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How to Survive Ross University

June 17, 2012


If there’s one thing to be said about a Ross University education, it’s that it produces a special sort of doctor. People who come to Ross and make it through are not the sort of people who will take the road of least resistance. I once heard it said that people who come through Ross are the ones who will take the stairs rather than waiting for the elevator. We’re go-getters. We’re tenacious. We don’t let obstacles deter us. We scoff at naysayers, wherever they may be. Over 700 people graduated with me and as different as we all are, each of us shared one characteristic: we were all willing to do whatever it took to achieve our goal. If I were fighting an illness, I’d certainly want a doctor like that taking care of me.


How to Survive Semester 3

May 22, 2009

Although I promised to pen this post two weeks ago, I’ve hesitated, not just because in 4th semester you have to hit the ground running, but because, having passed 3rd semester by the skin of my teeth, I might not be the best source of advice. There are few concrete things I can point to that caused me to struggle so much with microbiology and, other than studying more diligently and not choking on Mini I, I can’t really think of what I could’ve done to avoid the difficulty I encountered. That said, here are my suggestions for making it through with less difficulty than I did: (more…)

There but for the Grace of God

May 5, 2009

One point. That’s all that stood between me and a repeat of third semester. It was tough, friends, but I managed to crawl one point past the minimum passing score in microbiology, thus ensuring my ascent to fourth semester. This is no great accomplishment – the MPS was pretty low and given all the time I put into studying, I probably should have done better. But I made it and I’m very, very glad. Fourth semester, here I come!

The death of my camera and some family issues have made this interterm break a bleak one but it has given me lots of time to relax and reflect on how I got myself into the situation with micro and how I can avoid such a situation again. I’ll be posting a ‘how to survive 3rd semester’ post later this week, but for now, forgive the long hiatus and allow me to enjoy a few more days of solitude.

Oh – one more thing: This semester, I’m president of the Ross Chapter of SNMA, a great organization that you can help by checking out our website and leaving a comment or donation.

Lots of stuff on the plate for fourth. I hope I can handle it.

In The Trenches

April 8, 2009

Exams are upon us, so this will be my last post until after finals. Check out my crazy study schedule:


Green = behavioral science, yellow = pathology, orange = pharmacology and red = microbiology. Each hour block has a 10-minute break built in for stretching, snacking or wiping the blood out of my eyes. Gym is actually workout + pharm because it’s easy to read lectures while on the elliptical machine.

As you can see, it’s pretty heavy on the micro. Micro’s my lowest grade and it’s the course on which my ascension to 4th semester rides. Let’s hope I can make it through with some amount of diginity (or at least a respectable 3.0). Encouragement is always appreciated – I’ll need something other than Rumba to get me through these dark days ahead.

Don’t Let the Admin Grind You Down

April 8, 2009

Although I tend to accentuate the positive aspects of my med school experience, it’s not all sunshine and roses. One of the sobering, souring aspects of the Ross experience is the way the administration interacts with the student body. Sometimes, it can seem like they are acting without the students’ best interest in mind. Other times, it can seem like they are being downright cruel. And yet others, it’s as if they don’t think things through thoroughly before they act. (more…)

The Home Stretch

April 1, 2009

An update?! Is it some April Fools’ Day miracle or a trick? Well, it’s not a trick. Things have been so busy lately that I’ve scarcely had time to process them, let alone chronicle them. There’s less than a month left of school and everything seems to be moving at the speed of light. Not even mediasite on double-speed is this fast. And yes, I gave up on mediasiting. Call me old-fashioned, but I’d rather go to class.

Today’s April 1st, the beginning of the end, and I need to quit fooling around.

catch-me-if-you-canThe Sunday before last I once again participated in the Salybia 5K run and to my delight, finished 15th out of all the women (32) with a time of 27 minutes and 25 seconds, 3 minutes better than my time last semester! As usual, I tried to glean some sort of greater meaning out of the race because each semester is like a mini-marathon. Will I be able to do better than I’ve done so far when the scores come in at the end of the term? I certainly hope so. This semester has really been kicking my butt.


The Mediasite Experiment

March 17, 2009

After a not disasterous but still disappointing showing on Mini II, I have decided to switch gears in my study style. As was recommended by the people at as well as several upperclassmen here, I have decided to forgo all lectures for which attendance is not mandatory this week and instead, adopt a “my pace” mediasite-based study regimen. Apparently, the point of mediasiting is to save time wasted by sitting in class and absorbing (or “actively listening”) and get more things done. We’ll see how that works out for me. Incidentally, this week is one of my busiest weeks yet – supplementary patient interview today, suture clinic or ICM review tomorrow (haven’t decided which one to bail on), SNMA’s Mini Med School on Thursday, 6 or more hours of lecture a day…and it doesn’t get easier. It’s week 10 – there are 36 days left in the semester and I’m going to need all the help I can get to scrape by with something respectable at the end. Updates may be infrequent, but maybe the time I save mediasiting will allow me to have an extra few minutes here and there…

Bugs, Drugs and Intestines

March 4, 2009

Excepted from an online study session:

友達:  quiz me on helminths
自分:  what do you use to treat taenia solium infection?
友達mebendazole, since it treats cestodes and trematodes
自分:  okay, i should have given more info
pt. presents with seizures and neurological symptoms and has cysts in brain and taenia solium eggs in stool
what do you use to treat?*
友達:  hm
自分:  what is taenia coli?**
友達:  i should know it
and i keep saying it
but i cannot remember
自分:  it sounds so familiar
友達:  haha we’re idiots
the three bands of the large intestine
i kept thinking it had to be a bacteria or something
cuz of coli
自分:  me too
i was just looking at the list of microbes
they should’ve named it something else

* According to Lippincott’s Pharmacology Review, for this case, you’d use Albendazole, which is the drug of choice for this type of infestation.

** We just learned this, last semester in anatomy. What is wrong with my brain?


March 3, 2009
(C) Nina Paley

(C) Nina Paley

One of my classmates sent me a link to this test. Here are my results:


Best In Show

February 21, 2009

I’ve had some really interesting thoughts over the past week about the quality of the education I’m receiving, the nature of education in general and what it is that makes a teacher a “good” teacher – what it is that sets apart the ‘teacher’ from the ‘lecturer’ and what it is about them that makes one actually want to go to class everyday. I suppose I have a unique perspective on this, having been a teacher (and tutor and facilitator) myself in a past, pre-med school life. Even now, I wonder how cool it might have been to TA anatomy (had I managed As in semesters 1 and 2). There’s a distinction between a person who knows their material as in one who is well-learned, lauded even, for his research, brilliance, etc. and a person who may not be as celebrated but can effectively transfer her knowledge to others. It seems that either of these hypothetical people can get a position teaching. The question is, whose class would you like to attend?