Univ. of Mich also has first year P/F and then H/HP/P/F for the remaining years.Originally posted by Hercules
WashU is one of the only schools that does the first year P/F and then adds grades in the second year. I think it's a great idea though. It levels the playing field from undergrad while also seeming (maybe you can correct me on this) to promote more cooperation between classmates as opposed to backstabbing.
Pharmacology and Pathology first semester of first year!??? Are you guys just learning the general principles of Pharm like Pharmacokinetics and taking General Path (i.e. cell and tissue path, vascular path, inflammation, neoplasia), or are you at the point where you have to memorize a myraid of drugs? It seems VERY unreasonable to expect first years who are taking anatomy and physiology to be memorizing drugs at the same time. I just don't see how anyone can retain alll that information in one semester.. Unless you are taking Pharm and Path at the very general level, I would recommend complaining via an evaluation or meeting with one of the academic deans at UM. Don't get me wrong, Miami's a great school, but students need their sleep and sanity, especially in the first year.Originally posted by CANES2006
At my school, first semester of first year is definitely the hardest. We take Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Physiology, Immunobiology, Pharmacology, Microbiology, Histology, Anatomy, and Pathology between August and December. We have a midterm or final almost every Monday for the entire semester. I swear I feel like it's finals week EVERY week right now. Besides this you are trying to get used to the entire concept of actually being in medical school. The rest of medical school will be easier in the sense that it is more interesting (we have the entire organ module/integrated approach for the rest of first and second year). My head is swimming right now. I studied the entire weekend in the library with some pals and had an Immunobiology Final today. Then, we started Pharmacolgy. I don't know about you guys, but I can't wait for Christmas. I'm having a blast...don't get me wrong...but I've been studying nonstop for almost the entire semester. I need a break.