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    I was just accepted to Ross and I'm a little nervous about starting in January. I had a few questions. If someone could answer them it would help a lot. First of all what is the printing situation like at Ross, do I have to go to the library to print, if so do I need to provide the paper. I need to make sure I have all the lecture notes printed before each class so I can take good notes. Is this feasible to do? Is that what most students do? Please let me know if there are long lines or anything I need to be prepared for as far as printing is concerned.


    My second question relates to stationary, do most students carry binders for each class. If so we would need six for the first semester. Is that something I should bring from home if I want it for the first day of classes? Is it a pain to pick up things that are shipped, as in are there long lines? I was worried about picking up my books for the first semester. Aren't there a lot of books to pick up? Do people usually make multiple trips to carry their books back to their rooms? My third question relates to the library. Is the library usually crowded or is there always a place for you to sit? I just want to make sure I'll be able to find a spot to sit and study. Are there cubicles for you to study in? My fourth question is about medications. Do they have most medications on the island? For example I take Propecia, is that something I would be able to get on the island? I take other medications as well, could someone describe what the process is like for obtaining medication.


    My fifth question is about meal plans. Does the school offer any? Do most people eat at the school cafeteria because that's what I was planning on doing? If so is it feasible to eat all three meals there everyday? I want to make sure I'm well nourished when I'm studying. My sixth question is about storage. Is there room to keep all our old binders, or do you usually empty out the binders each semester. If so what do you use to study for the USMLE step 1 exam? Also do most people ship their books back home when they are done with them for the first two semesters or do they usually sell them? I'd personally like to keep my books but I don't know if that is a reasonable thing to expect. I also plan on using lots of notecards, does the online bookstore sell cases for notecards? Do a lot of students use notecards to study? That's how I studied in my Masters program and it seemed to help.


    My seventh question goes for anyone that goes to the gym regularly. I want to know if that was a reasonable thing to do? Is it a hard to make the trip to the gym if you live off campus or do most people live close enough to campus that it's not a problem. I'm accustomed to going to the gym 5 days a week but I'm not sure if I'll have to stop doing that because of transportation being a nuisance. My eighth question is about academics. There are 6 courses first semester, correct? How hard is it to balance all six courses if you promise to work your hardest. I guess I'm wondering how doable it is. Is it something where if you put in the right effort things will work out. I'm asking this because of the residency match rate being 80-90 percent. That means 10 to 20% of students don't match. I'm worried about those numbers because they seem high. What's the best advice you have for succeeding in those courses? I plan on memorizing the lectures before each class and then reviewing right afterwards. I plan on making notecards for each course. Do most students use their textbooks or do they rely primarily on lecture slides? Again in my masters program I barely used the textbooks, I mostly looked at the lecture slides. Please let me know the answers to these questions when you get a chance. I know it's a lot to answer, but I'm just a bit nervous going in. I think that's normal.
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    Sorry I tried to format the questions with more spacing but it doesn't come out right. Please still answer my questions when you get a chance.

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    Whoa, when you said a few I did not know you'd write a book. Lol, we've all been there.

    1. You have an allotted amount of print money, renewed every Sunday. You can add more money to a private account should you run out or find that you need more money. You can print from the Library and most study spaces with the exception of the Multipurpose Rooms (extra study spaces). But beware due to the large volume of students using the printers you'd have to find an optimal time to print and some will breakdown before the end of the semester.
    -Paper is provided
    -Your option on printing lecture notes or not, some students download them into mobile devices (e.g. ipad) or type on the lecture slides in class.

    2. As for stationary, its your choice. Bring your favorite highlighter, pens e.t.c. I sent a barrel down here with all that stuff and did not use over half it. I have spent 4 semesters giving stuff away (SMH). I will not tel you that everything you need is here, but most things you need are here.
    -Towards the end of every semester, we have a massive sell off of things we no longer want or need. There is also a RossCriaglist of FB.
    -When your shipment arrive if you did ship a barrel you'd probably use Alexis Taxi to pick it up from the port, clear customs and drop it off at your apt.
    -The only important one in my opinion is your First Aid 2013/14(soon). Frankly, this island is full of textbooks that many previous students bought, only to find they don't need it.
    -Also every required text is in the library, plus most uppers semesters have those same books in PDF (excellent copies too).
    -You'll have assigned locker on Campus.
    -Studying with note-cards are ok, but you have such a volume of information that it may be counter productive (waste of time). I used it for some but not everything.

    3. Plenty of study spaces.
    -Library with cubicles, Classrooms, Multipurpose rooms, and even a Noise allowed study area ().

    4. Meds and Personal Items.
    -Bring enough meds to last you 3-4months at least until you know what you need after 1st Sem.
    -Most students use the school clinic for meds & there is a Pharmacy cross from Campus main gate.
    -For females I recommend bringing enough sanitary pads of your personal choice, as they may not have the brand you use.

    5. No meal plans.
    -Plenty of eating establishments, right outside of school and Sub-way on Campus.
    -Honestly, I think I eat the same thing everyday ().

    6. USMLE 1... (slow down buddy, baby steps). I'll comment more on this once I take STEP1.
    -FA 2013/14 this will be your bible. Start filling it in 1st semester. Since you're just starting, I'd suggest getting the FA2014. Don't bother upgrading, it won't change by the time you're eligible to test.
    -UWORLD Q-Bank (). Kaplan Q-Bank and NBME Q-bank... Take your pick, there are others, I alone listed the popular ones.
    -Kaplan 2011 lecture series. Someone in your class will have new videos (med school is full of crafty students).
    -DIT2013(for me), you'll probably use the DIT(2014) by the time you test.
    -Pathoma Lecture Series.
    -Dr. Najeeb Series
    The point is there are plenty of resources to choose from. But right now I'd just focus on learning, you'll have plenty of time to get acquainted. Trust me you'll have so much stuff thrown at you, that you'll have a difficult time using these resources, but you'll also make time.
    ***That being said the most important starting in 1st sem in my opinion is FA20xx (the bible) & Kaplan (for your weak areas).

    7. Gym & sports (). You can work out everyday if you like, but you'll probably adjust d/t workload.
    -Bring your own protein shakes (the ones on the island taste horrible).
    -Bring your own gloves, can't get a pair on the island.
    -Most students live within 10min walking distance to the school. You'll get used to walking here.
    -Runners bring a good pair of running shoes.
    -Intramural sports [Soccer, Football, Basketball, Tennis, Volleyball, Street-hockey and Powderpuff (female football)]. Bring appropriate shoes and gears.

    8. Academics
    -I'm part of the old curriculum (3 separate block exams with a cumulative final, but you had to do well on respective MCQs for respective blocks).
    -I can't comment on the new one (cumulative grading). This last 1st semester class Summer 2013, rumor has it, have >90% pass rate (IDK).
    -Lecture slides all the way.
    -The library has every textbook (latest editions) you'll every need. Don't waste your money, if you're a reader use the library you can rent them out, even flashcards.
    -As for your thoughts on memorization (not very efficient). You'll develop a study method after your first exam, before that it's rough pinning down what works. Everyone is different.

    9. My own mistakes and those of my current classmates
    -Chasing after the magic bullet in form of files, that you'd get from many students, including your own classmates.
    -Pace yourself, you are not competing against others, there is no curve.
    -Be honest with yourself, if you need help, get it early. Don't let your ego get the best of you or cause you to isolate yourself.
    -Be nice to people, you never know who will be a blessing to you down the line.
    -Make friends outside of your ethnicity, this really is a multicultural school, you might as well enjoy the experience.
    -Regardless of how well you've done in the past, med school is a big adjustment. You have to constantly, tweak your study methods and improve every semester.
    -NEVER, EVER GIVE UP HOPE, even when you have a bad exam. Just keep moving forward and never look back (you don't have the time to complain and dwell on a bad grade).

    Ross is not an impossible place, if you put in the effort stay positive and away from the drama or negative people, I think you can make it. Is it hard, yes, will you have difficult days, guaranteed. Could you repeat a semester at the end of the day, its possible. My point is that you can make it here, just stay focused and stay on top of your work.

    I hope this helps, good luck on your journey.
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    Thanks a lot for answering my questions. It was very nice of you to do that. I have a few more follow up questions. Someone told me that you can purchase the lectures in a hard bound copy is that true, because my Ross advisor was unaware of it? Also how long is the wait generally to print something? When you say we have to pick up shipments from the port, is that far from campus? If I bring binders how many should I bring? Is 2 enough? I initially thought that we would have 6 different courses but I found out that those 6 subjects are all integrated into a single course. That makes studying for finals easier, because there's only one.

    Do doctors even prescribe medications for 3-4 months? What do you mean by cumulative grading? How soon are the slides posted for the next class? How soon after the 3rd exam is the final? Also how often does anatomy lab meet and are there any other labs? What do you mean by chasing after the magic bullet in the form of files? I have no clue what you mean. Please let me know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SashK View Post
    Thanks a lot for answering my questions. It was very nice of you to do that. I have a few more follow up questions. Someone told me that you can purchase the lectures in a hard bound copy is that true, because my Ross advisor was unaware of it? Also how long is the wait generally to print something? When you say we have to pick up shipments from the port, is that far from campus? If I bring binders how many should I bring? Is 2 enough? I initially thought that we would have 6 different courses but I found out that those 6 subjects are all integrated into a single course. That makes studying for finals easier, because there's only one.

    Do doctors even prescribe medications for 3-4 months? What do you mean by cumulative grading? How soon are the slides posted for the next class? How soon after the 3rd exam is the final? Also how often does anatomy lab meet and are there any other labs? What do you mean by chasing after the magic bullet in the form of files? I have no clue what you mean. Please let me know.
    No problem many other Value MDer's and students helped me once navagate the adventures of 1st Semester at Ross.

    1. Never heard of such a thing as purchasing lecture on hard-bound copy. It does not exist. Just another Rossip ().

    2. The printing wait line is not terribly long if you plan it right. Most 1st Semester students rush to print lectures around the same time, and the laid back students wait, but when you have 300+ students trying to print it can be hectic waiting for a printer to open up for you.
    -We release print jobs from computer work-spaces on campus or from personal laptops connected on the school network. Then you go to a print station to release you work.
    -All this would be explained at your orientation, I will not bore you with the details, but its very simply and not complicated.

    3. I do not know of any students that ever picked up any shipments from the port in Dominica. We all contact Alexis taxi (they clear customs and bring your barrel to your doorstep). As for the port its an hour away.
    -For packages/mails using FEDEX we generally pick those up from the post office in school on Mon,Wed & Friday.

    4. I would bring 3 binders for your 1st semester to see how it works out. By the end of that semester many upper students (4ths) will have a huge sale. You can practically buy every required item you need on island. But I highly recommend buying your own Stethoscope, BP cuff stateside & Penlight.

    5. Meds: Depends on what it is your seeking. Most students bring enough med's to last the entire first semester. Once your doc knows where you're coming, I don't think they'll hesitate. For example if you're ADHD and need Adderall, they only have Ritalin on island, so I'm sure students coming here got enough prescription to justify the large order w/o someone thinking they were trying to open their own street pharm .

    6. You'll be in anatomy labs twice a week (Tue's & Thurs). Bring two dark green or hunter green scrubs.

    7. All course slides are posted a least a week before the lectures... But some professors (more like 1 or 2) love to procrastinate until the night before. Most are very prompt with posting them on time.

    8. Final exam is exactly a week after your 3rd exam, every semester.

    9. Chasing the magic bullet means spending so much time looking for the best study product or resource, instead of actually studying. You'll see many students do that.
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    Very good post with lot of information.

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    How difficult is the anatomy lab? What's it like balancing the lab with the Fundamentals courseload? Are the lab exams difficult? What's the best way to go about studying for them? How much studying do you get done on lab days, since it takes up most of the afternoon? I'm still really worried about passing my first semester. How long are the mini exams usually? Is the cumulative final hard? It must be tough remembering everything from the entire semester. When I was in my Master's program we just had block exams. What's the best way for me to prepare for first semester if I have a couple of months to go? What's the best advice you have for me if I'm worried about passing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SashK View Post
    How difficult is the anatomy lab? What's it like balancing the lab with the Fundamentals courseload? Are the lab exams difficult? What's the best way to go about studying for them? How much studying do you get done on lab days, since it takes up most of the afternoon? I'm still really worried about passing my first semester. How long are the mini exams usually? Is the cumulative final hard? It must be tough remembering everything from the entire semester. When I was in my Master's program we just had block exams. What's the best way for me to prepare for first semester if I have a couple of months to go? What's the best advice you have for me if I'm worried about passing?
    Work really hard in anatomy lab and you will be studying for both lab and the class. Trust me it's definitely worth it. I almost exclusively studied for class by going to the lab and did very well.
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    Could someone please answer my other questions above. I have no idea what anatomy lab is like. Do they just show you dissections of different body parts that you need to memorize the location of? How is studying for that enough for the class? If you could walk me through what anatomy lab is like, that would be great.

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