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    How big of an issue is this? How many students end up having to use this atleast for studying for exams and so on? Is it gonna affect residency applications? If anyone has any information, it will be very helpful.
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    I dont know that it is that big of an issue but I can tell you that if you do take one you will be asked to explain it at ever residency interview. The residency directors explained that they are trying to ensure that the temporary leave of absence was not due to being in drug or alcohol rehab. They really do drill you on the issue of wether or not you have had any problems with drugs or alcohol now or in the past while you are interviewing.

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    Be very careful if you do. Ross will watch your time off very closely as well and if you even go a day beyond time and don't get testing done. They WILL dismiss you...and reapplication will be denied. Been there.

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    I think for the long run it will not look good for anything.
    Residency PD is very concern about it. I was on the recruitment committee of my residency program and we usually screen out those applicants who have record of withdraw from school for months (why????, academic, mentally stable, drug, alcohol....etc), also because medicare funding for your resident education, we have to explain to them why you have the gap in your education. If you apply for board and hospital privilege after your residency, you still have to explain to them about the gap.

    One more note. taking a long time off to study for board may not benifit you than just study for couple month or doing rotation and study.
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    Yeah not a good idea, I don't even go to Ross yet and I've always been told that it's bad, so it must be bad. I just found out recently an old family friend of mine jsut graduated from AUC and she had the worst time finding a residency even in family medicine with above avg Step scores cause she took like 2 breaks for (I think legit) family reasons. Apparently that was specifically what they said their reason for denying her was everywhere and she ended up somewhere in Alabama. No matter what, it's not worth risking it. Plus, why would you want to take breaks, it's not like a US school would ever allow you to do that "to study". Might as well try to emulate the best.
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    Ok so I see the references mentioned a few times above, so I have to ask...are recreational drugs that common at Ross and/or medical school?

    (Excluding prescribed ADHD medication that everyone seems to be popping like M&M's.)

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    i'm sure a few episodes of WEEDS never really hurt anyone

    and are pretty common

    i wouldn't say pretty, but probably i'm sure people indulge from time to time
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    so we have a whole bunch of druggies to become our future doctors?

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    No matter if you're at Ross or a US school, there is going to be some illegal drug use - that's just kind of the way society works right now. Am I concerned if my doctor lit up every now and then? Not really. Will some people be? Yes. All you can do is make the best decisions for yourself and let other people do the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by troy1 View Post
    so we have a whole bunch of druggies to become our future doctors?
    haha, you can't even begin to imagine what type of characters are going to become doctors. Just plain scares me sometimes

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