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    disappear is offline Newbie 510 points
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    Who attended MERP in 2015 or 2016?

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    Hi, I have been accepted to SABA May 2017 class and Ross's MERP program.

    I have about 11 days to decide one over the other.

    Has anyone attend MERP in 2016 or 2015 at Miramar FL? If so, what was your experience there?
    I have read about the some about the program on MERP's Website. But I would like to know your own personal experience attending this program.

    How was the program? How big was your class and at the end how many people actually got accepted into Ross? I know the passing grade is overall 65%, I read it isn't easy to obtain but it is doable. Can you share with me your 15 weeks in MERP? How did MERP materials and experience help you during medical school? Much appreciated.

    At the moment, I am leaning towards Ross's MERP because I think MERP can better prepare me for medical school.

    Ross might be a better fit for me in terms of education quality and resources. Having that said, I am still learning about my options.

    Can anyone who recently attended MERP share with me your experience? Thanks.

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    Hi Disappear, I start MERP in April 2017, so if you learn anything please let me know.

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    I attended MERP last year and I am now finishing Semester 3 accelerated. My merp class was the biggest class they ever held, around 200 about 115 were accepted to Ross and about 35 accepted to AUC after finishing MERP. Most of the merp lectures were pulled from Semester 1-3. You have classes everyday similar to med school and lab in the afternoon. All in all my experience in MERP was pretty good. I advise you to continue with MERP and to Ross.

    65% is doable, you just gotta put in the work. Some people that didn't make it had problems or personal issues and couldn't continue. If you study well and find the balance you should make it without any problems. Ross professors are fantastic and intelligent.

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    Hi Futurerenalmd, what was the typical schedule like? For instance first class 8am 2nd class 9:15 lunch from noon to 1:30 etc. Also what are good places to live at while at MERP? Did you buy all the recommended books for the MERP and were they necessary?

    Thanks,

    J.S.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChuckNorris View Post
    Hi Futurerenalmd, what was the typical schedule like? For instance first class 8am 2nd class 9:15 lunch from noon to 1:30 etc. Also what are good places to live at while at MERP? Did you buy all the recommended books for the MERP and were they necessary?

    Thanks,

    J.S.
    I attended MERP in 2014, so I'm not sure if the schedule has changed, but we had lectures from 8-12 with a 10 minute break after every hour. We didn't have labs back then. I didn't buy any books they recommended, the notes they provided was good enough. I can't comment much on the living situation, except Miramar/Pemroke Pines is somewhat expensive. I stayed at Arium when they were doing short term leases which they no longer do. I was spending around 1000 a month sharing a two bedroom apartment. I know a few of my classmates were paying about the same.

    I'm currently a 3rd year doing my core rotations. I'll agree with futurerenalmd that it's doable as long as you stay disciplined and put in the work. It'll definitely give you a leg up once you get to the island.

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    Like what Bubby said, Miramar is expensive. Some of my classmates lived maybe 2 blocks away so that it was cheaper but the traffic is so bad that you'd have to leave your place an hour. I lived in the villagio condo which was a very nice living place but paid about $1600 per month with roommate but it was almost right next to campus. I guess I don't regret it, while living here on the island with sometimes no water or power, at least I had a chance to live in luxury for a few months before living here. lol.
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    I'm in a similar situation as OP. Is the 70% required for AUC doable at MERP? Would greatly appreciate anyone's take.

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    im just finishing merp here in the next week. will try and answer some of this..
    our class size was one of the smaller ones they've had (we had 80). MERP faculty said the success rate (how many finish MERP) is around 70% for each class.
    the 65% is very doable IMO (so is the 70%). Doable does not equal easy though.
    My daily schedule = 8-12 class (2 classes/day), I come home and nap til 2 then review slides/learning objectives til around 8 (some days more productively than others). Dinner, then run through any practice problems I can find til I sleep. Weekends are hit or miss for productivity. Usually I try and review practice questions, but spend most of my time watching tv or relaxing.
    I bought the books but haven't opened them. They provide 'books' (slightly more in-depth version of lectures) that give you everything you would need for the test.
    I live about 5-10 min from campus (Windsor apartments, would recommend, kind of expensive), brought my own car. Works out pretty well, most students uber/carpool. Traffic in Miramar is infuriating.
    I hated being in MERP originally, but have found it valuable for getting a chance to refine my study skills, and from a non science background has given me a good first pass for some of the topics.

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    70% is attainable. During my time at MERP, we had 200+ students, the largest ever. Most people who decided to go AUC didn't have to worry about passing a 60% on each subject but just an overall 70% which I think is better than for us, Rossies. In my opinion, depending on your background, you can easily hit 70% if you did all the practice test, studied at least 8 hours after classes and seek help from junior faculty and faculty whenever possible. Good luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by futurerenalmd View Post
    70% is attainable. During my time at MERP, we had 200+ students, the largest ever. Most people who decided to go AUC didn't have to worry about passing a 60% on each subject but just an overall 70% which I think is better than for us, Rossies. In my opinion, depending on your background, you can easily hit 70% if you did all the practice test, studied at least 8 hours after classes and seek help from junior faculty and faculty whenever possible. Good luck!
    If you can't pass MERP with 70% then you would have probably failed the island. Better to find out before you move 2k miles away.
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