers, and various community hospitals, I was sold. I am a big sports fan: Giants, Mets, Knicks, and Rangers and I also love to play sports. I have attended at least 1 Giants game a season since I was a kid.
I was skeptical about Baltimore after watching the Wire, but after visiting a few times I saw that there is a lot more to the city than Avon Barksdale's crew. The restaurants are great, the inner harbor is fun, and there are different festivals and events every weekend.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions!