For those that have a sincere interest in CMU:
I haven’t been on Value MD for some time because I have been focusing on what all of us should be, which is studying to become the best doctor I can be for my future patients. I also think the oath that we have all taken is pretty clear in regards to the type of person we MUST be, particularly in regards to standards and ethics.
I am truly saddened to have read some of the post that have gone to such extensive lengths to not only mislead, but to actually defame fine individuals that they don’t even know as well as to trash an excellent school. I also notice that these post are routinely made by the same posters, which is totally indicative of someone with a personal vendetta. In my opinion, it should be a concern to anyone reading this forum that these individuals are actually on the path to become doctors. I personally would not want anyone that would participate in such degrading behavior to ever be a physician to myself or any of my loved ones.
I believe it is our responsibility as future physicians to look for the best in everyone, to be positive and build up verses tear down. For those of you that would really like to know about CMU, I believe that you will find the following helpful and honest. I hope that for those of you looking through all of these many forum post in hopes of finding some realistic advice and helpful information, that you will be able to find it in my post below. I sincerely hope that it will assist you in making the best decision for your future- whether it is with CMU or another fine Institution of Medicine.
As an alumni of CMU and past SGA President, I can tell you that CMU is one of the finest institutions that I have ever had the HONOR of associating with! I can also tell you that the owner of CMU is one of the finest individuals I have ever met. I routinely- everyday - saw him do everything in his power and more to help his students. There are VERY few CEO’s that I can say “has a heart- and a BIG heart”, but he does. Most CEO's are distant and are only concerned with how much money they can rake in. This is NOT the case here. He cares about his students. He provides low interest loans so that the students CAN realize their goal of becoming a doctor. Unless a school has FASFA financing, I don’t know of many other schools that offer much in the way of financial help. He will work with any student to help them make it! He also holds cost down to a bare minimum- AGAIN – to help the students. Look at our tuition! It is almost half of anywhere else! He has not raised it in years. Our dorms- below COST! Free rides to and from school on the bus. This is but a few of the things. He gives so much! I have seen the owner personally spend tremendous amounts of time at the student dorms to see what they students need or how he can continue to improve things- then he DOES it. He genuinely listens to them. So if he really is this “terrible” person that these post are falsely trying to make him out to be, then THANK-YOU, I’ll take someone like him ANY day! Possibly those writing these comments would benefit by actually taking the time to go meet him and getting to know him, you will be pleasantly surprised. I believe you will be ashamed at what you have so slanderously written.
The staff and professors at CMU are good, kind hearted people. They actively care about the students. They enjoy their teaching. I know at so many other schools so many teachers are arrogant and hateful to their students. The teachers at CMU will bend over backwards to help any student to insure they know the material so they can succeed and not fail! I personally saw our teachers spend tremendous amounts of time helping student that were having problems, personal or academic – most of which was their own personal time! There are many selfless acts given by all of these individuals.
Another important fact to note: CMU does not participate in the typical unorthodox practices that some of the other schools do, which is to fail students in order to charge huge fees for exam retakes so the student can pass; or refuse to give students their transcripts without huge extra fees. You will NEVER find any of this at CMU- ever! It is NOT about the money at CMU! They wanted us to do the best of our ability and were there to insure we did!
There are a lot of things you should be asking when you interview your medical school. Some of the things you should ask prospective medical schools about: Ask about their Rotation sites. If they really have them, they will have no problem giving you specific information. If they cannot, or will not tell you their sites because it is “confidential” or that they are "working" on them, approach with caution- they probably do NOT have any! Look at the size of their student body. A very small student body for a school that has been in business for a long time would be reason to do a lot more investigation! Ask about their rate of turnover for staff, teachers, deans, and the attrition rate of their students (all schools have attrition). Ask about their exam retake policies- do they have them and if so, is there a charge? Pass/Fail rates. Ask about their refund policies and ability to get your transcripts. What are the charges for this? What benefits (housing, transportation, meals) do they offer their students? ASK QUESTIONS- expect straight answers that can be confirmed. If you cannot get straight answers, then again, approach with caution.
I also think it says a LOT for a school when a school grows at the rate CMU is growing. The fact that most of it is by word of mouth, says even more! This means WE, the students are happy with our school! A school does not raise its enrollment each semester by over 50% unless there is a good reason. Good common sense should tell you this. I personally think it would be fair to say that anyone that is able to qualify for medical school should have a mind of their own and what is more important – USE IT! I recommend that you do your own research when it comes to something as important as choosing a medical school. When you check out a medical school- do NOT rely on Post on foruns to make such an important decision. These post are filled with inaccurate information. Do not just make a phone call either! Words are cheap and free! Do you really want to base your career on this? Instead, GO VISIT the school. It’s a huge investment that you are getting ready to make in terms of money and time! Take the time to go tour the campus, meet the teachers, staff and owners. Meet the students, students of your choice. Students will always tell you what you want to know and are honest. Avoid being allowed to only speak to "pre-arranged" students! I can personally guarantee you, if you visit CMU’s campus and also speak to ANY of the CMU students, staff, teachers, and owner, you will not only feel, but hear and see why I love CMU so much! But do NOT take my word for it, or anyone else’s word, go visit and make your own decisions from REAL facts and REAL people. Isn’t this how we plan to operate as physicians- get the real facts directly from our patients?
CMU is easy to get to, direct flight from Miami. They even have nice, new dorms for you to stay in on your visit! You will find a beautiful campus at the modern World Trade Center. In fact an entire brand new wing is almost ready for the school! Check out CMU’s Facebook page. You will see happy students and a VERY active school. CMU is also one of the ONLY schools Caribbean that offers PBL in their curriculum! This is HUGE! I took PBL with our Dean and it was incredible! Fabulous teacher! Do not miss this great opportunity! They have also added new dorms due to the continual increasing enrollment. I also understand that CMU has now been approved by Curacao for a Nursing School that will start this coming September! CMU also has very good, active, Clinical Rotation sites! If you want to set up your own, they will help assist you in doing this!
I am personally very thankful to CMU, its staff, faculty, owner and all of the students I spent so much time with- you truly made a difference in my life!!!
Thank-you for your time!