Are you a prospective medical student? Did you ever wonder what it be like to get sneak peak at the medical concepts you will be learning? I have spoken to the new people who are coming to SJSM next year and they are eager to start studying. They asked for the notes so they can have a head start on their studies. Unfortunately, the teachers of SJSM would not like their lecture notes to be passed on like that so I can’t pass it on. Most of the professors who teach the basic science courses in Saint James School of Medicine are PhD researchers in medicine, while some others hold MBBS degrees. Luckily, students of Saint James School of Medicine are very supportive of the new students and they are very resourceful. To the new student don’t get anxious to learn the medical concepts, enjoy yourself in USA/Canada while prepare yourself for the brutal 16 months you will spend in Bonaire or Anguilla. I know living Bonaire is hard if you have a tight budget, I don’t know much about Anguilla though; I heard it’s far more modern than Bonaire but yet expensive.
Surprisingly, I found some Kaplan Medical videos floating around the web. The concepts shown in this video is exactly what you will be learning in Saint James School of Medicine. It’s a short clip but it’s a good sneak peak of the information that you will be exposed to.
Reading medicine is no fun, I can tell you that from experience, but 70% of the time you have to read in order to comprehend the medical concepts.
The USMLE is no joke, and you shouldn’t just pass the test, but also get a high score. I have spoken to some students and they found that USMLE Kaplan videos, DIT videos, and PASS videos help a lot not only for class, but also for the preparation for the boards. While doing your basic sciences you should get a hold of these videos, which gives a video lecture on all the subjects tested for the USMLE. I found this web site which sells these videos with everything included. The Kaplan videos are in digital format on a hard drive for $249; the PASS program videos are $99. What’s so great about these videos is that you can pause, think, and learn. You can learn medical concepts at your own pace; if you miss something while the instructor is lecturing in the video, then you can go back to what he/she said. Check out the following videos.
Doctor’s In Training (DIT) Intro This is from the DIT website. The CEO of DIT gives a detailed info about their teaching plans.
Kaplan Medical Video (Pharmacology Sample Video) I found this online, and it’s a little part of the Pharmacology course series.
Falcon Review (Updated 05/09/10)
In my opinion I would prefer DIT or Kaplan videos over Falcon because with Falcon videos there too many objects in the screen to get distracted with. With DIT or Kaplan it’s simple straight forward so you can focus.