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    Are there any disadvantages in applying for the May semester?

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    Hello,

    Are there any disadvantages (Match, USMLE study time, etc) to applying for the May Semester compared with January and August?

    I understand that AUC does rolling admission, but which semester has less applicants? and is there a reason for the decrease in applicant #'s?

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    The decrease in applicant number probably has to do with the fact that most colleges don't end their semesters until late May or mid-June. So a student coming out of college will not be able to make the May semester and that inherently cuts out a huge chunk of potential applicants. So all those students graduating in May/June who want to start school right away automatically turn to the next (i.e. Fall) semester which, in turn, is huge.

    As far as time-line advantages/disadvantages, I am not sure, but from my understanding, starting in May looks pretty good. You basically start residency with the Fall class of the same year but because you start a semester earlier, you seem to have more cushion time in between for stuff be it study for the USMLE, take a vacation/break (since AUC doesn't have real semester breaks I imagine this helps!), etc.

    Here's a sample timeline from an AUC grad who started in May:

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    The May class is great! It (in my experience) seems to have a higher percentage of older students who were prepared to drop everything and come down in the middle of the year, so there is less youngster nonsense. And, as the previous poster has said, we basically have 4 months to play with, when it comes to scheduling electives and stuff.
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    The may class is the best class to start in, if possible. Most people can't because they're not done undergrad in time. It's the smallest class of the three, which is especially nice in anatomy lab, if they fail a class or two, they'll still match on time, they have the most time to study, and they get first shot at the clinical spots (assuming they don't fail). If you can do may, definitely do.
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    I would rate May #1, August #2, and January #3.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrFraud View Post
    I would rate May #1, August #2, and January #3.
    I'd second that
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    may semester is the smallest class (if you like small classes)
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    May semester is a good choice !

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    I wouldn't want to be in that small of a class. But I agree with the itempist ... I graduated undergrad (took forever!) on like may 2nd and May class started May 6th or 7th this year... That would have been such a rush for me and I probably wouldn't be mentally prepared.


    Its all about what works for you to be honest. I was under the impression that August class has 4 months to work with as far as making match

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lemacfar View Post
    I wouldn't want to be in that small of a class. But I agree with the itempist ... I graduated undergrad (took forever!) on like may 2nd and May class started May 6th or 7th this year... That would have been such a rush for me and I probably wouldn't be mentally prepared.


    Its all about what works for you to be honest. I was under the impression that August class has 4 months to work with as far as making match
    August class does have a little time to play with, but not nearly as much as May. If you fail a class from August semester, there's a very good chance that you're going to miss the match. If you were in the may class, you'd be fine. You also get first shot at clinicals, will have smaller USMLE review classes (if you choose to take one), etc.
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