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    iwnt2bfree is offline Newbie 510 points
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    Question Southwestern University (SWU) - Cebu, Philippines

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    I would like to know if there are any students planning to attend (2009-2010) or are currently attending Southwestern University in Cebu, Philippines?

    Most of the posts here are old and I would like to know what experiences have been gained over the past year until recently within the curriculum.

    Also, has anyone been a part of the B.S./M.D. program to enter MHAM?

    What are your experiences with the schools B.S./M.D. undergrad program, medical school program, and other departments within the school that are related?



    Thanks so much!
    J

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    hey there

    I am also trying to get admission in SWU any suggestions to apply will help
    (is it WHO listed ? )

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    "Locutusofborg" is attending SWU. He is in second year now. He will give you realistic and objective tips. Just look up his posts in this forum.
    Last edited by Dr_me2; 07-19-2009 at 10:43 AM.

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    If your planning Caribbean go to one with CA Approval. I fear some states will adopt the CA list soon and this can cause a lot of discomfort for FMGs/IMGs
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    Any update on Southwestern University, Philippines, will be appreciated.

    1. General experience
    2. Level of difficulty
    3. Attendance requirements at lectures/labs
    4. pass/fail rates

    Thanks,
    Ron

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    i just passed 1st year and will join 2nd year.
    i am from US studying here because it was cheap and don't want to be in debt and who will deal with problems with getting residency later. beggers are not choosers.
    1) I made the best of my situation. I was join student government, fraternity, sports club and studied very well and pass. I made good friends because thats how i roll in this competitive world.
    school experience wise. dont expect much from professors, they read off powerpoint or brs. cadavers are for you to dissect. you have total autonomy. lol
    you have to dedicate your time to studying , cliche lol. this isn't kindergarden where teachers are also your babysitters who clean your excrement after you poo poo. if you want to challenge a teachers integrity and professional knowledge because you think PI are stupid or lesser human because they are from 3rd world country, you will never make it alive. you will realize these people are the elite in their community who are very smart and talented so just because they got some accent in their english doesn't mean they are illiterate. If you respect them sincerely, they will respect you and you are "in" with the club. You need to be in with the locals because they have a network. you want to be part of this network where papers and materials are shared. don't miss out on this. They are passive and introverted so act like one. they gossip so make sure you aren't caught having sex with prostitutes or little kids. lol. joke. never challenge the church on life. never make your distaste of the poor country known. keep your 1st world country view to yourself. they don't work this way because you are in PI not in USA. dont be condesending and belittling be humble and join in their talk and laugh when they laugh because you don't want them laughing at you you want to laugh together.

    2) first year is the easiest year. this doesn't mean it is easy. material are manageable but if you times it by 8. the quantity overcomes the quality of difficulty. if you are organized and diligent you will make it out. have a good study habit. there is no luck. some subjects are forgiving like biochem where the teacher gives out extra points. Parasitology if you are below 70 by even one point. you repeat. There are rote memorization. use outside resources such as internet to guide you with the studies. find a mentor from upperclass. network. befriend the cadaver. seriously.
    3) it is good to be in class because attendance is checked. if you are outside of class you are out of touch with this "network" and you won't know if the test date has been changed. don't be a opportunistic ninja who only comes because of quiz. nobody will like you. you need to be part of the team who are also struggling together. Labs are crucial if you take time and learn your lecture will be easier.
    4) 80 failed out of 250. I say they were very lenient. lowered the passing grade and added some extracredit point. If you have a bad reputation as a cheater you will be failed. as a foreigner you have to prove them wrong. try to have a working relationship with dean and professor so that you are labeled as the good guy. try to be seen you are active in the community by playing sport for olympics and make presentation in front of class. make friends with upperclassmen they are invaluable. they can be your PR spreading the good word to doctors you haven't met them yet. Take showers and wear your full uniform and wear socks lol. come to class prepared and early. always smile and look grateful not because people are checking you out because you are a doctor in 10 years.

    try to do well in your first exams. or quiz because that will set the tone. those who did well in teh first test remain being the top 10. it is about the early advancement. 2nd semester is harder because less time to learn and more time to study. i kid you not. exams back to back. you wished you did well in first semestery.

    You are the one who will get this done.

    I really want to know more about you Ron.

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    May I please know about the medical facilities i mean technologies available in Southwestern medical university?

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    @eatsleepstudy - well said tol We don't see eye to eye on some issues, but overall, the advice of eatsleepstudy is excellent and will no doubt lead to success just as it had lead him down that path. I especially want to second eatsleep's message that as foreigners, its not enough to tolerate the local way, its imperative to integrate it into your life as much as your personal culture will allow. At the same time, don't lose sight of who you are, or where you came from. Its a fine line, and each of us finds our own unique balance that we are comfortable with in this regard.

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    @locutusofborg i thought u were asleep 3:28am ? lol. i need to give u thanks for the good advices you have given me first anonymously and later as u-tols lol.
    good luck with studies. haha. i'll talk to you later.

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    Good luck in whatever school you choose to study in. Do your best!

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