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    Energizerbun is offline Junior Member 510 points
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    January 2011 Student Information Exchange

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    It may be a little premature, but I'm psyched to start meeting people coming in for next January. I'm from Halifax, Nova Scotia and I completed my undergrad at Dalhousie University. Anyone in my area?

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    No, I am not in your area.

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    this same concept seems be put on multiple threads....how many opinions are needed....I will post again what I just posted on the other site...but dude RELAX..

    Guys listen relax...listen to sgMD and Kewlwhip.
    You dont need to review all the lecture materials before you get here to do well. You just need to have a good work ethic and decent retention skills and you will be fine. Asking students to email you thousands of slides, and hundreds and hundreds of pages of printed material and to sit in the same lecture 9 months from now is just plain stupid. If you wana get some basics down take a intro college course to understand the basic terminology and concepts. This place will be a learning curve each semester, and you will find away to juggle it all. Or you won't be here. However, part of the experience is to be honest with yourself to see how much you can handle. If you need to prepare 9 months ahead of time for taking 2 first semester courses, then may not be a sign of good things to come! --especially when faced with the challenges of 3rd,4th,5th, Step1,clerksphips etc.etc
    So just chill out, relax, enjoy your last few months. If your bored now and have too much time on your hands, then get even more bored!...Becuase the rest of yourlife juggling the lack of time, and there is now way to prepare, it will come with experience.
    That said, if you really, really, really want,...then go out and read Moore, memorize Guyton, get a Robbins and pound it all in, do the Goljan audio files, and then do either Harrisions or Cecils. And if thats not enough then I will sell you all my handwritten scribble for every course at Saba from histo to clin med.
    I'm not trying to be arrogant or rude--just saying relax.

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    Thank you for your response

    Thank you for your response RPhtoMD. By "Guyton" do you mean"Textbook of Medical Physiology" by Arthur Guyton and by "Robbins" were you referring to "Robbins Basic Pathology"? In regards to "Goljan Audio Files" were you referring to his audio files on Pathology or his audio files on all step 1 material? I greatly appreciate the advice, however, don't you feel that it would be unwise to attempt to study for Pathology since I have not even started the first semester and also have just 212 days until I begin at Saba?
    I intended on just studying for the first semester (Anatomy and Histology) and maybe for second semester Biochemistry. Do you feel that I should study for first semester and all the courses taken in the second semester or should I just study for the first semester and just Biochemistry and Physiology for the second semester?

    Lastly, if you were serious about selling your lecture materials from Saba, I would be interested in purchasing them if the materials you possess are not too old. Please send me a pm if you are interested. I will be visiting the island in the near future and could meet you in person. If you are no longer on the island, I hope that you could mail me the materials on an agreed price. Thanks again for your response. Hope to hear from you soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Confused 20 View Post
    Thank you for your response RPhtoMD. By "Guyton" do you mean"Textbook of Medical Physiology" by Arthur Guyton and by "Robbins" were you referring to "Robbins Basic Pathology"? In regards to "Goljan Audio Files" were you referring to his audio files on Pathology or his audio files on all step 1 material? I greatly appreciate the advice, however, don't you feel that it would be unwise to attempt to study for Pathology since I have not even started the first semester and also have just 212 days until I begin at Saba?
    I intended on just studying for the first semester (Anatomy and Histology) and maybe for second semester Biochemistry. Do you feel that I should study for first semester and all the courses taken in the second semester or should I just study for the first semester and just Biochemistry and Physiology for the second semester?

    Lastly, if you were serious about selling your lecture materials from Saba, I would be interested in purchasing them if the materials you possess are not too old. Please send me a pm if you are interested. I will be visiting the island in the near future and could meet you in person. If you are no longer on the island, I hope that you could mail me the materials on an agreed price. Thanks again for your response. Hope to hear from you soon.
    I'm totally loving your post!
    University of Toronto - BSc (Hons) 2009
    Saba University School of Medicine - Jan 2010
    Semester 1[X] 2[X] 3[X] 4[X] 5[X]
    USMLE 1[X] 2 CS[X] 2 CK[X] 3[ ]

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    for those who are planning to study ahead of time for upper semester courses.

    1- This is an MD program, not an undegrad program. You need certain knowledge gained from semester 1 to be able to do well on semester 2, and you need semester 1 and 2 to be able to do semester 3, and you need all semesters to be able to do pathology.

    2- I am not sure how you are going to pre-read semester 1, 2, 3 so that you can do pathology? I mean we study almost 8-10hrs everyday, and basically study our butt off and yet once we get into an upper semester, we feel that we don't remember 50% of the material that we should remember from the previous semesters. So now you tell me, how 'prereading' biochem and physio and anaotmy and histo is going to do any good for you? It will do something though: it will FREAK YOU OUT! and that's not a good thing! I did one semester of Histo and I am HOPING that I remember 50% of the things I learnt in Histo while doing Pathology in Sem4, and you wanna PREREAD histo and then do Patho? Give me a break guys.

    3- Again, this is not an undergrad program. You won't be taking ANA101 in first year, and a History of World War II in the second year. You need to learn the first semester to be able to do the upper sems.

    4- If you are a weak student and you feel that you should prepare for Anatomy 3months before hand, then listen to this: Imagine you prepare and read the whole Moore or whatever and you come here and you know your material, so you don't have to work as hard and you pull off an A. Once the second semester stars, you'll fail out, because 1) you are not used to working 8-10hrs everyday 2)you dont have a background in biochem and physio 3)you will FREAK OUT 4) even if you don't fail, you will drop out due to not be able to handle the pressure of the workload.

    My sincere advice to you guys: enjoy your life to the max before coming down here. You got into medical school and you need a vacation or whatever. Relax, and TRUST Saba's cirriculum in preparing you to become a physician. They know what they are doing... the program is not designed to teach people who have background in everything; it's designed to teach people who have taken the pre-req courses. So do yourselves a favor and relax, and stop posting this same question 10 million times on ValueMD. I am personally getting annoyed of this whole 'how to prepare for saba' threads!

    Gluck,
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    Saba University School of Medicine - Jan 2010
    Semester 1[X] 2[X] 3[X] 4[X] 5[X]
    USMLE 1[X] 2 CS[X] 2 CK[X] 3[ ]

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    for those who are planning to study ahead of time for upper semester courses.

    1- This is an MD program, not an undegrad program. You need certain knowledge gained from semester 1 to be able to do well on semester 2, and you need semester 1 and 2 to be able to do semester 3, and you need all semesters to be able to do pathology.

    2- I am not sure how you are going to pre-read semester 1, 2, 3 so that you can do pathology? I mean we study almost 8-10hrs everyday, and basically study our butt off and yet once we get into an upper semester, we feel that we don't remember 50% of the material that we should remember from the previous semesters. So now you tell me, how 'prereading' biochem and physio and anaotmy and histo is going to do any good for you? It will do something though: it will FREAK YOU OUT! and that's not a good thing! I did one semester of Histo and I am HOPING that I remember 50% of the things I learnt in Histo while doing Pathology in Sem4, and you wanna PREREAD histo and then do Patho? Give me a break guys.

    3- Again, this is not an undergrad program. You won't be taking ANA101 in first year, and a History of World War II in the second year. You need to learn the first semester to be able to do the upper sems.

    4- If you are a weak student and you feel that you should prepare for Anatomy 3months before hand, then listen to this: Imagine you prepare and read the whole Moore or whatever and you come here and you know your material, so you don't have to work as hard and you pull off an A. Once the second semester stars, you'll fail out, because 1) you are not used to working 8-10hrs everyday 2)you dont have a background in biochem and physio 3)you will FREAK OUT 4) even if you don't fail, you will drop out due to not be able to handle the pressure of the workload.

    My sincere advice to you guys: enjoy your life to the max before coming down here. You got into medical school and you need a vacation or whatever. Relax, and TRUST Saba's cirriculum in preparing you to become a physician. They know what they are doing... the program is not designed to teach people who have background in everything; it's designed to teach people who have taken the pre-req courses. So do yourselves a favor and relax, and stop posting this same question 10 million times on ValueMD. I am personally getting annoyed of this whole 'how to prepare for saba' threads!

    Gluck,
    University of Toronto - BSc (Hons) 2009
    Saba University School of Medicine - Jan 2010
    Semester 1[X] 2[X] 3[X] 4[X] 5[X]
    USMLE 1[X] 2 CS[X] 2 CK[X] 3[ ]

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    Lol!!! It seems as though people are getting the wrong idea here and I can see how it wasn't clear. This thread isn't for discussing how to obtain notes or study before heading down to SABA. This thread was more of a meet and greet for people who are in the January 2011 Semester. A chance to get to know some people in the same class before heading down. Please reserve this thread for just that cause. Thanks!

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    Ok Looking for friend...

    Hello All,
    I have been accepted into the January 2011 Matriculating class and I am very happy that SABA can help me prepare for an "education for life" judging from the website, the posts, the CA results. I am from California, so CA accreditation is important for me.

    What I am looking for is a following roomate to share in one of the dorms for us freshies..... He has to meet the following requirements:

    A.) A Muslim, preferrably not important Indian (like me) or Pakistani, Arab, American, does not matter race as long as you are sincere in the heart, if you are not, you can possibly work with me at it.
    B.) Sleeps early preferably, late acceptable
    C.) No parties or music, just strict study environment who will motivate me to study for deen and dunia
    D.) No drugs, maybe smoking is tolerated... if you have hooka, then we can talk....
    E.) Ability to have fun like nce a week say in the weekends like go cruising, or eating out in a fancy restaurant, not stingy person, open hearted person
    F.) One who understands me as a person and can develop together to work together as a team
    Okay.. I know the requirements might be stringent, but if any of you do fit these requirements, let me know in this thread. I will periodically check it.

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