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lawyerdoc2b
07-31-2014, 04:52 PM
I am a current student at IUHS. I have started this thread to reach out to other current students who may wish to share their experiences and to prospective students who may have questions.


The IUHS program: The first two years of Basic Medical Sciences is on line with live lectures. I just finished Block 3. The Basic Medical Science curriculum takes 27 months to complete. It is followed by the usual 80 weeks over years three and four in U.S. hospitals. The 27 months begins with "Block Zero" (now called "PMT"). PMT is 12 weeks. Blocks 1 -8 are each eight weeks long and comprise the medical and science knowledge needed to be a physician. Blocks 9 and 10 are intensive review, study and practice testing for the USMLE Step 1 Examination. I just finished Block 3 and begin Block 4 on August 18, 2014. There is about a one to three week break between each block. You can finish five blocks per calendar year.

Each Block so far has been 85-100 lecture hours. Yes, they are on-line. The Power Point slides are available ahead of time if you are like me. I print them out and write notes on them as the professor lectures. 100 lecture hours spread over seven weeks is 12 -15 class hours a week. Week 8 is study time and a final examination. I study at least two hours for every lecture hour. Literally thousands of practice questions (USMLE style questions) are provided to study (best estimate is 1,200 - 1,500 per block)

Beginning in Block 1 there is "DxR" which is a computer program with a virtual patient to practice on. There is also 20 hours a month working in the clinic with a physician mentor. Thus, the program is not just an "on-line medical school." Bottom line is you have to be mature, self-motivated and dedicated to succeed in this program. Many have and are doing it. The question you must ask and answer for yourself: how bad do you want to be a physician?

The estimated cost over four years is $70,000. This figure does not include living expenses if you have to move elsewhere for clinical rotations.

Please post your impressions if you are a current student. If you are a prospective student or just curious post your questions too. I invite my classmates to join me in responding. If you want to keep it private, send me a PM. If all you have to contribute is nastiness please don't bother. I hope that this thread will be helpful. Good luck to all. ;)

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ODtoMD
08-02-2014, 11:38 PM
I'm very much interested in learning more about the program. What kind of hrs are you putting in each week? Are you working at all? I'm a practicing Optometrist considering the program. While I'll commit as much time as possible financially I won't be able to leave my practice 100%, at least not for years 1 and 2. Have you found any information on match statistics? I've reached out to other students and graduates but I want to hear from others as well. What specialty are you considering?

lawyerdoc2b
08-03-2014, 07:11 PM
Dear OD to MD,


I reduced my law practice from the usual 50+ hours a week to 35 hours a week to make this dream a reality. Classes take up 12-15 hours a week (as many as 6 hours a day on some days but that is unusual. Usually we have 3-4 hours a day Monday - Thursday). Some are during the day and some in the evening. Most students work during the first two years. If you can't attend the live lecture you can view the recording beginning just a few minutes after the live lecture ends.

I study about two hours more per lecture hour. The coursework is presented during weeks 1 -7 of each block. Week 8 is study week ending in a final exam on either Thursday or Friday of week 8 (you get to pick you exam time during a 48-hour window). I study a lot during the block so that study week is more of a review and putting it all together for me time.

As for the match, I don't have any statistics. I did attend the student conference in Chicago held in July 2013 just before I started in September of 2013 and watched graduation. Announcements were made about where the students were undergoing residency. Several of the newly minted M.D.s were in Family Practice. I recall at least one ER and one Anesthesia but other than my faded memory I have no statistics to share. If you Google IUHS medical doctors you find licensed physicians in 22 states covering many specialties. As the student body grows and the students move through the pipeline there will be more specialties and more states I'm sure. As for me, either ER or Family Medicine as I like primary care.

2BNMD
08-03-2014, 08:38 PM
Do you have to physically move to the school's location for the basic sciences, or can you do them from your current place of residence? Thanks for your help.

lawyerdoc2b
08-04-2014, 09:32 PM
You need not move. The basic medical sciences (first two years) is taken wherever you and your personal computer may be located.

usmleearly2016
08-30-2014, 06:45 PM
want to know more.

lawyerdoc2b
09-01-2014, 02:18 PM
If you want to know more just ask. Send me a private message and I'll respond or a phone number and I'll call you.

apriscilla
09-29-2014, 08:29 PM
Hi,

I am very interested in the program as well. Any scholarships or grants?

lawyerdoc2b
10-01-2014, 12:44 PM
Hi,

I am very interested in the program as well. Any scholarships or grants?

No scholarships or grants that I am aware of.


If you have any questions that you don't want to post or want some indepth information send me a message and I'll provide my contact info.

shellydoc
10-07-2014, 08:10 PM
Hi,

I am very interested in the school, but I have several questions/concerns about the school. Mainly I am concerned with obtaining a residency. I can't find on the school's website their match list. I wanted to know where all have the students matched and what type of residencies? And the percentage rate of their students that actually matched. I am afraid that I will spend the time studying and paying for the education but not able to actually used it. Also I am curious how the clinicals work during the 3rd and 4th years? I tried finding which hospitals that the school is affiliated with and can't seem to find the list. If anyone knows anything about my questions, I would greatly appreciate it! Thank you so much for your help.

Dinesh Kolakalur
10-09-2014, 01:54 PM
Education is a personal journey. Especially, medical education involves a lot of motivation, perseverance and self-study. Having been in a traditional track in medical school, I have come to appreciate the education model provided by IUHS.

IUHS offers the innovative approach of systems-based study to medicine, which I find to be very engaging and also appropriate for USMLE exams. The flexibility offered by IUHS in scheduling clinical practicum rotations and the opportunity to stay in the United States through the whole tenure of medical school makes it a very desirable option. It provides a good work-life balance and students are able to avail their support structure here in the US.

Most medical schools (SGU, Ross) enroll a large number of students, which is out of proportion to the clinical spots available to them. I find this basic principle to be flawed, and also unethical. Due to the imbalance inherent to this admission process, students are taxed with additional stress in the already strenuous study courses. As a former student from one of BIG three, I had my reservations going to class with "700" people and the effectiveness of learning was compromised, students reduced to cattle and a widget in a production line. I was on the island and ended up watching the lectures on "Sonic/Blackboard" anyway.

IUHS uses board based tools and effective use of technology, live lectures, archives, DxR, Doctor Mentorship, making learning interactive and fun. Top school in the US have started using the format and I do not see any issue with it, especially suits people who are driven and self motivated. It is time Brick and Mortar Schools start innovating and invest on students than merely infrastructure, lobbying to kill a vibrant form of learning with next generation toolset.

Curriculum uses a Systems Based Approach offers more time and emphasis on Physiology and Pathology of Disease Processes cutting redundancy, I found schools following traditional models reduce their Pathology coursework to mere "12 weeks". Pathology is heavily tested on the Board and this curriculum give me more time to learn, digest and master this USMLE High Yield Topics.

IUHS has a lot of transparency in their administrative processes and works with medical students in accomplishing their goal. In essence, IUHS model of education seems to be tailored to my needs, and will be a good fit to my pursuit of medical education.

All the Best.

lawyerdoc2b
10-09-2014, 10:27 PM
Hi,

I am very interested in the school, but I have several questions/concerns about the school. Mainly I am concerned with obtaining a residency. I can't find on the school's website their match list. I wanted to know where all have the students matched and what type of residencies? And the percentage rate of their students that actually matched. I am afraid that I will spend the time studying and paying for the education but not able to actually used it. Also I am curious how the clinicals work during the 3rd and 4th years? I tried finding which hospitals that the school is affiliated with and can't seem to find the list. If anyone knows anything about my questions, I would greatly appreciate it! Thank you so much for your help.

Shellydoc:

Responding to you second question, the clinics are mostly in Atlanta or Chicago. I was provided a list in the past but can't lay my hands on it at the moment (my Block 4 final exam was today and I have endocrinology questions still floating around in my head). Atlanta Medical Center, Emory, DeKalb Medical Center are on the list. Chicago has several hospitals. A hospital in Connecticut is on the list as well. There are others that I can't recall at this moment. I suggest that you call or e-mail Paige Stewart, the Director of Admissions. She will tell you what you would like to know. [email protected] Her number is on the school website. You may arrange your own clinical rotations if you like so long as the sites as "Green Book" approved.

As far as residencies go, IUHS' FAQ page says 95% of the graduates match or are otherwise placed into residences. I actually discussed this issue with administration. That number is American and Canadian students who want to practice in North America. It does not include international students who have no intention to match into American residencies. I attended the Chicago conference last July 2013 before started school at IUHS. I watched the graduation and announcements were made about where the new M.D.s were headed or already at. This is purely my memory and thus anecdotal but I recall one went to Neurology in Wisconsin; one went to Family Medicine in upstate New York and one went to Emergency Medicine in Florida. There were others of course but these I recall more than a year later.

Don't rely on statistics about residency placement solely in making a decision. The reality is that you will be an "FMG" when you finish at IUHs (foreign medical graduate). Some FMGs (from all foreign schools) never match. Factors that matter most include a good score on the USMLE Step ! (passing is 177 - you need about a 210 or better to be competitive for primary care residencies) Just passing isn't good enough. No one expects you to score a 269 but a good score is competitive. Mediocre or barely passing won't cut it.

Other factors include "audition rotations" in your fourth year and whether English is your first or second language (yes it matters-don't kid yourself). The bottom line is at IUHS (and any other medical school), admission is not an admission to residency. Admission to medical school gets you to the starting gate and then the race starts. I'm not trying to scare you but the school helps you succeed and provides all the tools for you to succeed but it will not spoon feed you. It is not like a liberal arts college general education requirement course where you memorize, regurgitate for the test and forget it. In medical school you must not only learn the material but you must also understand it and apply it. You get out of it what you put in it.

If you have other questions post them or better yet send me a message and I'll respond with my contact e-mail and cell phone number.

FromRN2MD
10-21-2014, 03:33 PM
Thank you for this detailed information. I would love to contact you at your convenience to discuss IUHS in detail. I am new here to the forum and I am unable to send you a private message, apparently the rule is to post 5 times before being granted permission to contact other members. Could you send me a PM with your contact info? I look forward to hearing from you

lawyerdoc2b
10-21-2014, 06:37 PM
RN2MD,

I just sent you a private message. Contact me when convenient.

FromRN2MD
10-21-2014, 08:13 PM
Unfortunately, I did not receive it. Not sure what happened?

FromRN2MD
10-22-2014, 12:10 PM
Posting to get my 5 posts lol

FromRN2MD
10-22-2014, 12:11 PM
Here is #4!

FromRN2MD
10-22-2014, 12:12 PM
And now we have #5!

RxBigdaddy
12-24-2014, 06:52 AM
Posting to get my five posts also. Lawyerdoc2b I am from GA and I have questions for you. Can you PM me your contact information?

RxBigdaddy
12-24-2014, 06:52 AM
Here is post #3

RxBigdaddy
12-24-2014, 06:53 AM
Here is post # 4

RxBigdaddy
12-24-2014, 06:54 AM
Finally Post #5

lawyerdoc2b
01-06-2015, 11:56 AM
I jast sent you a Private message with my contact information. Contact me when convenient.

Lucy Xing
04-02-2015, 07:44 PM
I would like to know more

Tangovera
04-11-2015, 06:39 PM
lawyerdoc2b, Have you graduated and are practicing somewhere? Thanks so much for all the information. I am in contact with Paige about hospitals that allow IUHS rotations. I 'm really interested in the one in CT.

lawyerdoc2b
04-28-2015, 02:40 PM
lawyerdoc2b, Have you graduated and are practicing somewhere? Thanks so much for all the information. I am in contact with Paige about hospitals that allow IUHS rotations. I 'm really interested in the one in CT.

Tangovera,

Sorry for taking so long to reply. I stay do busy with class, studies and work that I only look at posts every couple of weeks. Feel free to send me a private message and that prompts an email and I will thus be alerted to respond.

I have not graduated. Next week I have the final exam in Block 7. Block 7 is primarily Psychiatry and Hematology (Yes, I know, they are unrelated systems but put together in this block). After a three week break my class starts Block 8. Then there is Block 9 which is an eight week comprehensive review and preparation for the Step 1 examination. I anticipate taking the Step 1 sometime after October 15, 2015. After receipt of a passing grade I begin third year clinical rotations.

IUHS will arrange clinical roatations for you or you may arrange your own. Clinical roatations are third and urth years. Don't forget that begining in Block 1 of your first year you must have a mentor physican with whom you oberve and discuss medical issues 20 hours per month. If you don't know one, IUHS is good about helping you find one where you live.

lawyerdoc2b
04-28-2015, 02:45 PM
Lucy Xing,

Just tell us what you would like to know and I will try to get you an answer. If you like, send me a private message and I'll provide my contact information and you may call me or send an e-mail.

augustfly
05-11-2015, 07:57 PM
Thank you for taking the time. Are you still available for a few questions?

lawyerdoc2b
05-13-2015, 03:14 PM
Augustfly,

I sent you a private message with my contact number and email. Call or email and I'll respond.

stonekaya
05-16-2015, 03:46 PM
Greetings lawyerdoc2b

Hope your exam went well!! I am contemplating applying to IUHS this year and was hoping to ask you a few questions. Could I please ask that you provide me with your email address as well?

Many thanks.

lawyerdoc2b
05-18-2015, 07:07 PM
Greetings lawyerdoc2b

Hope your exam went well!! I am contemplating applying to IUHS this year and was hoping to ask you a few questions. Could I please ask that you provide me with your email address as well?

Many thanks.

The Block 7 exam went well thank you. You or anyone may send me an email to [email protected]

Abigail1509
07-10-2015, 09:08 AM
Thank you for this detailed information!

lawyerdoc2b
07-13-2015, 02:26 PM
Thank you for this detailed information!


You're welcome. Fell free to reach out to me or to the other IUHS students who have posted on this thread. Good luck to you.

bdjr
11-25-2015, 04:08 AM
Hello. Thanks for all your posts. I have learned a lot from you.

I have a few questions to ask about IUHS.

1. Is there a school or a way to complete the premed requirements online? IUHS had premed subjects offered online but that program is no longer available. If not, I guess the only way is to take them on campus either at a community college or a post bac program.

2. IUHS offers a payment plan since loans are not available. I'm wondering if I can use the MedCAP loan from Wells Fargo to pay for the cost of education? If not, are there any other loans I can use?

3. I noticed many students in the program have medical backgrounds as a nurse, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, podiatrist, etc. I have no medical background at all. I have been working as a business analyst for the past 15 years. Will I be able to survive the program without this medical background most IUHS students already have? Are there students who have no medical background such as myself?

4. If you don't mind me asking, since you're already working as an attorney, why did you choose to go to medical school and become a physician? Why is a career as a physician better for you than the career as an attorney? I have been thinking about applying to law school myself but I've read online that there are more law school graduates than law jobs available each year so I'm uncertain about the future of a career as an attorney.

lawyerdoc2b
11-29-2015, 08:18 PM
I replied to your private message with these same questions.

For those interested in my reply, in short: I know some IUHS students taking some science pre med courses (physics and chemistry) so I believe that they are available at IUHS. The best source of information would be Ms. Paige Stewart, the Admissions Director.

I know nothing about MedCAP loans. To my knowledge no one has student loans at IUHS. Check with Wells Fargo.

Why and I wanting to change careers? Without a huge debate starting, I am sick of what the legal profession has become. I am just tired of it. I'm tired of the one call that all or you've had your wreck let me help you get your check type of ambulance chasers who think getting insurance money somehow equals justice.

lawyerdoc2b
01-08-2018, 02:43 PM
I have not posted in a while. A few private messages to me making inquiry about my progress has prompted me to post an update. I am halfway through the third year. I finished my clinical rotations in Psychiatry, Surgery and Pediatrics. I start OB/Gyn on Monday of next week for six weeks followed by Internal Medicine for 12 weeks and then Family Medicine for six weeks. That will finish my third year. Of my 32 weeks of electives for the fourth year I have completed some so I expect to graduate thereafter when the rest are completed. Sometime after finishing Family Medicine (around mid July 2018) I will focus on taking and passing the two parts of USMLE Step 2. My clinical rotations have mostly been in metro Atlanta, GA. Some of my fellow students are from other Caribbean medical schools and some from U.S. D.O. or M.D. schools. You get out of the clinical rotations what you put into them. Some of the students do the minimum to get by and others like me jump in with both feet and soak up knowledge and experience. If anyone wants further info please send me a P.M. I'll try to respond promptly. Ed

Atlantoaxial
02-21-2018, 11:36 AM
Hello Lawyerdoc2b, thanks for keeping us informed.

I have many questions, and one of them: do you know how many students enroll every year (average)? Let's say for instance since 2013.

ExMD1NOWIN
03-18-2018, 02:10 AM
Hello-
Can you tell me if you don't mind why you are just finishing up year 3 and some part of year 4 of medical school?I just want to know why you are taking longer considering the time of your post and the years btw it now;sorry for asking if it is too private to you.





Hello Lawyerdoc2b, thanks for keeping us informed.

I have many questions, and one of them: do you know how many students enroll every year (average)? Let's say for instance since 2013.

lawyerdoc2b
06-01-2018, 02:05 PM
I have finally returned to ValueMD after a long absence. I last posted some time ago and so many of you have sent me a PM or an email that it is difficult to find the time to respond. Many have asked me for an update on my personal journey so here goes. A week ago, I finished my 48 weeks of clinical rotations in Atlanta, GA (3rd year core clinicals are: Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Surgery, Family Medicine, ObGyn and Psychiatry). I have the Step 2 exams this Summer and then some 4th year electives remaining after I finish the tests. I will not be spending all of my time on ValueMD as I am committed to doing well on Step 2 CK and CS. It has taken me almost two years to finish these rotations because I still am the majority owner of a small law firm and it generates money. If I do apply for residency it will be Psychiatry (I do plan on doing so).

Everyone is on their own journey. Some finish and some don't. Some breeze through and others take a longer route. IUHS worked for me. It may or may not work for you. I belief that many fail because they are in love with being a doctor which is not the same as wanting to be a doctor so bad nothing short of being one will put out the fire in your belly. I have taken longer because I am the majority owner of a small law firm and I have a family to support. It is hard to give up a six figure income to go to school only and then live on Resident pay.

My advise: If you have the credentials to go to an American medical school then go. If you can go to the Caribbean and afford the massive cost of going to Ross or perhaps another of the big four (e.g. you have no other way to pay for it except by student loans) then go. If you need the traditional classroom experience and you or your family can afford to send you to the islands then go. If distance learning works for you (it did for me) then consider IUHS. I personally rejected Oceana because I wasn't fond of the teaching methodology nor of going to American Samoa for a clinic rotation. I rejected USAT because I know a Nurse Practitioner who went and failed the Step 1 three times. I know, don't criticize my lack of scientific sampling. In addition, I hated the name - it sounds like a trade school. (I must state this caveat: do your own due diligence and don't rely solely on my opinions). I note that a lot of people trash IUHS and they know very darn little about it. So sort through the B.S. and form your own conclusions.

I have learned that there are many Caribbean students who have successfully navigated through the long process and there are even more that try it and don't finish it. IUHS is not for everyone. I have had clinical rotations with students from probably a dozen Caribbean and other foreign medical schools. My belief is that none of them prepare you to be a doctor (by that I mean no spoon feeding if that is what you expect). You must be dedicated to learning and dig it out yourself. I stand amazed at most other Caribbean schools. We students in clinical rotations talk to one another. They charge $6 - 8,000 per12 week semester and pay the preceptor less than half that to teach you. At IUHS, you pay the doctor directly. I paid from zero to $300 per week. So, IUHS is more affordable in this respect.

Most schools offer very little guidance in navigating through the 3rd and 4th years and virtually none in how to successfully apply for and gain a residency. For example, my observation is that most students ask the preceptor doctor in their clinical rotations for a letter of recommendation. Most doctors say yes. The doctor then writes a canned letter lacking in specifics and personalization. The reality is the preceptor physicians teach so many students that if you want a personalized letter you need to draft it yourself and give the doctor a flash drive and let the doctor edit the final product. If you do your letter will standout.


Ed

lawyerdoc2b
06-01-2018, 02:06 PM
IUHS admits students into the first year class in May and September. Each class has in the neighborhood of 25 students. In addition, many students from other Caribbean schools transfer to IUHS after completion of their second year because IUHS is so much cheaper.

ED

Med grad
06-02-2018, 12:29 PM
I have finally returned to ValueMD after a long absence. I last posted some time ago and so many of you have sent me a PM or an email that it is difficult to find the time to respond. Many have asked me for an update on my personal journey so here goes. A week ago, I finished my 48 weeks of clinical rotations in Atlanta, GA (3rd year core clinicals are: Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Surgery, Family Medicine, ObGyn and Psychiatry). I have the Step 2 exams this Summer and then some 4th year electives remaining after I finish the tests. I will not be spending all of my time on ValueMD as I am committed to doing well on Step 2 CK and CS. It has taken me almost two years to finish these rotations because I still am the majority owner of a small law firm and it generates money. If I do apply for residency it will be Psychiatry (I do plan on doing so).

Everyone is on their own journey. Some finish and some don't. Some breeze through and others take a longer route. IUHS worked for me. It may or may not work for you. I belief that many fail because they are in love with being a doctor which is not the same as wanting to be a doctor so bad nothing short of being one will put out the fire in your belly. I have taken longer because I am the majority owner of a small law firm and I have a family to support. It is hard to give up a six figure income to go to school only and then live on Resident pay.

My advise: If you have the credentials to go to an American medical school then go. If you can go to the Caribbean and afford the massive cost of going to Ross or perhaps another of the big four (e.g. you have no other way to pay for it except by student loans) then go. If you need the traditional classroom experience and you or your family can afford to send you to the islands then go. If distance learning works for you (it did for me) then consider IUHS. I personally rejected Oceana because I wasn't fond of the teaching methodology nor of going to American Samoa for a clinic rotation. I rejected USAT because I know a Nurse Practitioner who went and failed the Step 1 three times. I know, don't criticize my lack of scientific sampling. In addition, I hated the name - it sounds like a trade school. (I must state this caveat: do your own due diligence and don't rely solely on my opinions). I note that a lot of people trash IUHS and they know very darn little about it. So sort through the B.S. and form your own conclusions.

I have learned that there are many Caribbean students who have successfully navigated through the long process and there are even more that try it and don't finish it. IUHS is not for everyone. I have had clinical rotations with students from probably a dozen Caribbean and other foreign medical schools. My belief is that none of them prepare you to be a doctor (by that I mean no spoon feeding if that is what you expect). You must be dedicated to learning and dig it out yourself. I stand amazed at most other Caribbean schools. We students in clinical rotations talk to one another. They charge $6 - 8,000 per12 week semester and pay the preceptor less than half that to teach you. At IUHS, you pay the doctor directly. I paid from zero to $300 per week. So, IUHS is more affordable in this respect.

Most schools offer very little guidance in navigating through the 3rd and 4th years and virtually none in how to successfully apply for and gain a residency. For example, my observation is that most students ask the preceptor doctor in their clinical rotations for a letter of recommendation. Most doctors say yes. The doctor then writes a canned letter lacking in specifics and personalization. The reality is the preceptor physicians teach so many students that if you want a personalized letter you need to draft it yourself and give the doctor a flash drive and let the doctor edit the final product. If you do your letter will standout.


Ed

I agree with everything you are saying except I take issue with two things: If someone really wants to practice medicine, IUHS, being an online school, gives rise to a host of licensing issues in many states. My second point is that after 2023, IUHS would no longer be a viable option for those planning to practice in the US because of the ECFMG's new requirements regarding accreditation. The Caribbean accreditation authority won't accept schools that are online and have no connection to the place they are chartered. This means no ability to even write the Steps. This is something people should carefully research and understand before considering the online route. IUHS is not alone. Other online schools or distance education programs would be similarly effect.

Oceania may escape this trap because it is accredited by Philippines and is not technically a Caribbean school. If ECFMG accepts the Philippine's accreditation system, Oceania could potentially escape this trap. But it is still an online school and will have licensing issues independent of ECFMG's new requirements.

Omudia11
01-07-2019, 08:56 AM
I am currently enrolled in IUHS but I've been reading some negative information about it recently and don't know wether to proceed or just quit. Please kindly inform me how yours has been so far.
Have you graduated? Do graduates get to practice in the US? Have you met any IUHS graduate?
I am a current student at IUHS. I have started this thread to reach out to other current students who may wish to share their experiences and to prospective students who may have questions.


The IUHS program: The first two years of Basic Medical Sciences is on line with live lectures. I just finished Block 3. The Basic Medical Science curriculum takes 27 months to complete. It is followed by the usual 80 weeks over years three and four in U.S. hospitals. The 27 months begins with "Block Zero" (now called "PMT"). PMT is 12 weeks. Blocks 1 -8 are each eight weeks long and comprise the medical and science knowledge needed to be a physician. Blocks 9 and 10 are intensive review, study and practice testing for the USMLE Step 1 Examination. I just finished Block 3 and begin Block 4 on August 18, 2014. There is about a one to three week break between each block. You can finish five blocks per calendar year.

Each Block so far has been 85-100 lecture hours. Yes, they are on-line. The Power Point slides are available ahead of time if you are like me. I print them out and write notes on them as the professor lectures. 100 lecture hours spread over seven weeks is 12 -15 class hours a week. Week 8 is study time and a final examination. I study at least two hours for every lecture hour. Literally thousands of practice questions (USMLE style questions) are provided to study (best estimate is 1,200 - 1,500 per block)

Beginning in Block 1 there is "DxR" which is a computer program with a virtual patient to practice on. There is also 20 hours a month working in the clinic with a physician mentor. Thus, the program is not just an "on-line medical school." Bottom line is you have to be mature, self-motivated and dedicated to succeed in this program. Many have and are doing it. The question you must ask and answer for yourself: how bad do you want to be a physician?

The estimated cost over four years is $70,000. This figure does not include living expenses if you have to move elsewhere for clinical rotations.

Please post your impressions if you are a current student. If you are a prospective student or just curious post your questions too. I invite my classmates to join me in responding. If you want to keep it private, send me a PM. If all you have to contribute is nastiness please don't bother. I hope that this thread will be helpful. Good luck to all. ;)

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Omudia11
01-07-2019, 08:59 AM
No scholarships or grants that I am aware of.


If you have any questions that you don't want to post or want some indepth information send me a message and I'll provide my contact info.

Please can I have your contact information? This whole thing is getting me depressed and I need someone to talk to.

Med grad
01-07-2019, 09:13 AM
If you are currently enrolled, you should be guided by your experience and not by what others say about the school. If you are happy with your education you should stay and finish. You should be able to get the answers to your questions directly from the school, especially since you are an enrolled student. The school should be able to put you in touch with their recent graduates who have been able to secure residency.

I don't think it is useful to seek advice from people who have never attended IUHS. As a current student you should be able rely on your own experience and the information the school provides you.

Omudia11
01-07-2019, 09:21 AM
Well i just wanted to hear from someone who it has worked for. I have a feeling that the school authority may not be honest about the success of their graduates in getting residencies when asked and that's why I haven't asked yet although I plan to. What I have asked them however is if there is any kind of discrimination a graduate will face in getting residency seeing that it's an online school and they said there's none.
If you are currently enrolled, you should be guided by your experience and not by what others say about the school. If you are happy with your education you should stay and finish. You should be able to get the answers to your questions directly from the school, especially since you are an enrolled student. The school should be able to put you in touch with their recent graduates who have been able to secure residency.

I don't think it is useful to seek advice from people who have never attended IUHS. As a current student you should be able rely on your own experience and the information the school provides you.

leadsled
01-07-2019, 03:51 PM
Well i just wanted to hear from someone who it has worked for. I have a feeling that the school authority may not be honest about the success of their graduates in getting residencies when asked and that's why I haven't asked yet although I plan to. What I have asked them however is if there is any kind of discrimination a graduate will face in getting residency seeing that it's an online school and they said there's none.

The reality for Foreign Medical graduates is that getting a U.S. residency is difficult regardless of the medical school you attend! Becoming ECFMG certified is just one of the hoops to jump through!

See Phases 1 thru 4 Link regarding medical school recognition by ECFMG:

https://www.ecfmg.org/about/initiatives-accreditation-requirement.html

Presently, I don't see any "Sponsor Notes" indicating ECFMG sanctions against IUHS of St. Kitts.
https://search.wdoms.org/home/SchoolDetail/F0001171

Another obstacle however, may be getting a U.S. State license to practice with online studies in Basic Sciences even with successful USMLE steps, ECFMG certification and a US Residency. This depends on which U.S. State or Territory licenses you. A lot of people don't realize that licensing is at the State or territory level and except for the DEA license or Merchant Marine license, not the Federal level. Each State or US territory has specific rules and regulations affecting licensure. ie: Number of USMLE attempts, ACGME accredited residency and yes maybe even No online component of medical school, etc. etc. Other exceptions are: Florida House Physician License, Puerto Rican only approved Internship. Some States and territories even consider Foreign residencies like Canada or UK (Royal College of Surgeons, etc).

It really is rolling the dice going to a foreign medical school with the intent of practicing in the USA! With that said, perhaps there are other countries that may embrace medical graduates from WHO recognized schools. However, if your heart is set on practicing in the USA, please explore all your options for schools in the USA...don't forget, Puerto Rico has medical schools that are US accredited as well. In your search include; MD, DO and consider PA, NP and other health practitioner tracks: DPM, ND, DC, OD, DDS, AuD, PsyD, PharmD, etc. before investing a quarter million plus dollars!

Just my two cents!







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