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    I need advice--windsor and aua

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    I was dismissed from a US medical school but have decided to pursue a medical degree. Currently I applied to carribean schools and have been accepted into windsor and aua. I appreciate honest advice from well-informed and intentioned and non-biased people who sincerely want to help.
    A decision should be made fast and depends on aua vs. windsor in the following areas:

    ability to get laons, both don't have federal sallie mae and will likely be high interest private
    relative success of getting a residency based on history of success of prior grads @ windsor vs aua
    amount of credit awarded
    ease/availability of electives/ green book viable elective sites.

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    relative success of getting a residency based on history of success of prior grads @ windsor vs aua

    Neither school has a significant track record. You have to pave your own way.

    amount of credit awarded

    That shouldn't be a concern. I would go with AUA over Windsor regardless.

    ease/availability of electives/ green book viable elective sites.

    You should be able to do all Green core rotations at AUA. I say that with certainty because I've done them. There will be wait times though - even if you schedule them far in advance, you'll have a couple months of downtime. If you choose electives in primary care, you can do all Green electives as well. If your interests are more exotic, you can take advantage of the 3-months of away electives that the school allows.

    Despite the fact that Windsor's website uses the term Greenbook, it's been my experience that both Caribbean schools and the hospitals that work with them lie about rotations to make money. So, unless they give you an actual list of rotations and you verify them yourself, don't take their word for it. Make sure you ask about their Pediatrics rotation and then call the medical education department of the hospital and verify that the school goes through them. Some Caribbean schools pay unsuspecting physicians to be mentors without the knowledge of the hospital.

    And talk to students. Ask them where they did each of their core rotations. Sometimes a school may have a Green rotation but only have a handful of spots - and the majority of students don't end up with that rotation.
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    Are there any states you can't get your license in in both windsor and aua? Are there any that you can't do you residency in, with both windsor and aua?

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    Quote Originally Posted by I need advice View Post
    Are there any states you can't get your license in in both windsor and aua? Are there any that you can't do you residency in, with both windsor and aua?
    AUA Grads cannot practice in California, Arkansas and Kansas currently, as far as I know. These three states follow the same list.

    AUA has applied for California and hopefully it will be recognized and graduates will be able to practice in these 3 states.

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    That is not bad, 47/50--I like the idea of practicing in florida. Anyone know how windsor compares?

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    I was under the impression that Nevada also did not allow AUA grads to practice.

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    Windsor is where students "transfer" to when they flunk out of AUA. And sadly they're usually allowed to advance to the next semesters at windsor. Correct me if i'm wrong, but i dont believe windsor requires you to pass shelf exams in order to pass a course. (At least i dont see it on their website).

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    Sree gave the best advice about this choice. AUA will have better clinical rotations and better opportunities, but consider your credit in making your choice because there are students at aua who have to think about transferring out because credit problems prevent them from getting loans to go here. I don't really know much about the loans problems, but do a little homework on that stuff too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyberia View Post
    Windsor is where students "transfer" to when they flunk out of AUA. And sadly they're usually allowed to advance to the next semesters at windsor. Correct me if i'm wrong, but i dont believe windsor requires you to pass shelf exams in order to pass a course. (At least i dont see it on their website).
    They don't have shelf exams, only internal exams... But they do give a course credit to AUA students if they got at least 53 on shelf while at AUA.

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    I think overall AUA is a better school

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