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    Grab the opportunity at AUC.

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    Hello Guys. I am compelled to write regarding previous posts that were rather hypercritical of AUC. I am not here to praise this school or try to defending it. I just wish to present my opinion regarding those "dooms day" postings.

    I am pushing into mildde of my 3rd year as clinical student. The previous posts regarding new passing cut off for shelf exams (from 2 SD to 1.5%) really missed the critical point. so the one who was angry about physio dept and worries of so transfering...

    I spoke to an AUC graduate (graduate in 2000 fall) who is doing internal medicine and he is currently an attending physican. He told me that Since his time, AUC has implemented a lot of good changes to help the students with USMLE steps.

    Back then, When he was at AUC, there was no such thing as shelf exam or kaplan. When he left the island after basic sciences, he said he was shocked to find that step 1 was highly geard to clinical vignettes and felt that his basic science classes were lacking to intergrate everything into clinical spins. Somewhat he had managed to pass and doing well as of now as well as thousands of past AUC graduates who were in another island location and had to study along the wandering goats and had to endure mass exodus due to volcano eruptions. Back then there was no kaplan Q banks or shelf nor nice campus as now in saint maarten or good library packed with excellent books for step 1 preps.


    Shelf exams have been given to you as a strong opportunity to incorporate and test yourself with your basic sciences course at AUC to gear into USMLE. it is not really huge concern whether the passing score threshold is 2 SD or not. All the matter is you are given this opportunity to put yourself in NBME written board exams prior to actual step 1.

    Study to excel on this exam and study and study hard for each classes. All will work out as long as you do your own work. And try to shunt away from pessimistic ideals and rumors. You guys reall dont have time for those crabs anyway but hitting the book hard. When I was on the island, my freinds and students always knew where to find me which was histo lab, exat same spot most of the night during weekday and weekend. I was not alone but there were hundreds of students those who even more hardcore than I was. We left at midnight or later only come back to the class next morning. We were tired but knew that we were in the right hand. At least we knew that we were there to achive our dream. Fleshes were tired but our spirits were content and happy.

    We had our up and down and brush with rather not nice nor resonable professors and harsh exams during our time on the island. Despite the differences between us and the proffs, we came back to the leactures and keep doing what we were suppose to do..studying. and yes, occasional playing. I personally went out for biking nearly daily after days lectutes or went for Run and took nap and shower to go back to study in the evening.


    Today I had round table lecture by an attending and there were a few US med students that rotating with me, He complemented at least 3 times that I hit the core hard and told me it was very good differentials and logics. Well, having done surgery rotation helped it tremendously.

    Have hope and work hard daily.

    And say no to those nah sayers and pessimistic criticals. I am thankful that I was given second chance at AUC. I would have been a practicing chiropractor or a chemist at a pharmaceutical line and may have been still contemplating whether I should have given up my true ambition and settle down less contended

    let those nah sayers to keep doing what they are doing and let us do our work and meet them at the final line. The chances are that they are not there but you.

    My hypothesis is that Our path to the residency and ilcensure in the united States as foreign grads will get even harder and steeper as each year goes by. The recent US congress bill over stafford loan on foreign med students is one of the red flag that we have to pay attention.

    And even caribbean med school have been steadily raised their admission standards to meet the pressure from the US accrediting bodies and state medical education boards.

    It will never be any easire or be here forever.

    Do it now and grab the current opportunites. Try to see the big pictures over the small stuffs.



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    Well said Ken!!! Hope your having fun, it sounds like you are!!!
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    Outstanding post. Focus and most of us will make it to our goals.


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    good post ken. i disagree with what you say about auc "giving" any of us anything....we all earned it with blood (from scalpel cuts), sweat (walking around campus in 100 degrees) and tears (from drs, vw, l, c, s, l, be, bl, s exams) we all earned every freaking minute of what we have right now so don't say auc or any carib school is "giving" us anything.

    i think, you, dan, and i were permanent fixtures in histo lab for 16 months....
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    Quote Originally Posted by rrod
    i think, you, dan, and i were permanent fixtures in histo lab for 16 months....
    I have pics to prove that... Now all yall have to do is find my picture blog site...
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    Quote Originally Posted by microphage
    I have pics to prove that... Now all yall have to do is find my picture blog site...
    hopefully no incriminating pics of swimguy
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    Quote Originally Posted by swimguy23
    hopefully no incriminating pics of swimguy
    You were naked in the lab?
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    Quote Originally Posted by teratos
    You were naked in the lab?
    possibly, i dont remember all the places i was nekkid
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    the problem with the gene pool is that there are too many lifeguards.....and we have been offering swimmies

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    Quote Originally Posted by rrod
    good post ken. i disagree with what you say about auc "giving" any of us anything....we all earned it with blood (from scalpel cuts), sweat (walking around campus in 100 degrees) and tears (from drs, vw, l, c, s, l, be, bl, s exams) we all earned every freaking minute of what we have right now so don't say auc or any carib school is "giving" us anything.

    i think, you, dan, and i were permanent fixtures in histo lab for 16 months....
    Rich, I think we are tend to alienate ourselves from school and we have attutude that we paid for what the school do for us, therefore there is nothing to grateful about it. It is mere business thing.

    However I think it would be also appropriate to deviate from the above and be simply grateful of the school where I rooted from. I would like to see AUC to be successful in the future and it also helps when the school where you grarudate from is prospersous and recognized. Of course, I could have gone to Ross or Saba, where I had interview calls. but to me, AUC seemed moderate...not too big or too small or too expensive while it is recognized by California and NY State. And it is not in "strange continent of Europe or mexico where you may have to speack their language, which terrrifies me. We have more than enough to learn as med student beside trying to learn Spanish or Russian.

    it has little bit of each plus good strategic location with reasonable international air port easy acess to the states where the hurricane tends to hit less to the none than grenada or other islands.

    Which foreign med school can you go where you could have free French gourmet food buffet that I had with jeff and chris at Atlantis casion in the middle of evening as a escape from the studying? And the world calss beach? and it still offer ? And it still offer a through kaplan review for 5th semester while not wasting any precious time for pre clinical prep like a school does?


    Its called synergetic effect.






    just my two cents
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    I think AUC seems to be a great opportunity if it is the right school for you. It appears to be for me, but we will see, and I hope it is. It appears to have its own particular issues and problems, but every school does. I don't know if things will get harder in the future or not for foreign medical schools, but it is possible. However, that could all change if there ever is a doctor shortage, but who knows. I will just be happy for the opportunity that I may get, and I hope it stays around for others after me (if I am lucky enough to go and do well).

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