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    soundofwonder is offline Newbie 510 points
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    Semester schedule?

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    I'm planning to attend Ross in January 2021.

    Could someone please share the schedule for the first semester, and also the following semesters if you can please?

    Like when do start the day and when do you end?

    I am hoping to do well the first semester so that I may take the accelerated track.

    Thank you in advance!

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    Denim is offline Junior Member 513 points
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    Congrats dude
    Out of interest, how did you apply, Can it be done online?
    What GPA did you have?

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    Quote Originally Posted by soundofwonder View Post
    I'm planning to attend Ross in January 2021.

    Could someone please share the schedule for the first semester, and also the following semesters if you can please?

    Like when do start the day and when do you end?

    I am hoping to do well the first semester so that I may take the accelerated track.

    Thank you in advance!
    First, I'd like to congratulate you on getting in!

    I am currently a RUSM student in my basic sciences years (aka the first two years), so I can probably give my perspective on things.

    So, I did RUSM curriculum on the island and also online due to covid. I will talk first about the curriculum that was on the island aka pre covid. As for the schedule, there is no real "set" schedule for each class like you did in college. So you dont meet at 8 am for gen chem or whatever anymore. It's more variable like that where you can start at 7 am and finish lectures around 11 am or you start at 9 am and finish at 11 am, etc. It really depends how many lectures are scheduled for the day. For the most part, you can expect lectures can run from anywhere from 7 am to 11 am. This doesn't include all the other things like mandatory sessions or anatomy labs where they take place in the afternoon. So, i cant really give you a time that you start and end each day because each day is so different. If you want a general answer, it's prob somewhere around 7 or 8 am to 11 am for lectures, then if you have labs, you'll probably be done around 4 pm depending on when your lab is. Lab is 2 hours. Mandatory sessions (like clinical skills, physical exam sessions, etc) are around 1-3 hours depending on what it is. But you dont have labs or mandatory session every day like you do with lectures nor will you have both on the same day (at least in my experience). Keep in mind lectures are in person or posted online on their video streaming platform called panopto. You can choose to go in person for lectures or you can do them at your house in barbados. lectures are posted a hour after each lecture.

    For the online curriculum, you pretty much set up your own pace and what you want to do because lectures all pre-recorded and posted for the entire week. You still have mandatory sessions and anatomy labs integrated throughout the week/semesters. Keep in mind, these are required to go and they operate on barbados time. So if you're in a time zone different from barbados, then you will have to adjust accordingly.

    From what I heard, RUSM is making all incoming first-semester students travel to the island and do their first semester there. I believe the only thing in person will be clinical skills and the rest will be online aka your lectures. As for the accelerated track, idk if their requirement is at 75% or not still, but you have to score an overall grade of 75% or higher to be eligible for the accelerated track from what I last heard. They recently changed this from 70% to 75% due to the change in the curriculum that took placed about a year ago in Jan 2020. Overall, I say just focus on doing well and then ask your upper classmen to see why they picked accelerated vs standard track. You should pick the track that suits you best!

    I'm not sure if you are aware of this, but caribbean med schools including Ross are known for their high attrition rate aka the drop out rate. I can only speak of my experience at Ross. At Ross, the first semester usually has the highest attrition rate compared to other semesters at ross. Some are accepted here who should not have been accepted, some party too much, some were never able to adapt to the high demand/rigor of med school (not saying they are dumb. There is a lot of info in med school and you have to time manage properly). You cant fall behind whatsoever and once you do, it's hard to catch back up. The first semester is hard, but it's very doable. As you move on forward to upper semesters, the attrition rates start to slightly go down or stabilize, but it's probably also due to students understand what it takes to pass each semester.

    If you have any other questions, feel free to DM me. I'll get back to you when I'm on my studying break!
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    I wanted to thank you for this very good read!!

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    Georgia A Osborne is offline Junior Member 510 points
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    Please tell me is it difficult to study in a medical college? Are there many written homework assignments and how many hands-on activities? I want to become a medic, but I'm worried that I won't be able to cope with the volume of homework. professional thesis writers can help me but I would like to cope on my own. How do you think I can do it?
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