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    1st Semester Curriculum

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    Can anyone shine some light on the general ouline for each mini's for Ross's 1st semester courses such as Anatomy, Histo, & biochem etc. I'm an incoming Jan. 2009 and would love to study ahead accordingly. The increasing failing rate there got me worried...Thanks ahead if anyone has any info.

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    I understand where you're coming from. We all want to do well in med school, but you're going to get here and study A LOT. Take this time to enjoy yourself, spend time with your family, friends, take a fun vacation . . . anything but study. You will be doing nothing BUT on this island, you will be miserable and miss your family and friends, so REALLY make the most of this "free" time. And if you STILL feel like you want to study, go for Lippincott's biochem book. Good luck and see you in a few months!

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    I'm in the Jan 09 class as well and I've been hearing that advice quite a bit. I've started just skimming over the First Aid Step 1 book so I have an idea of what to expect. I'll be sure to check out that biochem book though. Thanks.

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    First aid is an excellent review book.

    Remember, Ross, especially anatomy department assumes that you have a good foundation of the biology material covered by the mcat. I would definitely read up the bio material covered by the mcat. Also, if you havent had any anatomy course before, I would suggest please get any anatomy book or go to any basic anatomy website and read up some very basic anatomical concepts and terminology.. the so called "general anatomy". Again, I feel it is often assumed by ross profs that you have some prior anatomical background.

    For biochem, i would brush up on genetics section.

    Above all, work on your study techniques. Understand how and when your body and brain functions optimally and what dosent work for you. Small things like if you like to read print or screen, or.. how much sleep do you really need to function, when do you need to feed yourself etc makes a big difference in the big picture.

    Having said all this, do this IF you feel its necessary for your particular situation. The best piece of advice still stays the same- Enjoy while you can!
    If you aint got it in your genes, sweat it out.

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    I would not think about anything medical until the first day of class. You have the rest of your life to do that. Enjoy your time with family/friends before you head to the island.

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    If you study heavy before you get here you will regret it the whole semester and may be with little return in the end. You won't be doing anything but studying over here as thats all thats really much to do. If you stay focused and don't slip up there is no reason to fail
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    Did the OP ask for anyones opinion or for the freaking schedule? You are all starting to sound like a fat cardiologist. Hey kid if you want the schedule and a breakdown of stuff send me a PM with your e-mail and I will send you the PDF schedule that the school releases.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavyHume View Post
    Can anyone shine some light on the general ouline for each mini's for Ross's 1st semester courses such as Anatomy, Histo, & biochem etc. I'm an incoming Jan. 2009 and would love to study ahead accordingly. The increasing failing rate there got me worried...Thanks ahead if anyone has any info.
    Everyone told me not to study ahead of time, but it really depends on what you want to do. It probably won't help that much and you definitely don't need to if you want to succeed here.

    However, I did take a condensed six week Anatomy & Physiology I course this past summer before coming. It was only at a local community college so it was cheap and not terribly hard (for me anyway). I worked hard at it and tried to learn more than just enough to get a good grade. It has definitely helped somewhat during this first semester so far in all subjects, but its scope pales in comparison to the amount of material here.

    It worked out well for me, but I wouldn't do it if you have doubts whether or not you would be able to get a good grade and not drag your gpa. I did start reading the First Aid for the USMLE, but only the parts that I was currently covering in my class.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ross_secrets View Post
    Did the OP ask for anyones opinion or for the freaking schedule? You are all starting to sound like a fat cardiologist.
    haha...much alike all my PCP visits...walking in with stage2Hypertension and his remedy is weightloss program thru jenny craig...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ross_secrets View Post
    You are all starting to sound like a fat cardiologist.
    And that makes sense how?
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