I realize that I might be a little quick here, but I couldn't stand putting it off. First, check out this link for our class room and time http://www.pubapps.vcu.edu/scheduleofclasses/schedule.aspx?sem=3&yr=2006lala83 said:how did you get the list of books we need omar? did you buy these online or from the university bookstore?
and yes, i'm definitely nervous. it's kinda like being a freshman all over again in a lot of ways, but this time the academic pressure is so crazy that i hope i do alright. but i am looking forward to meeting you guys!
Thank you very much for your time and words of advice! Much appreciated.ayznshorti said:Hiya!
Let's see... they'll suggest Lehninger for Biochem... I bought it, used it... thought it was ok. You could probably get away with not using it if you're good at paying attention in class and in biochemistry in general. Word to the wise, if you do buy it, save it til spring semester before u sell it because Dr. Holmes will refer to it for his lectures (I learned this the hard way as I had already sold my book by the end of December).
The Costanzo Physiology book.. it's a good buy if you're someone who needs to read the text to supplement lectures. But I barely used mine and I did ok in the class. However, I heard that it's super useful in med school, so if you don't use it now, you'll use it later.
For immunology, all of your tests will be essay format. 10 lectures per test, one essay per lecture topic. Stay on top of it and study hard, you should be ok in that class. I would buy the book though because all the diagrams in class come from the book (sometimes the book explains it better than the professors do). For the record, it's defintiely one of the harder electives. For the same number of credits you could take Drug Dependence, spend less money and expend less energy studying.
Hope that covers it! Good luck!
I don't think that anyone had this problem last year. Immunology is a lecture class so it won't matter how many people are in it. Histology has a lab, so it might have a cap... um.. everything else I don't think will be a problem. When you sign up for classes make sure u note where they are located. The Biostat class in the spring was held on the monroe park campus, instead of the MCV campus, which could completely throw off your schedule if you didn't realize it.lala83 said:do you know if the elective classes fill up pretty quick? they told us we'd register for classes at orientation, but i was wondering if you usually get your first choice elective or not.
thanks for the info mprover and ayznshorti!
Read this post... pay close attention to it... write it down... Instatewaitlister says nothing but the truth here!! Holmes.. nice guy... horrible teacher. If you go to him for clarification on anything, be prepared to be in there at least an hour...probably more because he's going to rope you into listening about his latest vacation amongst other things.Instatewaiter said:As for the phys tests:
The first phys test has the easiest material by far. Do really, really well on it. Get old tests and take them. The back of the syllabus also has some old tests. Take those too.
The cardiac section of phys (3rd test) is the hardest. It also has the most lectures and counts the most.
The last exam w/ Kalimi (endocrine) is really easy. His tests are just like the old tests.
As for the biochem tests:
The first one is really straight forward. Study hard and you will do fine.
Peterson's test is considered one of the hardest. If you look at old exams you should be fine. He stresses in class different things than he tests. If you don't look at old exams you could get reamed
Holmes is overall just a terrible teacher. He is terribly organized and puts so much Sh!t on his powerpoints you cannot read most of it without reading it on your computer at 200% magnification. Also, during the second semester he ended up testing us on stuff he had not yet taught. It was material for the next test that he was teaching on the following monday. Funny that he was also the course director. Organization is not his strongest attribute.
Hey guys,lala83 said:yeah, the same thing happened to me...although i have yet to get my admission packet. if dr. ford doesn't pick up when you call his office just ask to speak to him. he seems pretty laid back and willingly told me over the phone.
hi mprover,mprover said:I will be happy to reply to any questions you all might have. I finished the progam last year.
I went to it last year. You won't miss anything. I think the only productive thing I did at that orientation was get my ID made, but you can do that at another time on the MCV campus. I wouldn't worry about it.SGMD1 said:Congrats dreamedove! I have to miss the Graduate School orientation on Friday as well. I think it's safe to skip because it says in the admissions packet that you can go to http://www.vcu.edu/graduate/ps/online_orientation.html if you are interested in an online orientation instead.
Thanks a lot to all of you guys! That was pretty fast! I'm definitely looking forward to meeting you guys and thanks to the veterans for all of the advice. It's a little overwhelming!-->the program, moving, etc i mean not the advice =)ayznshorti said:I went to it last year. You won't miss anything. I think the only productive thing I did at that orientation was get my ID made, but you can do that at another time on the MCV campus. I wouldn't worry about it.
lala83 said:congrats dreamedove!
you have no reason to worry b/c none of us have much info about anything right now. i talked to dr. ford and he said that we'll pretty much get everything we need at orientation on the 21st. i'm not going to the orientation on the 18th either b/c i'm taking the mcat.
as far as housing goes, i looked at the housing guide on vcu's website and mprover had suggested checking out craiglist (and said the fan & west end were good areas to be in), and SGMD1 told me to take a look at apartmentguide.com. hope that helps, and i'll see you soon!