hey AJ. it's good to see you on here and that you're excited to be at RFU. i look forward to meeting you in august. i'm from chicago, but the commute from home would be too much to make every day, so i'll also be living in the "dorms" as well. i'm sure we'll be seeing each other alot - and who knows, we might even be roommates...Hey everyone! I noticed this board has been pretty quiet and just wanted to liven it up a bit. I am super excited to be attending RFU - I loved it when I visited for my interview and can't wait to move in August! Where is everyone from - I'm from Oregon and at this point I am planning on living in on campus housing
yeah, maybe not roommates...i just assumed you were a guy because of the name. and yeah, being from chicago, i know about some stuff up in that neighborhood. plus, everyone's gonna get to meet my parentsMy guess is we'll see each other alot but won't be roomies - unless they have coed room assignments! haha! its cool you're from Chicago, you'll know all the fun places to go! How about everyone else - where are you from, excited about etc?
Thanks for your response Streetfighter!I'll let one of the M1's answer your other questions since things may have changed over the last few years, but in regards to the A/B/C/F (no D's) grading system, in reality, it is no different than honors, high pass, pass, and fail... just labeled differently. There are also schools that have only pass/fail. While this may seem like a great idea when you are entering med school, the P/F system ends up hurting you when you apply to residencies unless you go to one of the absolute top-ranked med schools around that still have a p/f system (Harvard, Stanford...etc.). I remember stressing over the grading system when I started as an M1, but when applying for residencies this past year, I was so thankful that CMS does not have a P/F system. Congratulations on getting into med school, and good luck to you in your career!
when i was there for the my interview day, i remember the tour-guide telling us about how CMS students are big on doing "medical mission" trips in the summer between M1 and M2. there's also an article on the CMS website regarding this: http://18.104.22.168/DNN/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=cMScdUkopww=&tabid=2540Congrats on everybody's acceptances! I can't wait until August to meet you ppl!
I have a few questions about CMS....
1) how much clinical exposure do we get in first year? there's a course called essentials of clinical reasoning, and i was wondering if that's where we get most of our clinical exposure in first year, or are there other things?
2) is it possible to do observerships in first year?
3) what do CMS students generally do in the summer? research, observerships, etc?
4) does the A/B/C/D grading system detriment CMS students in any way?
5) how's the social scene at CMS? is there strong class unity?
Kalia, a lot of whether it hurts you or not depends on whether you end up applying for a competitive specialty or not. If you end up deciding to do something along the lines of primary care, then it really would not matter. However, if you decide to do a competitive specialty, then where you stand in the class really matters. If you are at a top ranked medical school, it does not matter as much if all the students are viewed equally because basically every student that was able to get in at one of those places is already considered to be a competitive applicant. However, if you are not at one of those places, then your only chance of getting into a competitive specialty is to be one of the higher ranking students at your medical school, and without grades or the Honors/HP/P system, there would be no way to figure out whether you are or not. On the radiology boards (on auntminnie.com), many of the students who were at P/F schools that were not top 10 type schools posed this question to a residency director, and he said that unfortunately since there is no way to distinguish those students, residency directors are less likely to take a chance on them and they are at a disadvantage.Thanks for your response Streetfighter!
I was wondering why does the P/F system end up hurting you when you apply to residencies?
I might be interested.i will be applying to live in the "dorms", but something tells me that i won't get a spot. would anyone be interested in living with me in a two-bedroom apartment that isn't the woodlands? im male, laid-back, and a light smoker when exams roll around (but never inside).
thanks for the response, but actually i got a spot for on-campus housing. im just gonna go with that because i dont want to have to worry about apartment-hunting, dealing with bad management, or digging my car out of the snow in the morning just to get to class.I might be interested.
I am a male non smoker but wouldn't mind a mind a casual smoker. On a 1-5 scale of how messy I am, 5 being the messiest possible, I'm a 3 but keep most of my dishevelment confined to my room. Also I am very laid back about living situations so some one also very carefree would be optimal.
I think there are some pictures online of the housing. I don't have any personal pictures, but I think they are very nice and I will probably be moving to on-campus housing next year because of it.Does anyone, or would anyone, like to share some pictures of what the on campus housing looks like? I neglected to go on that portion of the tour when I interviewed there...
this was part of the tour? i dont remember that.Does anyone, or would anyone, like to share some pictures of what the on campus housing looks like? I neglected to go on that portion of the tour when I interviewed there...
Yea, I think it varied by whoever your student tour guide was. Ours lived on campus, so she offered to take us up. At that point of the day, I was exhausted and wanted to get out of my suit and sleep.this was part of the tour? i dont remember that.
doubtful. i have a feeling they set it at may 1 for a reason.Yea, I think it varied by whoever your student tour guide was. Ours lived on campus, so she offered to take us up. At that point of the day, I was exhausted and wanted to get out of my suit and sleep.
I perused said website, but could only find floor plans. I got accepted for a single, so unless I find something magical before April 24th, I guess I'm going to live there. Does anyone know if this contract deadline can be pushed back a little, say around May 15th?
I bought West and Vander for physio (both on the book list) and never opened them. I bought Robbin's for ECR and have opened it a few times, it's debatable if buying it was a good idea or not. I did buy Clinically Oriented Anatomy and used it a few times, but probably wasn't worth the money. Although it is a good book, you just don't have time to look at it. I might add the Haines atlas for Neuro to the list I wrote earlier, since I enjoy anatomy and it is always good to get those easier points on tests.cool, thanks jon!
if we just buy these books (and not the rest on the M1 booklist), do you think we'll be okay for first year?
The powerpoints are posted on D2L, an online site that students have access to. You have to print them out and bring them to lecture everyday, or just do it all on your computer. Printing the notes everyday is a huge pain in the ass.So the classes. Are they just lectures and the professors provide powerpoint notes for the students to follow along? Also, do they make the tests straight from their notes?
looks like most days run from about 8am-4pm, with an hour for lunch. here are this year's class schedules from RFU's website:How long are classes each day typically? 8 hours? I hope not.
They weren't at the beginning of the year for us, but then our class board bought the equipment and everything is posted online now. I find it easier to come to class and just be done with it, I don't have the willpower to listen to them on my own.I don't remember from my tour.. are lectures recorded and available online or are students required to attend?
For those of you for sure attending RFU (and current students), how did you make your decision? What made you choose to attend over other schools?
The hospitals we rotate at are Illinois Masonic, Lutheran General, Advocate Christ, Mount Sinai, Cook County General, North Chicago VA, Condell Hospital, Swedish Covenant, Norwalk Hospital in Connecticut, and Hines VA, but I would say that the majority of rotations are at Lutheran, Mount Sinai, Cook, and Masonic.
I'm trying to get a student loan of credit from the bank in Canada. I asked the CMS financial aid ppl about this, and they said if you're getting a student LOC from Canada, you don't need to fill out the financial aid forms.I was just wondering which of the forms International students have to fill out since we do not qualify for aid. Does anyone have an idea?
I'm looking at CMS's Match List and I was wondering what the difference is between a transitional year and a medicine-preliminary year? I think some specialties (rads, anesthesiology) begin in PGY-2 so you need a "prelim" year before that, but then what does the transitional year do?