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Thread: Usmle APOLLO review course? More time to write step!!!

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    WindsorDoctor99 is offline Junior Member 510 points
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    Usmle APOLLO review course? More time to write step!!!

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    So does any one here except for me know whats actually going on, people who attended the meeting in brampton on may 23rd got a email saying we have to register THIS weekend in this apollo program and start attending by monday. WTH!!!! (excuse my launguage)

    I thought attending the meeting and talking to the doctors one on one would help me out, sending my nbme scores to them would show them i am serious and just need more time. And now i have to pay for this apollo program/ electives for 12 weeks so I can take the step by September!!!!! HOW? WHY?

    I know people who finished md 5 in april 2014 and January 2014.... they have not finished there step and are still preparing for WHAT ever reason.... they aren't in the situation i am in....

    Who do i talk to? Where am I suppose to get that kind of money? Please if you guys have any opinions regarding this matter do comment so i can get a insight.

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    At the meeting, the main guy said that rotations would be 3x a week for two hours. He did not mention the additional prep course mentioned in the email.

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    Whats even more confusing is that they spoke to everyone one on one... but at the end of it almost everyone got the same email.... that we have to do this apollo course.... and let say we pay and do it... when will we get time to study.... everyone studies differently, deep down i feel like windsor is "TESTING" a new way to bring in cash from students... and we are just the lab rats lol ... WTH... there information is always misleading... under the stress of "not knowing whats gonna happen" how is one suppose to study? Also I feel not all students a treated the same, the americans students didn't have to deal with this, no one got a transcript/ dismissal email... and even the students here in Canada who didn't sign in ... they are still relaxed they don't have to take no apollo course???

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    man, you are a hot mess about this. you need to smoke some weed and chill out.
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    Lol

    Quote Originally Posted by PnS11 View Post
    man, you are a hot mess about this. you need to smoke some weed and chill out.
    Lol Pns11, ur too funny... I wish... my main point is I just want to study, need more time, don't want attend apollo, and not get dismissed by Windsor and obviously do reasonable in the steps. But Pns11 the only reason why I am making these threads is to get other peoples perspective and I can't talk to monee office till monday and I can't come with 3000 dollars over night. But ur post did make me smile/ LOL.

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    as suggested to you in another thread by me, deny the apollo course and get this exam done within two months.

    windsor is not kicking anyone out unless it has been years since they finished md5. anything under a year is fine.

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    Apollo Med was registered on May 26th to Natasha (female speaker at the Brampton meeting), so it's a bit concerning to me. Is this a huge 12 week cash grab from desperate and scared students, or is this genuinely intended to try and help us out?? I really don't know what to do or think right now.

    What if we want to do a different review course instead?

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    probably is another scheme but you can't blame the school. they are after students that have taken over a year for a exam that can be taken within six months. no one is studying hard if they've taken more than six months, and every student in this boat knows that to be true.


    i dont see where apollo med has been registered and on what date. can you link me to it? if you want to be sure it's not another scam, suggest taking becker in chicago or kaplan somewhere else during the 12 weeks this apollo program is going on. if they are still insistent on taking apollo, then it is a scam. because they know it's a crap program where they will underpay some BuFu doctor to try and teach these students about the exam and how to study. which won't work, because everyone knows how to study, they just don't do it. no motivational story by some ex-windsor student that made it to residency is going to motivate these students.

    if a student really doesn't want to get ripped off by the school again before being tossed away like a used condom when they still don't take the exam on time, i recommend you send in your paperwork for ecfmg, get your permit (these two steps take about 1.5 months), and study to take this exam in august. set the date for august and take it. if you can't pass in three months, you're not going to pass in three years. the numbers will show that, so i am not making this up.

    if you want to avoid getting tossed around by the school, you need to make progress all the time. they do these rule changes with retakes, grades, and now this... students should have learned by now that windsor's relaxed rules do not help students at all, and if you get too comfortable with the rules, they will change and it'll lead to pooh pooh like this.

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    Just for peoples insight.....The email states "you are advised to take 12 week USMLE prep program with preclinical electives" in brampton, Canada. We are suppose to email Heidi and get a confirmation number. Than with this number email "apollo medical education ( I researched everywhere on google couldn't fins any information on this prep course.... meaning not reputable at all!!!!!)"

    It also tells us that this email will allow us till September 30th to appear for step 1. (THE EPIPHANY of CONFUSION!!!!! (not sure if used the word in the right context but still very very confusing sitution).
    People got the email on friday.... suppose to do this over the weekend cause the rotation start this monday... tomorrow.
    So people that live far from brampton.. will have to come down to brampton but better question is where cause there is no address stated in the email. How is a student suppose to invest all of his or her concentration on studying on the step when we have to deal with this from windsor at the moment... what are they trying to do... and who is doing it?

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    Also there are students who send in there "nbme scores" to show the doctors there progress and what not.... but they too got this email.

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