noelleruckman said:I went to KU Med today. Was real tempted to buy KU stuff for my children but restrained. There wasn't a whole lot going on because of spring break, but I was around the area and stopped in. I also bought a copy of Netter's Anatomy. OK, I may be getting ahead of myself, but I've been out of school for 4 years now, I'm a little concerned about getting back in the swing of things.
noelleruckman said:I'm surprised this hasn't been started yet. I just got an acceptance today! Anyone with me?
onephile said:Hi Noelle,
congrats! I will be in the 2010 class as well. really quite excited! I read your post on the nontrad forum about the AF scholarship you are considering. I am kinda in the same boat as you, but without kids. Have you decided what you are going to do? Lots of info out there, sorta hard for me to figure out what I want to do.
ps- I have been geeking out on the books, too.
bfgiant said:It is so exciting to take the next leap but I have no clue where to live. Where will you guys be living next year? I dont know if there is "on- campus" housing. I have also heard that part of town is not the best. I have heard Rainbow Ridge is good and saw bad ratings for Raibow Towers...I will probably do some apt shopping at the end of May, actually see the places. Is there a website where med students can post requests for roomates? Thanks for any info
nefarious said:Not sure if I'm going to KU but I have webmail and MyKUMC access. Your condo posting sounds incredibly familiar
Have you received your financial aid award yet?
noelleruckman said:Yes, I got the email but I haven't approved it yet because I need to make an adjustment for daycare. When you said "award" did you mean the ***? I also got that, which surprised me since I am out of state. I was brought up about as rural as one can be though, so that might have worked for me.
nefarious said:You shouldn't be surprised--pretty much everyone who applies for *** is approved. I meant the School of Medicine Scholarships.
ETA: Just called about School of Medicine Scholarships--for the curious there is no estimated date as to when we will receive those awards, may or may not be before May 15th.
noelleruckman said:I want to know where everyone is from. Tell me about yourself. Is anyone else from Kansas City? Sorry, I know I will get to know everyone later, but I am (obviously) very excited about next year.. tehe
onephile, what did you decide on the military scholarship?
onephile said:I pretty pumped about next year too, but where are all the other kuers?
onephile said:hi bfgiant. I, too, have questions about whether or not we can live in mo although we are ks residents. in the packet I just received, it seems to me they are indicating that I must stay a ks resident in order to keep state residency rates, but that is crazy since the school sits on the state border, and there are some great places to live in mo. I plan on calling and finding out sometime, but if you hear anything, please post and let us know.
wrendog1015 said:Congratulations to all that are about to begin at KU! I (and my girlfriend) are graduating this year and leaving for residency. KU is a great school and you will do well here.
Incidentally, we are having a huge moving sale this weekend complete with most all of our med school books ie texts, review books, usmle study books, etc., scrubs, various medical school sundries, etc.
Please come by and check it out if you are interested in some cheap texts and review materials.
PM for more details!
Enjoy this summer and good luck at KU next year.
Avery0106 said:I found the Spring Visit quite informative. It was a nice time to also get to know people. I am really excited about the new curriculum starting this fall. I think it will help tremendously to tie in all aspects of a specific organ system.
Avery0106 said:I think that around 85 students showed up. Alot of them brought their families. The main topic was discussing the new curriculum structure, and the new writing tablets that we will get. Here's the breakdown as to our first year:
Foundations of Medicine: 8 weeks
Genetics and Neoplasia: 4 weeks
Inflammation and Immunity: 4 weeks
Cardiopulmonary: 8 weeks
Gastrointestinal Tract and Nutrition: 4 weeks
Renal and Endocrine System: 4 weeks
Sexuality and Reproductive Medicine: 4 weels
To date, these are in order. Exams will be every 4 weeks.
noelleruckman said:I'm so excited to start! Its so hard to continue working at my job now that I know I've got something better ahead. Does anyone know if we're going to have a textbook list, or is most of the stuff going to be on the intranet? I'm just curious because I have noticed a lot of current students with their books for sale but don't want to buy anything I don't need. Even if we do need some books, they may be using different books because of the change of curriculum.
wrendog1015 said:Your point about buying current texts is important. When we were first and second years our texts were mostly review books-- you'll understand later. We had "official" texts but the brunt of our studying seemed to be from review books-- BRS (Board Review Series), Lippincott, Costanza, etc. Whereas you might get a huge micro text for second year-- trust me you won't read it. You will read, however, "Micro made ridiculously simple' because of its brevity, high yield nature, and focus for board preparation.
These review books are important because you will have looked them over at least once (during 1st/2nd year) prior to USMLE Step one study the summer of your second year.
I don't want this book to sound completely self serving but if you would like to look at some of these books feel free to stop by my garage sale this weekend. Don't feel obligated to buy anything; stop by and chat about KU if you wish; we are done and are always happy to shoot the breeze about KU Med. My girlfriend and I are liquidating all of our four years worth at very reasonable prices (50-200% off bookstore prices). After you spend 40 bucks on a 60 page tiny UCV (Underground Clinical Vignette) or Blueprints book you'll see what I mean.
Best of luck.
I live at 6001 W 67 Terr
Overland Park, KS
between Lamar and Nall south of Shawnee Mission Parkway
Thanks a lot; it is definitely a bittersweet time for us-- very excited to graduate and move on with our lives and careers but sad to leave KC and all our great friends we've made throughout the years!!onephile said:Congratulations to you and your girlfriend. Good luck! I would like to ask if most of KU students even buy the recommended texts. Alot of the SDN posters write that they don't even buy the text, but instead depend on the review books, class notes, and syllabus solely for information. Is this true at KU? Oh, and when is the text sale? Sat and Sun, during what time?
wrendog1015 said:Thanks a lot; it is definitely a bittersweet time for us-- very excited to graduate and move on with our lives and careers but sad to leave KC and all our great friends we've made throughout the years!!
As to whether or not you buy the text it really is a personal decision. I like to have ALL the materials for a class (just makes me feel better) but I found that I really NEVER used some required texts in certain classes. Expensive, yes-- but I always liked having the books around "just in case I needed something."
KU, at least when I went through, is a very syllabus heavy school. Medical education nowadays is through powerpoint and powerpoint derived teaching methodology-- included in this are printed handouts of powerpoint slides that will serve as your syllabus. This is the very reason why I never used big textbooks. You simply do not have enough time to go through a required text, the syllabus, and the review book. The required texts were too often too dense and filled with minutiae and worthless (to me) info. I wanted high yield stuff for three reasons: 1. Do well in class on tests 2. Prepare me for USMLE step 1 and 2. 3. Minimize study time and make study time more efficient Note: Med school curriculum and USMLE content is not identical so you have to balance the two somewhat.
Anyway, hope my long-winded answer helped somewhat! Best of luck.
Our garage sale will be Fri-Sun 9-5 at
6001 w 67 terr
We are between Lamar and Nall south of Shawnee Mission Parkway.
Hope to see some future KU students (or whomever) there!
onephile said:well...guess this thread has died! everyone must be much more busy than I this summer
onephile said:well, I'm not up to much this summer. I've quit work, so I have the summer to read whatever I want (yes!), ride my bike, boat, ski, and just hang out. So, that's what I'm up to. hows it going with the house selling, noelle? pretty good, on schedule? hope you get some interest! so, after you are done with work (congrats!), what do you plan on doing for the rest of the summer? how about you paaka? did you just get back from vacay? i'm heading out to las vegas to visit my sister later this month, and hopefully to cabo (sp?) in july. we'll see though. i hope all's well with you fellow jay hawkers....
noelleruckman said:We have someone looking at it today. I'll be spending a lot of it working on my new house. I think I'll also take the kids for a couple weeks up to Iowa and spend some time with my family before it all gets crazy. We already used my husband's vacation time, so he won't be going with us. It will be nice to go up though, cuz my mom and dad will pretty much take the kids off my hands and I can have some time to do whatever I want. (Although theres not a whole lot to do in rural Iowa.)
SoHotRightNow said:Thought I'd jump in and say hi...See you all in a couple of months...
SoHotRightNow said:Summer = work for me (I've been outa school for the past year). Throw in a little pool time on the weekends etc. Trying to relax and not think too much about what I need to do to prepare...The faculty are meeting tomorrow about the new curriculum...I'm thinkin about poking my head in but that would defeat the purpose of relaxing and not thinking too much...I figure we'll get more than enough of such info @ orientation.