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    Should I go to Ross now or US Med Next Year?

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    I have thought long and hard for some time now. My dilemma is either attending Ross this year (Sep) or try for a US Med School next year (applying this summer)? The reason I want to go to Ross because a significant other is currently attending Ross and simply no other reason. Well another good reason is that I don't lose 1 year waiting for U.S. Med school acceptance, but that doesn't really matter nearly as much to me as my first reason. I haven't begun to traverse the forums on RossU yet, but if it gets me to the same place as US Med schools, why not right? I rather not apply to SGU either (which I hear is a really good Carrib. med school) because if I'm not with my significant other, I might as well try for a US Med school the following year. I would very much like your inputs on all situations regarding any difficulties being a Ross med student and getting rotations/residencies vs waiting another year to potentally get into a US Med school.

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    I have not yet taken the MCAT. Now I would like your honest opinion of what you would do. Being with my significant other is basically everything that matters to me, as long as there are no problems with residency/rotations coming from RossU assuming I am competent enough to pass the USMLE and med school classes.

    Please let me know asap while I surf the forum on Ross problems and projected problems for FMGs.

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    take the mcat first. If you get in US med, then i would def. choose that. if not, then go to ross and be with your significant other. havent seen a better win-win.

    one caveat- if your significant other is already at ross, and if you wait for another year.. by the time you come over to ross, isnt he/she gona be done with their island portion?
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    wouldn't your significant other be far ahead of by then? I was thinking if so they would be off the island before you.

    Whoops didn't realize this was already said.

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    why don't you try for US medical school in NY. There are about 5 near or in NYC i can think of SUNY Stonybrook, NY Medical College (Westchester) SUNY Downstate (Brooklyn), Albert Einstein (Bronx), [Columbia, Cornell, Mt. Sinai (NYU)] all Manhattan. This way you can both live in the city for 2 years when he is in clinicals, and then when you could both apply to residencies there. NYC has the most options and best chance for the both of you to live/be together for the most amount of time. 100% don't go to Ross if you don't have to. Your career and life will be much easier in a US school. Good luck!

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    go to the US med school if you get in, your SO will understand
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    definitely US Medical School

    [QUOTE=medic300107;1070365]why don't you try for US medical school in NY. There are about 5 near or in NYC i can think of SUNY Stonybrook, NY Medical College (Westchester) SUNY Downstate (Brooklyn), Albert Einstein (Bronx), [Columbia, Cornell, Mt. Sinai (NYU)] all Manhattan. This way you can both live in the city for 2 years when he is in clinicals, and then when you could both apply to residencies there. NYC has the most options and best chance for the both of you to live/be together for the most amount of time. 100% don't go to Ross if you don't have to. Your career and life will be much easier in a US school. Good luck![/QUOTE

    If you want to do a residency in other then IM, FP, Genr Surg, OB/gyn then you are selling yourself short by going to any other Med School but a US school. Just compare Ross and St George residency lists to those from residency progams in New York and New Jersey. Even if you want to practice in Im or FP you should weigh the long term advantages of going to a US medical school. Go to the NRMP site and look at the statistics for the area you are interested in specializing. You will see many residencies and Fellowships that have 80 percent or greater US Medical school graduates.

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    My SO is very significant. When I start in Sept, I meant this sept (2009), the same time as my SO (didn't actually start yet, but got accepted). This means we will have 2 years in Ross together and potentially rotations together. It seems to me that coming to Ross and getting the same residency as US Med schools would put Ross on the same level as those schools, at least in my book.

    I would just like to know any problems in terms of the education and training starting from the very first day as a Ross student. Many of you are saying I should try for a U.S. Med school, but if statistics are true (residency match list) and I can get to my residency of choice (surgery), wouldn't that put Ross equal to US Med schools? What I dont understand is that some of you are saying it's not the same, but giving no reason. I'm trying to understand the situation thoroughly so give reasons please, I'm very curious to know the details from the inside.

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    for competitive residencies like surgery, i would think that residencies would rather take competitive US med school graduates rather than IMG's, regardless that they are competitive too. I know 3 people who tried matching to surgery and didn't match even though their step score and gpa's were competitive.

    there arent many problems with education with ross, there are some set backs you might run into during clinicals, which are all over this board about how you might get where you want to be or get cores in time.

    but at the end of the day you have to ask yourself why would residency programs want IMG's when they can get US grads? thats the issue with competitive positions. Ross is more than fine for non competitive spots.
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    Quote Originally Posted by crackerchick86 View Post
    Many of you are saying I should try for a U.S. Med school, but if statistics are true (residency match list) and I can get to my residency of choice (surgery), wouldn't that put Ross equal to US Med schools? .

    this statement is the reason you should try to go to a US school...simply put...no you may not get your residency of choice, esp if that choice is and continues to be surgery so Ross (or any other offshore school) is NOT equal to ANY US school(even the last ranked one)

    your gpa is competitive enough for a US school...if your MCATs are over 30, you are doing yourself a disservice NOT applying to a US school...

    there is a reason those of us who are either currently in or graduated from a caribbean school (well except singer who is neither, just lives vicariously through his kids) are telling you that it is infintiely better for you to wait the year...ross will still be here if you don't get into a US school ( and you never know, if you get into a US school and your SO works really hard, s/he maybe able to transfer to your school, repeating a 3rd year( as many have had to do in transfering to the US) would put you two at the same level again.
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