View Full Version : Positives and Negatives : UCE

02-11-2009, 09:11 PM
A. San Pedro de Macoris, where UCE is located can be trying, but Juan Dolio, Romana, and Santo Domingo are from 20 minutes to an hour's drive.
B. Faculty may not focus always on USMLE, but exceptions are there. The course work for UCE and USMLE are so diversely taught, that a student has to prepare for UCE and USMLE , separately. Its like being in 2 med schools at the same time..OK, I may have exaggerated it a bit. But only a bit.
C. The course durates for 15 semesters. Most Caribbean schools finish a year earlier.
D. Espanol is the language of instruction. Can be daunting for students , who do not speak Spanish, particularly in the first year.

Positives :
A. Ease of acceptance. UCE has a liberal acceptance policy. The course weeds out undesirables by the 5th, 6th or 7th semesters .
B. For Americans, the biggest advantage, are the Federal Loans. Everyone, barring convicted criminals and student loan delinquents(there are exceptions to this rule), qualify for federal loans. With the recession on, federal loans are godsend.
C. Tuition is still a bargain at 3500 USD per semester.
D. UCE is accepted in 50 states of America. You can't beat that. Earning a residency spot can be very stressful, for a Caribbean school grad. But for a UCE grad, the theoretical availability of residency spots are nearly twice, as compared to Caribbean school grads(barring the big 4). Texas,California and NY together, constitute the largest number of residencies in the US.
E. You learn Spanish(to a degree), by the time you finish UCE. And that increases your chances of getting a residency spot, manyfold.
F. Our rotations are in a 3rd world environment, but the learning curve is steep here, as student doctors get a lot of exposure to handling clinical situations.
G. If you are a MD from UCE, your degree is accepted in Spain. And that means, by default, it is accepted in the EU. So if you can figure out the immigration part, and you like the socialized medical system in the EU, you are in for a great time.

A doctor, for whom I have tons of respect said :"...the positives outweigh the negatives for sure....what more is there to say....."

11-23-2012, 12:36 AM
Interesting info.....

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