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    AUA vs UMHS

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    Just got accepted to AUA, still waiting to hear back from UMHS.

    What are the pros and cons of both schools? I'm trying to make a decision which to attend for fall.

    Thank you very much in advance!

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    Wow, your situation is so similar to mine it's funny, I've asked this question many times on Value MD and her's what I've gathered:

    AUA= Beautiful campus, great staff, great reputation (as far as student;s getting residencies), and a loan program (although not perfect). The knock on AUA is the fact that it is pricey, and student's in the past have had to wait up to a year to start clinicals due to the large number of students. The clinical problem is being address but depending on who you talk to it's unclear how soon.

    UMHS=Also has a nice campus, not as great a repuation yet because they are newer, still no residencies for their student's, but that and NY approval are sure to be their's soon. Once upon a time, they has a sweet loan agreement with Citibank that covered full Cost of Attendence. This loan is no more, but they still have institutional loans to help pay for the cost which is cheaper than AUA.

    Hope this helps

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    Quote Originally Posted by hopefulMDstudent View Post
    Just got accepted to AUA, still waiting to hear back from UMHS.

    What are the pros and cons of both schools? I'm trying to make a decision which to attend for fall.

    Thank you very much in advance!
    Not sure if you wanted an administrator's point of view but here goes...Both are relatively young programs, AUA is 6.5 years old while UMHS's medical school is just over 2 years old (formed May 2008). Both have modern facilities, excellent for newer schools. The leadership of both programs is very experienced with Caribbean medical education. However, AUA offers New York State approval and we have an active private loan program which was recently revamped and made much more student friendly. I don't know the specifics but I do know that Citibank is not providing loans for new UMHS students anymore. You can tone down this all you want but it doesn't look great when a school "loses" their only loan program. This can make or break people's decisions to attend, as you would rely on the UMHS institutional loan and pay out of pocket, have family support, complete a masters, etc. Furthermore, we have graduates in residency programs around the US...UMHS has not placed students into residency as of yet (again they are 2 years old).

    I cannot comment on their curriculum, rotations, etc. UMHS has one 5th semester site in Portland, Maine while AUA offers 5 across the US: two in New York City, Atlanta, Miami, and Pontiac (Michigan). This could be advantageous as we have many students who are from the downstate NY area. AUA has 23 hospital sites in 7 States along with DC/Puerto Rico and the admins are truly working hard on adding more locations, slots, and so forth. We changed our transfer policy about two months back - ANY students who wants to transfer to AUA has to complete at least one semester of basic sciences on the island of Antigua. Previously, students could transfer directly into the clinical semesters. A point to mention, we only accept transfer students from the 6 other New York state approved Caribbean programs (and MD/DO of course). No transfers are accepted from UMHS, Windsor, Xavier - A or B, etc.

    We both spend 16 months on our respective islands. Antigua seems a bit more connected in terms of air transportation: direct flights from JFK and Newark on Delta and Continental, respectively. Direct flights to Charlotte, Toronto, Miami, Atlanta, Puerto Rico, London, Frankfurt, and many Caribbean islands. I am not sure what St. Kitts is like but I have been to Antigua three times and returning for 10 days in September for registration/orientation. I have traveled all over the island, familiar with our campus, and have seen all AUA's housing options (inside and out). One of the differences between schools is AUA has 7 affiliated housing facilities while UMHS seems to have a formal agreement with 1 - the Royal St. Kitts Resort. None of our options are directly on campus but those are part of the campus construction plan. All new students are required to live in our housing for 2 semesters of the 4. We have a brand new housing option, Lord Nelson, which will be ready for students for the September 2010 class. This is on Dutchmen's Bay (right on the water) and walking distance to campus.

    Hope this info helps. Feel free to PM, call, or e-mail with any questions.
    Bryan Fleischman
    Associate Director of Admissions

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