Fiancée is applying to medical residency, where are the best places for SWE?

Nov 5, 2019 16 Comments

Her preferred locations are Philadelphia, Iowa City, LA, Ann Arbor, Salt Lake City, and Portland (in order of residency program ranking). What are the best places for SWE?

My experience is mostly in ML, but I have some full stack experience as well, and if push comes to shove I’m open to other types of eng roles or even other (similar) jobs entirely (e.g. data science, trading, etc).

Some cursory research is pointing me to the following ranking:
1 - LA
2 - Portland
3 - Salt Lake City (but Portland is a lot better)
4/5 - Philadelphia/Ann Arbor
6 - Iowa City (best bet is probably remote I think)
I don’t really know any of these places well though so would appreciate any input!

Also, to my coworkers who can probably figure out who I am - I’m not actually planning to leave anytime soon. My fiancée just wants to know how she should rank her programs for now; I’ll follow her eventually but not immediately at the start of her residency.


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TOP 16 Comments
  • Come back and tell us where she matches. If it’s Ann Arbor, I will have some referrals for you
    Nov 6, 2019 4
    • Amazon thule
      Argo AI is in Detroit, and several related self driving startups. Additionally, Amazon Detroit has a bunch of good teams at their big data tech org - interesting work there. Can also give referrals in the area if you need.
      Nov 6, 2019
    • Criteo pSNz67
      At Criteo we're just moving some of our ML/data science roles to our Ann Arbor office, so hit me up if you happen to end up in A2 and are interested.
      Nov 7, 2019
  • Goldman Sachs brazenly
    Google residency? Talk about jumping the gun, pass the interviews first
    Nov 5, 2019 2
    • Quora xiwlfsifk
      Medical residency (edited title to clarify)
      Nov 5, 2019
    • Goldman Sachs brazenly
      Oh ok
      Nov 5, 2019
  • Twitch tftchamp
    Go to Los Angeles
    Nov 5, 2019 1
    • Quora xiwlfsifk
      Yep, likely to be her first choice; highly ranked program, good SWE opportunities, and warm weather
      Nov 5, 2019
  • LinkedIn data@scale
    Just FYI- Pittsburgh is a 5 hour drive from Philadelphia and it’s having tons of opportunities in ML AI (FAIR, Uber ATG, Argo, Duolingo plus many top tier AI teams in Google/ Apple lead by CMU Professors). Also UPitt has a great medical school
    Nov 6, 2019 0
  • New / Data hapax
    I agree with LA for the top spot because they have the best medical teaching hospitals, I may bump Philly to third or even second because on top of having good hospitals they also have a great healthcare system compared to other states for people who actually live there. But a lot of SWE jobs there are federal and require mid to high clearance. The other good thing about LA though is that there are good places in the greater Los Angeles area as well. I would rank it first because it is a win-win for both of you. Irvine for example has an Amazon office, a Google office, and UCI Health which has several teaching hospitals with high rankings for medical residency AFAIK. In Los Angeles proper you have UCLA Health hospitals (very highly ranked) and main campus. Santa Monica area is where Hulu and Roku are both headquartered.
    Nov 5, 2019 1
    • Quora xiwlfsifk
      Yep! In our case LA = UCLA so commuting to Irvine is probably out, but there’s plenty going on in Santa Monica (also has Google/FB/Snap + a bunch of private companies)
      Nov 6, 2019
  • Riverbed Technology siegel
    Break up
    Nov 5, 2019 0
  • Collins Aerospace / Eng hytfert
    Iowa City will be nice for her and there are opportunities for you at the University, but you're not going to find much else related to ML. Collins has some teams working in that field, but it's not widely adopted within Aerospace yet.
    Nov 6, 2019 0
  • Square ygkotsf
    1. Detroit
    2. Philly
    3. Anchorage
    4. Minneapolis
    5. San Francisco
    Nov 5, 2019 0


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