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sw321
10-19-2016, 07:48 AM
Hi, is anyone starting the AUA BTMD program in spring 2017? And if anyone has more information regarding the program please share. Thank you to all in advance.

BESToranges
10-19-2016, 09:37 AM
I would like to know what people got on their final exam. Like what grade they got in each course

Ds4560as
11-08-2016, 03:02 PM
Hi, is anyone starting the AUA BTMD program in spring 2017? And if anyone has more information regarding the program please share. Thank you to all in advance.


Hello,
I got accepted to the BTMD 2017 program but I am having a hard time finding a loan that will cover the cost. How are you covering the cost of tuition?

nonizondi
11-15-2016, 11:57 AM
Hi, is anyone starting the AUA BTMD program in spring 2017? And if anyone has more information regarding the program please share. Thank you to all in advance.

Buyer beware. Those who are in are looking to get out and you wanna dive in. Retake some courses and your mcat and apply broadly to DO schools please.. Every carribean medical school is a gamble.

nonizondi
11-16-2016, 02:51 PM
Hi, is anyone starting the AUA BTMD program in spring 2017? And if anyone has more information regarding the program please share. Thank you to all in advance.

I see you posted on your class facebook page about AUA and carribean med schools. You don't wanna listen. I wish we listened before starting this gamble. Even if it takes you four years to get into a US DO or med schools, you would thank me for this advice. Some people start med school in their late 40's. You are still young and will do yourself good by avoiding the misery of Carribean med schools

Luvei
11-19-2016, 07:17 PM
Hi I just got accepted as well. I been reading a lot about the program. There are some negative comments (all form peiple who didn't pass) but all comments from ppl who pass said is a really good prep for MD1 term. It is extremely hard and only few pass the program. For what I read, only 20% will pass the program, but this is not official (is from what I read form blogs) so please don't take my word for it. On Monday I will be calling AUA and get more info. There is an AUA blog that students who pass the class started I I thought it was a good read.

damidre
11-27-2016, 11:16 AM
Hi everyone! Just going to give you guys some insight as a current BTMD student.

- BTMD is incredibly difficult, all of us are using USMLE study resources to try and do well in the classes
- This program is not structured like a "bridge" these are medical school difficulty classes without the medical school resources to help you do well in them - you must teach yourself quite a bit
- There are 3 classes: Physiology, Biochemistry, and Neuroscience
- Passing for a class is 65, but you must pass the program with a 70 average overall (meaning you need to score higher in some classes - you can't make 65's across the board)
- Averages for the Physiology final was in the 40's, average for the Biochem finals was in the 50's, and I have not taken my neuro final yet.
- The program costs $12K, you will not find a student loan or scholarship for this program since it is unaccredited (you receive no academic credit) so you have to take a bank loan, use bank credit, saved up money, etc.
- There is an option for a payment plan of 4K each, with payments within 30 days of one another.

If I am being honest, I would not recommend this program to anyone. Ross has a similar program, if you fail the Ross program you are offered a refund of your tuition. If you fail this program you can retake it for another $2K, but no refund of your original payment.

Quite honestly, it's not worth the money. Even if I pass this program (which I believe I will) I would not recommend this program to anyone until it receives some infrastructural changes.

Luvei
11-27-2016, 03:26 PM
Would u recommend other books beside the ones they recommend?? When I spoke with AUA and asked what was the percent of people passing the course they said 90%. Would you say this is not accurate ? Thank u for the post !!

damidre
11-29-2016, 03:09 PM
The BRS (Board Review Series) books, and Pretest Books for practice questions. You can find PDF's of them online if you look hard enough - so don't waste your money on them (in all truth don't waste your money on this program if you can help it - it needs work).

AUA isn't really connected to the program, BTMD students get fed into their school; but its run and operated by a separate organization/entity it seems. So I'm not surprised they don't know that 90% isn't accurate in the slightest. We've been told about 40-50% of students end up passing and moving forward. My class size was about 30 people, and I believe there are 25 of us left (a few withdrew). That means if statistics hold then only 10-12 of us will move forward.

BESToranges
11-30-2016, 11:32 PM
In your class, how many students do you think will actually pass the program?

Millz08
12-03-2016, 10:45 AM
Are you actually guaranteed a placement into AUA's Medical School if passing?

Miggy23
12-22-2016, 10:45 PM
Are you actually guaranteed a placement into AUA's Medical School if passing?


Yes, I passed and I will be going to AUA Spring 2017

Millz08
12-23-2016, 07:33 AM
Yes, I passed and I will be going to AUA Spring 2017

Hi,
Thank for responding! Is there anything you can recommend to do to pass? How was the program like? and books you used to study from?

Thank You!

Miggy23
12-23-2016, 03:49 PM
Hi,
Thank for responding! Is there anything you can recommend to do to pass? How was the program like? and books you used to study from?

Thank You!

I would study a lot. I averaged 8-10 hours a day studying. It's not an easy program at all. Take good notes and don't slack off, stay on top of the course material, pre read, watch videos ahead of class, etc.

The first course will seem easy, in the sense that you have more time to focus on only one subject, but as the next module comes along, and the next, you'll be studying and reviewing for the final, so it becomes difficult to time manage and to retain information from 1-2 months ago with 3 subjects.

Books I used were Pretest, BRS, Lange, Guyton Hall, Kaplan, high yield neuroanatomy, marks basic biochemistry. Basically all your usmle step 1 review books.

If you want to know more about my academic background, to gauge and compare how hard this program is to your own experience or level, feel free to message me, and I can tell you my high school GPA, college GPA, and what type of student I am, and why and how I ended up in BTMD.

adan9718
09-05-2017, 07:12 AM
am starting the program in spring 2018.. is it hard? and how did you finance the program

med950041
09-18-2017, 07:18 PM
"Is it hard?" should not be your question if you really want to succeed. You will have to put hard work. This is only BTMD, you have all of 10 semesters of medical school and a few years of residency and then maybe a few more of fellowship left. Do you plan on asking that question each step of the way? "is it hard?" Live, Sleep, Breathe BTMD and you will pass, just like any other course on this planet.

spatel312
11-06-2017, 08:53 AM
Is it reasonable to work and do the BTMD program at the same time?

dhermon
11-07-2017, 03:09 AM
Is it reasonable to work and do the BTMD program at the same time?
Email the program director about your hours and the demands of your job. Full-time employment is discouraged but some are able to make part time work work.







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