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    Curious about MD5 in Chicago?...Read on..

    Hey guys,

    I haven’t been on here for a while....and Since I have been getting questions about MD5 in Chicago from a few curious students I decided to write a post that hopefully will be informative for the new incoming students or prospective transfer students!.



    The MD5 program is in Chicago...at Jackson park medical Centre. (yes IN the hospital).
    It is a 16 week program, which is divided in to two 8 week sessions.


    The first 8 weeks is an intensive review course which prepares u for step 1. It’s a really good program taught by REAL doctors who have aced their step exams....and from my personal experience I learnt so much. No doubt it is fast paced and you are expected to know the stuff they are going over, but you are expected to equally put in your time and do you’re studying at home. You are expected to be there Mon-Fri from 8am-2pm, and yes 100% attendance is required, and taken everyday.. or you will be held back.

    They will give you a subscription to Kaplan Q bank (which you have to pay for off course) and are expected to do at least 20 questions per day. The lectures/ppts in class are followed very closely along with the FIRST AID book and Kaplan lecture notes!. (Majority of students carry their first aid to class.) So yes, overall it’s a very intensive yet productive first 8 weeks of the program. It definitely shows you where you have gaps in your knowledge from the classes you took on the island, and which disciplines of medicine you have to focus more on than the others.

    You are required to take a diagnostic exam (3 hr exam) in the first week to see where you stand in terms on knowing your stuff. Then you take two 8 hr exams (one mid term at the end of the 1st 8 weeks, and one final towards the end of the 16 weeks) simulating the step 1 exam.

    The 2nd 8 weeks is where you do rotations/clinical skills/learn how to do intubation, NG tube insertion, put in IV lines, how to write SOAP notes, H&P's etc.


    The rotations are in all the 6 cores...Surgery, Int med, Psyc, Obgyn, Family med and Peds. You do a full day each for these mixed with clinical skills/complete physical exam classes such as HEENT, Cardiovascular, Abdomen, Neuro etc ...and yes... its an awesome experience, especially when your attending physician lets you conduct physical/HEENT exams on the patients you are seeing (yes I did a bunch)!!

    All of the rotations are done offsite at different hospitals in Chicago...and from my personal experience it has made me soo much confident dealing with patients, as we had some really amazing attending physicians who let us deal with patients hands on!!..(yes some of the rotations such as surgery and Obgyn end up being more of observing what ur attending physician is doing). It’s like a heads up as to what you will be dealing with before u start the real rotations after step 1.


    So yea, this is basically what MD5 is composed of. My classroom size was probably around 40 students, some batches (depending when u start) I hear were a little more or even less students, and yes this program has students from St. James as well. So it’s a good mix!...

    So anyways, I hope this was informative. Good luck with everything!!..
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    Hi, I looked up on their website they don't have listed any affiliated hospitals. Can all the rotations can be done in one city because I live in chicago and it will be great if I can do my all rotations in one city. I am going to attend AUSOM in fall.

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    you can do rotations in Chicago, Virginia, etc .. I know people who are doing their rotations in these two cities.

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    Thanks for the info.

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    Your welcome

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr.Costa View Post

    The MD5 program is in Chicago...at Jackson park medical Centre. (yes IN the hospital).
    It is a 16 week program, which is divided in to two 8 week sessions.

    The first 8 weeks is an intensive review course which prepares u for step 1. Itís a really good program taught by REAL doctors who have aced their step exams....and from my personal experience I learnt so much. No doubt it is fast paced and you are expected to know the stuff they are going over, but you are expected to equally put in your time and do youíre studying at home. You are expected to be there Mon-Fri from 8am-2pm, and yes 100% attendance is required, and taken everyday.. or you will be held back.

    They will give you a subscription to Kaplan Q bank (which you have to pay for off course) and are expected to do at least 20 questions per day. The lectures/ppts in class are followed very closely along with the FIRST AID book and Kaplan lecture notes!. (Majority of students carry their first aid to class.) So yes, overall itís a very intensive yet productive first 8 weeks of the program. It definitely shows you where you have gaps in your knowledge from the classes you took on the island, and which disciplines of medicine you have to focus more on than the others.

    You are required to take a diagnostic exam (3 hr exam) in the first week to see where you stand in terms on knowing your stuff. Then you take two 8 hr exams (one mid term at the end of the 1st 8 weeks, and one final towards the end of the 16 weeks) simulating the step 1 exam.

    The 2nd 8 weeks is where you do rotations/clinical skills/learn how to do intubation, NG tube insertion, put in IV lines, how to write SOAP notes, H&P's etc.

    The rotations are in all the 6 cores...Surgery, Int med, Psyc, Obgyn, Family med and Peds. You do a full day each for these mixed with clinical skills/complete physical exam classes such as HEENT, Cardiovascular, Abdomen, Neuro etc ...and yes... its an awesome experience, especially when your attending physician lets you conduct physical/HEENT exams on the patients you are seeing (yes I did a bunch)!!
    Just curious about a more recent experience.
    1. Is Kaplan Qbank still utilized?
    2. These 6 cores mentioned: is that during the pre-clinical 8 weeks, kind of a taste of actual rotations to come?
    3. Are the three diagnostic exams NBME or something else?
    4. Can anyone comment on the current hospitals for rotations in Chicago beyond this program? Is Jackson Park Hospital the only Chicago hospital AUSOM uses or are there any others with which the school is affiliated in Chicago?

    Thanks in advance for any answers!

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    Hey ther!...Yes, AUSOM lets you do retakes. Contact the head office in NY and they will give you some more info about the same. All the transfers that come to AUSOM from various other schools are given the same option of writing the retakes...

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    Doing my cores now and all 75 percent in the hospital. Surgery is 90 percent in patient.

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    No, they don't allow retakes for courses failed at another school, I asked this question specifically today and I was told " If I fail, withdrew, or Incomplete I had to retake the course".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Indian guy View Post
    No, they don't allow retakes for courses failed at another school, I asked this question specifically today and I was told " If I fail, withdrew, or Incomplete I had to retake the course".
    Ya know a couple of classmates suddenly disappeared. Rumor (not sure if its true) is they tried to submit fake documents to the admission committee. Who accepted them temp until real transcripts came. Weird to say the least, I wonder if people are stupid enough to try to deceive medical schools in this day and age. BIG BROTHER!

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    So its very intresting.

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