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    Why do so many students fail classes? I'm not just talking about AUC but Carib schools in general. Are the classes that hard? Do the students not study effectively? Too much material? Non capable students? What in your opinion is the main reason? I've read that anyone accepted should be able to pass? Do you believe that??

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    yes with enough drive, determination although my roommate failed while he had both, he just couldn't apply learned concepts. And another reason is people think that they can pass just because it is a non-US school and therefore things are easier and then they get a major disappointment
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    One must also remember that these are for profit institutions. Therefore, they are more willing to take students who may not make it, because it will mean more tuition money for them. Which leads to the saying I have always heard that "it's easy to get into a caribbean school, the hard part is staying in."

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    Quote Originally Posted by ruth-gehrig View Post
    Why do so many students fail classes? I'm not just talking about AUC but Carib schools in general. Are the classes that hard? Do the students not study effectively? Too much material? Non capable students? What in your opinion is the main reason? I've read that anyone accepted should be able to pass? Do you believe that??
    The classes are tougher than undergrad, but completely doable. I ended up having to retake one first-semester class in basic sciences. This would have easily been prevented had I studied more efficiently and actually visited my professors for guidance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ruth-gehrig View Post
    Why do so many students fail classes? I'm not just talking about AUC but Carib schools in general. Are the classes that hard? Do the students not study effectively? Too much material? Non capable students? What in your opinion is the main reason? I've read that anyone accepted should be able to pass? Do you believe that??
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    The classes are not that hard and although it's a lot of information to learn, it's not more than you should be able to handle with good study skills and a willingness to ask for help if/when needed.

    There are many reasons that people fail, including not studying enough, not looking for help when needed, drinking too much, partying too much, etc. I've always looked at it this way: there are basically two types of people at AUC...
    1. People who are every bit as intelligent and capable as US med students, but for some reason or another screwed something up along the way. Maybe they had another career and took the MCAT after a few years away from undergrad, maybe they didn't realize the importance of doing well in college as a Freshman, maybe they partied in undergrad but eventually got their act together, etc. These people will probably not have issues
    2. People who really worked hard throughout college and despite their best efforts, wound up with a sub 3.0 GPA or mid to low-20's MCAT. If that really was the best you could do, you may very well have issues in med school. I have definitely come across some of these people in my time (and I felt bad for them when they ultimately failed out), but they seemed to be in the minority and most people seem to be able to do well if they really put their mind to it.

    The high failure rate is not due to the quality of education in the caribbean, but is a representation of the fact that caribbean schools are for profit (as mentioned above), and accept people who will statistically likely not make it through. I would put nearly any one of my fellow graduates up against any US med student and you'd never know the difference. The same, however, can definitely not be said of the starting classes. The fact of the matter is that not everyone is meant to be a doctor. US med schools typically weed these people out with their admissions standards, but caribbean schools often do not.
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    The most common reason for failing is not caring enough. Plain and simple. I haven't seen a single person fail who cares enough. I've seen plenty pass who don't care but not fail when they do care.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ruth-gehrig View Post
    Why do so many students fail classes? I'm not just talking about AUC but Carib schools in general. Are the classes that hard? Do the students not study effectively? Too much material? Non capable students? What in your opinion is the main reason? I've read that anyone accepted should be able to pass? Do you believe that??
    Almost everyone accepted to a US School can pass, as can many of the ppl that are rejected from US Schools. The Caribbean schools give you a chance, nothing more nothing less. You think you can swim, you're welcome to try... but if you wear floaties, it may take you longer to cross the finish line

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