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    Please explain "decelling"

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    I've read about AEP and done searches on decelling and the Alternate Program. I understand that AEP is different. Can someone please explain decelling and the Alternate Program.

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    Sonia

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    decelling...

    Hi....I am pretty sure that this topic has been covered before, so do a search and see what you come up with. Maybe one of the moderators can post a few links for you to browse.

    In a nutshell, decelling means that you take a lighter course load and in effect spend an extra term on the island. Most decels occur in first term and are the result of either Gross Anatomy or Biochemistry. Decels do occur in higher terms but to a lesser extent.

    The natural progression of a decel is as follows: after the midterm exams in first term, a student is failing one of the aforementioned courses. The dean of students will then advise the student to enter the decel program, which means that the class being failed is dropped and the student continues with the other classes of that term. An alternate schedule is then followed whereby the student will take fewer credits (usually one class less) per tem until they leave the island. I did not have the "misfortune" of decelling so I am not 100% sure about the details. Someone correct me if I'm wrong on any of this.

    One thing to add is this: you can choose to ignore the dean of students' advice to decel and attempt to turn things around and pass the class by finals. However, if you do end up failing the class, you'll be up the creek and facing an "I told you so" situation....

    Hope this helps a bit,
    HG

    p.s. note I use misfortune loosely since I think that decelling is not necessarily a bad thing. It can make a world of difference. I know people who were struggling before decel and then proceeded to make straight A's after decelling (one person is particular later transferred out to an American school despite decelling).

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    Thank you

    Right on. That's exactly what I wanted to know.

    Thank you,

    Sonia

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    And more

    And as for the other questions:
    I believe the "Alternate Program" is similar to decelling, however you will start with a lighter class load rather than waiting until after the midterms.

    AEP is run by the Department of Educational Resources to help students with time management, study skills, and the like. I believe getting placed in AEP is dependent on some red flags on your application, like a low GPA coupled with a high MCAT or vice versa. Being in AEP doesn't mean you're decelled or in the alternate program, as I understand it.

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    AEP

    being an AEP student does not mean you are an alternate program student. you can be taking a full load and be an AEP student. its just a way to be supervised a bit to make sure you are accountable for making an effort to study.

    decel is an ugly term. almost every med school has provisions for you to take an extra term or year to finish your degree. here is some info for you.

    If you started in the January term and decel you will graduate with your class that you started with.

    If you started in the August term and decel you will graduate with the NEXT January class.

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    Re: And more

    i believe the alternate program is essentially defunct in the sence that its no long mandatory anything, or so i was last told.
    Steph
    If you get a warning, put on yer manpants and stop whining about it.

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