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newbie29
02-20-2013, 02:25 PM
Good day everyone, I was recently accepted to st. Eustatius, Aureus, st. james and am waiting to hear from saba and mua. Could some current and former students please shed some light on these schools I would really appreciate it. I know the situation with st eust and its NVAO and ny approval it does scare me , so please any kind of unbiased input would be appreciate it.. thanks in advance...

skydoc
02-20-2013, 02:52 PM
Good day everyone, I was recently accepted to st. Eustatius, Aureus, st. james and am waiting to hear from saba and mua. Could some current and former students please shed some light on these schools I would really appreciate it. I know the situation with st eust and its NVAO and ny approval it does scare me , so please any kind of unbiased input would be appreciate it.. thanks in advance...

Come to Avalon. This school is located in Island of Curacao. This school is listed with WHO and IMED. Curacao is an autonomous country like Aruba and doesn't require NVAO. I attended this school. Well qualified and knowledgeable faculty and are very approachable.

newbie29
02-21-2013, 01:03 PM
Thx for the reply skydoc but as of now I am leaning towards aureus because its too late for me to apply to any other schools and if anyone else could please give me any advice about aureus it would really be appreciate it. Please help me.. thank you..

devildoc8404
02-21-2013, 01:57 PM
I have friends who went to St. E. and have done very well for themselves in the match and thereafter. However, (and this is a big freaking "however"), they graduated in the past, and you will be graduating in the future... which does not look nearly as rosy for FMG/IMGs.

dabillskid
02-21-2013, 04:40 PM
If you can go to the States. That should be your #1 option. #2 option should be D.O. #3 option should be the BIG 4. That includes AUC, ROSS, St. Georges, and Saba. So if you exhausted options 1 and 2, try to also apply for AUC, Ross and St. Georges. AUC, ROSS and St. Georges have US fed loans and have 50 state approval. Saba you need to fork up your own money, and the island is literally a Rock with nothing really on it. I went to AUC. St. Martin is the best island out of all of these. St. George is arguably the best school out of all these due to more clinical spots and longer history of successful students but it is super expensive. If I were to do it over again I'd still pick AUC. So probably AUC=St. Georges>ROSS (just based on they give you loans, I hear they take 400 students per class and just make it really hard and fail out most to basically steal your money) > Saba (I hear you get an excellent education, but no loans and nothing to do on that island puts it last for me).

I would avoid the other caribbean schools. If anything, you should think about AUA or St. Matthews next if you have too. I wouldn't go to St. James, Aureus or any of those. They are not really proven. Focus on the schools past matches and Step 1 passing rates. Good luck hope this helps.

newbie29
02-21-2013, 05:10 PM
Thank you dabillskid, I agree with everything you are saying but I have exhusted all the options. Like I said in my original post I am still waiting to hear from saba and mua but st mathews I havnt applied to..as of now I just would like to learn more about aureus and aureus as far as their pass rate and match rate from former and current students .. thanks in advance..

dabillskid
02-21-2013, 06:31 PM
no problem. I really don't know much about Aureus. I would really try to stick to the big 4 if you can, and St. matthew is pretty good from what I hear from my one friend who had to transfer there. Good thing is its on Grand cayman which is a nice place to be as well. Good luck

dabillskid
02-21-2013, 06:32 PM
Thank you dabillskid, I agree with everything you are saying but I have exhusted all the options. Like I said in my original post I am still waiting to hear from saba and mua but st mathews I havnt applied to..as of now I just would like to learn more about aureus and aureus as far as their pass rate and match rate from former and current students .. thanks in advance..

also, do a search on Auerus's past match list to see how they have done

MD.IMG
03-23-2013, 03:02 PM
Hablando pro que nuestra

docmobile
03-23-2013, 03:24 PM
Has anyone been able to locate a grad. of USAT-Montserrat? Surely by now they should have at least one or two.

MD.IMG
03-23-2013, 03:43 PM
AUSOM has made major changes under DR.N. This school is now on the right track. I have many friends that are scoring 240+ on USMLE. Again, do your research & sit in on classes.

Best of luck!

devildoc8404
03-23-2013, 04:13 PM
But, choose either MD or DO..if you do both, you will not get into either. Do your research on the differences.

I disagree. I know plenty of people who applied to both, and even some who chose DO over MD schools after being accepted to both. Definitely research the options, so that you are prepared for both, but there is nothing wrong with applying to both MD and DO schools. In fact, in the current environment, I think it is the safest and smartest route to take.

mulberry
03-23-2013, 04:58 PM
Listen, if you can't apply to the Big 4 take a look at (in this order):

1) AUA
2) MUA
3) UMHS
4) St. Eust
5) St. James
6) Windsor

I would stay away from any other school. In fact, I would pray to get into the top 4 if I were you. Forget if there's nothing to do at Saba, I'm sure you had your fun in undergrad. If the top 4 are out, start at AUA as it is 50 state approval. I would then look at MUA which is the sister school of Saba and a proven track record. UMHS after because it is operated by the Ross family with a brand new beautiful campus. They also have a nice match list for being a newer school. The others, well, I would make them my dead last choice.

MD.IMG
03-23-2013, 07:11 PM
I disagree. If your offered an interview for both schools they want to know why you applied to different schools of thought. Both have the same course work, but D.O. practice OMM. Allopathy does not. I too, know several people who applied to both and this was a direct question asked in interview. Why make it harder?

mulberry
04-11-2013, 02:07 AM
would definitely apply to st. Matthews university. As it is on the most modern island, and has a strong vet. school. The school is also approved by new York for all clinical rotations which means you can apply for residencies in the state of new York where most IMG's do residency's. Also it is approved by florida to do clinicals. MUA is not. Has very modern hospitals on island to rotate while there. I graduated there and finished residency. The school has a good name for itself, and around for 16 years. Also in the future hopefully st. Matthews will be bought by a new owner, as it is presently the sister school of MUA, and SABA. But st. Matthews has best future. people much rather go to grand cayman. In my opinion a school like MUA will have a hard time surviving. Remember it is always better to have an MD degree then osteopathic as most patients don't know what a DO is. Also an MD from st. Matthews is prettymuch recognized all over the world and DO not. Only problem st. Matthews is disapproved by California since 2005. The school has not reapplied which is a shame because the school has progressed so much from that time. I believe there are over 1500 graduates now.

This is a joke, right? I'm waiting for the troll.gif to appear any second.

MUA having trouble surviving? MUA is out of SMU's league. Compare the match lists of both schools. Compare the entrance stats of both schools. Compare the faculty and their qualifications. SMU will take anyone, MUA will reject most people below 3.0 GPA. MUA is on the way to being California approved in the coming years (sad to say that might not even matter). Just read what other students say about the corrupt faculty and administration. The school is NOTHING like it used to be when you were down there, just speak to any current student in 3rd or 4th term.

devildoc8404
04-11-2013, 04:42 PM
Remember it is always better to have an MD degree then osteopathic as most patients don't know what a DO is. Also an MD from st. Matthews is prettymuch recognized all over the world and DO not. Only problem st. Matthews is disapproved by California since 2005. The school has not reapplied which is a shame because the school has progressed so much from that time. I believe there are over 1500 graduates now.

Good Lord, but that is some incredibly crappy advice.

Have you looked at the international options for DOs? (SMU may have trouble with practice in the UK. US DOs can. Just one example.)
Have you bothered to compare the match rates (remembering that DOs have their OWN match, just for DOs, BEFORE the MD match) between DOs and IMGs?
Are you cognizant of the changes slated to occur over the coming 3-5 years for IMGs?

Look, you can live in 1979 with your anti-DO sentiment if you want, but in the modern world, the chances of matching (and matching into a competitive specialty) are substantially higher with a DO degree. Like, a lot higher. And looking at the smoke signals from AAMC, etc., this trend will continue.

Read up on it.

devildoc8404
04-11-2013, 04:46 PM
I disagree. If your offered an interview for both schools they want to know why you applied to different schools of thought. Both have the same course work, but D.O. practice OMM. Allopathy does not. I too, know several people who applied to both and this was a direct question asked in interview. Why make it harder?

Well, it only makes it "harder" if you do not have a good answer prepared. If you do, then Bobīs your freaking uncle and it is a non-issue.

Application to a larger number of schools only makes sense to me, but I guess there are different ways of looking at that. Whatever. No harm, no foul.

brianshipley
06-15-2015, 12:28 AM
Hope you are pursuing your studies, let me know which school you chosen for your studies.







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