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    DisgruntledAUAStudent is offline Newbie 510 points
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    Why New students should NOT go to AUA UPDATE: AUA LOST ALL ROTATIONS IN ATL

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    Ok guys here is the straight up facts and I am sure 99.99 Percent of the current AUA students would agree with me. Most medical students are stresssed out enough about taking step 1, and once you are done and passed there is relief, or so you might think. After you take step you have to email a coordinator about once a day for about a month or so before you even get a reply. And the standard reply is we are working on getting more spots and we will let you know about it as soon as possible. Right now from talking to all the students who have taken step 1 and are waiting for rotations there is a wait for 6 to 9 months before you even start a rotations. I my self am approaching a point in between those periods. The problem here comes when you wait so long that you start to forget information that you are not using. Another problem comes when it about time to apply for residency. If you miss match then you have to wait a whole year to apply. Who will pay for my loans during that period when I am not in residency, because of AUA's inability to schedule all my rotations. Also there are rumors of students taking step recently and already receiving a few rotations. Does AUA have some type of schedule implemented on when and who gets a rotation spot? I think not, and I believe they are doing it all random. Some people might have connections I don't know but that is all I can think off. Also we have been told by AUA staff that if we do not care about what rotation we go to then we wont have a problem? Well AUA put me anywhere you want I don't care, and I have said this many times, but nope Im still waiting for a rotation. Also another problem I have with AUA is that some of the staff lie or stretch the truth. They are telling students that you do not have to know spanish to go to puertorico and do rotations there. What do the students that are rotating there now say? Spanish is a must or you will not learn anything. Why is AUA lying to its students? Well all of this does not matter now anyways. This post is to warn ALL NEW STUDENTS to pick other schools over AUA. If you have a chance to go to Ross or St. Geroges go there. If they make you do that one extra year MD/MHA program do it as you will save time there vs. AUA. This is a warning but I just dont want to say TOLD you so when you guys get to where I am now. I know some students are talking about lawsuits against AUA, and if that is my only other option I will look into it, but I dont want to make our school look bad because I love all my teachers that taught me everything I know today.
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    Wow this is very disheartening news. I am aware that there are issues with Clinicals right now, but I read a post from an AUA offical that says they are taking steps to making things better including no longer accepting transfers from others schools to do clinicals. I feel that by the time I get there (Hopefully Fall 2010) and get to do my rotations there should be no more issues with Clinicals. Any AUA personel wanna shed light on this? I really like every other aspect of the school from my research.

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    Frustrated students transferring out of AUA

    Yes, in other blogs you can see some AUA students that transferred to other medical schools, just because AUA couldn't get them proper rotations.

    More reasons to think 10X before enrolling in a Caribbean medical school.

    How many hospitals affiliations and spots are contracted with AUA ? and figure the student to spot ration before enrolling.

    cheers,

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    wow

    Wow, thats crazy

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    Rotations

    I don't think you will get a reply from AUA's reps just because there's a post almost once every two weeks scrutinizing the current clinicals situation and they don't feel obligated to reply to every single post. However, on other posts, AUA claims that they are thinking outside the box, which clearly isn't working out for them. If the clincal situation doesn't improve, a lawsuit might be the only way out for students. After dropping $ 50k+ on this school in basic sceince, if misery and frustration is only thing that you end up with then that's f-ed up.

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    I started a very similar thread to this almost 5 months ago. The situation was not so shabby then and I got my rotation with a few months wait. The situation has gotten worse. I feel for everyone. Its a tough decision to transfer out but then again once you get all your rotations somewhere else it won't matter. I know that many people are worried about what RD will say. .... Just say that AUA wasn't able to place you in a rotation and that you couldn't wait any longer to continue on with your education. Its not your fault...its AUA's. It shows that you are responsible and active in getting your medical degree. One way isn't working so you find another. Infact, a RD told me that he would never hold that against a student if it wasn't there fault.

    ...but if you are a student about to start or parent of a student that is about to send there child to AUA you are outta your mind.....

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    Crosbie, what would you suggest as an alternative to AUA, obviously US and big 4 are preffered, but if you are not that calibur a student (according to them). What is a good alternative to AUA?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DocDre View Post
    Crosbie, what would you suggest as an alternative to AUA, obviously US and big 4 are preffered, but if you are not that calibur a student (according to them). What is a good alternative to AUA?
    find out why you didn't get into one of the big 4 and get your mcat/gpa up (if that's the reason)

    you'll save yourself a lot of trouble/headaches/money/frustration not going to AUA

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    Quote Originally Posted by DocDre View Post
    Crosbie, what would you suggest as an alternative to AUA, obviously US and big 4 are preffered, but if you are not that calibur a student (according to them). What is a good alternative to AUA?
    HinduDoc makes a valid point. However, if that is not an option I would take MUA. I'm saying MUA because I have friends that started there same time I started at AUA and they got rotations back to back within 1 month of finishing step 1. This seems like a dream for an AUA student right now. Not sure what the clinical situation is over there right now but a quick glance at there clinical forum doesnt show any major problems. Post on their forum to get more info.

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    What we need is...

    A school with better rotations than AUA, better loans than AUA, who is approved for New York and is willing to sue on our behalf to help get us licensure.

    Anyone? Anyone?

    Maybe we could ask Santa Claus for Christmas....though then we'd miss the match. SIGH.

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