View Full Version : Call out to all current clinical students.

10-21-2010, 07:04 PM
Fellow students, today you likely received an email from from a representative of the Registrar's office informing you that your tuition for the clinical semesters will be increased from $7,800 to $9,000 per semester due to the increased expense from "a direct result of increased affiliated costs with the hospitals in the United States."

Now, I transferred in from Ross with all my cores and most electives completed. I agreed to transfer with the understanding that I would have to set up my own electives. I first went down the list of "affiliated hospitals" in the NYC tri-state area and have been literally laughed at, apologized to, and door closed in my face when asking for the opportunity to do an elective at the "affiliated" hospital.
When I relayed this to the administration, nothing further was said on my behalf to these affiliations. One site's coordinator literally said, "Just because a CEO signs an agreement doesn't mean we have to honor it."

The response from the school..."you are responsible for setting up your own electives." Fine, I'll go to clinics.

Did you know that clinics use hospital systems to take care of their billing and bloodwork? Yup, most specialties do anyway. And the two most common responses to a request to do an elective with a board-certified clinic?
1- We are affiliated with so-and-so hospital and they have an exclusive agreement with St. George's.
2- If there was a form of financial compensation beyond your work, we would consider taking you on. Oh, you can't...sorry.

I go back to the clinical dean among others with these frustrating responses without any information to combat these limiters.

That was several months ago. I have called over 200 clinics in the NY tri-state area. No exaggeration.

Now, we are collectively told that the compensation to hospitals that we so blatantly can't rotate through is the cause of a 15% out-of-pocket tuition hike with only 2 months notice.

My questions are this: Has ANYONE ever been told that the preceptors for the electives would be financially compensated??? Has ANYONE offered the school's financial compensation when approaching an attending for an elective rotation???

Oh, and by the way, if anyone ever tells you that this school is still cheaper than the other medical schools- do the math. You are charged for 4 semesters of rotations per year whereas the other schools are limited to charging for 3 semesters per year. The other schools (those that have the FAFSA and therefore have to follow Department of Education guidelines) may charge more per semester, but the 4th semester Xavier charges per year makes it more expensive.

Fellow students, I want your constructive feedback- Please!

01-03-2011, 04:49 PM
Wow that is pretty sobering... The clinical situation sounds dire

11-01-2011, 05:03 PM
After reading all the posts here about Xavier I am not sure if I should enroll myself....

Are things getting worse here?

11-04-2011, 08:01 PM
Just went and visited Xavier today & met with Dean of Basic Science & Director of IT/Operations.

Want to speak with a current student tomorrow while I'm on the Island, if possible. Leaving Sunday to return to the states.

Career-changing student, considering a caribbean education. Wife board-certified in internal medicine from the states.

Anyone willing to speak with me: I'm at La Cabana, extention 110A; No cell phone access on the island. Thanks tremendously for considering.

12-14-2011, 11:24 PM
Does anyone know what the current situation of clinicals is like?

05-11-2014, 09:26 AM
Yes, there are no clinicals at Xavier. There are only outpatient clinic visits where you will see 1-2 patients a week lol....

No hospital will have their students since they all fail STEP 1 multiple times. They also have disciplinary action against them. Sexual harassment charges as well.

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