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    startinover is offline Newbie 512 points
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    Just Completed Med1 at AIMU

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    Hi! I just took my last MED1 final yesterday (did well I think!) and thought I'd share my eperience at AIMU for anyone considering coming here.

    I'm an older student (48) and came here with my husband and my two teenagers ( I'm doing the mid-life career change
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    congrats on completing Med 1!! Hope to hear more about your experience at AIMU.

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    How do you take teenagers to a caribbean island?

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    If you want to go to IAU or Spartan - Do Not bring school aged children with you unless your spouse can homeschool them (you will NOT have the time or energy to help). You will have a hard time finding children for them to socialize with - the St. Lucians are wary of non-Caribbean people (race not a factor - African American and East Indian friends have the same problems as my family has).

    At AIMU and AUSOM you will live in the Rodney Bay area with several excellent school choices. The top two high schools (one male, one female) are here and your children attend free - if they are extremely good students because they have to test to be allowed in. My daughter hates math, my son hates writing and neither knows St. Lucien history so I didn't even try this. lol

    There is an expensive International School (approx. $12,000+/year per child) here that is great if you have the funds. Again, this was not an option for us due to limited funds. We chose to place them in the Gros Islet private school (#3 in the nation). Cost = $7500 +/- per year Total for both ($3750 each).

    Homeschooling in Rodney Bay is also a good option. As soon as we moved here my kids met others and quickly formed a large group of friends both St. Lucien and European. Hiring a tutor for areas you feel weak in is possible and not very expensive. Just keep in mind (as we quickly discovered) YOU will be in med school and your homeschool participation will amount to asking them about their studies over dinner!!

    Guys, don't kid yourselves - These med schools are hard. The classes are designed to prepare you to become a Doctor. The professors are qualified to teach probably anywhere in the world. I was an accountant and my Master's courses were NOTHING compared to this. Alot of your fellow students are going to be Canadian, Indian, African - essentially from all over the world and they are here on Govt. sponsered grants and loans. Only Americans are penalized for going to a "Caribbean Med School". Spartan, which we avoid like the plague due to CA ban, is a large school with alot of students and perfectly acceptable in other countries.

    I'm not saying all Carib schools are fine - there really are some that are internet schools (My God that's a scary thought) but AIMU, IAU, AUSOM and Spartan I have first hand knowledge of and they are very good schools. Students from other countries CHOOSE to come here, not because they couldn't get in to a Medical School back home but because they WANT to study in the Caribbean. One of my closest friends here had a full scholarship to Med School in Toronto and transferred it here instead because wanted to try living in the Caribbean!

    Sorry, didn't mean to go off on a tangent : ). I was just surprised when I got here after reading these boards - they really give a skewed version of Carib Schools.

    If you want particulars about schools for kids let me know and I'll try to answer and send you links.

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    Good Job on completing MED 2! Wish you all the very best!

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    Completing Semester 1

    Quote Originally Posted by startinover View Post
    Hi! I just took my last MED1 final yesterday (did well I think!) and thought I'd share my eperience at AIMU for anyone considering coming here.

    I'm an older student (48) and came here with my husband and my two teenagers ( I'm doing the mid-life career change
    That's cool! How do you like the teaching style of the professors? Do they have this phrase "you don't need to know it now until the next semester" answer when you ask certain medical questions related to the topic being discussed?

    Is it true that WAU does not provide clinical rotation for the AIMU students?
    Is it true that Dr. *** is the same person as John McAllen as claimed by one of the AIMU students?
    Is there a wait in between clinical rotations for AIMU students or is it uninterrupted and in one hospital only?
    Can an AIMU graduate practice in the 48 states (except New York and California?)

    I have so many questions since I will be visiting the school on Oct. 27, 2012 and I don't want to make another mistake in choosing a medical school here in the Carribean. Just like you, I am doing a career-change and I'm in my late 30's even though I was in the medical field years back then went into the processing industry as a microbiologist.

    Thanks for any piece of info you might be able to provide.

    Ruby

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    Quote Originally Posted by montillo dante View Post
    That's cool! How do you like the teaching style of the professors? Do they have this phrase "you don't need to know it now until the next semester" answer when you ask certain medical questions related to the topic being discussed?

    Is it true that WAU does not provide clinical rotation for the AIMU students?
    Is it true that Dr. *** is the same person as John McAllen as claimed by one of the AIMU students?
    Is there a wait in between clinical rotations for AIMU students or is it uninterrupted and in one hospital only?
    Can an AIMU graduate practice in the 48 states (except New York and California?)

    I have so many questions since I will be visiting the school on Oct. 27, 2012 and I don't want to make another mistake in choosing a medical school here in the Carribean. Just like you, I am doing a career-change and I'm in my late 30's even though I was in the medical field years back then went into the processing industry as a microbiologist.

    Thanks for any piece of info you might be able to provide.

    Ruby
    You are making several crucial mistakes. First, late 30's is late to become a physician. Second, Caribbean medical schools do not provide a safe route to your dream. The road is field with mines and some of the roads are worse than others, such as AIMU. Forget about it! Explore other health care fields such as dentistry, optometry, and pharmacy. They only take 4 yours and at the end you know you gonna get there (100% guaranteed). Sorry If I am a little too harsh, but this is the reality. Good luck with your future plans! Dont rush into things and stay away from Caribbean!

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    Quote Originally Posted by psychvmd View Post
    It sounds promising too.I want to transfer from my current school called CMU in Curacao elsewhere as well.
    IF AIMU sounds promising to you, then you have poor decision making skills and wont make a good physician.

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