Learning System

No Matter What Your MCAT Score
or College GPA”

How to do it… Without Energy, Drinks, Coffee or Pharmaceutical Psychostimulants While Sleeping 8 Hours a Night and Even Freeing Up Spare Time

This letter is about getting you on track to your absolute highest GPA in 3 days or less.

It’s about doing it without the need for ineffective quick-fixes for mental exhaustion like caffeine, Red Bull®, Monster® or worse.

More than that, it’s about doing all this and enjoying a way better lifestyle as a medical student.

If you’re looking for a competitive edge this semester, or you want to finally break free from all the common boundaries and restrictions that have held you back from making the grades you want, then this might be the most important letter you’ll ever read. Because in it…

A formerly frustrated college student reveals the simple system that immunized him to failure, catapulted him to the top of the class in medical school and can do the same for you

If you would like to know how a regular guy like me attained a perfect grade point average in medical school and competed at the top 5% of a class of 350+ highly talented individuals… If you would like to learn and be able to apply the same study strategies, secrets, tips, tools and philosophies that allowed me to score a 97 on USMLE Step 1 (well above the mean score attained by test takers from US and Canadian medical schools)… Then turn off your cell phone, log out of Facebook and shut your door so you can read the entire letter undisturbed.

Dear colleague,

My name is Cesar Orellana and I am a 4th year medical student at Ross University School fo Medicine. I’ve created a  BLUE PRINT for thriving in one of the toughest academic environments in existence – medical school. It’s called The 4.0 GPA Learning System®.

It’s not based on theory or guess work. It’s based on hands-on, personal experiences documented while I was elbow-deep in the trenches of my first two years of medical school.

What students across the country are saying about my system…

“I raised my score in biochemistry by 31% on the final, so I literally went from failing to just shy of a B. While a lot of peoples’ grades dropped as the semester progressed, I raised mine in histo by 15% and by 10% in physio as well.”

Jared Christensen

1st year medical student
From Utah

“I am doing well while others around me are belly aching about how it’s too hard. I have managed an A on every test  to date and ranked in the top 5 in my class. I ended up with a letter of recommendation out of it, and a special invitation to participate in some kind of science round table.”

Heather Adrian
Pre-medical student
From Florida

“I got 80% on my cell bio exam last week, but before using your strategies I could only achieve 68%. I also got 85% on my cardiovascular physiology exam even though there was a lot of information to absorb.”

Aimon Kopera
1st year medical student
From South Carolina

“I have used most of the strategies and tips in this book and they have helped me out tremendously! My classmates  thought I was crazy, but when I employed these methods my test grades were invariably higher than when I tried to study ‘just a little bit more’.”

Ryan Fisher
1st year medical student
From Florida

Still Skeptical are you? Great! Two years ago I would’ve been too; so I had a peer and a resident doctor review my system and give their unbiased opinion. Here are those reviews:

Dr. Joshua Babu, a First  Year Resident at The University of Wisconsin-Madison reviews my system
“Medical school is one of the most taxing trials (both physically and mentally) that a person can choose to go through in life. The keys to success in medical school involve many factors including: having the right resources, having good teachers, nourishing your mental health, and a sincere willingness to work very hard. However, even a person who has all these aspects working for them will have a difficult time in medical school without an overall strategy to maximize efficiency in this time-crunched environment with little margin for error.

Instead of going through the painstaking and clumsy method of stumbling through various ineffective and inefficient methods of study and preparation for surviving medical school, The 4.0 GPA Learning System® teaches students a refreshing, innovative and evidence-based approach to studying for exams and to excel in the academic world. Perhaps most importantly, with this scientific method, students will be able to manage time effectively, leaving room for physical recovery and emotional well being.

After extensive review, I have found that the quality of the content in this program is excellent. It is presented very personably, realistically, and eloquently. From the expert advice and insight given in the book, to the style and sincerity demonstrated in the audio presentation, the content seems proven, logical, and appealing in its potential to maximize a student’s performance.

The quality of the product is superb in its organization. The information is presented nicely through visual and audio format which will appeal to many people. And the program for timing your studying will be very useful during the main months of medical school as well as the weeks of cramming prior to Step 1, as students really push their limits of mental endurance to see how much they could study in a day.

One critique I have of the product is that it may not be for everyone. It will appeal most to the people who have a certain degree of the obsessive compulsive personality type. Granted, many people who get into medical school will have a certain degree of that personality type anyway.

In summary, I would definitely recommend this product to medical and pre-medical students as it is hands down the most comprehensive resource available that highlights the basic and universal aspects of success in medical education. The authors have put in a lot of effort to pinpoint common mistakes and pitfalls that almost every medical student makes during the first two years of medical school, as well as reveal some of the biases and fallacies of medical education. The time and precious energy that the insight in this resource frees up is invaluable and will more than make up for the price.”

Dr. Joshua Babu

Psychiatry Resident at The University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.D. from University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford
B.A. in psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago
B.S. in biology from the University of Illinois at Chicago

I know what you’re thinking… up until this point, I’ve made some some pretty bold promises right?

I mean, who ever heard of a medical student getting straight A’s and enjoying themself at the same time?

So let me prove to you that I’m not full of it.

This is not to brag, it’s to prove that what I’m saying isn’t B.S. Here’s a copy of the transcript from my first 2 years in medical school:

That’s hard evidence that I walk the walk. But if I were you, the next thing I’d be thinking is, “That’s great. Your system worked at your medical school, but what about mine?”

To answer that question have a look at my USMLE Step 1 score report:

What this score report tells you is that my system works at the national level as well as the local level.

If this system will allow an average guy like me to ‘hold my own’ against the National Board of Medical Examiners, it will allow you to excel at your medical school, and on the boards too.

I’m not saying my Step 1 score is the best out there, because it’s not. It is a solid score by anyone’s standards and I’m proud of it because it represents my personal best on a standardized test. Before USMLE Step 1 I had a terrible track record on standardized tests.

That’s what this system is all about – ensuring that you perform at your personal best – every time from now on, no matter what happened in the past.

It all started a few years ago…

I met my wife Anna back in college. We were both pre-med at the time and when things got serious between us, we decided that if we were going to go to medical school, it had to be the same one – even if that meant going offshore. Sure enough, we ended up at Ross on an island in the Caribbean called Dominica.

Just three years ago we were sitting exactly where you might be right now: about to begin the basic medical sciences (pre-clinical years) at a new school, away from home with absolutely no idea what to expect.

What we did know was the obvious. We knew that it wasn’t going to be easy. We knew that the amount of material we would have to learn in the next 4 semesters would easily amount to more than our four years in college.

I felt like I would have to do something radically different, and  drastically better than anything before, if I was going to be able to handle the new workload. I would have to have a solid game plan. I had six months off before enrolling in medical school. During that time I thought long and hard about what this change might be.

I got down to work reading a lot of books on the subject of how to study – a lot. I picked up some good pointers here and there but not the breakthrough I was looking for. I tried every method I came across in books, in newspaper articles and on CD. I learned about subjects like speed reading, memory improvement, time management and many others.

After months and months of work, I had made a lot of progress. I felt like I could assimilate a lot more information than I ever could, but I still hadn’t found the magic bullet that was going to change everything. Then…

One night, while having dinner on the north side of a remote, tropical island, at the foothill of a 4747 foot high, precipitous volcanic peak, surrounded by lush green rainforest, it suddenly hit me…

Something I had read months earlier, and merely snickered at and dismissed, finally crystallized in my mind. I don’t know what caused me to think about this particular idea again, but from this new vantage point I now saw a strategy so brilliant, so fool-proof and so simple, I knew we couldn’t lose.

This was a moment of clarity that ushered in a radically different philosophy to learning for Anna and I. This epiphany would become the basis for our entire approach to studying medicine. It was at that precise moment that we guaranteed ourselves success in medical school.

Now, Anna and I both have 4.0 cumulative GPAs, we are 7 time Dean’s list award recipients, she scored a 99 on USMLE Step 1, I scored a 97 and we couldn’t be more thrilled.

Let’s be clear. Not many students at Ross maintain a 4.0 GPA throughout the basic medical sciences. Our class began with 450 students, and only a handful of students from that group was able to do so. I should also mention that there were about 5 other couples who got together before starting with us at Ross, none of which joined us at the top of the class. So dating a med student can’t be the reason we were so successful.

Before you know it, you’ll be sitting for the National Board of Medical Examiners’ Comprehensive Basic Science Shelf Exam, otherwise known as the “Comp”, then Step 1 of the United States Medical Licensing Exam shortly after. For these exams you’ll be expected to have mastered the 14 core disciplines of medicine:

Gross Anatomy Statistics
Biochemistry Pathology
Genetics Pharmacology
Cell & Molecular Biology Microbiology
Histology Immunology
Physiology Clinical Medicine
Behavioral Science Neuroscience

You’ll learn these core disciplines in the US at Johns Hopkins or Harvard; in Canada at the University of Toronto or McGill; in the UK at Cambridge or Oxford; in Australia at The University of Sydney or Melbourne; in the Caribbean at Ross, St. George’s, AUC or Saba; or at an Indian medical college in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore etc.

Why some students buckle under the pressure

Medicine is medicine no matter where you study, and the truth is, the last 3 years have been quite a challenge. As you can see, the curriculum requires you to learn vast amounts of complex material in a very short period of time.

Such a short period of time in fact, that it proves to be unrealistic for some people. Some will just not be able to meet these demands and will buckle under the pressure. That’s why schools around the world make it a priority to keep weak applicants out of their programs.

For example, according to statistics published by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), in 2008, 18,036 successful applicants to US medical schools had a mean Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) cumulative score of 30.9 and an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.66. Many had even more impressive stats.

Despite very strict admissions criteria, thousands of students will decelerate and/or fail out of medical school every year. While it is a phenomenal achievement, getting into medical school does not guarantee that you’ll get through medical school. It’s simply a milestone in your education.

A Mayo Clinic sponsored study titled Burnout and Suicidal Ideation among US Medical Students, published in the September 2nd issue of the journal Annals of Internal medicine illustrates this point.

This study reveals that of the 4287 medical students at 7 different US medical schools, a staggering 11.2% reported contemplating suicide within the past year. Also, a jaw-dropping 49.6% of participants reported experiencing burnout over the same time period.

All of these data suggest that…

Supernatural intelligence isn’t enough to succeed in medical school, you need this…

So why do some students breeze through every class, while others struggle just to get by? Is it supernatural intelligence? Do people with top GPA’s and board scores have this special ability that everyone else does not? Does it take a savant, or dare I say it – a genius to succeed in medical school?

Some people think so. I disagree wholeheartedly. This is one of the biggest myths in education. Because before becoming an above average medical student myself, I was only an average student in college. So I know that what you really need is strategy not genius.

Only a select few students ever map out a winning strategy that will allow them to learn everything they are expected to learn under the extreme time constraints in medical school. An even smaller number are ever able to execute one consistently.

Our success in the pre-clinical years is directly due to the strategy my wife and I devised and we would love to share it with you.

We’ve obsessively documented and analyzed every single study strategy, tactic and habit – some sneaky, some surprisingly obvious, that have allowed us to compete at the top of our class. We’ve published a step-by-step instructional manual as an e-book that anyone can follow to duplicate our success and even do better.

We also hired a software engineer to develop custom software for med students. What we’ve come up with is a study aid that will allow any medical student to optimize the way they learn immense amounts of information.

The peak performance software takes the exact study system Anna and I invented and implemented with archaic tools, to a whole new level. You now have an advantage no medical student before you has ever had.

To anyone who’s been in medical school for a while, and is having a tough time…

If you’re consistently just an eyelash above the minimum passing score at your school and you’re sick of it… Here’s a proven system that turns C’s into A’s on demand
while even freeing up spare time

I believe that medical school doesn’t have to be such a grind.  You can take time off and enjoy yourself. This is important too, because it’s the key to preventing burn out. You’ve got to disengage your work to refresh and recharge. The 4.0 GPA Learning System®. provides you with the right tools to take back control of your life.

Medical school can be like a pass through an electric grinder for the naive or ill-informed. This manual is a map that shows you where all the landmines and pitfalls are in first 2 years, so you can walk right around them.

Students of ours have said that this manual reveals the secrets from the top of the class that you’ll never hear coming from the front of the auditorium – a $147 value.
This manual describes in detail, the results of extensive trial-and-error and analysis of the success practices my wife Anna I used to learn the basic medical sciences. It’s a case study really.

My goal here is to make all the connections abundantly clear for you, so that it won’t take weeks, months, a semester or even an academic year to make these connections for yourself.

I want to reduce or even eliminate your learning curve for how to succeed in medical school. We arduously extended ourselves on this project writing, rewriting, formatting, reformatting, editing and re-editing to make this information so clear, so alive, so easy to grasp and implement for you, and with only the slightest effort it’s really a no brainer.

I’m here to make you aware of the fact that you do not have to settle for drawn-out, incremental improvements in your academic performance. You can have explosive, extraordinary results, starting right now.