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    snowman43 is offline Junior Member 510 points
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    Whats up everyone? Well I have already been accepted to AUA no problems there. But lately I have been worried for some reason and I am thinking about taking the Mcat and applying in the states. I know that would be the best bet but listen up...I have a 3.45 overall GPA and a 3.0 science GPA. I have research experience and volunteering experience. I feel that if I prepare enough for the Mcat that I could probably score a 30. The thing is, I know that if I do get a 30 I will have to wait another year to get into school, more than likely a DO program. That means another year out of shcool and another year longer until I get my degree. If I go to AUA this upcoming semester, I will finish a year earlier. I know I could get a master's in between that amount of time, but that would cost me more money. Do you think that it is a good idea to stay at AUA and get my stuff done, or postpone it and start in a year at a US school. I want to also mention that I am 23 turing 24 in June and planning on going into psychiatry. I know that this is not that competitive of a field in medicine. I alsol got my BA in psychology. Your thoughts, thanks

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    How sure are you that you'll want to go into Psychiatry? If that is the case, don't waste any more time and go directly to AUA.

    If you think that you might change your mind, what are your other options? If they are non-competitive areas- come to AUA.

    If this however, is not definite, then go ahead and take your MCAT, see what you get. If you do get that 30, I don't see why you can't get into a US school.

    By the way, when are you coming to AUA? If you're coming in September, you can definitely go ahead with the MCAT.

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    Take the MCAT, apply to US schools but at the same time apply to the Big 4 in the caribbean (SGU, AUC, Ross, and SABA). Then consider coming to AUA

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    How sure are you that psych is what you will want to do? Most med students wind up changing their minds at least a little bit during clinicals. AUA grads will certainly be able to attain more-selective specialties. But certainly not anything as well as grads of US med schools. If you have a shot at a 30+ MCAT you should aim at US schools. AUA is only a good second option.

    To quote my fellow VMDites, "A year or two are nothing when you consider how long you will be practicing medicine."...or similar

    Also please understand that I don't want to stand in your way of applying to AUA. But education/training should always OPEN opportunities not LIMIT opportunities. Whether we like it or not AUA grads will continue to face the stigma of not coming from the good-old-boy network of LCME/AMA schools. Attending an off-shore medical school should only be a priority if you are 100% sure you cannot attend a US med school.

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    most of what i want to say has been covered by the above posters.

    another aspect to consider is finance.
    esp. during the economic 'recession' occurring in the states..
    the loan situation at AUA is unstable..
    AND there are no federal loans available currently at AUA.

    imho, i would wait and take the MCAT.
    make sure you kill it.
    the chance of you having a change of heart about psych is worth it i think.
    a 3.0SGPA, 28+ MCAT should be competitive to get you into SOME domestic school..
    it won't be harvard or anything..
    more along the lines of howard, morehouse, meharry, etc..
    but ANY domestic > offshore.

    furthermore, taking the MCAT will let you apply to the carrib big 4 schools..
    SGU, Ross, AUC, Saba.
    these schools (last i heard) are accredited in all 50 states.
    they also have better rotation spots than other caribb schools.

    not to bash AUA in anyway..
    but i think it's a good third option.
    1. domestics, 2. big 4, 3. schools like AUA, MUA, SMU, etc..
    AUA is relatively new compared to the big 4..
    i'm sure it will be among the elite caribb schools with time.
    but for now..
    those are my $0.02.
    considering the chance you may change your mind about psych..
    i think it is WELL worth sacrificing the year to do well on your mcat.
    good luck.

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    Avoid AUA and the island if you can get into a DO school in the US. The year's wait is no big deal at your age.

    Quote Originally Posted by snowman43 View Post
    Whats up everyone? Well I have already been accepted to AUA no problems there. But lately I have been worried for some reason and I am thinking about taking the Mcat and applying in the states. I know that would be the best bet but listen up...I have a 3.45 overall GPA and a 3.0 science GPA. I have research experience and volunteering experience. I feel that if I prepare enough for the Mcat that I could probably score a 30. The thing is, I know that if I do get a 30 I will have to wait another year to get into school, more than likely a DO program. That means another year out of shcool and another year longer until I get my degree. If I go to AUA this upcoming semester, I will finish a year earlier. I know I could get a master's in between that amount of time, but that would cost me more money. Do you think that it is a good idea to stay at AUA and get my stuff done, or postpone it and start in a year at a US school. I want to also mention that I am 23 turing 24 in June and planning on going into psychiatry. I know that this is not that competitive of a field in medicine. I alsol got my BA in psychology. Your thoughts, thanks
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    My 0.02 $

    The big Caribbean schools as an secondary option is a good choice, however avoid Ross, The only positive thing I can say about their teaching is a huge potential for improvement...
    Good luck

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    I don't think AUA is so bad. But to the OP, If you can do well on the MCAT and get into a US school, I would definitely recommend that first. Then the Caribbean schools that have federal loans, and then AUA.


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    Thank you Everyone

    Just wanted to thank everyones input
    I'm going to start studying for Mcat now
    I know that I want to become a great doctor and I will in all due time...
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    Apply to US schools including DO schools. SGU is a great school to apply to as well in the caribbean. I know people in the states that graduated from that school. Its a great institution. However caribbean schools should be the 3rd choice after allopathic and osteopathic.

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