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    Ross v. St. Matthews University

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    Hi, I am in a dilemma about which medical school to attend. I wanted to attend Ross for the January 2009 semester but I got waitlisted with a guarantee of being accepted for the May 2009 semester if spots don't open up for Jan. But at the same time, I got accepted into St. Mathews for Jan 2009. So either, I go to SMU in January or I wait a couple of months to attend Ross in May....I don't want to waste time but I've heard a lot of bad things about SMU about rotation spots etc. I was hoping someone could advise me about what I should do. cuz im going crazy right now!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by imjking87 View Post
    Hi, I am in a dilemma about which medical school to attend. I wanted to attend Ross for the January 2009 semester but I got waitlisted with a guarantee of being accepted for the May 2009 semester if spots don't open up for Jan. But at the same time, I got accepted into St. Mathews for Jan 2009. So either, I go to SMU in January or I wait a couple of months to attend Ross in May....I don't want to waste time but I've heard a lot of bad things about SMU about rotation spots etc. I was hoping someone could advise me about what I should do. cuz im going crazy right now!!
    I haven't been to SMU, and as an anonymous online forum expert I have the following advice:

    3 months is not a big deal, you will still be up for residency in the same year whether you start in jan or may of 09. Ross is the obvious choice.

    However, if you aren't using federal loans and don't want to spend a lot of money, SMU is definitely cheaper. I would still say consider Ross though since they have a stronger track record, but if you are more self-reliant and can navigate the system by yourself SMU might be a "value" alternative.

    Overall, I don't think many people choose SMU over Ross.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thezohan View Post
    : Ross is the obvious choice.
    I would still say consider Ross though since they have a stronger track record, Overall, I don't think many people choose SMU over Ross.
    I agree with zohan but for different reasons. Ross has 50 states. SMU does not. That's huge if you plan to go back to the US. Not only that, SMU doesn't have Cali. There are many states (8-10?) that have adopted their list of disapproved/not-equivalent Carib schools.

    I'm not a fan of Ross at the moment because they don't have enough clinical spots, but still, this choice should be a no-brainer.

    All the best.

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    My $.02 - I agree with everything above. Ross is definately a better choice and you'll end up in the same graduating class regardless so go with Ross.

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    From various sources, it is better to to Ross in May/Mar instead of Jan for this reason, less lay over time and the non-rushed feeling for interviews, steps, and residency interviews. . Remember, in terms of graduation, you must give yourself a miinimum of 12 weeks in between 5th and clinicals to take step, get scores back, and schedule clinical rotations. Also, you need time for residency interviews. The dead time for the Jan class can be around 9-10 months unless you take STEP 1 & COMP during 5th semester as pass both (rare). DEAD time For the mid year class is 4-5 months instead. SMU is not recognized in a lot of states in US and I would not trust getting that much in dept and realize later that the even more US states won't give you a license. Go ROSS or AUC, or StG, or SABA. If a non-big 4 was a option, look at MUA.

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    Ross lets you practice in all 50 states. I didn't even bother applying to schools that don't. Think about the rest of your career for the rest of your life. Even if you don't plan on practicing in California now, who knows what might happen. You don't want that hanging over your head effecting your decisions later on in life.

    Also, Ross has has been in existence longer than SMU, has had more graduates, and has a better reputation.

    I'm also starting in May. See you there.
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    As bad as Ross can sometimes be, it is light years ahead of SMU.

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    I was accepted at SMU prior to being accepted to Ross. Financial aid at SMU was impossible. From what I hear it has only gotten worse. With a $200,000 investment, you would think that a school would be more help. Nada.

    Very happy to soon be attending Ross.

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    I guess! But who knows!

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    hi. i agree too ross is def a better choice. i know atleast 2 people who are
    at smu right now but sitting at home cuz they cannot get loans. you are better of waiting a few months and go to a school where you know you can get loans. i got accepted to aua and i could have started in sept 08 but i decide to wait for ross jan 09. good luck

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