Well, Cuts, that's a very difficult question to answer objectively. I have very complex feelings about Ross, some of which (I'm certain) are born out of what I'm sure a lot of medical students feel when they hit the doldrums of not being able to always see the light at the end of the tunnel. Nonetheless, I can only try to answer the question as best I can without interjecting too much unsupportable opinion, recognizing however that a lot of my statements will have evolved from my personal experiences and observations and will naturally reflect that bias on some level.Originally posted by Dr. Cuts
Out of curiosity though, what are your feelings about Ross?
If you look at the number of students that start a class, anywhere from 200-270, multiply that by the number of classes that start per year (3), and then look at the number of graduating students per year, the numbers just don't add up. There should be close to 700 or so students in any givenOriginally posted by Pursuing MD
Skip, you said about the attrition rate: "I think it is closer to about 40% of any starting class won't make it to graduation."
Why do you think this is the case? Do a lot of the students just fail out b/c they cannot handle the workload or do they just hate the living conditions? Do they transfer into another med school?
I got sick at least once a week during my first semester. I lost about 16 pounds by the end of it. It was terrible. One of the many tribulations you must endure on the island. The problem is that there isn't a great selection of food. There are about 10 or so vendors at "the Shacks" that offer basically the same thing everyday. Any one of these places would get shut down by any local health authority in the U.S. in about 30 seconds. I'm not joking.Originally posted by Molybdenum
Can you be a little more specific about the food at Ross? exactly how bad is it??? I heard their water causes diarrhea or something...is that true or is it just a rumor?
Furthermore, while I'd agree with Cuts that the admission's standards are less stringent than SGU's, the program is not any less competitive. Certainly, there are only two real competitive choices in the Caribbean - SGU and Ross - and this is based on the post-graduate placements that both schools get. SGU is probably a little more competitive overall, and is commonly known as the "Harvard of the Caribbean". Ross, OTOH, has a very hardcore "weeding out" process that occurs once you gain your acceptance and begin your matriculation. So, it's a front-end vs. back-end type of selection: SGU harder to get in, but maybe selects for stronger students - and, Ross easier to get in, but will weed out students that can't make it. As I state above, buyer beware.First off, it is in Dominica (dom-in-EEK-uh) in the West Indies, not the Dominican Republic. But, no worries... common mistake.
Secondly, you spend 4 four-month semesters (16 months) in Dominica, then a nine-week "5th semester" in Miami, then you sit for USMLE Step I. After passing that, you then do your 3rd and 4th year clinical clerkships at U.S. hospitals.
Your best bet is to check-out Ross' website first.
If you still have questions, feel free to post them here (or PM me). As someone once told me before I came here, be careful what you wish for... because you just might get it. And, with ANY Caribbean program (St. George's is similar), caveat emptor. Research this long and hard before you make a decision.
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Thanks for clarifying, Steph. I was under the impression (via a friend who is currently starting 2nd year there) that not everyone is required to move to St. Lucia for part of their second year. Apparently that is not the case.Originally posted by stephew
Let me just correct a couple of Skips comments as it pertains to sgu
At sgu, all folks (not "many") spend 4 1/2 mos on the island of St. Vincents (not St. Lucia). The reason for this is they have very good "preclinical" hospital rotations that are part of the curriculum. The hospital in Grenada can't accomodate as a teaching facility in any real sence, while the one on SVG is quite good. Its a nice prep for your clinical years 3 and 4.