Sunday, August 7, 2011

Progressive Academic Education Program Invite's getting real serious....I am on my way to medical school....WOW...After three interesting years of getting prereqs done...The day is quickly approaching....
My checklist is almost complete....Im just sitting back now...contemplating the atmosphere...

I received an email the other day that started off like this:
"I would first like to congratulate you on your academic performance in preparation for medical studies and your recent admission to Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM). Based on your solid academic record, it is with great pleasure that we invite you to participate in the Progressive Academic Education (PAcE) program.  The PAcE approach gives you greater flexibility, focused small group learning and the opportunity to develop and hone self-directed learning skills – an invaluable asset in your medical career....."

Now, I'm trying to decipher if this is a compliment or are they saying, "look you need all the help that you can get so, you better participate in this"..LOL.. I've been searching the school's website to find out more about the program..But, the information is very vague.  It sounds attractive in the fact that it gives me greater flexibility and more contact with the professors....Greater Flexibility is good, right?

Well, I would like to hit the ground running...So, if the PAcE Program will enhance my academic education then...Im all in.....I wish I could find some current students that are participating in it now.

I will attend the oreintation on Aug 30th to find out more information....this is exciting....Just as I was ending this blog, I found more information: " PAcE is designed to better serve those students who are motivated, self-directed learners.  Invitation to the program is offered to selected students from the incoming class, although enrollment is completely voluntary.  Participants in the PAcE Program study independently and complete the learning objectives at their own pace, but they do meet with faculty regularly to evaluate their progress through weekly quizzes and clinical case studies."

Okay, I guess it is a compliment......But, I'll make that decision on Aug 30th, until then..Keep up the PACE......HaHaHa


  1. I got that letter from Ross too! Had similar feelings about it, but, like you, I'm gonna make up my mind after learning more at the orientation session. Only two weeks left! :)


    i know this is a little dated, but hopefully its something that will help you make a decision.

  3. You are a great inspiration. I will be separating the USAF in Nov 2015 and will be 36. I plan on following the same path you have. Thanks for the great blog. I hope I can do what you have done. Keep it up!

  4. My husband found your blog last night and sent it to me. I just read EVERY post and I can relate to you so much. Even that quote "I can do all thigns through Christ which strengtheneth me." is taped to my desk as I'm reading your post! I could say so much more, but to keep in simple... THANK YOU so much for documenting your journey. I will be praying for you. God Bless.

  5. Hi there. I'm an upcoming 5th semester here at Ross. I did PAcE for three semesters here. I would definitely recommend it. You should take it as a compliment, as only the top students receive an invite in subsequent semesters. Of course, you may find a lot of varying opinions about it. However, in my personal experience, I thought it was great--I met some new people, all while studying! Some people complain that it takes up valuable time, but I think if you're serious about it, it's no time wasted because it is added studying time, with confirmation of your skills and help directly from professors if you need it. So, if you're on the fence, I'd say GO FOR IT!