I spoke to LMC directly via phone and email. the connection to IUHs is strange and not clear. LMC recently has become a "satellite" campus under the "umbrella" of IUHS. According to LMC, the relationship came about to provide more opportunities to students for online learning in the basic medical sciences as well as "campus options" whatever that means.
It may mean that they intend to offer the traditional basic sciences curriculum online...by using the IUHS taskcare online classroom management/services... Taskcare currently provides the online classroom services for the problem based learning curriculum of IUHS..
Also, the website indicates that LMC offers financial aid..They do not..They (like IUHS) offer unrealistic payment options to students. IUHS charges students $1000 per month per trimester. This is quite difficult to manage if you are single and trying to continue working fulltime. LMC has a similar situation. They offer a scholarship of sorts... this knocks tuition down to $3600 per trimester.. LMC gives you the option to pay this by credit card or in four installments.. $900 per month. According to the LMC represenative "real" loans will not be available to much later this year. I find this a strange coincidence as IUHS is on schedule to supposedly participate in Medachiever/Teri type loans "much later this year". The administration of LMC and IUHS do not offer much more on the relationship between the two schools other than ther is an affiliation.
If you are thinking of doing the online program route... Do not be mislead! IUHS is notorious for painting a rosey picture that online is the answer for the working individual. It is actually more time consuming than sitting in a classroom. The amount of power point presentations, online quizzes, online notes, addendum to online notes, as well as traditional reading assignments is quite voluminous! Oh, almost forgot the 4 hour online end of trimester testing.. Which requires you to have a mentor/tutor present that must be approved by the school in advance..and this cannot be a relative, friend, or co-worker.. IUHS has on occassion gone as far suggesting to students that they take their exams at a local community college and PAY for a tutor to be present for the test! Most schools charge $25-$30 hour for this..so, thats approximately $100 per test! In addition to your tuition costs! Students have been mislead to think that it is possible to maintain a 40 hour work week and successfully complete the online curriculum... NOT SO! Most students at IUHS do not work more than 25 hours per week... Others do not even work ..but are fortunate as their significant other/spouses are supporting the household while they are doing the program... Again, if you are single and in a middle income type job trying to finance this type of education... work fultime..attend online school fulltime is daunting and near impossible! If LMC is setup similar to IUHS then you will face the same dilemmas and obstacles...
Also of concern.. Taskcare dot com manges/provides the online technology for the IUHS online classroom. What is interesting is that the chief financial officer of IUHS is also on the board of directors for taskcare (given by a source which I have been unable to completely confirm) and also is reported that Taskcare is owned by several of the administrators/faculty of IUHS. So, not only are they making money from tuition, teaching, they are also marketing their "dot com educational tool". It would appear/seem that if LMC is under the umbrella of IUHS as a satellite school it is probably due to the fact that several of its faculty are also on faculty with IUHS. The "online program" enables faculty (of both schools) to be anywhere in the world.. Dr. Roderick Neame is the vice chancellor of IUHS and is located in the UK (despite the fact that IUHS is physically located in ST. Kitts). Even more amazing is that his picture appears on the LMC website on the welcoming page! So, the real question is..Are LMC and IUHS basically one and the same? Just two ways of presenting the basic sciences medical scholl curriculum online?!
In addition to this...the majority of students attending IUHS were never informed of the "link" to LMC. Instead most of them discovered this via "suffering the web"...and from questions posed by students from other foreign medical schools!