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    Krissy1 is offline Newbie 511 points
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    FAILED MERP, what are my chances at AUA?

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    I did not pass Ross Universities MERP program. I was wondering if anyone was in a similar situation as me. I know ROSS is known for accepting students who fail out of Ross. But has anyone gone from MERP to AUA? While in the program I continued to show progress and I know the program made me a better person. My grades are:
    Bio I =A
    Bio II= A
    Chem I= B
    Chem II=C
    OCHEM I= B
    Ochem II= B
    Physics= B
    English=A

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    What grade average do you need to pass MERP? Your grades don't look too bad.

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    You really should take some serious thought about pursing this route. Being a better person is great and all but doesn't necessarily correlate to being a successful caribbean med student. The realities of making it through basic science, passing the boards and getting a residency are become more competitive and cut throat than ever. Increasing amounts of DO's and new US med schools opening in the past few years are cutting already scarce spots even more. You're already 20k in the hole from MERP, it might not be a wise decision to go 20-100k more in debt to find out something MERP was intended to tell you already. Not trying to be a debbie downer but so many potential/current students are drunk off the idea of getting their MD, it clouds their ability to assess the realities of the process. Even the most reputable caribbean schools exploit this fact and just because another school might give you a chance, doesn't mean you should. But that's just some general advice and you could very well be the exception to the rule, but the odds are stacked against you. Best of luck.

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    Thanks for the advice "SpursDoc" Yah i agree, but it would be one thing if my scores went down during MERP. But actually it increased during the course, It just wasn't sufficient enough to counter balance my previous score. Plus if you know anything about the MERP program its at a faster pace than regular med school.

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    I am familiar with the MERP program and the pace stays the same only with much more material once you start 1st semester. MERP "regular med school" light, so if you're worried about the pace in MERP that doesn't bode well for being successful come time when it counts.

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    Were you personally in the MERP program? Because I actually know a few students who are at Ross and we covered more things they were exposed to. At MERP we covered 2 semesters worth of material in 4 months. Something they usually covered in 8 months. Plus we learned 4th semester material as well.

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    I wasn't in MERP, but had several friends who were and they all are of the same opinion. Doesn't matter that you covered one subject more extensively or "4th semester" stuff in MERP, the new curriculum has 1st semester students covering material that from all over the previous curriculum semesters because it's systems based now. Either way you have MORE material to cover in 1st semester vs MERP because you have to add in labs plus the other random clinical assignments you have to do. Add to that the courses will go into more depth and detail and all at the same pace as MERP. But look no need to get defense, I understand, MERPs difficult, but "regular med school" is more difficult and more demanding, that shouldn't be a surprise. I get it that you where improving, but given the future climate IMG's are going to face and the EXTREME risk it is to get into this kind of debt and time investment that I think a lot of students get into without proper meditation, I reiterate my original statement, THINK ABOUT IT! I was in a class of 600, 100 of those where 1st semester repeaters, in 5th we are down to 300, which is including all the tag alongs from random failed other semesters. Last semester 215 people where retaking the COMP exam for the THIRD time and those that failed are tossed from Ross, 125k in debt with nothing to show for it. But I'm off my soap box, do whatever floats your boat.

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    y wld u keep ur soap in a box?

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    Well considering you have the grammar skills of a elementary school drop out, I'm not surprised this figure of speech confuses you.

    "A soapbox is a raised platform on which one stands to make an impromptu speech, often about a political subject. The term originates from the days when speakers would elevate themselves by standing on a wooden crate originally used for shipment of soap or other dry goods from a manufacturer to a retail store."

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soapbox
    Last edited by SpursDoc; 07-23-2011 at 11:52 PM. Reason: added link
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    ohhh ok.....G@Y!!!

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