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    Jenna74 is offline Newbie 510 points
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    Reality Check-This Really is Medical School

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    My sister attended a US med school and my brother went to DO school. Both lived at home and I remember them working day and night and sweating nails over the USMLE exams. Yes, they sometimes complained that tests were too hard and life unfair but they are both practicing physicians. That is why I cannot understand why a small minority of MUA students think otherwise and don't appear to want to put in the time. I can't believe anyone who flunks the Kaplan exam once or twice thinks they can ever pass Step I. No passing exam scores=no residency=big debt and no marketable skills. Maybe I only sleep 4-5 hours most night but thank you MUA for being tuff!

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    im glad to read this post. afterall, MUA is a medical school and it has to be tough....=)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jenna74 View Post
    My sister attended a US med school and my brother went to DO school. Both lived at home and I remember them working day and night and sweating nails over the USMLE exams. Yes, they sometimes complained that tests were too hard and life unfair but they are both practicing physicians. That is why I cannot understand why a small minority of MUA students think otherwise and don't appear to want to put in the time. I can't believe anyone who flunks the Kaplan exam once or twice thinks they can ever pass Step I. No passing exam scores=no residency=big debt and no marketable skills. Maybe I only sleep 4-5 hours most night but thank you MUA for being tuff!
    Somehow I missed the post where people are complaining that medical school is too hard. I have seen posts where people complain about AC, about professor abuse, about, the locals, about cheating (unsubstantiated), about school officials posting here (btw "oper forum" mean anything?), about which is the best hamburger place, where to do dry cleaning, etc. Could you point me to that post I missed, I want to PM that person right now!

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    So true. I don't quite understand all the complaining myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jenna74 View Post
    My sister attended a US med school and my brother went to DO school. Both lived at home and I remember them working day and night and sweating nails over the USMLE exams. Yes, they sometimes complained that tests were too hard and life unfair but they are both practicing physicians. That is why I cannot understand why a small minority of MUA students think otherwise and don't appear to want to put in the time. I can't believe anyone who flunks the Kaplan exam once or twice thinks they can ever pass Step I. No passing exam scores=no residency=big debt and no marketable skills. Maybe I only sleep 4-5 hours most night but thank you MUA for being tuff!
    I forgot something. I disagree with you on that "I can't believe anyone who flunks the Kaplan exam once or twice thinks they can ever pass Step I." I don't have any evidence but I think people who take the kaplan exam more than once do pass the Step I. I just thought that was a pretty insensitive thing to say specially for those students who are studying to retake the exam right now. I know most of them and they are hard working, intellingent people, who WILL pass the exam and will go on to become great doctors. You probably have never failed anything and hopefully you never do. Good luck!

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    I totally agree with you "Naivetocynic". I do know a couple of the students who are retaking the Kaplan post test, and they are very smart and hardworking people. I know for a fact that one them is smarter than 80% of the med 5 class who graduated in December.

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    Kaplan Post test

    Quote Originally Posted by ICE101 View Post
    I totally agree with you "Naivetocynic". I do know a couple of the students who are retaking the Kaplan post test, and they are very smart and hardworking people. I know for a fact that one them is smarter than 80% of the med 5 class who graduated in December.

    If the student you mention is truly "smarter" than 80% of the December med 5 class, why did they not pass the Kaplan post test? Did only 20% of the December class pass the Kaplan post test?

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    Apparently you have NO IDEA about what happened at this school last semester and all the cheating that went on, so I'm not even going to respond to such a ridiculous response by "Green Akers"

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    Why not pass???

    Those that don't pass the Kaplan Post test can most likely blame the school for allowing them to get through the Basic Sciences without learning anything. Those that do pass, Study their butts off with outside material. In the past the school gave you a false sense of hope, If you pass all your classes you will be ready for Step 1, which is far from true...

    The school is finally realizing this and is trying to fix the problems ASAP. Just because they don't pass a "KAPLAN" post test doesn't mean they can't hit the books and learn material that should have been learned in the first place, and then go on to pass step 1. I'm sure I will be one of those that doesn't pass Kaplan, but I know my weak points and as soon as these last Med 5 classes are done I'm hitting the books for all the prior information I missed or just didn't learn well.

    And I will pass Step 1!!!!!!!!!
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    I applaud cheer and pray

    I applaud cheer and pray for everyone that is studying for any exam. Just because you fail Kaplan 2 times if you pass the third time with a 60 you have a high likelihood of passing the USMLE with a good score. ICE is right you can fail Kaplan and if you then find a way to study effectively (that is why I am putting study skills in place) and learn better skills and study hard OF COURSE YOU CAN PASS THE USMLE and do well! Every day is a block day and every night is a block night

    Be constructive and uplifting to your colleagues ALWAYS no matter what stage of the medical time line you are on!
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