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    pachee is offline Newbie 510 points
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    Important questions about new Windsor changes

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    After looking at the new changes on Windsor's website I was wondering:

    1) They seem to have more pre-req requirements for MD admissions..is that change legit? Also, it says there will be a premed exam for those who take the semester, actually true?

    2) I was reading on the forums about the abolition of retakes. I'm a bit worried if that means purposely failing more students and lengthening the amount of time they spend in school. That thought is quite frightening

    3) Overall, for those of you who are currently attending, has windsor become more difficult than before?

    Helpful answers would be much appreciated.

    Thanks

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    WindsorGirl91 is offline Member 519 points
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    1) Yes
    2) Yes starting next or the semester after that
    3) i think its difficult as its always been (though im not sure since I havent seen it before 2014) but there is ess fidgeting with exams and things so perceptually, i suppose so

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    Quote Originally Posted by pachee View Post
    After looking at the new changes on Windsor's website I was wondering:

    1) They seem to have more pre-req requirements for MD admissions..is that change legit? Also, it says there will be a premed exam for those who take the semester, actually true?

    2) I was reading on the forums about the abolition of retakes. I'm a bit worried if that means purposely failing more students and lengthening the amount of time they spend in school. That thought is quite frightening

    3) Overall, for those of you who are currently attending, has windsor become more difficult than before?

    Helpful answers would be much appreciated.

    Thanks
    I didn't do premed nor am I currently on the island to know about the retake policy, but I do believe the info on retakes is correct, that they have been taken away. But it seems like the school is also more transparent with the grades, so you can keep note of your block exams and do the math to find out what is needed for the NBME to pass. But I don't know specifics beyond that.

    For #3, Windsor has definitely become harder. I can speak as far back as 2011, where the battle was not learning the information but the school being reluctant to release grades, exams, etc. so students could see their mistakes and learn from them. It promoted a culture of cheating where students used old exams and memorized answers (sometimes not correct ones, as students would purposely pass around incorrect answer keys) and pass that way. The school rarely changed the answers and questions. That's why students were so confident that they at least passed the exam because they felt they had the answers beforehand and no way do you fail an exam when you know the answers ahead of time.

    Windsor questions were lower level questions, created by the professors themselves. They had not taken and passed the USMLE Steps. Their guesses on the content of the exam were as good as the students'. But it seems that has changed. I'm sure the block exams no longer repeat. As much. But I'm sure they are created by professors, still, who do not know what a Step-style question looks like (because they couldn't answer one). But those are just two of the three blocks you take. Now that the grades are sent out by email, I have heard, you know what you need on the NBME to pass. And the NBME is a proper shelf exam for a subject and they are Step-style questions for sure. So they are tougher than Windsor blocks created by professors.

    That being said, it is a lot harder than it was years ago. I think I know why you're asking and don't take it the wrong way. I am sure someone from your community has gone to Windsor in the past and told you it was easy. Or they told you it was easy but was starting to get hard so you should enroll quickly and stay ahead of the waves of change. Don't come to Windsor, if that is your mentality. You'll blow $40K+ on tuition, housing, and retakes and end still never pass your Step, if that is your mentality. To "just pass" and not be challenged by the material.

    Passing Windsor, even in this new, harder format still doesn't mean you will pass the Step. But if you struggle with passing the sugar coated crap exams Windsor puts out, the Step will go in dry on you.

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    carribdoc is offline Junior Member 511 points
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    to answer your question, it sounds MUCH harder yet will prepare you better for the challenges of the steps and instilling a work atmosphere which is crucial to success on the wards. Do they have anatomy cadavers and dissections now as well?

    Houmd I saw posted helpful thread on how to study in basic sciences, so that maybe something you may want to look at.

    Key is doing a lot of questions

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    Quote Originally Posted by carribdoc View Post
    to answer your question, it sounds MUCH harder yet will prepare you better for the challenges of the steps and instilling a work atmosphere which is crucial to success on the wards. Do they have anatomy cadavers and dissections now as well?

    Houmd I saw posted helpful thread on how to study in basic sciences, so that maybe something you may want to look at.

    Key is doing a lot of questions
    We do have an anatomy lab and get fresh cadavers every semester - along with prosected cadavers from previous semester. From what I'v read on these forums, Windsor is off to a better school (albeit with many, many changes yet to come).

    Also, we have an ACTUAL nurse on campus now who is on the path of making sure everything health -wise is addressed as it is in NA medical schools.

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