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    miqktb is offline Newbie 510 points
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    Dismissed from top 4 school condering transfering to AUA

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    I was dismissed from caribbean school and really thinking about my options now and looking for feedback/exp from people who have some insight or exp of their own.

    Options I am considering right now are:
    Applying to lower tier (AUA) - I have concerns because being dismissed is on my record and it getting residencies might be a problem. It all depends on the USMLE.
    Applying to DO/ SMP/ Post-bacc - I will have to retake the new MCAT and re-apply go through a lengthy time consuming process with no guarantees at the end.
    Switch career - This option i cringe to think about..... Being a doctor is all I wanted to be ever since i could remember. I will consider it if all else fails.

    I am taking the AUA route seriously but I still have poking doubts and would love some insight.

    Thanks!

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    Sorry to hear about your dismissal. I have very much enjoyed being a "mid level provider". Plenty of jobs, good money and a US program leads to a US license with no complications. Typically a PA program is two years and I have seen PA's and NP's continue onto MD/DO school as well. Some DO schools like Lecom give one year credit for PA school.
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    I'd suggest PA/NP route as well. PA however is extremely competitive and most of them require ~1000 hours of direct paid patient care experience. They even have a PA to DO program now, but i forgot where. From my understanding (please do double check), NP route might be easier to achieve. I know it isn't what you wanna hear, but i wouldn't take the financial risk of going through another Caribbean school with a dismissal in my record.

    Perhaps Optometry could be an option? It's a fine career that gives you the ability to practice independently.
    Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Torontomed View Post
    I'd suggest PA/NP route as well. PA however is extremely competitive and most of them require ~1000 hours of direct paid patient care experience. They even have a PA to DO program now, but i forgot where. From my understanding (please do double check), NP route might be easier to achieve. I know it isn't what you wanna hear, but i wouldn't take the financial risk of going through another Caribbean school with a dismissal in my record.

    Perhaps Optometry could be an option? It's a fine career that gives you the ability to practice independently.
    Good luck!
    Unfortunately, the "NP route" is not a user friendly route! It requires a RN and Bachelor of Science in Nursing just to be accepted into a NP program. In addition, the NP program is now a 3 + year doctorate program (DNP). I would go the PA route which is a two year masters program. Incomes are compatible but you are practicing two years from now instead of 5 to 6 for the same pay.
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    The reason for your dismissal will play a huge role in terms of acceptance, even at AUA.

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    Reaidency is super competitive without a dismissal on record...

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    Look at CRNA or PA-anesthetist programs. If you can deal with oral and nasal secretions every day, this is a great living, with relatively high (6 figure) pay and relatively low liability, especially in a larger hospital with MD anesthesiology supervision. And for all of you future docs out there, LIABILITY is the keyword you should consider. It is just plain ugly in the US. It can pop your balloon that you take so many years to inflate...

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    As long as you can pay for tuition, AUA isn't going to care about the reason.

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    AUA may become more strict with admissions especially with any dismissal. Because they just got Title IV they have to be more conscious of who gets in. But, I would say apply because AUA is really improving its stats from first time step 1 pass rates and the expansion of the campus. If you feel you really want to continue this path for the right reasons, I would apply because they are your best option in medicine. We are now the Big 5. Good luck!

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