I do not understand why so many of you continue to bash IUHS.
This is my first post. I am 38 years-old, and I am beginning a second career, one that will take me down the same path many of you are on.
IUHS is on my radar because I love the idea of independent learning. I am intrigued by the possibility of navigating the basic sciences on my terms at my time.
The idea of "online education" is already here in many forms. There isn't a single valid reason why many of the basic science components can not be taught through online technology. IUHS does not suggest in any way that the clinical education of any student be completed online. With a quality mentor, a medical student can actually have more of an advantage than a student produced at any other caribbean program. The catch is.... how to secure that mentor?
A closer look at IUHS is needed by all. The issues I have with IUHS are focused on their clinical sites, not how they provide a basic science education.
For what it is worth, the Ohio State University has had an independent-study program for their basic medical science component for 12 years now, and currently they have incorporated "online" technology into their lecture series. Yale also offers an independent study, with the students being given a study objective and allowed to complete them on their time, with any available online resource available to them. The list doesn't stop there, two US osteopathic programs will be starting "online independent study" options for their basic science students in 2008.
The state licensing boards still have the trump card. The USMLE. Student performance on those licensing exams will dictate if schools like IUHS are producing well-educated graduates.