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    Are there any disadvantages to applying for 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 Ross does rolling admission, but which semester has less applicants? and is there a reason for the decrease in applicant #'s?

    Thank you,

    Dr. George

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    No disadvantages. There are simple less applicants in May because there are less students from undergrad who are ready to start during this semester. Sept is the largest simply because most newly graduated students are ready to start then. May will give you more time to finish rotations.

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    if i could have started ross again, i would have chosen the may class instead of the september class. you're class is smaller and you have 4 extra months to take you time with studying for step ck/cs, residency interviews and breaks. i'd def start in may.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bcks View Post
    if i could have started ross again, i would have chosen the may class instead of the september class. you're class is smaller and you have 4 extra months to take you time with studying for step ck/cs, residency interviews and breaks. i'd def start in may.
    Ditto...I started in Sept semester, and I jumped through all the hoops that Ross asked me to: didn't repeat/fail a semester, passed the comp, passed the Step the first try and I am still cutting it close to graduate on time.

    Give yourself that cushion of time b/c Ross' clinical situation is not getting better, it's getting worse b/c all those classes with 300+ students coming out of 5th keep piling in
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    so basically may is the best class to enter in? i am also wondering because i just recently got accepted in to may 09 but it is kind of cutting it close so i may have to defer until september...

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    One of the things to keep in mind is not taking too much time to study for step 1 and starting your rotations soon after taking step 1 as oppose to waiting for your step scores to come back, also try to minimize gaps in your clinical rotations. But remember you will be needing to study, to take step 2 CK and CS. Some people try to take the exam in August or Sept so they have their scores in time for interviews etc.

    You can start in Sept but you need to manage your time wisely, you could be done in Jan or Feb of the year you want to match but that would mean minimal gaps in clinical rotations and starting your clinical rotations right after taking the step.
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    you can always find a disadvantage to any strategy

    I am very glad that I started in May---but there are disadvantages. One of the things that you have to think about is that you may finish med school by November or December. That means that you will consume part of your grace period on your school loans before you start residency in July. If you take a leave of absence for step 1 (which is common), then you will have to start paying back the loans early.

    It's not a big deal if you pre-match, but you have to be realistic and consider what happens if you don't.

    All in all, I would start in May because of the aforementioned reasons in this thread.

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    Go for mAy!

    Well,

    yeah its being said but I will repeat it..May has less competetion and it is really a good idea to start in May !

    So...

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    Just a random question If I start in may, can I take a term off after the 4th/5th semester?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SilentMember View Post
    I am very glad that I started in May---but there are disadvantages. One of the things that you have to think about is that you may finish med school by November or December. That means that you will consume part of your grace period on your school loans before you start residency in July. If you take a leave of absence for step 1 (which is common), then you will have to start paying back the loans early.

    It's not a big deal if you pre-match, but you have to be realistic and consider what happens if you don't.

    All in all, I would start in May because of the aforementioned reasons in this thread.


    Can you tell me more about the pre-match? When do I start paying back the loan? during residency or after that? what if I like to do felllowship? Do they pay enough money to residents/fellows to pay their loans back?

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