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    TruuEnigma is offline Newbie
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    The Real truth about AUA!! (For incoming & Current Stude

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    I'm sure at one point these forums were meant to be for helpful information only. But from what I have been reading, it seems that a few people from other schools have nothing better to do than to spread nonsense about up and rising school. If you are a Caribbean student, you are aware of the famous "rumor mill" that goes around every school. Some people are not satisfied with the rumors of their own school, so they try to get involved with other schools. This is why I am writing this note, just to give you guys a clear and truthful story about AUA first handÖ and for those of you interested in the school, some foreshadowing on what you will go through.

    First off, let me give you my background. I transferred from another Caribbean school to AUA because of misguidance and confusion at my previous school. From the start, AUA welcomed me like I was part of the "family." The faculty and administration made me feel at home and helped me with everything possible.

    Iím not the type of person to bash otherís schools, and frankly I donít care about them. I just want people to know the truth about AUA. Iíll start by addressing some of the issues I have read about in previous topics, then Iíll give you the recap of what I am going through.

    Let me start by addressing the issue I read about AUA's USMLE pass rate. I wasn't aware that for a new school, it was possible to have a pass rate at this time since most of their students have not even taken the USMLE. But since some of you like numbers, you can add me to the pass list, plus a few other fellow students that I know who passed (first time) with flying colors through AUA. For those of you on the island studying, you are in great hands! I have not met the entire faculty, but know quite a few of them, and they are the best that I have experienced in all my years of schooling. This leads to my next issue, which was the ridiculous story about the Dean and the famous micro professor.

    By far, this was one of the most horrendous comments Iíve seen. Let me say that I know both the Dean and the micro/path prof very well. In the years that I have known them, they have been the best people a student could know. They werenít kicked out of AUC, they left for their own reasons (which should not be the concern of any student). He gave the school ample time to compensate/cooperate, and even offered to work for free for the remainder of the semester for the benefit of the students. The school refused his offer and so he left. What people donít know is that the students defended him and begged the dean to try and keep him, but the school put that conversation to rest quickly. The day he left, there was a huge silence in most of the classrooms and it felt like a loved one had passed. He had a clean reputation, minded his own business and did what he was supposed to do-- TEACH. Every institution where he has been has had the highest shelf and board scores in his subjects. As for the Micro/Path prof, just speak to her old students who passed the USMLE because of her strong teachings. Some people are afraid of hard work and still think this is high school, so they spread rumors. But when it comes down to it, she only cares about one thing and thatís getting her students ready for the test that will determine the rest of their lives, the USMLE. Iím not trying to nominate them for the Miss America pageant or the Nobel Piece Prize, but you students at AUA and the ones interested in AUA should be appreciative of the wonderful teaching staff that the school has to offer. If it wasnít for the teachings of these people, there is no way I or many other students could have passed our boards!

    As for those of you who need info on clinical rotationsÖ The school is everything it says it is. I remember when I first met Mr. Neil ***** and he made promises about the school, rotation sites, and where the school is headed. Everything that he promised has all been TRUE. I did my rotation in Miami and it went smoothly. Now, I am in Atlanta and everything is on track and I have not had one problem since I started. In any situation that came up, the people at AUA and especially that wonderful Mr. Bob Gelles has done everything to get me going ASAP. It has been the best experience yet. I see and talk to all other medical students from Caribbean and US medical schools and, believe it or not, I am getting more opportunities than they are. During my 5th semester rotation in Miami, I got to do everything. After the first week, I was seeing around 15-20 patients a day all by myself. The doctor made sure I was doing the right things and educated me on my mistakes. The students from other Caribbean medical schools that I spoke to said they were in big groups and watching from the back of the room. Meanwhile, I was doing PAP smears, history/physicals, write-ups, rounds in the hospital, you name it I had an experience doing it. You canít ask for more!!!

    Currently, I am continuing my rotations and preparing for Step 2. Pretty soon my journey as a medical student will be over. As I look back, I can say to myself that it was all worth it and I made the right decision by coming to AUA. Once the smoke clears and itís all said and done, you got what you came to get, an MD degree and a lot of great knowledge. Besides, itís not everyday one can say they were the 1st graduates of a great medical school.

    Now, I do realize some of you bashers will make up something to discredit my words. But, what I have stated in this letter are my words regarding all this nonsense about this school. Nobody asked me, nobody paid me, I am doing this from my first-hand experiences and what I have seen from my own two eyes. NO RUMORS, NO STORIES.

    So, bottom line is -- donít worry. I was in your shoes not knowing what was happening. You will gain a lot of experience as you move up the chain, but for now just stick to your books and learn all that you can and stay away from crazy rumors. Use your better judgment and donít forget your final destination, passing the USMLE and becoming a great physician.

    Best of Luck,
    Enigma

    Any questions, Just ask!

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    Well....

    I know you're going to say I am trying to discredit you, but in truth, the only thing I take exception to in your post is the manner of the dismissal of the Micro/Path prof.... if this is the same woman I was taught by, then she most certainly did not leave of her own volition. And you might want to do some research on her background before you praise her too highly... it's out there, and I've seen it, actual paper copies in my hand.

    Other than that, I am happy for you and I would like to congratulate you on passing Step I. I sincerely hope, for the sake of the students involved, that things work out well with AUA, I hate to see any student get shafted. I think there are some odd things going on there, and we will see how it all comes out, but really, I hope things go well for your sake.

    Good luck, and congrats again!
    bleh

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    its good to see that the change worked for you but being that you transfered there and didn't start from semester 1, maybe you are giving the school too much credit for passing...it should be all yours that test is a monster so congrats on that. i do want to point a few things out that are misguided though:

    "He gave the school ample time to compensate/cooperate, and even offered to work for free for the remainder of the semester for the benefit of the students. The school refused his offer"

    nobody knows the inner workings of what happened. he told everyone he was coming back the semester before and waited until halfway through to try and renogotiate his contract. he gave us two days notice who knows what happened with the admin. as far as working for "free" i don't know, given the vibe he gave off its highly unlikely...dr thrurman said "there were strings attached" to that offer. it doesn't change the fact that he was a good professor and looking out for yourself is not a crime so kudos to him for getting the cash he was looking for.....

    "What people donít know is that the students defended him and begged the dean to try and keep him, but the school put that conversation to rest quickly."

    not true, there were no petitions or demonstrations maybe it was shellshock i recall leaving class and going home. i don't think anyone went to bat for him from the student of faculty side actually.....

    "The day he left, there was a huge silence in most of the classrooms and it felt like a loved one had passed."

    hillarious.....there was silence in the neuro room, how this would affect the anatomy class or in biochem i don't know but i doubt a deaf silence fell over the entire campus...hehe now the neuro room yes it was quiet.


    "He had a clean reputation, minded his own business and did what he was supposed to do-- TEACH."

    true enough...there were plenty of rumors as why he left ross and sgu though


    "As for the Micro/Path prof, just speak to her old students who passed the USMLE because of her strong teachings. Some people are afraid of hard work and still think this is high school, so they spread rumors. But when it comes down to it, she only cares about one thing and thatís getting her students ready for the test that will determine the rest of their lives"

    no, sitting in her class she just flew through slides saying "you should know this, you need this, if you don't know this you know why you didn't get into a reeal medical school, you should know this" and in between there were a few "you are so fing stupid, why don't you know this retard" did you actually take her class or just met her outside b/c she is ok outside class.....
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    How many students

    So, how many students are there and has the campus expanded yet? They were pretty crammed into a shopping center the last time I was there.

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    more space

    yes, we have acquired more classrooms across the street. We are a new school but we are growing leaps and bounds.. The building across contains a bigger library, and larger class rooms..

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    Enigma, were you formerly at Ross? I am at Ross, but want to transfer out- is there a way to arrange a "visit/tour" to AUA before I apply/make up my mind? Is there a lot of Ross bashing at AUA? Thanks.

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    there isnt any ross bashing. half the student population is composed if ross tranfers. it is nice. we are expanding quite a bit. the new library is really nice. it is not so cramped ne more, we have new lecture halls. FACULTY IS AWESOME!!!!!!!! particularly, Dr. G*****r. there is a way to visit beforehand, but i dont know how.

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    ***

    Quote Originally Posted by TruuEnigma
    I transferred from another Caribbean school to AUA because of misguidance and confusion at my previous school.
    Quote Originally Posted by TruuEnigma
    This leads to my next issue, which was the ridiculous story about the Dean and the famous micro professor.

    By far, this was one of the most horrendous comments Iíve seen. Let me say that I know both the Dean and the micro/path prof very well. In the years that I have known them, they have been the best people a student could know.
    AUA opened in early 2004. You were transferred from another school to this one and you claim you know both of them very well and for years.

    How many years have you been studying medicine? 17?

    Keep the good work! You will celebrate both passing the USMLE I and your 80 birthday!

    And not one, not even a single one, not even in his dreams nobody has taken, passed or failed the USMLE so far.

    The micro/path... no, forget it. That would destroy you.


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    Its nice that youre having a good time at AUA. Im considering the twinning program with Manipal. What you didnt address is the situation with licensing. Right now, I am studying Industrial Engr at Purdue. I dont want to drop this to go thru 5-6yrs of hard work and find out that I cant practice in the US. CA and NY are already not possible. Anyone care, to shed light on this?

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    twinning

    Quote Originally Posted by vinu_neuro
    Its nice that youre having a good time at AUA. Im considering the twinning program with Manipal. What you didnt address is the situation with licensing. Right now, I am studying Industrial Engr at Purdue. I dont want to drop this to go thru 5-6yrs of hard work and find out that I cant practice in the US. CA and NY are already not possible. Anyone care, to shed light on this?
    Yes I would also like to know if this "twinning" program is legit or if it will ultimately cause denial of licensing?

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