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    hopefulfuturedr is offline Newbie 510 points
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    So I was recently accepted to AUC for jan 11 and there is a pretty strong possibility that I will be attending ( I got accepted to SABA and ROSS as well and I still have an SGU interview coming up so I'm not 100% sure yet). I was wondering if any current auc student could tell me what student life on the island is like. These are my specific questions:

    1. How old are most of the incoming students? I'm only 21 and I'm a little worried about not finding people that are close to my age.

    2. How diverse is the student body? Is one ethnicity more heavily represented than another?

    3. Are students of the same class generally pretty close with one another or are people sort of clique-ish?

    4. Obviously I'm going to med school with the primary focus of studying my butt off, but how often do students go out to just let off some steam?

    5. Do you recommend the dorms even though it's only for 1st semester?

    6. What kind of clothing is appropriate for class? I.e can I wear dresses and flip flops to class everyday if I so desire.

    7. I believe my packet said that orientation begins on Jan 2nd, meaning I would miss new years back at home. What do students do for new years eve on the island?

    I know that's a pretty long list but I would seriously appreciate some help! January is not too far from now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hopefulfuturedr View Post
    So I was recently accepted to AUC for jan 11 and there is a pretty strong possibility that I will be attending ( I got accepted to SABA and ROSS as well and I still have an SGU interview coming up so I'm not 100% sure yet). I was wondering if any current auc student could tell me what student life on the island is like. These are my specific questions:

    1. How old are most of the incoming students? I'm only 21 and I'm a little worried about not finding people that are close to my age.

    2. How diverse is the student body? Is one ethnicity more heavily represented than another?

    3. Are students of the same class generally pretty close with one another or are people sort of clique-ish?

    4. Obviously I'm going to med school with the primary focus of studying my butt off, but how often do students go out to just let off some steam?

    5. Do you recommend the dorms even though it's only for 1st semester?

    6. What kind of clothing is appropriate for class? I.e can I wear dresses and flip flops to class everyday if I so desire.

    7. I believe my packet said that orientation begins on Jan 2nd, meaning I would miss new years back at home. What do students do for new years eve on the island?

    I know that's a pretty long list but I would seriously appreciate some help! January is not too far from now.
    1. Although there are many students who are older, 21-22 is probably the biggest age group you will find attending AUC. You'll find plenty of people in your age group.

    2. Fairly diverse, all things considered... I would say the ethnic profile matches that of most Medical schools / institutions of higher education.

    3. I'd say in general students from my class, at least, have been fairly friendly with each other - although it's inevitable that people form smaller groups with others they like more / have more in common with. I wouldn't call such a group a clique, though.

    4. How often is really a matter of personal preference. Some people can get by on 2 hours of studying a day (on non-exam weeks), while others require much more. So this answer really depends on your own capabilities and efficiency while studying, how well you pay attention in class, etc.

    5. Yeah, dorms tend to be a good idea- gives you a chance to see, in person, the place where you move into after the dorms.

    6. Clothing for class is fairly casual. Dress warm, though, the A/C tends to be turned pretty cold most of the time.

    7. I honestly couldn't tell you about New Years Eve - perhaps others can chime in.

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    I was here for New Years last year and it was pretty cool. Tantra was busy as usual and there were fireworks over by Bliss.

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    I came down for my first semester on New Year's Eve, so let me give you one piece of advice...PLAN AHEAD. I was in the dorms, which come with nothing but furniture and a mattress, so I flew in with the expectation of going into town and buying all the essentials right away, but little did I know, the island completely shuts down early on the 31st until the 2nd. Needless to say it was unpleasant spending my first few days on the island with no groceries, a bare mattress, no towels or shower curtain, etc. Luckily one of the nearby cafe's was still open when we got there so we ended up ordering a few things to throw in the fridge for a while. Do yourself a favor and fly down on the 30th.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hopefulfuturedr View Post
    So I was recently accepted to AUC for jan 11 and there is a pretty strong possibility that I will be attending ( I got accepted to SABA and ROSS as well and I still have an SGU interview coming up so I'm not 100% sure yet). I was wondering if any current auc student could tell me what student life on the island is like. These are my specific questions:
    1. How old are most of the incoming students? I'm only 21 and I'm a little worried about not finding people that are close to my age.
    You'll find people around your age. There are usually more in the September class, but you'd be surprised to see that most people mingle just fine here. In general, most people are in their mid-20s.

    2. How diverse is the student body? Is one ethnicity more heavily represented than another?
    Hard to give accurate numbers, but I would say 70% white, 20% Asian and Indian, 10% other.

    3. Are students of the same class generally pretty close with one another or are people sort of clique-ish?
    You'll see both. Everyone is on friendly terms for the most part, but most people will find 3-5 good friends who they'll spend their time with.

    4. Obviously I'm going to med school with the primary focus of studying my butt off, but how often do students go out to just let off some steam?
    Lots of stuff. Clubs, bars, beaches, sports (basketball, swimming). You can pick your favorite.

    5. Do you recommend the dorms even though it's only for 1st semester?
    Yes, it makes the transition down here much easier.

    6. What kind of clothing is appropriate for class? I.e can I wear dresses and flip flops to class everyday if I so desire.
    Sure thing. No one minds. Half the professors have the same attire. On that note, stay away from tacky Hawaiian shirts.

    7. I believe my packet said that orientation begins on Jan 2nd, meaning I would miss new years back at home. What do students do for new years eve on the island?
    I'm sure you'll find fellow students to celebrate the night with.

    I know that's a pretty long list but I would seriously appreciate some help! January is not too far from now.
    You're welcome.
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    Here's some info on incoming students:

    88% are U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents
    9% are Canadians
    4% are International
    38% are Female students
    62% are Male students
    94% have a Bachelor's degree or pending degree
    6% have a Master's degree
    0% have a Doctorate degree
    Average Cumulative GPA: 3.23
    Average Science GPA: 3.05
    Average MCAT: 25
    * Note: These statistics are based on the 2009 incoming class.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hopefulfuturedr View Post
    1. How old are most of the incoming students? I'm only 21 and I'm a little worried about not finding people that are close to my age.
    Plenty of kids straight out of college; ~22 yrs old. IMO that's pretty silly though. You should really take a year to fix whatever issues or shortcomings you had with your current US application and try again. Carib is basically the last resort.

    Quote Originally Posted by hopefulfuturedr View Post
    2. How diverse is the student body? Is one ethnicity more heavily represented than another?
    Mostly whites, followed by indian

    Quote Originally Posted by hopefulfuturedr View Post
    3. Are students of the same class generally pretty close with one another or are people sort of clique-ish?
    Inevitable with 220 people in the current class there are cliques, but they're fairly diffuse. I'm in the talk-crap-about-everyone-else-on-skype-IM clique. Currently applying for transfer into the LeVeL300mD clique though.

    Quote Originally Posted by hopefulfuturedr View Post
    4. Obviously I'm going to med school with the primary focus of studying my butt off, but how often do students go out to just let off some steam?
    More than they should, IMO. It's compounded by the fact that the first semester courses are basically review for anyone with a science undergrad degree and every exam is multiple choice. Class averages have been ~80. Don't get it twisted...you will still need to know your stuff to make an A, but if you're just trying to pass this system is quite generous. That probably changes in the later semesters though I'm guessing.

    Quote Originally Posted by hopefulfuturedr View Post
    5. Do you recommend the dorms even though it's only for 1st semester?
    Yes. Frankly, I'd stay here all 5 semesters if I could. It's by far the most convenient and quite a value compared to most of the other places in the area...newer construction, uninterrupted power and water supply, faster internet (at non-peak hours), no utility bills, cheaper rent. Basically, they meet western standards of living. IMO there are really only 2 other places immediately around school that also meet such standard: The Cliffs and Rainbow Beach Club, but they you'll be paying quite dearly for those conveniences ($2000/mo/person at the Cliffs, $1500/mo/person at Rainbow) and you'll also have to watch your power/water consumption as they're quite expensive utilities.
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    Thanks for everyones input, I really appreciate it! Maybe I should explain why I've decided to go the carribean route at a relatively young age. I went to UCI which is pretty competitive for a public university and while my gpa would have qualified me for admittance in a state like Alabama if I were a resident there, being a Cali resident does not afford me that advantage. I know my stats are competitive for DO but not so much for U.S MD. Also my older sister is a recent Ross grad and she's now doing her residency at Penn state so I already know what to expect as an IMG. Plus, I don't want to wait 2 years when I can start pursuing my dream now, especially since I don't plan on entering a competitive specialty ( I plan on doing IM and then specializing to hem/onc). So now that I've got thy info out of the way, I have a few more island life questions for everyone because I'm a bit of a nag .

    How useful is it to have a car on the island?
    Are there tons of Mosquitos? If so, what's the most effective repellent?

    If I have an iPhone and I get it unlocked and buy a sim card in sxm, how does the whole data plan deal work?

    Do I need to get a lot of rain gear? I.e rainboots, umbrellas, etc.

    Does anyone know the rate for tickets from LAX to the island?

    Should I buy all of my books before getting there or after?

    How safe is the island? This ones more for my protective parents than for me (you know the whole sending you youngest daughter away thing).

    What kind of closed toed shoes are acceptable for lab? I.e. Can I wear vans slip ons or something more sturdy?

    Should I bring any household items like pots, pans, shower curtains, bath items, etc or should I just buy them on the island?

    Thanks again for all your help guys! Feel free to provide me with any other vital info or tips you think I may need

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    Hey Tegraphile, I was wondering if you, or anyone else currently attending AUC, could verify this info that I received from the university:

    In addition, please do not be fooled by the strength in numbers when it comes to AUC's clinical program as opposed to SGU's. SGU has a large amount of students in their M.D. program and in order to accommodate them, they must have a large amount of affiliated hospitals. At AUC, we only have 1000 students (total) in our program, which is more closely modeled after U.S. medical schools. 500 are on the island studying the Basic Sciences and the other 500 are doing their clinical rotations throughout one of our affiliated hospitals. This is a tremendous advantage that we have, not only over SGU but any medical program in the entire Caribbean. We pride ourselves on the "personal touch" and give our students the most personalized (more intimate) educational experience possible. We have more than enough slots for all of our students and as far as I know, we are the only International Medical School in the Caribbean that gives geographical preference when it comes time for clinicals. Each one of our rotations is ACGME approved (or green book) and each one of our hospitals has an affiliation with a U.S. Medical School (LCME accredited). There is no difference in the quality of education at both AUC and SGU, specifically in the clinical portion of the program.

    SGU will probably boast about the new contract they signed with New York State Hospitals, and rightfully so. However, AUC is not affected by this and on the contrary, the northeast (NY specifically) continues to carry a bulk of our affiliated hospitals. We have 10 affiliated hospitals in the NY metropolitan area alone. SGU also likes to send plenty of their applicants information on the USMLE step 1 that is not representative of AUC. Not sure if you've seen it but it is a 15 year study on the different schools in the Caribbean and it groups us with Saba, St. Eustasius and some other school based on grouping schools by location and collective data rather than looking at each individual schools specific data. The fact is that if they put us in a category of our own, we would be comparable to many US medical schools which would not look good for them. Long story short, we are family owned and operated and SGU is corporately owned and operated.

    So I guess my question is: How difficult has it been for people to get there clinical rotations done in a timely manner assuming they are all done in NY?

    Whats the percentage of AUC grads get placed into residencies after graduation? (I know SGU's site says 99%, but I dont know if thats skewed or anything)

    Oh and anyone who wants to answer the questions from my previous post would be much appreciated as well.

    Quote Originally Posted by tegraphile View Post
    You'll find people around your age. There are usually more in the September class, but you'd be surprised to see that most people mingle just fine here. In general, most people are in their mid-20s.



    Hard to give accurate numbers, but I would say 70% white, 20% Asian and Indian, 10% other.



    You'll see both. Everyone is on friendly terms for the most part, but most people will find 3-5 good friends who they'll spend their time with.


    Lots of stuff. Clubs, bars, beaches, sports (basketball, swimming). You can pick your favorite.



    Yes, it makes the transition down here much easier.



    Sure thing. No one minds. Half the professors have the same attire. On that note, stay away from tacky Hawaiian shirts.



    I'm sure you'll find fellow students to celebrate the night with.



    You're welcome.

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    You really need to read through the forums for a while. Almost everything you'e asked has been answered multiple times. You'd be surprised how much you can learn if you just take the time to read through old threads, or do a search for specific questions. Then, ask questions if you still can't find the answers.
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