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    med200 is offline Junior Member 510 points
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    to whom it may concern

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    Dear people of the school,

    As a student still waiting on a rotation, I have a few suggestions/questions:

    1.) Why can't the MONEY the school is receiving be put towards some good use-like securing MORE rotations before other schools buy the hospitals out and we lose out on the spots?? Can't afford spots? Well...does the new campus really need a gym or a tennis court or volleyball courts? Really, leather couches and all that jazz? Many of us put up with the old campus with it's moldy library and catepillar infested bathrooms....now, i'm not saying the new students shouldn't have nice things, but come on....put a little more into this CLINICAL SITUATION....I mean, I think a few of those luxuries could be bypassed and put forth instead towards the fund for clinical spots.

    2.) Why not use that fund to get more Clinical Coordinators for this dept? Because 3 people working together there still can't collaborate and figure out what student gets what and who can go where-you speak to one CC and say well the other CC told me this and you know what? they have nooooo idea what is going on or who said what, even though they are looking you up from the same screen on the computer at the same list...it is truly luck of the draw and who you speak to, right day/right time? well, lucky for those kids, too bad for the rest of us. This is the longest line i've ever been in, next to Disney World.

    3.)I don't like it when the school has assumed that students are just being "picky" for rotations. Why advertise it like that? Because here's the truth: Ok, you can offer, say from the previous postings, a surgery rotation in so and so city--and it's under some "family practice umbrellla" ...you call a few state boards and they make it sound like you are crazy because they have no idea what you are talking about. what umbrealla? no idea. So, can you blame some students for refusing a rotation when it could potentially NOT count in the future when all is said and done? of course you can't call them picky...what student wants to RISK doing a rotation and then come time for them to apply for residency and whatnot, learns that it does not count...and then what? so better to be safe and sorry i say, i agree with students who think like that-i don't blame them one bit, and i wouldn't call them being picky either. After the time (and money) invested in pursuing an education, it is necessary to watch where we tread now that we are back in the states, when everything counts in the eyes of the state board. Yes, we knew it would be like this, we should have expected this, it's a med school from the Caribbean....BUT, we should have standards and we should hold the school to the same standards if we are looking into the future of getting Cali approval and providing a good name for this school.


    just my 2 cents (as I am no longer in ECs).
    Last edited by med200; 10-23-2010 at 08:07 PM.

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    NicSTX is offline Senior Member 511 points
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    Agreed, THE SCHOOL SHOULD HIRE MORE CLINICAL COORDINATORS or those THAT CAN ACQUIRE SITES -- i use to get immediate responses from the financial aid department when it came time to pay my bill and the admissions office when first applying. I never had a problem with arranging my clinicals 2 years ago - i'm sorry to hear you guys have such long waiting times.

    side note: you shouldn't "expect" this just because the school is from the Caribbean, that's a horrible stereotype that everyone places on schools like ours that we try to fight.
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    med200 is offline Junior Member 510 points
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    very true, it is a horrible stereotype...but it's the truth...those of us that are waiting are experiencing it at this very moment. hopefully things will get better in time.

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    My 2 cents :)

    I agree with you, we NEED to get more clinical rotations spots especially for cores, like Peds and surgery. We don't really need more coordinators, just spots. When I first started rotations in '08 (and yes I am still not done due to all the wait recently) we had two coordinators and they would offer me options of possible open spots, and I had the possibility of choosing where to go, but now since there's so many new students coming into the "rotations-pool" and not many of us leaving its causing a problem. However if we could get more spots in good hospitals (not like Wyckoff which is already overcrowded with other schools) I think that would help everybody.

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    You guys do know that this is EXACTLY what AUA is doing. They know there is an issue, they know certain hospitals suck. They have not lived under a rock for the past a year and a half... and trust me students let me them know everyday that they are getting pissed. The solution I believe AUA is working on is give up on the big areas that all carib schools try and hit up, which is an excellent idea for 2 reasons. For 1, these "carib" hospitals are overcrowded and 2 these hospitals are shady with their contracts ( i.e. the whole RUMC situation). From what Ive heard and seen AUA is moving to more western states like Ohio (3 new locations) and now Nebraska in order to grab areas that pretty much they can try and own like St. George has done with NJ.
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    gym or a tennis court or volleyball courts? Really, leather couches and all that jazz?

    They reason Caribbean schools spend so much money on island amenities is because new applicants look for stuff like that, not knowing how inconsequential the island portion of their education is in terms of their future in medicine.

    If you can get 50-60% of new applicants to ask admissions people specifically what the school is doing to improve the clinical situation, it will improve.


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