Sponsored Links
Results 1 to 6 of 6
Like Tree1Likes
  • 1 Post By axiomofchoice

Thread: Can I transfer from AUA to any U.S. med school?

  1. #1
    RC3
    RC3 is offline Newbie 510 points
    Join Date
    Jul 2015
    Posts
    3
    Downloads
    0
    Uploads
    0
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Can I transfer from AUA to any U.S. med school?

    Advertisements



    I finished my application and recently had my interview. I think all went well although my GPA 3.27 is far from great I had 2 very good LOR and activities to make up for it. I was kinda late for the mcat(recently took it) and didn't want to wait an entire year since unlike the Caribbean, most med schools only accept new students for the fall semester and there's also the deadline.

    I'm wondering if I get accepted to AUA will I be able to transfer to a U.S. med school or Puerto Rico, preferably. I haven't found much useful information on this matter. I'm guessing probably not since aua is not an LCME approved school. While searching on transfer info on some of them specified that transfer must be from an LCME med school. Also, if someone from aua knows about the agreement with San Juan Bautista school of medicine P.R. clinical rotation since they are LCME approved and if I could transfer there. Any help will be greatly appreciated!

  2. #2
    jjs4348's Avatar
    jjs4348 is offline Junior Member 514 points
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Lafayette, LA
    Posts
    33
    Downloads
    0
    Uploads
    0
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    I know this is an old post but I felt I have input here. I don't have any idea how many students transfer from AUA to US med schools but I do know of one...I don't think he would mind me saying his name but since I would rather say his score Ill leave his name out of it. But AUA often brings alumni back to the island to talk to current students about their experience and where they are now. He completed basic sciences in Antigua and after doing well on step1 he transferred to a US school. He graduated from that school and is either a nephrologist or a Nephrology Surgeon (its been a long time since I spoke with him, I can't remember exactly). I think he transferred to Ohio State or something in Ohio. But it can be done, do well at AUA and on Step1 and some schools do allow transfers and it has been done from AUA. I think him having done well (AUA GPA wise) and having made a 243 on Step 1 is what the transfer possibility is based on. A 243 is a great score and better than mine for sure but it is in no way among the top score that AUA students have achieved. I have met personally 2 AUA students that scored a 262 and a 270 and are still AUA students as far as I know. Hope this helps
    Med1(X) Med2(X) Med3(X) Med4(X) Step1(X) Clinicals(in progress)

  3. #3
    axiomofchoice is offline Senior Member 6116 points
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Posts
    705
    Downloads
    0
    Uploads
    0
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    You need more than a high step 1 score. The people I know of who have transferred from caribbean to US schools (4 in total) had strong applications initially: High MCATs, decent undergrad grades etc. , AND USUALLY A CONNECTION. Furthermore, there needs to be spots available, and other US MD students are vying for these spots too.
    Schools that have taken transfers in the past include SUNY upstate, Drexel, NEOMED, and some others I can't recall. You can try, but don't hold your breath....
    Paleo2015 likes this.

  4. #4
    jjs4348's Avatar
    jjs4348 is offline Junior Member 514 points
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Lafayette, LA
    Posts
    33
    Downloads
    0
    Uploads
    0
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Yes axiom, I completely agree...try as you wish but it is far from a guarantee even with high stats. Since the question was whether or not it was possible from AUA, I felt obligated to state that it has been done but it was no small feat.
    Med1(X) Med2(X) Med3(X) Med4(X) Step1(X) Clinicals(in progress)

  5. #5
    Lancelot is offline Member 520 points
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Posts
    122
    Downloads
    2
    Uploads
    0
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    It is pretty much next to impossible these days. In the past maybe there was a slight hope. Most US schools in the past that had taken Caribbean transfers do not do so anymore. Drexel being one. Also, you are competing against Ross, St. George, AUC students for maybe even just 1-2 spots per year. Remember that US schools only have 1 in coming class per year.

  6. #6
    Gasman2016 is offline Newbie 511 points
    Join Date
    Mar 2016
    Posts
    4
    Downloads
    0
    Uploads
    0
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    It is possible. To exactly the schools mentioned - Drexel, NEOUCOM, and Upstate. Here is the catch, its pretty much worthless in my opinion. For one, when you apply to residency you still need to state that you did your first 2 years at AUA. Also, describing your education for license, boards, etc. becomes a real pain in the butt. So in essence you still pretty much look like a caribbean grad. Upside - do clinical training in the US (way better than AUA clinicals) and possibly get a better residency AT THAT SCHOOL only. Downside - way more expensive usually, very hard to accomplish, may need to repeat a year of med school, probably won't play a major role in obtaining residency. interviewing process is also expensive. I tried to do this in my 4th year of AUA and NEOUCOM invited me for an interview and offered me to restart from my 2nd year of med school! and their tuition was like 100k a year.

    You want to know the secret to getting a good residency? Work really hard in your clinicals and find an attending you can butter up to. Get that attending to LOVE you, so much so that they are willing to make phone calls (not a crummy letter) to the program you are interested in.

    This is sound advice... I tried to do this, realized it was a crap ton of money and abandoned it. I still got an anesthesia residency in a program that takes carib grads almost never. If you have a STEP1 high enough to transfer into a US med school its high enough to get you a decent residency from AUA. Also, a friend of mine with a 240 on STEP1 did transfer to NEOUCOM and ended up doing IM anyway.

    All is possible if you put your mind to it.

Similar Threads

  1. transfer from podiatry school to medical school
    By mwilliams8671 in forum Podiatry Schools
    Replies: 20
    Last Post: 09-02-2011, 11:24 PM
  2. Transfer to a Caribbean School from a Polish School
    By jahrul83 in forum Main Foreign Medical Schools Forum
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 06-17-2011, 10:38 AM
  3. Replies: 8
    Last Post: 05-26-2009, 04:40 PM
  4. Transfer to Australian Med School from US Medical School
    By DPR in forum Australian Medical Schools
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 01-16-2005, 03:34 AM
  5. transfer from podiatry school to medical school
    By mwilliams8671 in forum USMLE Step 1 Forum
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 07-04-2003, 01:46 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •