I have decided to write this thread to express my feelings after 4 semesters at Ross University, Dominica.
My background....undergrad GPA 3.17 with ** in Biology, MCAT 24. Outcome? I MADE IT THROUGH! Current Ross GPA 3.0.
For anyone that is in doubt of their capabilies at Ross I decided to include my stats so that you can grade yourself based on my stats. If you do not succeed here at Ross it's because you don't know how to live in a third world country, don't know how to manage your time, or really have no desire to learn medicine. Just because Ross is in the Caribbean DOES NOT mean you can goof off. You definately have your work cut out for you.
What does Ross mean? Rely On Self Study!!! The only time I learned anything at Ross is when I was in a Microbiology, Pharmacology, or Histology Class. Everything else I had to teach myself by reading books, cutting class, and making my own notes. 90% of the handouts given by the teachers were terrible unless they came from the above mentioned departments. If I attended 100% of lectures at Ross and studied only what they said in class I definately would have failed a semester or two. I studied hard and made it through 4 semesters straight. Let's see....what else can I say....oh yeah....DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE ATTEND AN ICM LECTURE in 4th semester. I learned ABSOLUTELY NOTHING from lecture and they never test you on what they say in class so it's a complete waste of time. That's all I will say about class at Ross.
How I feel about Ross in general? Well, there are a lot of good students here and there are a lot of people who I wish I could kick out of the school. If I had administrative rights, half the school would disappear. There are a lot of cheaters on campus and there are A LOT of underground notes with old exam questions going around. I found out some student clubs give their members special notes with old exam questions, shelf questions, comp questions, etc....I am hoping that the step 1 exam will wipe them out and even the playing field because I would hate to work with a doctor that cheated his way to getting a degree. Oh well...there is nothing I can do about that except express my remorse. Next, I considered my term here at Ross as jail time. I hated every minute I was here. It's not that I hate Ross, I hate the island it's on. There is absolutely nothing to do here. What's my typical day like? Wake up at 7am, go to any classes I choose to attend, study when I am not in class, go to bed at 12am, repeat the process the next day for a total of about 500 days (16 months minus vacation time). Ok....I'm getting bored so I'm going to stop writing and study some more.
For anyone that thinks I'm kidding around. The last time I was on valueMD before this post was about 14 months ago when I was a 1st semester. Since that time I have been studying and now I am free again. Do not take my comments lightly, they are real. You have to REALLY want to be a doctor to survive your 16 month term here. Good luck to anyone that reads this.