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Hey all! I'm from Kansas, and will be attending first year Med at UERMMMC this upcoming June 2008. If there's anyone out there on the same boat as I am, let me know! It's nice to know a few fil-ams before entering a whole different environment!

Email me at [email protected]

Marijoy ;)
 

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Hey all! I'm from Kansas, and will be attending first year Med at UERMMMC this upcoming June 2008. If there's anyone out there on the same boat as I am, let me know! It's nice to know a few fil-ams before entering a whole different environment!

Email me at [email protected]

Marijoy ;)


Yay! We're all going to be in the same section. My last name starts with a "B". hehe. It's funny how all our first names start with "M". I met Melanie in the Fil-Am thread. She's been very helpful with all my questions cuz she actually got to visit the school last year! Thanks Melanie! See you both soon! Take care!

Maricar :luck:
 

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Yay! We're all going to be in the same section. My last name starts with a "B". hehe. It's funny how all our first names start with "M". I met Melanie in the Fil-Am thread. She's been very helpful with all my questions cuz she actually got to visit the school last year! Thanks Melanie! See you both soon! Take care!

Maricar :luck:



LOL! I'm in the same group! My last name starts with C and my first name starts with an M. We should start a club! :laugh:
 

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:hello:is there a pure filipino here who is goin to uerm?? im in at uerm this june.
 

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goodluck guys.im a 2nd year student at uerm.hope to you around.
 

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Just curious...what do you mean by "pure" Filipino? haha.
Most likely he means Filipino citizen not-Fil-AM), although by ethnicity we are all Filipinos.
 

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Hi Marijoy,

You were asking about the schedule in UERM in the other thread. Usually it's 8am-5pm schedule with 12nn-1pm lunch break. Normally there is one subject in the morning (minor/major: for majors, both lecture and lab) and one subject in the afternoon (same) but most of the days we get dismissed early so we get off at around 2-3pm, but remember to use that to read up, the teachers will tell you the specific books you need to read.

Since the curriculum is a combination, the Traditional part comes in the way that the 3 major subjects (Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry) go hand in hand discussing 1 or 2 body system/s before each long exam. So if Digestive System is discussed in Anatomy, Biochemistry discusses Liver Metabolism or something like that. There are 6 long exams, 3 in each semester, and by march is the finals which covers everything from 1st-6th long exam.

The PBL type comes in the Integrated Case Studies (ICS), wherein your group of about 8-10 students, meets up twice (2 Wednesdays or 2 Fridays) before every long test facilitated by a teacher/professor. The group is presented with a Case on that first meeting, make yourselves clear with the terms and how you'll go with the discussion for the next meeting; at the 2nd meeting is the presentation, incorporating processes, learning issues, answering questions you had on the 1st meeting, everything you need to know that incorporates especially the 3 major subjects.

The ICS is scheduled on each Section's Independent Study Period (ISP). So if on that week there is no scheduled ICS, it's like a free halfday. Section A (usually surnames with A-K~) have their ISP every Wednesday afternoon, Section B (usually surnames with ~L-Z) have their ISP on Friday afternoons.
Again use that to study well for the past lessons or study in advance.

In the laboratory, Section A and B are also divided as A1andA2 and B1andB2 respectively. So half the section, that's it. Like in Anatomy, if A1 is on Gross Lab, A2 is in Histology Lab; or in Biochem like 2 hours for A1 first then the next 2 hours for A2, depending on how long the experiment is.

For books, just take note of these as they are helpful, anyways teachers will tell you where they've based their lectures every after discussion:
-Anatomy: Lansang Notes (from school, this is very important, read this before every discussion as there are quizzes everyday right after the lecture, identification); Snell; Netter
-Biochemistry: Harper, Lehninger
-Physiology: Guyton, etc
-Patient Doctor I: Bates' Guide to Physical Examination

HTH!
 

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Thanks! That was really helpful :)

Marijoy


Hi Marijoy,

You were asking about the schedule in UERM in the other thread. Usually it's 8am-5pm schedule with 12nn-1pm lunch break. Normally there is one subject in the morning (minor/major: for majors, both lecture and lab) and one subject in the afternoon (same) but most of the days we get dismissed early so we get off at around 2-3pm, but remember to use that to read up, the teachers will tell you the specific books you need to read.

Since the curriculum is a combination, the Traditional part comes in the way that the 3 major subjects (Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry) go hand in hand discussing 1 or 2 body system/s before each long exam. So if Digestive System is discussed in Anatomy, Biochemistry discusses Liver Metabolism or something like that. There are 6 long exams, 3 in each semester, and by march is the finals which covers everything from 1st-6th long exam.

The PBL type comes in the Integrated Case Studies (ICS), wherein your group of about 8-10 students, meets up twice (2 Wednesdays or 2 Fridays) before every long test facilitated by a teacher/professor. The group is presented with a Case on that first meeting, make yourselves clear with the terms and how you'll go with the discussion for the next meeting; at the 2nd meeting is the presentation, incorporating processes, learning issues, answering questions you had on the 1st meeting, everything you need to know that incorporates especially the 3 major subjects.

The ICS is scheduled on each Section's Independent Study Period (ISP). So if on that week there is no scheduled ICS, it's like a free halfday. Section A (usually surnames with A-K~) have their ISP every Wednesday afternoon, Section B (usually surnames with ~L-Z) have their ISP on Friday afternoons.
Again use that to study well for the past lessons or study in advance.

In the laboratory, Section A and B are also divided as A1andA2 and B1andB2 respectively. So half the section, that's it. Like in Anatomy, if A1 is on Gross Lab, A2 is in Histology Lab; or in Biochem like 2 hours for A1 first then the next 2 hours for A2, depending on how long the experiment is.

For books, just take note of these as they are helpful, anyways teachers will tell you where they've based their lectures every after discussion:
-Anatomy: Lansang Notes (from school, this is very important, read this before every discussion as there are quizzes everyday right after the lecture, identification); Snell; Netter
-Biochemistry: Harper, Lehninger
-Physiology: Guyton, etc

HTH!
 

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Hey Melanie!

I'll be in Manila probably the end of May. I'll be staying at Keystone Apartments right behind UE for now. Where are you staying at? If you (or whoever wants to, actually) have yahoo messenger, add me up! :) [email protected]

Marijoy

Hey Marijoy, my name is Melanie. I'm from California (Los Angeles area) and I will also be a first year at UE this coming June. Where will you be living? And when will you arrive in Manila? And what is the first letter of your last name? Mine starts with "A" so I'll be in section A. I know of a few other Fil-Ams who are also going so it looks like we will be a pretty big group :) I must admit, its pretty scary/exciting to start med school in the PI, but I'm glad there's others going through the same experience with me. Can't wait to meet you!

Melanie
 

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hey i'll be attending UERM this comming june too! My name is rocky. I'm a filam. I'm moving into Gilmore Heights in New Manila about a 10min commute to UERM. I actually spent my childhood years in Manila so I'm pretty used to the hectic Manila lifestyle. Hope to meet you guys before school starts. Good luck.

Peace,
Rocky
 

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Hey all! I'm from Kansas, and will be attending first year Med at UERMMMC this upcoming June 2008. If there's anyone out there on the same boat as I am, let me know! It's nice to know a few fil-ams before entering a whole different environment!

Email me at [email protected]

Marijoy ;)

hi!:) i'm an incoming freshie at the UERMMMC too!:) but i'm 100% filipino and had my pre-med here in the phils.:laugh:
 

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Hey guys! I've met some of you already, but I'm Kathrina, another Fil-Am... and I will also be an incoming first year med student at UERM. :luck::eek::D:)

I know a couple people that'll be staying in Robbinsdale, and some in New Manila. Does anyone know for sure where they will be living (ie. robbinsdale, etc)??
 

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hello, i got to UERM na. seems that my papers got mixed-up..well, sorta.. anyway, i'm not a fil-am but just the same, i would want to ask anybody here about the enrollment schedules and details.. thanks in advance
 

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Hey been reading these boards for awhile but never posted because wasn't quite sure if we were going to be going to the Philippines but it is official now. Me and my wife will be studying at UERM. We're both from Washington, near the Seattle area.

I have a couple questions though, Im Filipino but I can't really speak that well of tagalog but I understand everything so Im not too worried about classes and such. But my wife is Korean but only understands English. I got her the Rosetta Stone Tagalog program which is teaching her basic things like "that car is red" and such but wondering if she will have troubles in class because she doesn't understand?

Im hopeful that she'll be able to speak just the basics by the time we're 3rd year (and hopefully we make it TO the third year...=P) because it will be hard when we have to speak to patients that don't understand any english.

But anyways, good luck to everyone and we'll be in Philippines starting May 17th.

Oh yea, Marijoy I think we saw you when we were visiting this past month. I just remember we got done with a tour and we were talking with your mom and she said you guys were from Kansas. Was that you? It was probably April 3rd I believe a thursday... weird coincidence that I remember that heh.

But good luck to everyone on their first year!!

Jonathan Ramirez
 

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Hey been reading these boards for awhile but never posted because wasn't quite sure if we were going to be going to the Philippines but it is official now. Me and my wife will be studying at UERM. We're both from Washington, near the Seattle area.

I have a couple questions though, Im Filipino but I can't really speak that well of tagalog but I understand everything so Im not too worried about classes and such. But my wife is Korean but only understands English. I got her the Rosetta Stone Tagalog program which is teaching her basic things like "that car is red" and such but wondering if she will have troubles in class because she doesn't understand?

Im hopeful that she'll be able to speak just the basics by the time we're 3rd year (and hopefully we make it TO the third year...=P) because it will be hard when we have to speak to patients that don't understand any english.

But anyways, good luck to everyone and we'll be in Philippines starting May 17th.

Jonathan Ramirez


Don't worry since most of the Fil-Ams started out that way. In lectures, most of the times the teachers would ask first if there are Fil-Ams in class, so don't hesitate to raise your hand :) Also in the first year you'll be staying with a group too when you interview, try to learn the way of the conversation little by little, likewise your groupmates would surely be of help to you. Oh yeah we have a little booklet here with some lines used in the clinics translated already in Tagalog, maybe that could help soon. Good luck! :)
 

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Hi Marijoy,

You were asking about the schedule in UERM in the other thread. Usually it's 8am-5pm schedule with 12nn-1pm lunch break. Normally there is one subject in the morning (minor/major: for majors, both lecture and lab) and one subject in the afternoon (same) but most of the days we get dismissed early so we get off at around 2-3pm, but remember to use that to read up, the teachers will tell you the specific books you need to read.

Since the curriculum is a combination, the Traditional part comes in the way that the 3 major subjects (Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry) go hand in hand discussing 1 or 2 body system/s before each long exam. So if Digestive System is discussed in Anatomy, Biochemistry discusses Liver Metabolism or something like that. There are 6 long exams, 3 in each semester, and by march is the finals which covers everything from 1st-6th long exam.

The PBL type comes in the Integrated Case Studies (ICS), wherein your group of about 8-10 students, meets up twice (2 Wednesdays or 2 Fridays) before every long test facilitated by a teacher/professor. The group is presented with a Case on that first meeting, make yourselves clear with the terms and how you'll go with the discussion for the next meeting; at the 2nd meeting is the presentation, incorporating processes, learning issues, answering questions you had on the 1st meeting, everything you need to know that incorporates especially the 3 major subjects.

The ICS is scheduled on each Section's Independent Study Period (ISP). So if on that week there is no scheduled ICS, it's like a free halfday. Section A (usually surnames with A-K~) have their ISP every Wednesday afternoon, Section B (usually surnames with ~L-Z) have their ISP on Friday afternoons.
Again use that to study well for the past lessons or study in advance.

In the laboratory, Section A and B are also divided as A1andA2 and B1andB2 respectively. So half the section, that's it. Like in Anatomy, if A1 is on Gross Lab, A2 is in Histology Lab; or in Biochem like 2 hours for A1 first then the next 2 hours for A2, depending on how long the experiment is.

For books, just take note of these as they are helpful, anyways teachers will tell you where they've based their lectures every after discussion:
-Anatomy: Lansang Notes (from school, this is very important, read this before every discussion as there are quizzes everyday right after the lecture, identification); Snell; Netter
-Biochemistry: Harper, Lehninger
-Physiology: Guyton, etc

HTH!
just wondering...would we have time to review our cadavers during saturdays? would the gross anatomy lab even be open on weekends for students who want to reveiw? what about students who need to review their histology slides? does uerm allow students to review slides with their microscopes over the weekend? If not, do first year students need to buy their own microscopes?
 

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Don't worry since most of the Fil-Ams started out that way. In lectures, most of the times the teachers would ask first if there are Fil-Ams in class, so don't hesitate to raise your hand :) Also in the first year you'll be staying with a group too when you interview, try to learn the way of the conversation little by little, likewise your groupmates would surely be of help to you. Oh yeah we have a little booklet here with some lines used in the clinics translated already in Tagalog, maybe that could help soon. Good luck! :)

Thanks, specie! That's encouraging, and you're very helpful with all this info you're giving out. Can you tell me if the teachers/school will give us a book list for all the books we need to buy? Are the ones you listed on your previous post the main ones for the major subjects?
 

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just wondering...would we have time to review our cadavers during saturdays? would the gross anatomy lab even be open on weekends for students who want to reveiw? what about students who need to review their histology slides? does uerm allow students to review slides with their microscopes over the weekend? If not, do first year students need to buy their own microscopes?


Hi rvin1209,

Yes, you may have the option to, but your president must coordinate first with the Anatomy Department if they could reserve a Saturday for that, that's usually the weekend (or 2 weekends) before the practicals. Usually both sections make the request and decide which section would be in the morning and in the afternoon. That works for both Gross and Histology: the cadavers, models, histo slides and microscopes are usually all available.

Though it's not really encouraged by the department to hold an extra day since they noticed that students sometimes slack off the whole week, make it a point to review everything you can on those Gross/Histo weekdays, and on that extra Saturday volunteer to teach everyone (or your group) everything you've studied. Those who teach are the ones who really get the best grades in the end.

Likewise some specimens like bones and models, the histology slides and soon the brain, can be borrowed and brought home for a certain period.

Oh no need to buy microscopes. The histology sessions in school are really enough to cover everything. Also bring your Histo Atlas while you review, it helps a lot.
 

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Thanks, specie! That's encouraging, and you're very helpful with all this info you're giving out. Can you tell me if the teachers/school will give us a book list for all the books we need to buy? Are the ones you listed on your previous post the main ones for the major subjects?


Hi ldyxswtnes,

On your first week the teachers would tell you which books are good to use, likewise on your orientation, you'll be given a manual with a list of books that helped most of the different batches a lot. The list I gave are the ones that most of us sticked to the whole year last year, they were the ones we read and really learned a lot from. At the end of lectures/powerpoints the teachers also provide the references. Don't forget to make use of the library especially if your class don't have like a certain book, they're usually just there. :) And let your classmates know when you photocopy it so all of you can study and discuss at the same time. :)
 

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Hi rvin1209,

Yes, you may have the option to, but your president must coordinate first with the Anatomy Department if they could reserve a Saturday for that, that's usually the weekend (or 2 weekends) before the practicals. Usually both sections make the request and decide which section would be in the morning and in the afternoon. That works for both Gross and Histology: the cadavers, models, histo slides and microscopes are usually all available.

Though it's not really encouraged by the department to hold an extra day since they noticed that students sometimes slack off the whole week, make it a point to review everything you can on those Gross/Histo weekdays, and on that extra Saturday volunteer to teach everyone (or your group) everything you've studied. Those who teach are the ones who really get the best grades in the end.

Likewise some specimens like bones and models, the histology slides and soon the brain, can be borrowed and brought home for a certain period.

Oh no need to buy microscopes. The histology sessions in school are really enough to cover everything. Also bring your Histo Atlas while you review, it helps a lot.

thanks for the reply. :D i just came from uerm earlier looking at possible places to stay. keystone looks really promising but quite expensive. i just hope i can find a safe and clean place that's more reasonable on the budget.
 

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thanks for the reply. :D i just came from uerm earlier looking at possible places to stay. keystone looks really promising but quite expensive. i just hope i can find a safe and clean place that's more reasonable on the budget.


hey if you need a place to live close to uerm.. my appartment /condo is available. its 12,500 pesos a month plus utilities. nice place.. has 24hour security and a nice pool. parking is available and extra. Its in Gilmore Heights condominiums in New Manila.

my fam just hooked me up with a brand new townhouse!!!

the appartment will be newly painted and cleaned before you move in.
 

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huwow! so many fil-americans to study in UERM med school! cooL!:cool:

i also got accepted, FINALLY! hahaha :laugh: see you guys in the orientation!
 

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I'm just wondering why is it difficult for Filipinos to get a US Visa?
 

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I'm just wondering why is it difficult for Filipinos to get a US Visa?
Most citizens from developing countries have problems getting US visa. Especially among Filipinos, majority would rather move to the US permanently. There are lots of overstaying Filipinos (illegal aliens) in the US although not at the level of Latinos.
 

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thanks for the reply. :D i just came from uerm earlier looking at possible places to stay. keystone looks really promising but quite expensive. i just hope i can find a safe and clean place that's more reasonable on the budget.

I'm also looking for potential places to live. I've heard of Robbinsdale ($600 per month, incl. internet and laundry service... expensive, right!? geez) and Keystone (cheaper than Robbinsdale). BUt.... Anything else out there that anyone knows about??? I wonder where most people stay.

Specie... feedback on this one, please?
 

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I'm also looking for potential places to live. I've heard of Robbinsdale ($600 per month, incl. internet and laundry service... expensive, right!? geez) and Keystone (cheaper than Robbinsdale). BUt.... Anything else out there that anyone knows about??? I wonder where most people stay.

Specie... feedback on this one, please?

Most of the FilAms in my batch and the upper batch are staying in Robbinsdale. Of course this will be the first choice, as it will be more convenient walking with everyone to/from school, lunch together, going out etc, and of course the facilities.

Try to check also the block near Robbinsdale, where Zaragosa Street is. Royal Homes and Homeroom, I'm not sure which one's the tall building that's colored cream/mustard and brown but if it's that tall building, some of my blockmates stay there. You can opt for 2-3 in a room with t&b, or solo room but communal t&b. That should be $100-200 per month.

These are the others (from our freshmen handout but no phone numbers indicated there):
- Hanseng Place (64 Kapiligan St)
- Crismor Bldg (29 Araneta Eve, next to Equitable PCI Bank)
- Gardenville (behind SM Centerpoint)
- Isabelita Condominium (along Aurora Blvd right after Lambingan Bridge)
- Allied Bank Bldg (Araneta Ave cor Aurora Blvd)
- Valencia Hills Towers (along N.Domingo Ave. - I think you have to commute a bit from here)

Try to live in a place you think will be very convenient so a group (or everyone) could stay altogether -helps a lot in study time, safety going home etc.)

HTH!
 

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when will be the orientation?


From what was announced to us:

June 5 and 6 - Orientation of freshmen
June 10 (Tuesday) - First day of classes.
Monday will be a holiday for our Independence Day.

The whole morning will be dedicated to welcoming of students. Regular classes will start in the afternoon. Schedule of class will be given that day as well. We'll know what subject we'll take on that day itself.

:)
 

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Most of the FilAms in my batch and the upper batch are staying in Robbinsdale. Of course this will be the first choice, as it will be more convenient walking with everyone to/from school, lunch together, going out etc, and of course the facilities.

Try to check also the block near Robbinsdale, where Zaragosa Street is. Royal Homes and Homeroom, I'm not sure which one's the tall building that's colored cream/mustard and brown but if it's that tall building, some of my blockmates stay there. You can opt for 2-3 in a room with t&b, or solo room but communal t&b. That should be $100-200 per month.

These are the others (from our freshmen handout but no phone numbers indicated there):
- Hanseng Place (64 Kapiligan St)
- Crismor Bldg (29 Araneta Eve, next to Equitable PCI Bank)
- Gardenville (behind SM Centerpoint)
- Isabelita Condominium (along Aurora Blvd right after Lambingan Bridge)
- Allied Bank Bldg (Araneta Ave cor Aurora Blvd)
- Valencia Hills Towers (along N.Domingo Ave. - I think you have to commute a bit from here)

Try to live in a place you think will be very convenient so a group (or everyone) could stay altogether -helps a lot in study time, safety going home etc.)

HTH!

Thank you! :)
 

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Hey everyone..

Congrats on getting into UERM!


Umm I was just wondering what your guys' NMAT score and GPA were?

I am taking the NMAT exam in November.. and I'm just wondering the ball park figures u guys had in order to get into UE.. I know the NMAT score for UE is around 55 or so.


Thanks so much!

Jonathan

btw.. if you dont want to share ur GPA.. its ok. I understand
 

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Hey guys/girls!

I'll be attending UERM in june as well..i'm filipino-canadian....looking forward to meeting all of you soon...orientation is coming up quick!

-Johnny
 

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hey everyone! it's been a while since i've been on the message boards, but i just wanted to let you know that i've been in the philippines for almost 3 weeks now. got settled into keystone (which is really nice and convenient), registered, made my appt for my school physical, and got measureed for my uniform. i wanted to let all of the first years to know that orientation on 6/5 and 6/6 were cancelled. ms. delos reyes informed me yesterday. she told me that we should just show up on june 10 on campus at 8am. oh, and she said that we don't have to wear our uniforms for the first month of classes.

hope that helps!

see all of you soon!

~mic
 

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Hey eveyone!!
Glad to know that I won't be the only foreign student entering UERMMMC. Study hard!!!

PS.
Does anyone where and what books to buy? And when do we get the uniforms??
 

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Goodluck and God Bless to all the incoming freshmen at UERMMMC this june! study hard and pray harder! :D
 

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PS.
Does anyone where and what books to buy? And when do we get the uniforms??

the list of textbooks can be found in the student handbook which will be distributed by the medicine student council on the 1st day of classes.

but i recommend:

netter - atlas for gross anatomy
junqueira - for histo
harper's illustrated biochem
guyton or ganong for physio (pwede rin berne and levy)
clinical anatomy by snell
 

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hi guys!

hmm, how to study, how to study? :)

there's a finals exemption for physio at the end of the school year. so if i were you, i'd make sure i'd make a grade of 85 above to get exempted. so start doing well from the start. that'll mean too that you'd have more time studying for anatomy and biochem in the week of the finals. Always read your books (guyton, bern&levy). and enjoy the lab experiments. a lab conference is always held after a few experiments...y'all get your turn to recite, hehe.

biochemistry is the hardest subject, unless you've got a real knack for biochem. this is the subject where most students fail. harper's the main book used, but books like lippincott's really useful for easy understanding. remember to not just memorize the metabolic pathways, but also understand how it works. plus also the small details in such pathways are important...small details in biochem in general, coz you'd be surprised on the kind of questions that pop out during the exams. that's what makes the exam so difficult.

anatomy is easier to study, but the information overload is too much as well. best to study it not by just reading the book (snell and lansang), but by reading and looking at the atlas and cadaver too. some people study lecture and laboratory separately, but if you treat them as one, you'd have better chances of scoring higher in both your lecture and lab. During your lab, it's always nice for you and your groupmates to formulate side questions (as you're pointing to a specific organ or nerve, etc) and try answering it. With that you could review whatever topic was discussed during that day...your recall improves and you'd feel more confident during the practicals. and how could this be helpful during the lecture exam? well, let's say we dont remember everything we've read from the books, but a mental picture of the atlas pages and cadaver parts would actually help you answer some questions in the exam. instead of panicking that a question is unfamiliar, try getting use of your lab experience to help you find an answer.

all these majors have lab manuals you should answer and pass every now and then. make sure to pass them on time...and it'd be better if you try answering it yourself and researching the answers from your books instead of copying from your classmates, hehe. so there. if you have any more questions, i'd try to answer them if i could. goodluck guys :)
 

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Does anyone know if I can get USMLE review books and/or the textbooks at SM? All I know is that u can get these books at Goodwill Bookstore, but where can I find one and are there other bookstores that are selling medical textbooks and/or usmle reviews? Any response would be greatly appreciated, but please nothing too random. lol
 

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Congrats to all the incoming 1st years for getting accepted. My 2 centavos...

Books:
Anatomy - The Lansang notes and Netters will get you through the class.
Physio - I used Guyton which was good. Also try to get your hands on "Physiology" by Constanzo. She is the same author for BRS Physio but this is her textbook. Its like the lippincott version for physio. Highly recommended!! This subject is something you truly want to learn well for the usmle.
Biochem - Lippincott is good but unfortunately they test out of Harpers. You'll be surprised how much detail you have to know for class then even more surprised how much detail you DONT need to know for Step 1.
First Aid - You can buy this if you want but you don't really need it for 1st year. The beginning of 2nd year is really the best time to crack it.

Random thoughts:
-Histo is the med version of chinese water torture! For the practicals, I focused on learning the gross ana cold because i knew whatever histo points i got were basically bonus hehe.
-Hit the ground running! It helps to study hard from the start so you don't have to play catch-up with the points/grades in 2nd sem.
-Study hard AND party hard. If you have good time management and discipline, its definitely possible to do both. Looking back, I regret not going out more. You won't have as much free time in 2nd year.
-JT Manukan has the greatest chicken in QC.
-All fastfood joints deliver... i know, amazing.
-If you like karaoke, knock on robbinsdale rooms 101 & 107. The filipino K-Ci & JoJo will take you to morato.
-If you need free tagalog lessons, rooms 102 & 104 can help.
-Be careful if you drink with a particular person from Paco in the 2010 batch. She has a habit of dancing on tables. She confuses every friday for Mardi Gras.
-If you're still in the states, do yourself a favor: go to the nearest bar and drink your favorite beer (stella, hef, old english if you're ghetto). Once you're in the PI, san mig and red horse will be your only friends till october.

GO LAKERS!!
 

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thanks for giving me and the other entering students some pointers before heading off to UERM..=)))
 

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UERM has shifted to traditional right? is there a big difference from before? i heard that 70 students from the first year batch failed last year? is this true? is it really that difficult? some are saying that PBL was way easier...
 

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Section 1-A1 anyone? See you all @ UERM. :)
 

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UERM has shifted to traditional right? is there a big difference from before? i heard that 70 students from the first year batch failed last year? is this true? is it really that difficult? some are saying that PBL was way easier...


hi guys! im from last year's batch. really 70? i thought it was 60 students who failed. maybe they included the other students who dropped out after the first semester. plus, our batch had the most number of 1st year enrollees...220+. higher batches usually have 140 to 160 students left as well...and now our batch has approx 150 students.

i dont know much about the PBL system...ours was the second batch to experience the mixture of traditional + PBL system. even if we follow the traditional system, we are still exposed to a lot of case studies and discussions. so maybe, yeah this is much harder but no matter what system they use, i advise working hard from the very start. hey i survived! pretty tough at the beginning, but then you'd get used to it. goodluck guys! :)
 

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hi guys! im from last year's batch. really 70? i thought it was 60 students who failed. maybe they included the other students who dropped out after the first semester. plus, our batch had the most number of 1st year enrollees...220+. higher batches usually have 140 to 160 students left as well...and now our batch has approx 150 students.

i dont know much about the PBL system...ours was the second batch to experience the mixture of traditional + PBL system. even if we follow the traditional system, we are still exposed to a lot of case studies and discussions. so maybe, yeah this is much harder but no matter what system they use, i advise working hard from the very start. hey i survived! pretty tough at the beginning, but then you'd get used to it. goodluck guys! :)
Hi adahhse0811!

Care to share your own words of advice for incoming freshies? Your insights as someone studying under the current traditional + PBL system would be greatly appreciated.
 
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