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    BTMD August 2016

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    Hi everyone,
    I will be enrolling for the BTMD Program for August 2016. I just wanted to reach out to others who are enrolling, and maybe get to know you before the program starts!
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    Hi,

    I have been accepted to the BTMD program and also the Barry University 18 months MBS program. I'm very confused since I dont really know which one to go with. I heard the BTMD is really hard to pass. Can you please give me more information? I understand there are 3 classes we'll be taking. Are these classes taken all at the same time or one class every 5 weeks. Please help....

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    Hi,
    So the best advice I can give you is this: honestly evaluate yourself in terms of what you think you are capable of doing. I think the main difference here will be the fact that Barry is offering you an 18 month program and BTMD is 17 weeks ( about 1 semester). With BTMD if you maintain 3.0 you are guaranteed a seat in the college of medicine come January. If you go to Barry, I'm assuming you're going to apply to US MD/ DO Schools.
    It is true, very few people are given seats in the BTMD Program, and only few do actually complete it successfully. From what I am told, this is a serious time commitment, and the program is incredibly demanding- which is what you should expect from any Medical School. For those who are sincere and understand what they are expected to do, it's not impossible, but it isn't easy.
    As far as the structure of BTMD- you go to Miami for the first and last week, and the rest of the program is online. There are 3 classes, each at 5 weeks.
    I was accepted to other programs just like you, but in the end I chose what I felt was best for me, and I would encourage you to do the same.
    Let me know if I can offer any other help or advice.
    I hope this helps!

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    Rati Patel

    thank you so much for your reply/advise. I have another question regarding this program. Are the classes 5 weeks each or are they all at the same time?


    Thanks!!!!!! Again

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    Hello Rati,

    I just got accepted into AUA BTMD August 2016. I am really excited to start this program. I was wondering do you want to link up? What was your major by the way?

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    Hello Rati,

    I just got accepted into AUA BTMD August 2016. I am really excited to start this program. I was wondering do you want to link up before the program starts? What was your major by the way?

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    classes are 5 weeks each

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    By any chance do you guys know of a Facebook group for the August 2016 btmd group?

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    BTMD-August 2016 Advice!

    Congratulations to all of you who have been accepted into BTMD-August 2016!

    Considering the fact that I could not get much information about the BTMD program before I enrolled in it, I think it would be best for me to share my experiences as a BTMD Student. So going straight into it, BTMD is tough, it is incredibly tough, your success in this program will mostly depend on the hardwork that you put in. By no means do I want to say that it's not a doable task, but one thing I can assure you of is that you will have to study much harder than you have ever studied before.

    Initially before joining the program I had a bunch of doubts whether to go forward with the program or not, considering the shadyness that followed afterwards. For example, I remember emailing an admissions person asking the pass rate of BTMD, and he emailed me back saying 70% (I still laugh whenever I read that email again), because in reality the pass rate of BTMD has always been between 20-30% . Now that's not to say that AUA is trying to deceive you, that just goes to show how hard it is to excel in this program. Being a doctor means you need to have discpline, hard-work, and will power behind you, and this program will test much more than just that in an individual. The on-line teaching environment also made me skeptical at first as I learn better in-class but in the long-run I would say that all three professors being available all the time covers up for everything. If you really do want to learn (and not just pass this program) then you will find the availability of the professors to be incredibly awesome! All three of them are willing to help you as much as they possibly can, which is nothing but delightful. The program seems to be a bit overpriced at $12,000 but the knowledge and experience that I personally gained from this program was incredible.

    Now, about the program structure, you will have three courses: Physiology (taught by Dr. Lotocki), Biochemistry (taught by Dr. Smith), and Neuroanatomy (taught by Dr. Dididze). You will be doing 6 weeks of each course, one course at a time. For me, Physiology was the hardest and Neuroanatomy was the easiest. Even though Biochemistry has lotsssss of material that you are expected to know, the professor who teaches it, Dr. Smith is the BEST BIOCHEMISTRY PROFESSOR YOU WILL EVER ENCOUNTER , considering obviously that you want to learn in the class. Biochemistry was very overwhelming but I loved the way how Dr. Smith teaches, so for me it was the most intriguing subject. Physiology, taught by Dr.Lotocki (who's also the BTMD Program Head) is very interesting as well, but beaware of his questions, I would not say that they are tricky, but they just involve thinking from different viewpoints, so make sure you know the material inside out. I mean it, inside out. Neuroanatomy was easy because Neuroanatomy assessments are generally way easier than the other two subjects, whereas from a teaching point of view, Dr. Dididze is just allright.

    You need to get above 70% in 2 courses and above 65% in 1 course, but overall your three courses should average above 70% in order to pass the program. I have to say that it is quite challenging (although not impossible) to attain that mark considering that you have to do well in each assessment. 20% of your grade will come from Lecture Participations (which are mini-quizzes consisting of 5 questions that need to be answered right after lecture), therefore if you get more than one question wrong in these quizzes, you will have failed this quiz. It is quite hard to remain at the top of your game but when you are going through all of this, just don't let one bad LP discourage you, keep studying hard and moving forward in the program! You will have to study harder than you ever did in Undergrad, and I mean that in the most serious way possible. There will be three module exams for three different courses and then one final cumulative exam in Miami. Assessments wise, from easiest to hardest: LPs (after every lecture), Quizzes (after every content lecture week), Module exams, and Cumulative Exam. Aforementioned is the general trend but for me the Module Exams were the hardest.

    There will definitely be times when you will be thinking that BTMD is nothing but a business to earn money off students who desperately want to become MDs, but the reality is, business or no-business, this is your only way into Medical School and the faculty is not necessarily trying to fail you out of the program. If you are failing, that means either you are not studying right, not studying much, or are not fully engrossed into the program like you should be. Remember, all three of the professors are always available to help you, and all three of them are very knowledgeable about their field of expertise, so make use of that and get yourself into Medical School. There will also be instances when you will definitely be able to narrow down your answer choice into two choices but then you will end up choosing the wrong one because you did not read the question correctly, that's quite allright if you do these mistakes in LPs, they are worth the least of your grade, so make sure you learn from your mistakes.

    There were many times when our class found Physiology and Biochemistry questions to be unfair and not correctly worded, but once you hear the questions being read out by the faculty (this is only going to happen for LPs and Quizzes), you will definitely realize how you were the one who either misinterpreted the question or over-thought it. Learn from your mistakes and try not to repeat them in the Module Exam and the Finals.

    All in all, you will pass this program if you put in your 100% effort. Make sure you put in your actual 100%, don't slack off and tell yourself that you gave a 100% when you know you could have studied more (even if it's reviewing the material one more time).

    Following are some of the tips I can give you to be successful in this program:

    1) Study everyday like you are already in Medical School. Study so intensively that you can recite everything while half-asleep. Study knowing that the more you will learn, the more it will help you in saving someones life one day.
    2) Although some people may disagree with this, but don't take entire days off studying. Take necessary breaks in between studying but avoid taking an entire day off studying (unless obviously it's the day after your Module Exam).
    3) Try to avoid having a social life until BTMD is over. The material that you are studying requires your full attention, don't let distractions come in the way of your dream to become a MD one day.
    4) Eat healthy meals and drink plenty of water. Learning is greatly affected by how good or bad your diet is.
    5) Whenever you feel that you are completely/slightly unsure about anything from the content, ask your professor right away. If you try to bypass the understanding of something complicated, trust me that thing is going to be on one of your assessments and it will crash and burn your grade.
    6) Ask your professors whenever you are in doubt as they are extremely helpful and always there to make you understand things from different viewpoints.
    7) Don't take one bad LP or one bad Quiz to your heart, they are only worth 1% each, learn from your mistakes and move on, keep studying like you should be!
    8) There will be some of you who will be able to make it and others won't be, don't be discouraged by that, everyone finds their way in life. Just give it your best shot! Don't just say you gave a 100% when you know inside that you did not.
    9) Be confident in your abilities and make yourself more confident by reviewing previous material consistently. Don't wait to start reviewing the first course until the third course starts.
    10) Don't just study because you put $12,000 into the program of a University that is not even in the US, study because you want to learn, and eventually want to put that learning into a better cause.

    I wish someone had given me as much advice as I am putting down here, but I really do hope that all of this helps you in being successful in BTMD! If you want it bad enough, you will do whatever it takes to get it done. Whatever it takes. Good luck folks!


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    Hi,

    I have been accepted to the BTMD program and also the Barry University 18 months MBS program. I'm very confused since I dont really know which one to go with. I heard the BTMD is really hard to pass. Can you please give me more information? I understand there are 3 classes we'll be taking. Are these classes taken all at the same time or one class every 5 weeks. Please help....

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