ok, with all the "10 things that..." posts out there, i thought i would jump in with mine.
he is a list of traits that i would look at carefully if i was a newbie, looking for a school. i am aware that many of you will look at this list and realize that your school may not fit in...and your school may well be on the way up. but, my point in this is that, unless you want to be a guinea pig, i would watch out for these 12 things. and, to be a guinea pig is just not neccesary. of the schools that don't meet these goals, i would bet several will not last, or will have severely limited choices for there grads, as far as where they can practice or whether they can get a decent residency. and, there is simply no good reason to take that risk.
so, without further ado...12 things avoid in an offshore med school.
1. <10 years of existence
2. >10 years of existence without any growth, or with a significant increase in restrictions (ie. lost loans, less states to work in, less clinical affiliations)
3. operates outside the country of charter
4. grads are unable to recieve unrestricted license in the country they studied in
5. poor or no history of residency placements
6. no fully licensed, practicing grads.
7. grads are banned from practicing in ANY state
8. students act as professors or faculty in any capacity beyond TA or tutoring.
9. a school that does not have its own clinical facilities OR does not have written affiliations for clinical education with facilities that are ACGME approved for all the core specialties (ie not just ACGME approved for FP, but approved for surg, im, ob/gyn, peds, psych)
10. a history of lying, deception, untoward advertising practices by its students or administration.
11. AVOID ANY SCHOOL THAT USES AGENTS IN ANY WAY
12. any school that has any part of its curriculum as internet based.
like i said before, some schools may not meet some of the minor criteria and still may be on the way up (saba and smu come to mind)...but, if you are a newbie, i would think that the safe bet is to go to the schools that have no negatives based on this list. if you cannot get into any of those schools (trust me, you can get into one of them, at least...) then maybe consider the younger schools that are actively working on approval and don't have any of the other negatives.