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nonizondi
05-12-2016, 09:12 PM
I spoke with an AUA admission representative who said the comp pass score is 72. Some students here say it is 79. The official blamed failure of the COMP on poor study habits.I need an honest opinion of this school vs UMHS

jjs4348
05-17-2016, 08:27 AM
Passing score needed at AUA on Comp for Step1 is a 72 and passing score needed on Comp for Step2 is a 79 (they are 2 different tests). To my knowledge UMHS is not 50 state approved and does not have title IV funding. AUA is and does

Terp13
05-17-2016, 12:34 PM
I was deciding b/w AUA and UMHS as well and ended up choosing UMHS. AUA is 4 years older and hence has a more proven track record. Like JJ mentioned, it also has all the state approvals and federal funding. But being a bigger school means that they also have more attrition, and having federal funding and all the state approvals means that they are more expensive than UMHS. Also, I was not fond of AUA's curriculum. They have 2 semesters a year and a 5th semester integration course meaning that it is very hard to finish in 4 years. Another thing that adds to this is the fact that they have a long waiting time (according to their own students whom I spoke to) for placement into rotations because of their large class sizes. This basically means that there is little to no chance that you graduate in less than 5 years. UMHS works on a Trimester system so it makes it very possible to finish in 4 years or less. There is less waiting time for being placed into rotations. The class sizes are smaller (with the largest being 120) and the professors are good. The exams are very fair in general and the attrition is much lower. We also have a 5th semester Integration of basic sciences and USMLE prep program in Maine. The residency match rate is around 86% for UMHS which is not bad. AUA And if you start at UMHS now, there is a good chance the school will get NY and FL approval very soon. The resources are there for you to succeed in both schools and ultimately it is up to you to see what are your priorities are. I decided based on which environment I would succeed in learning which is smaller class size. You will succeed in either school depending on where you feel comfortable and whether you have priorities straight.

nonizondi
05-17-2016, 02:15 PM
I was deciding b/w AUA and UMHS as well and ended up choosing UMHS. AUA is 4 years older and hence has a more proven track record. Like JJ mentioned, it also has all the state approvals and federal funding. But being a bigger school means that they also have more attrition, and having federal funding and all the state approvals means that they are more expensive than UMHS. Also, I was not fond of AUA's curriculum. They have 2 semesters a year and a 5th semester integration course meaning that it is very hard to finish in 4 years. Another thing that adds to this is the fact that they have a long waiting time (according to their own students whom I spoke to) for placement into rotations because of their large class sizes. This basically means that there is little to no chance that you graduate in less than 5 years. UMHS works on a Trimester system so it makes it very possible to finish in 4 years or less. There is less waiting time for being placed into rotations. The class sizes are smaller (with the largest being 120) and the professors are good. The exams are very fair in general and the attrition is much lower. We also have a 5th semester Integration of basic sciences and USMLE prep program in Maine. The residency match rate is around 86% for UMHS which is not bad. AUA And if you start at UMHS now, there is a good chance the school will get NY and FL approval very soon. The resources are there for you to succeed in both schools and ultimately it is up to you to see what are your priorities are. I decided based on which environment I would succeed in learning which is smaller class size. You will succeed in either school depending on where you feel comfortable and whether you have priorities straight.
These are the reasons am thinking about Aua:the title IV and good match rates but the exit exam has made students to transfer to different schools. Both schools can help me become a doctor but AUA is more established and UMHS seems more doable

Terp13
05-17-2016, 03:04 PM
These are the reasons am thinking about Aua:the title IV and good match rates but the exit exam has made students to transfer to different schools. Both schools can help me become a doctor but AUA is more established and UMHS seems more doable
Then you have your answer! If title IV funding was a big factor for me, I would have gone to AUA as well. One thing to note though is that AUA has better individual Matches. That doesn't mean they have a better match rate. They could have matched 250/300 (hypothetical made up number) which is still a lot of students. That would give them a match rate of 83%. UMHS matched 85/96 students (actual numbers). So they have a match rate of 86% which is higher technically. If you are worried about the comp, then why not apply to other schools which have Title IV? Obviously I am guessing you know the big 4 but apart from that there are others as well.

Lancelot
06-06-2016, 10:31 PM
The comp exams are pure misery and delay many people's graduations. I heard AUA recently raised Step 2 comp to 83. Also, the 5th semester is a complete waste of time and a pure money grab on the part of all these Caribbean schools. Buyer beware.

In fact if I could do it all over again I would have gone to a non-Carib foreign med school, graduated in 4 years, and then taken all the Steps at my leisure without dealing with comps and artificial deadlines to sit for the Step exams.

thxleave
06-06-2016, 10:51 PM
The comp exams are pure misery and delay many people's graduations. I heard AUA recently raised Step 2 comp to 83. Also, the 5th semester is a complete waste of time and a pure money grab on the part of all these Caribbean schools. Buyer beware.

In fact if I could do it all over again I would have gone to a non-Carib foreign med school, graduated in 4 years, and then taken all the Steps at my leisure without dealing with comps and artificial deadlines to sit for the Step exams.

Kinda makes sense. It's getting harder for us to match these days as an IMG. Simply passing isn't going to be enough anymore.

nonizondi
06-06-2016, 11:59 PM
The comp exams are pure misery and delay many people's graduations. I heard AUA recently raised Step 2 comp to 83. Also, the 5th semester is a complete waste of time and a pure money grab on the part of all these Caribbean schools. Buyer beware.

In fact if I could do it all over again I would have gone to a non-Carib foreign med school, graduated in 4 years, and then taken all the Steps at my leisure without dealing with comps and artificial deadlines to sit for the Step exams.

I was told by students the 83 score was to opt out of the 5th semester which you can substitute by doing an elective.







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