2019-2020 Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (Kansas City) KCU-COM

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After failing three titers, and enduring the pain of new shots from a medical assistant with what seemed like Parkinsons, I've decided I'm fed up with healthcare. I'm withdrawing my acceptance and, taking heavens sign of my lack of immunity, as direction to go lick some public toilets and wait for the corona to take me.
This is what I'm apprehensive about! I've gotten the HepB 3 vaccine series TWICE and I'm still not immune. I'm about to start my 3rd try in the next couple days. What doooooo?
 
Aug 6, 2019
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This is what I'm apprehensive about! I've gotten the HepB 3 vaccine series TWICE and I'm still not immune. I'm about to start my 3rd try in the next couple days. What doooooo?
3 times?! I would contact the school.
 
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just got the second look cancellation email :(
 

itsreal86

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Hello all,

Just a little confused. Since I am Canadian, I do not fill out the FAFSA, but I do I fill "KCU application for financial aid". And what forms if any do I need to fill out to receive my scholarship. I am pretty sure I don't have to have to fill out anything but just want to make sure with any other Canadians on here. Thanks!
 
Jun 13, 2018
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for current students. anyone know around what time we will start to get information about orientation? i know it lists spring 2020 on the matriculation site but do you remember around what time last year that information went out
also do you have a list of the required medical equipment and how soon we need it by?
You will get all the details about orientation probably by the end of this month/april. I believe we found out during second look day (sorry you guys' is canceled :(
You can expect it to probably be starting the third week of July. Ours was 1.5 weeks i believe??? I think we started on the 15th and went until the 23rd then started classes on 29th of July. So you guys will prob be about the same.

As for med equipment, there is zero rush. I think they sent out info during the summer but honestly you can just buy a used one from a first or second year for cheap and it will prob include EVERYTHING youll need. For sure you need an opthalmoscope, otoscope, reflex hammer, eye chart, tuning fork, and stethoscope and you can pick any of that up on amazon. The only thing i would recommend is to get a good stethoscope (obviously) and if you plan on doing mission work or work in under resourced areas to get the school's or another nice otoscope/opthalmoscope rather than amazon's because you will prob want to use it. For everyone else, you can find any of it on amazon, in a med store, or can buy used. SAVE YOUR MONEY.
You won't need any of the equipment until like the 3rd week of school and they are usually able to work with you if there are any delays because of money.
 

indiRanger

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Jul 14, 2017
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You will get all the details about orientation probably by the end of this month/april. I believe we found out during second look day (sorry you guys' is canceled :(
You can expect it to probably be starting the third week of July. Ours was 1.5 weeks i believe??? I think we started on the 15th and went until the 23rd then started classes on 29th of July. So you guys will prob be about the same.

As for med equipment, there is zero rush. I think they sent out info during the summer but honestly you can just buy a used one from a first or second year for cheap and it will prob include EVERYTHING youll need. For sure you need an opthalmoscope, otoscope, reflex hammer, eye chart, tuning fork, and stethoscope and you can pick any of that up on amazon. The only thing i would recommend is to get a good stethoscope (obviously) and if you plan on doing mission work or work in under resourced areas to get the school's or another nice otoscope/opthalmoscope rather than amazon's because you will prob want to use it. For everyone else, you can find any of it on amazon, in a med store, or can buy used. SAVE YOUR MONEY.
You won't need any of the equipment until like the 3rd week of school and they are usually able to work with you if there are any delays because of money.
To reiterate, definitely don't buy it from the campus store. I got all mine off amazon/ebay for literally half the cost of what it is in the campus store.
 
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for current students. anyone know around what time we will start to get information about orientation? i know it lists spring 2020 on the matriculation site but do you remember around what time last year that information went out
also do you have a list of the required medical equipment and how soon we need it by?
 
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Aug 19, 2018
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Sorry for the confusion but is orientation truly 8-6 every day? Or is it just one or two days and some activities throughout the week?
 

Pharmd2MD92

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Sorry for the confusion but is orientation truly 8-6 every day? Or is it just one or two days and some activities throughout the week?
Yes. You will have a community service day on one of those days and that will be a half day, but from what I remember the other days were 8-5. There were also two optional socials in the evening, which were pretty fun!
 
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thank you all for the information! i’m probably not going to buy anything soon but will likely browse online during this social distancing period
anyone have recommendations for stethoscopes? i have looked at the littmann classic iii and cardiology iv, but was wondering if anyone (or the school) has recommendations
 
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current students, what books do we physically need to buy?
 

BobbyKoch

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current students, what books do we physically need to buy?
if you really think you will use them, wait until you get into town and people will be selling them left and right on FB. I bought a few for cheap but honestly I've barely cracked them open...

PDFs, plus the school iPad, plus my proprietary stylus has transformed me into a paperless student and I love it.
 
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if you really think you will use them, wait until you get into town and people will be selling them left and right on FB. I bought a few for cheap but honestly I've barely cracked them open...

PDFs, plus the school iPad, plus my proprietary stylus has transformed me into a paperless student and I love it.
thanks y'all
None to start. There are digital versions shared among the class for everything you'll need. I recommend buying a physical copy of Big Robbins, but you won't need it until the end of the spring semester.
 
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thank you all for the information! i’m probably not going to buy anything soon but will likely browse online during this social distancing period
anyone have recommendations for stethoscopes? i have looked at the littmann classic iii and cardiology iv, but was wondering if anyone (or the school) has recommendations
I really like my Cardio IV
 
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I’ll second this
If only I studied for the MCAT or undergrad in general the way i study now......

if you really think you will use them, wait until you get into town and people will be selling them left and right on FB. I bought a few for cheap but honestly I've barely cracked them open...

PDFs, plus the school iPad, plus my proprietary stylus has transformed me into a paperless student and I love it.
I actually really liked having the physical copy of Panini, and Costanza WOULD HAVE been nice to have but now there is no use for me to buy it
Other than that, nothing until Robbins rolls around and Step 1 prep

I really like my Cardio IV
I second the lit cardio IV, i LOVE LOVE LOVE mine
 

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current students, what books do we physically need to buy?
Zero. I have not bought a single book (I guess with the exception of the Pathoma companion book that comes with the video subscription). Everything is digital when you want to reference things and you almost never need to read the entire book for anything. Big Robbins? Nahhh, get on that outline life


**for those who aren't current students, someone made outlines out of all of the Robbins chapters so that we don't have to suffer through reading the actual book
 
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Zero. I have not bought a single book (I guess with the exception of the Pathoma companion book that comes with the video subscription). Everything is digital when you want to reference things and you almost never need to read the entire book for anything. Big Robbins? Nahhh, get on that outline life


**for those who aren't current students, someone made outlines out of all of the Robbins chapters so that we don't have to suffer through reading the actual book
will this someone be sharing this? :)
 

fldoctorgirl

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Probably! It's just a google drive file that gets passed along. When your time comes (end of M1) I'll share it if no one else has haha
:1LOL: thanks!
 
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dohopeful13

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Man I was terrified in SFM. Had no idea if I was studying correctly or not. I'll never forget Dr. Shynra starting class with "You cannot learn all of immunology in 1 week, but you must"

I also foolishly decided not to check my grade after the exam and spent the next 4 days worrying about it when it turns out I did just fine.
 

fldoctorgirl

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I never struggled in biochem or immuno. MSK was my med school butt kicking.
Same here. First time I started asking myself what the hell I had gotten myself into haha
 

Pharmd2MD92

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I never struggled in biochem or immuno. MSK was my med school butt kicking.
It was the complete opposite for me. I loved MSK. SFM is the only class in med school so far that I didn’t get an A in... but with motivation at an all time low and GIGU all online, I have a feeling I may be taking an L in this class. Lol. Maybe I’ll find my motivation for MOD.
 
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It was the complete opposite for me. I loved MSK. SFM is the only class in med school so far that I didn’t get an A in... but with motivation at an all time low and GIGU all online, I have a feeling I may be taking an L in this class. Lol. Maybe I’ll find my motivation for MOD.
I feel you. I’m struggling hardcore to focus. I have a feeling everyone in the class is taking an L
 

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It was the complete opposite for me. I loved MSK. SFM is the only class in med school so far that I didn’t get an A in... but with motivation at an all time low and GIGU all online, I have a feeling I may be taking an L in this class. Lol. Maybe I’ll find my motivation for MOD.
It wasn't a matter of loving it or not, my undergrad degree was in Cell and Molecular Bio. It made more sense and I didnt have to study at all really.
 
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I never struggled in biochem or immuno. MSK was my med school butt kicking.
SFM was FOR SURE! My worst course. I remember thinking "if this is med school, imma fail the next 4 years"
Then all our other classes came and were SO SO SO DIFFERENT from SFM thank god!!!!!!


Man I was terrified in SFM. Had no idea if I was studying correctly or not. I'll never forget Dr. Shynra starting class with "You cannot learn all of immunology in 1 week, but you must"
^^^^ THIS
Oh my god! I don't think i have heard anything more terrifying than this in my entire life
 

Magus5454

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SFM was FOR SURE! My worst course. I remember thinking "if this is med school, imma fail the next 4 years"
Then all our other classes came and were SO SO SO DIFFERENT from SFM thank god!!!!!!



^^^^ THIS
Oh my god! I don't think i have heard anything more terrifying than this in my entire life
Have to remember too they took 6 to 7 weeks of material and smashed them into 4 weeks. You all got to be Guinea pigs like we did on anatomy practicals last year
 

BobbyKoch

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Reading this knowing my study skills will likely need serious revamping once I start med school is making me sweat hard
are you sure you don't have a fever?

I'm sorry, perhaps that's uncalled for but I couldn't resist. Regarding your study skills, don't stress now. Plenty of time to do that once you've actually begun. One thing that keeps me grounded is remembering all the folks who have gone through this before me. I think about all the docs I know, or look at the big wall of donors in the academic center lobby, or even all the second years on campus. All those people made it through and so will you. It is very doable. I'll wager that you can even do it while retaining your sanity, sleep and exercise regimen.
 
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are you sure you don't have a fever?

I'm sorry, perhaps that's uncalled for but I couldn't resist. Regarding your study skills, don't stress now. Plenty of time to do that once you've actually begun. One thing that keeps me grounded is remembering all the folks who have gone through this before me. I think about all the docs I know, or look at the big wall of donors in the academic center lobby, or even all the second years on campus. All those people made it through and so will you. It is very doable. I'll wager that you can even do it while retaining your sanity, sleep and exercise regimen.
Thank you for the kind words, I was mostly joking but the advice from the other students here is really uplifting and invaluable! Any tips on what to do and what not to as a med student as opposed to undergrad?
 
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