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    Number of AUA students sitting for the USMLE (STEP 1)

    I was wondering how large are AUA class in general and how many people end up sitting for the USMLE? I want to get an idea of the percentage of students that successfully make it to rotations and match. I would appreciate any input from current and former AUA students.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DoctaDocta View Post
    A lot has changed, especially in the last year with the new executive dean taking over. Faculty are being replaced all the time, and we also have many guest lecturers who come in. In first semester alone we had a professor from Yale and a professor from Stanford come and teach us certain topics. The chief editor of Netter's anatomy regularly comes and teaches first years anatomy. We even had a Nobel Prize winner, Dr. Harald zur Hausen (discovered the link between HPV and cervical cancer leading to development of the HPV vaccine) come and present his current research at AUA's research day and some students got to go and have breakfast with him and chat. AUA definitely has turned things around. I've heard some of the crazy stories from the past few years, but trust me it's changed dramatically and I am enjoying my experience 100%.

    AUA hasn't been around as long as the "Top 4" or whatever Caribbean schools, and we've had some bad incidences in the past, so I understand the concerns, but I think it is a hidden gem now. Admissions are still more slack than say SGU or Ross, but that doesn't mean anything because you still have to pass the NBME comp to be eligible to move to Step 1 and beyond, so anyone who does work hard and make it to that point has proved themselves academically and are essentially on equal ground as the other students. I heard from an AUA alumni who is now doing a fellowship at Yale (!) that programs that do take IMG's don't really care that you're a Caribbean grad as long as your USMLE scores are competitive. The stigma only remains on those who barely pass their Steps or take multiple attempts or fail a semester, etc. You should have a spotless track record from first semester to last semester. And also, he told me that once you complete residency in the US, you are considered equal to US grads.. Hence how he got accepted into Yale for his fellowship studies. (Matched at a good hospital, became chief resident, got board certified and now is at Yale for fellowship). It's all hard work, people!!!!!

    Perhaps I'm biased since I go to AUA, but either way I don't regret it at all. And yes, success is all in the student's hands at the end of the day.

    Sorry for the long rants, but I've seen so much negativity on these forums so I wanted to share some positive vibes!

    I agree it's getting better, and the outcome is based on the student's effort. Does AUA give u everything? I would say no, a lot of passing step 1 is purely self study. The problem is that most of the professors at AUA haven't taken the Step exams and therefore don't know how teach it. I am an AUA clinical student, but we should be realistic to potential applicants. Retake Mcat/ try DO before coming (like was stated above), if all else fails, try AUA.

    What percentage of material does AUA expose its students related to step 1? I honestly would say 65-70%. They focus more memorization than test taking strategies. The in house exams are way too easy, based on buzz words (nowhere as difficult to STEP1). I knew students getting honors and failed Step.

    The school is a business, and if you are not willing to work, you will fail. You need to have this in your head from day 1. If you work hard (not just "say" you will), you will succeed and match. If you are stuggling in a subject or a concept, get help and don't wait until the end or you will fail. I'm proud of AUA, they are investing properly for our future (at least for clinical sciences).
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    Nice to hear. Haven't heard anything about changes made since the infamous comp shelf incident.

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    Hey! I'm seriously considering AUA at the moment, but I'm hesitant because of all the negative things I've read online about the school ( Cheating scandal, issues with clinicals) DoctaDocta Your probably the first person Ive come across to be so clear and honest about the school. If AUA isn't the best at preparing you for the USMLE step 1,is it possible to take the kaplan prep course for the USMLE step 1 while your on break or something? Im also concerned about the total cost of attending AUA ? And are they efficient at organizing rotations? Ive heard horror stories about students getting delayed.

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    My cousin went to AUA and left the island in 2010, I left the island in 2014 and our views of the school are very different. We both did well and passed the comp, step 1 etc! He is now in residency.
    The school is good, but you have to work your gluteus off so you can pass the classes! whatever school you choose there will always be some bad eggs/apples/oranges but you got to do you! Medical school is a struggle, AUA prepared me gave me the material, I could have worked harder though and then I think I would have passed step 1 earlier than I did!!

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    Cheating scandals,etc. are old news. Dr. Mallin's administration is a lot better than the previous one (from what I've heard). Not in clinicals yet so can't comment on that, but so far I feel like the education has been good (some GREAT profs, some not so great). I'll comment further on Step 1 after I take it sometime in 2016..

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    Hi DoctaDocta, please, I need your Med 1 AUA class schedule and if possible your syllabus indicating what pages to study from the text books and so on. I will be starting in February 2016 and I want to familiarize myself with some of the materials. Thank you in advance for your anticipated reply.

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    Hey I am starting in February 2016 also. If you get ahold of that information can you forward it to me at gene.sardon1906@me.com

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