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    Hello,

    I just got admitted to WUSOM for the May 2013 semester.
    It all happened real quick tbh. I still got loads of questions that are unanswered.
    Would anyone be kind enough to answer the following questions for me please
    1) Is it really true that the school provides its students with textbooks for free?
    2) Where do most WUSOM students go for their clinical rotations
    3) How does WUSOM prepare its students for the USMLE step 1?
    4) Where do students go for their 5th semester? Is housing provided in that particular place as well free of charge?
    5) Is there a clinical coordinator who assigns clinical rotations for students? Can students set up their own clinical rotations?
    6) How long did you have to wait before you could start off with your clinical rotations?
    7) Can students work part time at WUSOM? If yes, what sorta jobs are available for them there?
    8) Can someone provide me with a list of hospitals that the school is affiliated with?
    9) How are the professors there?
    10) student to faculty ratio?
    11) how many students are assigned per cadaver in the Anatomy lab?


    6) Could any recent graduate get in touch with me? I would really love to learn about their experiences/challenges that they had to face?
    7) Are there any other students who got accepted to the May semester this year? Please let me know and we can all start a group or something.

    I realize that I have asked a lot of questions but I would love to hear back from the current students.
    I have some other questions to ask as well but I guess I'll save them for later.
    Please reply soon


    Thanks in advance!

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    1. Yes, in a way the books are free. They take $100 deposit for each book. When you return the book, you get the full money back. But you will have to give about $300 a semester for books and won't see it until you are done with basic sciences. It is best to bring your own books so you can write in them and keep them for later use. A list of these books can be found with a search.

    2. US and Canadians come to the States, for the most part. All others stay on the island and do them there.

    3. You do the preparation, not the school. There are small quizzes with USMLE-style questions, but they are not very helpful. Do not rely on the school.

    4. Housing is never free, on the island or in the US. It is about $700 a month in the US for MD5 locations in Sidney, Ohio, Carbondale, IL, and Houghton Lake, MI. On the island you can live wherever and can be from $300-1000 a month.

    5. Yes and yes.

    6. As soon as you pass the Step.

    7. You might find a job in the sugar cane fields on the island, but I think that one rasta man has it pretty much covered. This isn't a community college for a nursing degree. Forget work and focus on the school work.

    8. There are none, in the States at least. On the island, JNF is the only hospital there. Windsor is with them.

    9. Indian. And Nigerian. Some are helpful, some are not. You'll have to deal with it.

    10. There are about 100 students in each class. Maybe 20 professors, one or two for each subject including TAs.

    11. About 25-35. You go in groups throughout the week. You are free to go as much as you need to when other groups are there as well. You will be in there about once a week with the professor who will show you structures. You are free to hold and touch, but you will not be having a fresh cadaver to cut open. It will already be cut open.

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    Hi,

    Thank you so much for all your answers!

    However 1 thing is bothering me. If WUSOM has no affiliations with any hospital in the USA, where and how are students able to do their clinical rotations at?
    How does this work?
    will the student be pretty much on her own after finishing step 1?

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    Quote Originally Posted by uni View Post
    Hello,

    I just got admitted to WUSOM for the May 2013 semester.
    It all happened real quick tbh. I still got loads of questions that are unanswered.
    Would anyone be kind enough to answer the following questions for me please
    1) Is it really true that the school provides its students with textbooks for free?
    2) Where do most WUSOM students go for their clinical rotations
    3) How does WUSOM prepare its students for the USMLE step 1?
    4) Where do students go for their 5th semester? Is housing provided in that particular place as well free of charge?
    5) Is there a clinical coordinator who assigns clinical rotations for students? Can students set up their own clinical rotations?
    6) How long did you have to wait before you could start off with your clinical rotations?
    7) Can students work part time at WUSOM? If yes, what sorta jobs are available for them there?
    8) Can someone provide me with a list of hospitals that the school is affiliated with?
    9) How are the professors there?
    10) student to faculty ratio?
    11) how many students are assigned per cadaver in the Anatomy lab?


    6) Could any recent graduate get in touch with me? I would really love to learn about their experiences/challenges that they had to face?
    7) Are there any other students who got accepted to the May semester this year? Please let me know and we can all start a group or something.

    I realize that I have asked a lot of questions but I would love to hear back from the current students.
    I have some other questions to ask as well but I guess I'll save them for later.
    Please reply soon


    Thanks in advance!
    Hey!
    I am starting in May 2013 also. I am coming from Toronto, ON. Where are you coming from?

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    That's great! I'm coming from Canada as well! )

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    Quote Originally Posted by uni View Post
    Hi,

    Thank you so much for all your answers!

    However 1 thing is bothering me. If WUSOM has no affiliations with any hospital in the USA, where and how are students able to do their clinical rotations at?
    How does this work?
    will the student be pretty much on her own after finishing step 1?
    From what I gather, and maybe a clinical student can chime in to support me, is that students are assigned to clerkship groups that put you in clinics with doctors. You won't be at a hospital, but instead at a clinic. Legally/technically I do no think these are green book rotations, which is key for some states and their licensure. They still count as rotations but the experience may vary greatly from doctor to doctor. And considering the Step 2 is all clinical, it's important to get them at good places.

    You are most definitely not on your own, like I said, the school has partnerships with groups all over the place, but these may or may not be green book rotations. You may want to look up the difference between green and bluebook rotations online somewhere and understand what the implications of each are.

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    Thanks for replying again PnS11
    I will definitely look at the difference
    So would you say that your overall experience at Windsor was good?

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    Quote Originally Posted by uni View Post
    Thanks for replying again PnS11
    I will definitely look at the difference
    So would you say that your overall experience at Windsor was good?
    Do not come here because of the price. Try your best to finish college and try applying elsewhere. If you have to come to the Caribbean, aim for the Big Four schools. You will have to research their admission requirements and they are more strict than schools like Windsor. But these schools cost a lot, but you seem to worried about the clinical spots and schools in the Big Four usually have the rotation spots locked up and ready for students whenever. And they should at least be mid-level to high grade rotation spots, not crap ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PnS11 View Post
    Do not come here because of the price. Try your best to finish college and try applying elsewhere. If you have to come to the Caribbean, aim for the Big Four schools. You will have to research their admission requirements and they are more strict than schools like Windsor. But these schools cost a lot, but you seem to worried about the clinical spots and schools in the Big Four usually have the rotation spots locked up and ready for students whenever. And they should at least be mid-level to high grade rotation spots, not crap ones.
    Hey PnS11
    I am going to Windsor because of the price and the big four are very expensive. Is it still a good school over all tho?

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    Windsor will get you to an MD degree. Period. If Windsor is your only option, take it. It's a decent school. But as most of medicine is, you'll have to work your butt off for the steps no matter what school you go to.

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