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    January vs September Application

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    Hey,

    I'm in the process of applying to school and I'm wondering whether it would be best to apply for the September coming or hold off until January to save up a bit more money.

    I've heard it is better to apply for September because statistically speaking students in September do better than those in January.

    I've heard a lot of the January students are students who were unsuccessful in September, so this may be a reason.

    I've heard the class sizes are smaller, but I'm not sure how significant this is.

    I'm curious as to how the January class fits into placements and steps.

    I don't want to be at a disadvantage by waiting til January.

    Any Advice?
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    Apply for January or May class. You will have more time to work with scheduling clinicals compared to the September class. If you start in Sept this year, you can match in 2015. If you start in January or May of next year, 2016 but with more options available for clinicals.
    Basic sciences is what you make of it - how others do won't directly affect your grade. Sure the May and January classes are smaller compared to September - how is this significant - I've yet to figure that out.
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    If you are a competitive applicant it doesn't matter really. September is more competitive for entry (because all of the people who didnt get into US schools for the Fall can fallback to AUC for the Fall due to the rapid application process) and hence they typically perform better. It has nothing to do with the school but rather the students. Also older September students often have advanced science degrees. The average age is typically 2-3 years younger than the other two classes.

    Someone else will have to comment on class size but that is likely personal in nature.

    Jan start date can make the 2015 match (contrary to the previous poster's statement) BUT it is a hard road. Cant fail a class (historically up to 35% of a class will do so yet survive to pass Step-1). You have to take Step-1 almost immediately upon leaving the island (helps if you have a 80% GPA and a 70 on the comp so you can get an earlier test date) and you must start clinicals by the end of October in order to qualify for graduation by Jun 2015 (you get out of school mid Aug and scores take 3 weeks to report so you can do the math).

    September class has the advantage of more cushion on the 2015 residency path but the disadvantage of more competition for clinical spots. There are fixed number of start dates in many locations so if you want to be picky you better test early (clinicals are first come first serve based on STEP-1 test score submission).

    All in all its a personal choice and I would take Sep if you can get in then as the only real impact is clinical dates (you can always wait for the next set and be ahead of the following Jan class in priority). If you are a top performer you will have excellent options and if you struggle you will not have 8+ months to kill like someone in Jan class who fails a course has to (you basically get pushed from a very tight timeline for 2015 to a very lenient timeline for 2016). If you are average it will be a crap shoot but you will have priority over Jan so its not that bad.
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    Great info! I was just wondering about the January class. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cms View Post
    If you are a competitive applicant it doesn't matter really. September is more competitive for entry (because all of the people who didnt get into US schools for the Fall can fallback to AUC for the Fall due to the rapid application process) and hence they typically perform better. It has nothing to do with the school but rather the students. Also older September students often have advanced science degrees. The average age is typically 2-3 years younger than the other two classes.

    Someone else will have to comment on class size but that is likely personal in nature.

    Jan start date can make the 2015 match (contrary to the previous poster's statement) BUT it is a hard road. Cant fail a class (historically up to 35% of a class will do so yet survive to pass Step-1). You have to take Step-1 almost immediately upon leaving the island (helps if you have a 80% GPA and a 70 on the comp so you can get an earlier test date) and you must start clinicals by the end of October in order to qualify for graduation by Jun 2015 (you get out of school mid Aug and scores take 3 weeks to report so you can do the math).

    September class has the advantage of more cushion on the 2015 residency path but the disadvantage of more competition for clinical spots. There are fixed number of start dates in many locations so if you want to be picky you better test early (clinicals are first come first serve based on STEP-1 test score submission).

    All in all its a personal choice and I would take Sep if you can get in then as the only real impact is clinical dates (you can always wait for the next set and be ahead of the following Jan class in priority). If you are a top performer you will have excellent options and if you struggle you will not have 8+ months to kill like someone in Jan class who fails a course has to (you basically get pushed from a very tight timeline for 2015 to a very lenient timeline for 2016). If you are average it will be a crap shoot but you will have priority over Jan so its not that bad.
    I'm pretty sure that with the new requirement of finishing all cores before step 2, the back up clinical students waiting to get rotation spots, and the fact that you must take step immediately after leaving the island and have everything work out perfectly makes it virtually impossible for Jan students to match with the class before them. However, techinically if you can get a pre match or have connections outside the match you can conceivably get and start a residency at the same time as those students before you.
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    Delaying starting medical school for purposes of saving up money is never a good idea. You will get as much loans as you need to cover all your expenses and no amount of money that you can save up in 4 months will be worth it down the road - esp if you're matching a year later because of it. You'll be buttload in debt regardless of whether you wait or not. Also consider that EVERYTHING goes up in price every single year; tuition, housing on the island, AUC fees, prices of groceries, interest rates on your loans (varies). Basically comes down to the very true and important concept: TIME IS MONEY.
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    If you have the option go with September. There are virtually no benefits of starting in January than in the September class before it. I was offered admission into May 2009 instead of Sept 2009 and took Sept. I regret doing that and it's not nearly as bad as taking January over the Sept.
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