Medical Education Readiness Program – AUC Info Session

hello friends this is Gus Galway live from the Magnificent city of Miramar Florida I'm actually right on on campus right now of the MER facilities we're actually at the anatomy lab you're gonna get to see a little bit of the lab and everything you've seen some of the videos as well leading up to to the MERP presentation that we're about to impart on you guys and yeah I'm really excited we're really gonna have a conversation here with members of the staff faculty as well former and then later on we're gonna be talking to current MERP students so we're gonna really cover a lot of topics I want to make sure that you get you get all the information you need to make an informed decision ultimately this is for you so you can ask questions you can relay any comments feedback as well through the interface we're gonna be live of course so you know this is all happening in real real life real time you can also review this video afterward it's gonna be on on our Facebook page and you can review it after all right so a wide reduced to some few people here all right say hi all right they're really excited to be here and look at all the incredible models in the background this is like I said this is the anatomy lab so we got some good stuff cooking in here this is actually where I film one of the videos leading off to the Merck presentation I'm gonna be behind the camera I'm gonna be the Scorsese today it's just directing and relating some of the questions and and then I'll have each one of these individuals introduce themselves so one way to do that right now Alex please introduce yourself tell me actually I can tell them I can tell the audience so Alex Donna work is the assistant director of admissions but tell me a little bit more first whenever so its inaugural one my name is Alex tom work I am assistant director of admissions for a UC school of medicine and so manager program great thank you Alex and then we have we're going to go continue down to the left of your screens and we have Frank de Maria manager of student services all right and now we have the ladies on the left of the screen we have dr. Anna Wintour and she is an associate professor of microbiology so Anna please give us a little bit of information about yourself excellent thank you and last but not least we have dr. Terry George assistant professor of physiology and tara is also a UC grad so Tara tell us a little bit about yourself and I think I'm a little bit of a unique perspective here considering that you guys are all prospective students or a DC I can say that I'm entirely grateful to the education that AC gave me I felt very well prepared for everything that the field of medicine had to offer so because I didn't hope that many of you join us in our future classes excellent thank you I think you know this is definitely something exciting to be able to showcase MERP medical education right in this program you see the logo right there guys medical education readiness program and and yeah so this is this is really a as Alex mentioned a few moments ago this is the first time we do something like this we do get a lot of questions about marks just so you guys know on the panel we do get out you guys are famous we get a lot of questions about you sometimes we do events for a UC and all we get is questions about Murph we get questions you know individuals are interested in finding out what it is about Murph that that that would make them successful in medical school what is it that you guys do what is the secret or the magical powder here you know what is it that exactly that goes on behind these walls or inside this wall is actually not behind inside this wall so let me let me ask Alex a little bit about more maybe you can really give us a little more information before I start kind of rambling on about Merck so you know the exact information go ahead Alex sure I'll give you the basics but I should mentioned that we do have a merc grad her name is taylor a vacuum she's currently on our campus in st. Maarten and she is studying the medical sciences she's here today to answer any questions you guys have lives so please buy our waiver questions and tell her graciously agreed to give her some of our valuable time to answer some questions so going back to MERP it's it's a 15 week program that's comprised of medical school level science classes located on our beautiful campus here in Miramar and if our students passed a summer course of study with a 70% average or above they will automatically be accepted into a UC and if they do not pass work or they withdraw from URP at any point in the program they get a full tuition refund so it's essentially risk free in terms of the tuition and our numbers show that students who pass mer do just as well and in many cases better than the students that that we accept directly again here's our students come here they brush up on their sciences they actually learn new concepts and time management study skills it's not just learning Medical School science it's also study habits so there's an academic support all types of supporting systems we have here and so we have three classes a year there's a December Class a make class and an August class and you cannot apply it directly to Merck you applied to a UC and you can have three decisions the one directly the one word you don't get accepted you don't want that one but somewhere in the Midwest is the Mert program in its it's typically offered to students who have either low GPA or a little bit of a lower MCAT score than what we normally accept directly and so they come here at the Bourbon like like you mentioned Gus something magical happens and then they come to AC and they in many cases outperform distance we accept directly excellent yes thank okhla head and you you're basically you nailed it right there you're you're given the information on many of these individuals because again you gotta think of the perspective I'm looking into medical school I am not really sure about my background I may have struggle in some area and so what can I do to really be successful in medical school and it takes work of course it takes effort but support and the resources need to be key in that whole process and that's where comes in Terry can you tell us a little bit about by the way we see some people already chatting and sending some some some comments I see Taylor already said hi Thank You Taylor for helping with with the webinar I mean sorry with the Facebook live and yes they'll send your questions in those of you guys watching you can send your questions in theater can also kind of answer questions she's currently as ilyich stated she is currently at a UC but she's a proud graduate alright so Terry going back to to you what are some of the resources what do you tell students when they come in and they feel hesitant about what they're about to do what kind of resources do you have for them so I think a lot of people who come to work aren't very excited at the prospect of going to work because obviously they want to get into a medical school as soon as possible they applied they just want to start right away they're excited at this new journey of Medicine they're about to embark on but what I can tell you is that offers a very strong foundation for you so that when you do eventually matriculate to a TCU just hit the ground running so I know for me personally that when I graduated from undergrad and I was accepted into a UC you know I was really struggling with the amount of volume of information that was given to me it was almost like drinking out of a fire hose it was just all of a sudden a lot of information that I had to be able to understand and perform well on exams and I don't think I was necessarily prepared for that because I do have the tools necessary I didn't have you know the guidance that I needed in order to perform as well as I want to and I was not merked but I almost wish that I was because here at Merck what we offer the tools for you to not just get into Medical School but once you get there to be a very successful student so here we give you not only the background in four major subjects you'll be covering so anatomy physiology microbiology and biochemistry but we also give you the tools that you need to do really well in those courses in terms of how you should study how you should be in class how to take notes how to take exams and eventually how to be successful in your career Thank You Tara and yes I think one of the one of the key items here is we don't want any cookie cutter students you know everybody's different we all have different experiences in medical and first of all in undergraduate school but you're all gonna have different experience in medical school and I think as Tara mentioned it comes down to getting the resources the tools everything you need and we're gonna have their students as well talk a little bit about their experience of course this is kind of the on the flip side of that learning from staff and faculty inna I'm gonna put the spotlight on you so you teach microbiology correct yeah so tell me a little bit what your classes are like you know what is the dynamics what can students expect from a class with you class the course is divided into three main money would start with immunology and then we go into biology and finally into bacteriology usually immunology is the subject that students struggle with an undergrad would that be why would that be difficult conceptual sometimes a little counterintuitive subject however I do a lot of writing and drawing from scratch since I tried to take the students step by step from every process of immunology and then we go into biology which is totally a different topic just memorizing a bunch of viruses and connects them to diseases which is similar to bacteriology and the feedback that I hear is that the immunology course as well as the rest of the micro is very helpful and that they get a really solid foundation and that alleviates a little bit of a study from others you know from microbiology in medical school they can focus more on studying other first semester subjects because they have such a solid foundation that they can you know not not focus as much in that one subject and when Sara was saying that it's just so much information given to you at once it's a very welcoming thought that you can kind of lay off one subject a little bit to focus on together right thank you inna and I an actually we have some comments from some of the people watching we have Chelsea as a video and then we have another student saying or prospect saying yes that's what I'm struggle that's what I'm struggling with so that particular topic or that subject so yeah we have email right here to help you guys actually let's go into the subject let's learn about microbiology you know but I mean it's great that that you actually cover the topics that would be presented during medical school and I think that's kind of a very logical transition right you want to take the same courses here or some of the same courses you would take in medical school kind of works as a test a test drive so to speak you know am I really cut from medical school so this is really where it comes down to Frank would it be possible to find out a little bit about you know the type of students where they're from you see a lot of the different backgrounds coming in what kind of your you're also in charge of the orientation right and I think it is an unnerving process for many individuals coming in and kind of you know deer-in-the-headlights what do I do so learn where do they typically come from during orientation it's an interesting perspective from my point of view because from week one to week fifteen not only am I able to see you soon growth of course identically but since a month another site of maples also see the growth personally in it see them really adjust and become flexible and really start making those foundational principles and those habits that are necessary to sustain a career what they what they've chosen to do it's new services we try to do everything possible myself and my colleague of Alexia is to make sure that the students do feel at ease to feel it only foster a family-oriented community here so we are constantly making sure that they are ok everyone who's been in a previous work closet now I'm always walking around asking if students are okay open door policy anybody could come to talk to me about anything at all so it's really constant temperature checks to anywhere that these students are feeling comfortable and they have what they need to be successful right and I think this is I mean we're not getting these questions right now but this is something that I thought about when as you were talking all of you were talking say I'm considering medical school right now I can take the masters maybe go into them an empty age or some kind of program where I can learn a little bit more about medicine I can get myself acquainted in a particular subject or I can consider you know if you're invited to mark you have those two options you know what what would be the attractiveness of choosing Murphy if you have the other option is saying you know you want to go into a master's program or a post-grad I think that was like the perfect trial run for medical school and considering an island school especially like a UC so you get a little bit out of your comfort zone because you are you know in a different state away from your family as Frank mentioned maybe for the first time and you know it's not so terrible they're in a different country you're just in another state so it's a perfect adjustment period and also in terms of the academic load I think we challenge our students but we also foster a learning environment here you know we know that there are students with different learning styles some people are tactile visual auditory learners and we make sure that we foster you know what kind of learner they are and help them identify that themselves so when they get to medical school they know exactly what they need to do in order to succeed here if you pass this program you are accepted to first semester AC so we actually call this semester zero medical school excellent yeah I'm actually reading more comments here I have David Jetta saying he completed nerve yep in 2000 office 2017 I'm Carla I am currently in second semester at UC a shout out to you David we again you're getting a lot of love from students you don't watch it right now so I think you know it's a source of pride which is finished graduation for you see this past Saturday and you know me working in admissions again I'm just putting myself in a situation here you know seeing the students go in they come in they go through the whole program they graduate exciting time at that moment and this is also a time where you see mark graduates go all the way through you probably seen a few of those right yeah actually I was I was at graduation this this past Saturday and I can say it's my favorite my favorite events I get really emotional especially when I see my my Merck grads they're you know we get to reconnect and we flew down this marching band that has attended our graduations when we used to do it on a you see on the island this was our first time doing it in Miami we actually flew them down and they came in playing their drums and I surprised yes we have a marching band that there's all the graduations on campus when we go in see Martin so as onyx stated that was quite a surprise to see them you can see that video by the way you can see the video it's on Facebook libor it was recorded as a Facebook live video and it is now on the page on the AFC Facebook page so make sure you check it out so thank you Alex yeah that is a source of pride I mean you get to see them go in right now again all the love you're getting from students currently at a UC and and going through a program as difficult to ask it is medicine and and so you gave them all the tools Frank I think we could go back a little bit more where is that they the classroom not the classroom sorry the class looked like like the schedule I mean what is it like I mean the students have lectures during the morning do they have lectures well what is it exactly that goes on all right there is some times where the schedule will be fluctuating around just based on the availability of our main classrooms but about 90 percent of the time there's gonna be two classes reserved for activities question answer sessions or if it's time for all right so if there isn't you have a transition of different exams and things that happen along the way right what what did the exams look like fun first of all a lot of fun usually the first two exams are 100 questions 25 for each subject and so this is the material you learn in the first you know four or five weeks that are put into that first exam second exam is the material you taught from exam one until exam two and third exam is 200 questions and it is cumulant the good thing is with our exams that even if you don't live very well the first exam you can still recover as long we do decently exam 2 and exam 3 so it's not like you know this learning process is an important thing to foster for us and so even if you don't do as well as you wanted to in the first exam there's there's plenty of time and room to recover in that good so it's almost like you cannot just go ahead that all the professors are pretty familiar with the USMLE format so once you graduate from medical school and even while you're in medical school you'll have to take us and release step 1 and step 2 CK and a lot of these questions mimic the format that you're going to be seen throughout your medical career even as far as your board exams so you're starting that in fact is very early in our medical care which could only benefit you right and that's that's key right there for those of you who are watching so the boards for for medical for your degree you have to go to licensure right rather you have to go through the US that one stuck too and then at the end step three so all these are very specific tailored exams that go and and and test your abilities in different areas of your medical education so the format of getting used to that format it is a long test to begin with right I mean it's an hour and I think it's eight hours for that for the reason one I know there's the CS and CK clinical science clinical skills and clinical knowledge so but going to the first one the the score that you get on the step one is sometimes indicative of your what you're going to be able to do for what kind of residents you can get all these is it is a telltale sign of what goes on after so prepared preparation starts at the beginning and then again it starts even in undergrad when you're preparing from medical school you know learning how to take a test but Merck really kind of puts it all together and you get to really understand the format you get to understand how to prepare for these exams so let's let's go a little bit an arc again you're getting a lot of love here so Chelsea she was a 2016 Merck class and fifth semester right now I used to young now using the study skills I learned in Merck and I'm studying for the comp and the step and everything is smooth sailing because of how awesome awesome the program is yeah close close it down at home this is basically the testimonial of that that makes a difference go ahead Jesse she's on the Dean's List and I believe she also won the student engagement award and she's we're proud of utility to see them so grown-up so mature and just know that you were beginning the first stepping-stone and their careers which is a very important step it's gonna you keep the momentum after that in the transition now that we're talking about the momentum we're gonna cover different topics please send your questions and don't worry about we do have time we definitely want to go cover any questions you guys may have so I'm acting right now I'm acting kind of a mediator I'm trying to put some of the questions that I would be asking but it's it's better if you guys ask so one of the questions that would be asking is what is the transition after say a past month I'm ready to go what is the transition after that I'm ready to start you see when would I start how soon is that transition how does that take place sure yeah I can answer that question so it all starts actually a month prior to the final exam where I do what's called the Merck to med presentation and it's a presentation basically to ensure that our students have a smooth transition to the island so I talked a little bit about all of the enrollment documents that are gonna be needed as far as temporary visa and health documents make sure that we answer all their questions with financial aid housing when to book your flights so all our students have all the information they need to have a smooth transition even prior to leaving mer and so then when they get their passing grade they're very very happy and we still give them more info we collect their documents there's typically about a month and a month and a half after they passed mur that they go into the next class and you see and it's it's fun because they've created their little study groups they're all friends and they all go to the together and the things that are accepted the ready how do students know each other so well they're joking they're studying together and for sure it's always the verb students right right and I think you should start building that bond early on and you're going through the fire as well I suppose you know so the bond is even stronger in that sense you know you're already going through oh my god I have to prepare for this test and it's so much information so you kind of you get together in a group you get to know one another so that feeling of being in the same boat definitely helps and housing housing housing contact them as well the main thing though is to be proactive to make sure you get your housing done immediately is the priority yeah before you start I want to be arriving here trying to look for housing after you've already arrived sorry my camera is moving a little bit so ultimately thank you thank you Frank for that information what is the once why students arrive and then they have housing how do they get around how do they move they need a card they can really rely on public transportation what is that like it's very sprawled out its plan so it may not be from it may not be similar to where other people are coming from the I know you were born in the Northeast a lot of places were walk walkable and towns and stuff like that that you could walk to that's not the case everything in Florida is sprawled out there's also weather conditions you have to keep in mind of whether it be rain like we're experiencing now or just constant humidity so I do encourage everyone to to have an automobile it's been raining a lot it's been raining a lot absolutely partnerships with some random park places which you go ahead and get a discount for a lot of students what they'll do is if they are rooming with other students they will coordinate rides that way and of course there's always a bird so for a little bit right there no but it makes a lot of sense you could you know you can find different ways of transportation can they get a bike for instance you know what if I like biking can I would you recommend that we're getting another case with Stanley su Tsui giving you guys a shout out they're asking about a locations former that actually is a good problem to talk about we do have another site I mean this is the main site in the sense of this is the location where most students come in but we have to talk also for our Canadian students we do have a Merck based out of Toronto Canada Alex tell us a little bit about that location that is correct we do have a location in the in Toronto at the College of naturopathic science and it's convenient for the students that live in other parts of Canada there's dorms that they could stay in on campus and we do have a faculty member there dr. Karen Lumsden to help the students and they are taught to be a video feed so the main teaching takes place all here in their barn and then they get the video feed from Toronto and they get to fully participate and ask questions right yeah so we have microphones that they can use to speak to us during class live we see them on the screen yeah it's definitely they're like part of the class right that's important so you're using technology as well too and then that's that's common in many schools you have you have sometimes a profession that's based remotely teaching this class so that is kind of the the experience that the Toronto Merve students would see right is there anything that they do from there we can also do in Canada so I would call it without cause we're alive quest and an online class because they they are in with the students the benefit is that all lectures are recorded so anybody who wants to watch the lecture again and again as long as they want they record it and they can view their lectures over and over but attendance is actually mandatory no it is mandatory and then what's nice also the Canadian students is if they ever want to interface with the professor's individually we can just set up Skype appointments with them we set aside amount of time that we just talk to them via Skype and then figure out whatever issues they may be had they just want clarification on small detail that was talked about in lecture we can easily do that as well and that is queue as well to talk about that student to student experience and I think they can do that because they're actually based in a classroom they can still interact you know get together for group study sessions and and so forth how many students are typically in the Toronto roughly setting yeah wonderful so and no shape or form is the experience in Toronto different except for the fact that there have the camera to watch the live session here they like more hockey than we do that's a few of the differences so you know all right so let's let's let's switch gears again a little bit when can they apply how does that application process work is there something you can apply to if I'm interested in Merck and I applied to mark Alex you cannot directly apply some work so you just submit a regular application to a UC and like I mentioned before you could get accepted directly you could you can get burped I'd like to use it as a verb we've had some students actually who we accepted directly and but they saw the value of merb and they declined they took the risk to decline their direct acceptance to attend verb because they felt that they needed to be prepared for a UC so I thought that was pretty amazing great and we have another shout out trail neons reliance hey dr. Linda I attended program when I was in Freeport just graduated this week from AC along with several of Amer classmates and headed to Michigan for residency congratulations tre no question about it bet on yourself bet on yourself put in the work and great things will happen so you remember pull attire all right we're gonna have to know what that is now and that was because yeah the location was in Freeport back in the day we obviously moved it now as we've been saying from the beginning he said yes dancing so far so yeah so we moved to beer bar and the campus was moved to Miramar specifically now and it is more centric and in a way I mean it's easily reach reached from within the United States of course direct flights do to Miami their influence to Fort Lauderdale which is not far from here so if you're from say Morgan you know you just fly into Miami or Fort Lauderdale and then we you know we help you Frank and Alex will help you get settled and get yourselves ready yeah all right so let's let's uh let's say tips let's talk about tips and we can start wrapping up unless you guys have more questions on the other side over there but let's talk about tips what kind of tips what would you have you would you like your students to know before potential and you're not really sure this is what you want to do take the risk because at the end of the day you really have nothing to lose you know the best-case scenario is that Merc really helps you you pass and you get to become a doctor at the end of the day worst case scenario this path isn't for you get your money back and you had a wonderful experience and you learned that you know what this isn't for you but there's other venues out there that's another thing that I think mark offers I've had students come up to me who unfortunately maybe didn't pass Merv and asked me you know what other venues are there for me too and one thing that we do is we kind of help students figure out if this isn't meant for them we can write you out as a recommendation to get into other schools so that you can pursue other ventures so my major tip would be if you're on the fence about it go for it you really don't have anything to lose if anything it's only going to be a positive experience for you I think it's actually kind of important you know know your GPA doesn't count towards your medical school GPA just counts towards you getting matriculated or not so this is a perfect time for you to practice the different types of learning skills you know different types of test taking strategies you only have to do is pass you don't have to strive to be the highest you know on top of the class and then once you start medical school that's where you really want to make sure you GPA is high and you know having these learning skills prior to that is gonna definitely break off your GPA right great Thank You Lina Frank tips yes vice but they said I think it's a win-win for for students in my opinion this is for more of the advice if the decision has been made and they're currently in the program is to take advantage of all the resources available the 15 weeks to go by very fast so you will need to have some self realization about their their skills and maybe some of your deficiencies as well and it's had those deficiencies and be as proactive as possible you don't want to wait to the last seconds so I think form of those habits and of course in conjunction with the academic habits and knowledge that they're going to be receiving then I think that's a good recipe for a win others of making the Murph acceptance calls to let the students know that they've been Murph and I have to say I don't type some reactions I get that yeah I've been waiting for this my whole life and then I get that what do you mean I have to spend you know 15 weeks in Miramar and it's gonna cost me money and to those students I say look just look at the bigger picture it's only 15 weeks and if you really want to attend a you see me they see grad and be successful in medical school then you might be a good option for you and what I get from every student that's past verb and you see them commenting on Facebook right now is they always tell me even here's I think that you have to go Alex if I had to do it all over again I would go through MERP again excellent and I think you know that's that's that wraps it up you're not in a good way because at the end of the day what did they say what do they have to say we have some testimonials here from current students actually now grads saying about what how it helped them and not really that really seals it for many individuals who are on the fence like and I let me see myself at the end of the tunnel you know I have this extra thing that I need to do now but when you think about it again medical school is a combination of of hers you have to go through so many of these hurdles and you don't want to make it difficult for yourself you don't want to be waiting extra time you don't want to be so this is what Merck really recommend sighs that for you allows for you to go through that so this this is again a very important session that we wanted to share with you guys we have so let me go over some of the comments as well we have someone who's on the fence and says I like that piece of advice it's it's still a concern that doesn't leave me you know thinking about prerequisites so yeah I mean there are definitely things that any individual out there is still thinking about it's still on the fence and I think when we talk to students we're be able to hear their own experience so with that being said I think we're going to wrap this up we're gonna guys don't go anywhere don't go too far we're gonna go and get started with our session with current students we're gonna be right here as well and I would say in about 15 minutes make sure that you get your questions ready get prepared to submit those questions so we can address them we have the students again they'll be addressing those questions so alright guys thank you so much at the panel thank you so much all right we'll see you soon

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