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    R.O.D.17 is offline Newbie 511 points
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    ?'s regarding AUA

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    A few questions regarding AUA...


    1) Would I get in with a 2.5 cumulative GPA (3.4 in science pre-reqs) and a 26 on the MCAT? I am 26 years old and have an irrelevant bachelors degree where I did not do too well because I was lazy. I refocused myself for the med school prereqs and scored A's in most of the classes. MCAT is balanced at 8, 8, 9.

    2) I need loans but my credit score may be in the 600s (working on fixing right now). I do not have any familial financial support. Has anybody secured private loans from any other bank or institution outside of the services that AUA offers on their front page?

    3) I am older and have already lived the tough life for 3+ years now. I am well aware that the Caribbean is now the last resort option for most people and it has become even harder for IMGs to match. I know that I will need to focus 100% from day 1 and stay free of the many temptations that exist to distract students; and therefore, my fiance has agreed to come with me for basic medical science and keep me on track. Is this going to be a problem? I know you must live in AUA housing for the first semester.

    4) How are the rotations and electives? I am more concerned about these two years over the first two, because (granted I pass step 1) the clinical experiences is really what open opportunities for the future.

    5) I don't think I would get into any of the Big 4 Caribbean schools, the only other options I have considered is Polish schools or SMP...but SMP is even hard/risky these days. Is there any other suggestions that anybody can give me towards pursuing the medical degree.

    6) AUA advertises the monumental rotation program with FIU program, but it is hard to find any other information regarding it. How much of a plus is this? and what are the requirements and what not?

    Thanks for your time!
    Last edited by R.O.D.17; 12-08-2014 at 03:52 PM.

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    1. It all depends, I think you will get an interview. Just make sure to do a search online about basic ethical scenarios as admissions will most likely ask. (ex: If you are in the ER and the resident with you smells like alcohol, what should you do?)
    2. 675 is the loan cut off, try your best to pay down any credit cards you have to at least 30%, and ur credit should push up.
    3. I don't think it's a problem, just make sure she realizes you will spend many hours studying.
    4. Rotations are solid, and we are matching well as a whole. Please focus more about Step 1 from day one of basic sciences.
    5. Honestly if AUA doesn't work out, study for the MCAT again, it's well worth it.
    6. FIU allows AUA students to complete all their clerkships at FIU, without delay. You finish all the required rotations and receive a certificate + transcript which helps with matching. It's a couple thousand dollars more than the regular tuition of AUA to do this program.

    Good luck
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