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    A Couple of Quick Questions Regarding AUA

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    Please provide your opinion to the following questions:

    1. What percentage of the AUA med school enrollment is comprised of American students ?

    2. What is the attrition rate of students enrolled at AUA?

    3. Does AUA attempt to "weed out" students (ie. grade such that a percentage of its students fail out?).

    4. What do you believe is the primary reason why students elect to drop out of AUA?
    -- home sick?
    -- academic failure?

    5. If you are a student at AUA:
    -- why did you select it as opposed to other med schools?
    -- Are you satisfied with your experience at AUA?
    -- would you select AUA again knowing what you know today?
    -- if not, where you favor over AUA (knowing what you know not).

    6. How are the living conditions at AUA?
    -- Do the students pretty much keep to themselves?
    -- Are the nationals hostile to the AUA students?
    -- Are you fearful of crime?

    7. Are the students at AUA cut- throat towards one another?

    Sorry for the lengthy questions. My questions regarding attrition/ "weeding out" is in response to a warning that someone gave me that many Caribb med schools are more interested in collecting tuition than educating students and as such the schools have forced attrition. Has that been your experience at AUA?

    Thanks.
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    Great thread OP!
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    Quote Originally Posted by otis View Post
    Please provide your opinion to the following questions:

    1. What percentage of the AUA med school enrollment is comprised of American students ?

    2. What is the attrition rate of students enrolled at AUA?

    3. Does AUA attempt to "weed out" students (ie. grade such that a percentage of its students fail out?).

    4. What do you believe is the primary reason why students elect to drop out of AUA?
    -- home sick?
    -- academic failure?

    5. If you are a student at AUA:
    -- why did you select it as opposed to other med schools?
    -- Are you satisfied with your experience at AUA?
    -- would you select AUA again knowing what you know today?
    -- if not, where you favor over AUA (knowing what you know not).

    6. How are the living conditions at AUA?
    -- Do the students pretty much keep to themselves?
    -- Are the nationals hostile to the AUA students?
    -- Are you fearful of crime?

    7. Are the students at AUA cut- throat towards one another?

    Sorry for the lengthy questions. My questions regarding attrition/ "weeding out" is in response to a warning that someone gave me that many Caribb med schools are more interested in collecting tuition than educating students and as such the schools have forced attrition. Has that been your experience at AUA?

    Thanks.
    1: about 80% are from the US
    2: out of my 120 class about 25 of us finished basic sciences on time without failing
    3: yes, aua weeds out.
    4: I think the main reason for dropping out of school is that they never wanted it in the first place.
    5: I couldn't get into other schools. SGU offered some ** MPH program where I would have had to pay an extra 50Gs. I am satisfied with being done with the island and having the chance to rotate through US hospitals. I hate the school and the administration though. My little sister can run the school better.
    6: actually the island is a GREAT place to buckle down and study for med school. Yeah, it sucked, but in the end I think it was good to be on an island with nothing to do but read. Students are cool, there are parties at bars casinos etc if ur into that stuff. Beaches are nice. Locals are stupid.
    7: yes, the students are cut throat. Its basically like a big big elementry school where everyone tattle tails on you, spreads rumors, stap u in the back to get on top etc. Its really stupid. There are some students who are mature and those are the ones that are usually the serious students.

    hope this helps, peace

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    Quote Originally Posted by Agraphia View Post
    1: about 80% are from the US
    2: out of my 120 class about 25 of us finished basic sciences on time without failing
    3: yes, aua weeds out.
    4: I think the main reason for dropping out of school is that they never wanted it in the first place.
    5: I couldn't get into other schools. SGU offered some ** MPH program where I would have had to pay an extra 50Gs. I am satisfied with being done with the island and having the chance to rotate through US hospitals. I hate the school and the administration though. My little sister can run the school better.
    6: actually the island is a GREAT place to buckle down and study for med school. Yeah, it sucked, but in the end I think it was good to be on an island with nothing to do but read. Students are cool, there are parties at bars casinos etc if ur into that stuff. Beaches are nice. Locals are stupid.
    7: yes, the students are cut throat. Its basically like a big big elementry school where everyone tattle tails on you, spreads rumors, stap u in the back to get on top etc. Its really stupid. There are some students who are mature and those are the ones that are usually the serious students.

    hope this helps, peace

    Why do you only think the 25 made it through. Is tutoring offered for those having trouble?

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    Quote Originally Posted by WannaBdoc25 View Post
    Why do you only think the 25 made it through. Is tutoring offered for those having trouble?
    No..in the Caribbean...you're on your own to learn the material. This is not a US med school where they do everything in their power to make sure you pass. That being said, there are TA sessions, and most of the professors have office hours if you need help. But the ultimate responsibility to learn the material is yours. Kids drop out for various reasons..going to the bar too much, not having a loan, personal reasons. You just have to make sure you're not one of the folks "going home".

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    What happened to the rest? Did they retake? drop out with a huge loan on their heads?

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    The usually repeat the class they failed. No one actually drops out, it's more like they transfer out so they're not back a semester.
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    Quote Originally Posted by otis View Post
    Please provide your opinion to the following questions:

    1. What percentage of the AUA med school enrollment is comprised of American students ?

    Most of the students here live in America but only a few were actually born in America.

    2. What is the attrition rate of students enrolled at AUA?

    My class started in Jan. with 08 with about 150 students. Add about 10-20 more that were here from pre med 4. About 1/3rd failed anatomy. Then a couple more failed either biochem or physio or both. As far as I know now, 2 people failed micro last semester and 1 person failed path, but I don't know if they were originally in our class or people who trickled down from upper semesters. As far as full med 4 goes, people that started here in med 1 + those from pre med 4 there are probably about 60 full med 4. Now keep in mind there are about 5 or so of us that are voluntarily in extended that haven't failed a class.

    3. Does AUA attempt to "weed out" students (ie. grade such that a percentage of its students fail out?).

    Well Dr. Ha in Anatomy has said 1/3rd of the class will fail. And Dr. S in histology said that is what Dr. Ha does on purpose. But it's hard to say in a way.

    4. What do you believe is the primary reason why students elect to drop out of AUA?
    -- home sick?
    -- academic failure?

    The only kid in my class that I know of that left voluntarily was because he didn't get the schedule he wanted during our 3rd semester. It was the one time Dr. L adhered to the pre-requisite rule. I know of girl that started in May and was really smart but didn't come back in Sept. But I think she was having problems getting a loan. Most people I know leave because they couldn't get a loan. But there many people who don't get a loan that try to stick it through. Given about half the people that couldn't get a loan didn't have the GPA to get a loan so they transfer to Windsor where it's cheaper.

    5. If you are a student at AUA:
    -- why did you select it as opposed to other med schools? My MCAT score was low, so I picked a school that I knew was at least on my state's case by case list.
    -- Are you satisfied with your experience at AUA? I'm satisfied with the academic part but the administration and the staff need to get it together. One thing I can say is that it seems like the financial aid department is doing better this semester. Some of the staff here on the island is ok and some of them in the process of improving when it comes to customer service and some need to be fired based on their lack of professionalism.
    -- would you select AUA again knowing what you know today? I would have no other choice but to select AUA again. I wasn't gonna take the MCAT for a 3rd time and from seeing all the people here with Master's degree I have a feeling that wasn't gonna enhance a US application either.
    -- if not, where you favor over AUA (knowing what you know not). If I knew I had a chance at one of the Big 3 or even a D.O. school I would've chosen one of them.

    6. How are the living conditions at AUA? student housing is ok except for Cortsland. Beachcomber wouldn't be too bad if it weren't for the fact they have this dumb way of adding all of the utilities together and dividing it among the residents.
    -- Do the students pretty much keep to themselves? since most people here are in their 20s, I'd say students are pretty social with other students. By it being such a small school, your business can get around if you don't watch it.
    -- Are the nationals hostile to the AUA students? They try to charge outrageous prices for rent and cars here and if the students wouldn't feed in to the first price they're offered the locals wouldn't think they could get over on all of us. As far as basic customer service goes, the locals don't have it. Even peole from other islands say Antiguans are the rudest people they've met.
    -- Are you fearful of crime? Just use common sense and you should be fine.

    7. Are the students at AUA cut- throat towards one another? Um...I wouldn't say people are cut throat. I think folks pick and choose with whom they share what information with. And after last semester's Histology fiasco, you can't really blame them.

    Sorry for the lengthy questions. My questions regarding attrition/ "weeding out" is in response to a warning that someone gave me that many Caribb med schools are more interested in collecting tuition than educating students and as such the schools have forced attrition. Has that been your experience at AUA? Well considering that you can't register for class unless your loan is pending/approved or you pay 25% of the tuition at registration, I would say the school has money at their #1 priority with academics in a close second.

    Thanks.
    If you just come here and focus on school your 16 or 20 months should go by pretty quickly. And you'll look back and say "it wasn't that bad."

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    Quote Originally Posted by shayloure View Post
    And you'll look back and say "it wasn't that bad."
    Or you could be like me and my friends that look back and hate the island with every fiber of our beings. Maybe we should ask Rahulb for an unbiased opinion. What say you, Rahulb?

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