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    please help....saba or MERP

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    I just got into saba but was admitted to the MERP program at Ross as well. I know there are some other links on MERP as well....but I was wondering if anybody has a good idea of what would be better between these two options. Thanks for the help.

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    asdf

    http://www.valuemd.com/search.php

    search and you'll find a lot of answers.

    Is saba accredited where do you want to practice? that's what you should ask yourself.
    and merp sounds like a waste of time.

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    re

    Yes, saba just got accredited in california. However, I'm still not too sure if i should go there since Ross has a seemingly better reputation. Are there any current MERP students who I can talk?

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    my experience

    I suppose I am the best qualified to answer your question.I plan to practice in California. I attended and successfully completed MERP Sept. 04. MERP is not a waste for anyone intersted in becoming an M.D. It is actually a great program. In Nov. of that year, weeks before my finals, Saba was accredited in Cali. I chose Saba for the following reasons:
    1. Safe, clean, friendly island
    2. Considerably less expensive than Ross,even though tution went up 1000 to $7000 per semester this week!
    3. Very high overall scores on USMLE consisently(158 and 168's last month).
    4. Small classes 50 to 70
    5. Mentors- upper termers assigned to help you adjust
    6. Helpful available staff
    And now that I am here, I can add:
    7. Excellent anat and histology prof. (thus far)
    8. Affordable housing. I can see across the water to the lights of San Maarten from my desk here at home as I write this .I have cable tv, DSL, washer dryer A/C for 500 per month(I pay dsl)
    9.Beautiful island
    10. The feeling that I'm gonna be a great Dr. thanks to Saba
    Feel free to PM me.

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    158

    you do know that both a 158 and a 168 are failing scores on the USMLE????

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    Re: 158

    Maybe those scores were considered "high" for that particular class?
    Quote Originally Posted by razorback831
    you do know that both a 158 and a 168 are failing scores on the USMLE????

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    my bad

    Woops! :oops: Thoses are the type of scores I'm headed for! The actual ones were 258(99) and 269(99). I've heard back from some of my MERP friends and all agree that MERP has really helped both academically and socially in terms of getting settled, knowing what to expect, and having been exposed to the intense study requirements of medical school. They all agree that the island isn't so bad at all. PM me if you'd like.

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    hi

    I am a Ross student and has been rotating with SABA students at the same clinical sites. I am impressed with them and they seem to know they materials.

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    Re: my experience

    HI, i am new to the forum. I am considering applying to Ross and Saba. My only concern with Saba is that it has not been in existence as long as Ross. Does this make any difference? I would really like to know. I have heard a lot of bad things about Ross, which surprises me. Any insights please please let me know








    Quote Originally Posted by djinbh
    I suppose I am the best qualified to answer your question.I plan to practice in California. I attended and successfully completed MERP Sept. 04. MERP is not a waste for anyone intersted in becoming an M.D. It is actually a great program. In Nov. of that year, weeks before my finals, Saba was accredited in Cali. I chose Saba for the following reasons:
    1. Safe, clean, friendly island
    2. Considerably less expensive than Ross,even though tution went up 1000 to $7000 per semester this week!
    3. Very high overall scores on USMLE consisently(158 and 168's last month).
    4. Small classes 50 to 70
    5. Mentors- upper termers assigned to help you adjust
    6. Helpful available staff
    And now that I am here, I can add:
    7. Excellent anat and histology prof. (thus far)
    8. Affordable housing. I can see across the water to the lights of San Maarten from my desk here at home as I write this .I have cable tv, DSL, washer dryer A/C for 500 per month(I pay dsl)
    9.Beautiful island
    10. The feeling that I'm gonna be a great Dr. thanks to Saba
    Feel free to PM me.

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    Re: my experience

    Quote Originally Posted by akikomi
    HI, i am new to the forum. I am considering applying to Ross and Saba. My only concern with Saba is that it has not been in existence as long as Ross. Does this make any difference? I would really like to know. I have heard a lot of bad things about Ross, which surprises me. Any insights please please let me know
    Not really any difference now that Saba has CA approval. Some residency program directors may be more familiar with Ross because of it's age, and maybe if you are trying for dermatology Ross might be better because of that.

    On the other hand, that wouldn't help you much should you fail out of Ross due to hating Dominica or something.

    Another thing you might do is see what locations each school offers clinicals, if that makes a difference to you. Both schools have good quality clinical sites, but I think each school has a few in some areas of the country the other school doesn't have.
    Good luck!
    Saba University School of Medicine, Class of 2009
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