Ive read what I could find about MERP but the overall quality is still not clear to me. I was placed in MERP for Aug. 2012 and I just received an acceptance for St. George for Jan., wait listed for Aug. (#119). For those who successfully completed MERP, was it helpful? ...overall. Is it or has it helped with with your first year? would you do it again? (recommend it to others). MERP + Ross MD is still cheaper than St. George MD and I have spoken to a few current students I trust who had great things to say about Ross. Before I spoke to them St. George was the only Caribbean school I was considering b/c, unfortunately, there are so many negative reviews. So if anyone who knows about MERP, Ross, and St. G who can give the good and bad, I would greatly appreciate the information.
To give you a little background...
Im 28 and took 2 yrs off of College. Before this I did poorly but since I returned I've completed more hours and maintained a 3.9 w/an upward trend and harder classes than before. My pre-med science GPA is a 3.9, overall Science 3.51 (...astronomy!), cumulative 2.8. MCAT = 25R (9 PS, 6VR, 10Bio) I have NOT taken upper level science coursework.
Edit: I am also wait listed for a Masters program in Ca. that guarantees an interview for the DO program as long as you make a 3.0+ I was told by a former student 100% of those who applied to the DO program were accepted. Im waiting to hear if I received interviews from a bunch of DO programs as well. My cumulative GPA is above a 3.0 for DO schools due to grade replacement.
What seems good about MERP is bc I haven't taken upper level bio's it could be helpful and ease the transition in to med school. I believe my work ethic and study habits are very strong and this would not be a reason for me to go to MERP (I'm up at 4am and work until as late as I need to...)