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    Casper0919 is offline Newbie 510 points
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    Btmd program 2015

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    Hello,
    I was recently accepted into the BTMD Program for the Aug. 2015 term. I was wondering if anyone has any information on this program in greater detail than provided on the website; such as the class sizes??? exams/notes??? success rate???? any information will help...thank you so much!!!

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    Amanda Coburn is offline Newbie 510 points
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    Hey! I also was accepted into the BTMD program for the August 2015 start date. I need to know something!!! I can not find anything about the program and no one seems to be too helpful about it....

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    Hey I just finished BTMD in June. What do you want to know?

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    coco4life is offline Newbie 510 points
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    Class size is pretty small, we had around 28 people not including repeaters. You have three modules: physiology, biochem and neuro. Each module is 5 weeks and you have a module exam at the end of the module and a cumulative final exam at the end of the semester. Other than these major exams, you have a quiz every sunday and a quiz right after each lecture.

    Physiology in my opinion was the hardest. Dr.Lotocki is a great professor and you will learn a LOT from him. Make sure you understand every slide and graph. Be able to explain each graph and what is happening. I whiteboarded each graph multiple times to make sure I understood the concept. DON'T MEMORIZE! trust me, memorization does nothing for his class. It's about you understanding the concepts and trying to apply them. Do well on his Lecture participation quizzes (LPs) and Sunday quizzes..these will help buffer your module exam. His module exam was the hardest for me personally. The average was around 50. Your aim is get alteast above a 65 on the module exam so you are not panicking for the final. I did a LOT of BRS questions, Pretest & Big Medical Physiology End of Chapter questions.

    Biochemistry for me was the easiest out of all three. Dr.Smith is an awesome lecturer. Didn't have to read the book at all for him. Just paid attention in his lecture and studied his lecture notes. He gives you practice questions at the end of each week..make sure you understand how to do them and you'll be good. The average for his exam was also around a 50. But if you procrastinate or don't study the right way for his class, you could have trouble. But you can definitely get above an 80 on his module exam.

    Neuroanatomy was hard because you have to teach yourself EVERYTHING. I read the book cover to cover and I still had trouble with her class. She isn't a good lecturer so I would prepare for her lecture ahead of time. I would take book notes on what she was covering that day before lecture and so I had a good understanding of the material before I went into class. This way I was able to pay attention to her clinical cases--PAY ATTENTION TO THOSE! Her clinical questions show up on the test. For her class, the best way to succeed is understand the material--just memorize all the symptoms. For example, if there is a lesion at the spinal cord level, know what symptoms would the patient have on the right and the left side; what if that lesion was in the medulla oblongata or what is the lesion was at the internal capsule. Do lots of BRS/Pre-test/any other neuroanatomy textbook clinical questions you could find.

    Out of the 28 in our class, I think around 8-10 passed. But don't be alarmed. I really think this program showed us the kind of hard work and commitment you would have to have to succeed in Med School. It will be def one of the toughest programs you would have done but if you put in the hours and keep pushing yourself to study, by study I mean actively, then you will be good. I made a study group with 2-3 of the people from the program and we would gchat every day after lecture and go through each slide with a fine tooth comb and made sure that we all understood the concepts. Our rule of thumb was to understand the lecture the day it happened. If you do that, when you get to the weekend, you can test each other and do questions and see where you are lacking.

    You will succeed in this program if you really commit to it. I studied atleast 10-12 hours/day. It is a lot of material and if you efficiently use your time, you will be able to pass it and get to Term 1.

    Also, don't forget to start reviewing the old material from Week 0 starting 3 weeks before the module exam. We created a plan where we would finish reviewing the old material a week before the module that way the new material that they teach that week, we would only have to really focus on that. The week of the module, we did a TON OF QUESTIONS! Redid BRS, Pretest and found other textbooks to do questions from.

    If you put in the proper work for the module, you will remember the concepts. For the final, just keep reviewing physiology while going through the biochem module. Once you get to Neuroanatomy module, make sure you review both physiology and biochem every weekend. There were some who didn't touch physio and biochem till the week before the Final and they were panicking and stressing out. You don't want to do that.

    Bottom line, this program isn't made to make you fail or take your money. It allows you to get a harsh sense of reality of how medical school is going to be. So if you are not able to commit to it fully and study, then you might not be able to succeed in medical school. Another thing, don't get frustrated if you have to keep changing your study habits--that is a major part of this program. You need to realize and catch on pretty quickly that your study method might not be the right study method for that class and you've to be willing to experiment and master new study skills.

    All things considered, I'm very happy to have gone through this program and learn from it. If you have any other questions, feel free to ask

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    Coco4life
    Can you tell me about Internet access at the dorms & transportation.

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    Hi coco4life, thanks for sharing your experiences.
    1) Can you let us know how you made group studies. Was it via internet or were you able to find the group in your area?
    2) Also, what is the cost of the BTMD program? Is tuition refundable?
    3) Does AUA admissions office recommend that the candidate complete BTMD program? Why not BSEP program with AUA?

    Thanks.

    Koolguy

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