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    Hey Everyone!
    I am recently hearing about the 6-year pre-med program offered by Antigua and I am very interested in the program. Currently I am in my senior year at Towson University. I have this current semester Spring of 2009 as well as the following semester Fall 2009 until I graduate. I have completed an EMT program, but have taken on a few science courses;
    Biology 1 with lab
    Biology 2 with lab
    General Chemistry 1 with lab
    I have only completed three of the prerequisites needed because I am attending Towson University on a basketball scholarship and being an athlete doesn't allow too much time for classes with labs. Therefore, I planned on attending a post bacclaureate school in the states and then applying to a medical school. However, now I am considering applying to Antigua and attending before I graduate Towson University. I would like some information on what you all think I should do, any feedback would be helpful.

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    The AUA pre-med classes aren't transferable to another school...is that what you are asking? A post-bacc in pre-med and med-school in the states sounds like a decent plan.

    AUA will take your classes from Towson, I imagine you would start in 2nd semester b/c you already have some sciences (and depending on your grades). That would give you a full year in pre-med. Do you have math and English credits? The science classes here and good, and geared toward a career in medicine, but taking math and English seems like a waste.

    I enjoyed most of my pre-med experience (I mean, if you would have asked me then I sure I would have complianed about everything...) becasue I feel like it set me up to know how to study all this stuff. I also like that I had experience with the island b4 the poo hit the fan in basic sciences.

    Good Luck.

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    Yeah I do have credits in Math and English. I just wanted to know if it was worth it to leave Towson my senior year and start on this pre-med track. Because I am 100 percent sure I want to go to medical school and I wouldn't mind going to Antigua. Just want to know what the fall backs of this school are. And what problems will I face once I graduate from the medical school there. One other question, what was your situation before you decided to go to Antigua?

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    If you have even a CHANCE of getting into a US school do NOT go to AUA for premed. Try applying to a US med school first! You will have a lot more opportunities for residency over a caribbean school and you could practice anywhere in the US. Also, if you start premed at AUA and decide to go to another med school, your premed time is worthless and you would need to redo it.


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    I see no reason why you shouldn't complete your degree at Towson first, look at your options for admission to a US school, and then consider an off-shore school like AUA.

    No need to rush into this.

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    I am considering waiting until i graduate from Towson. However, the only thing I am thinking is that I have to wait until I graduate to finish my pre-med prerequisites, that will take me about a year and a half, then I will have to take the MCAT and do the long drawn out admission process to a US school. As opposed to going to AUA and being in a situation where if I excel in the premed program I already have a shoe in with the medical school. Is this the wrong way to look at it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ********1987 View Post
    I am considering waiting until i graduate from Towson. However, the only thing I am thinking is that I have to wait until I graduate to finish my pre-med prerequisites, that will take me about a year and a half, then I will have to take the MCAT and do the long drawn out admission process to a US school. As opposed to going to AUA and being in a situation where if I excel in the premed program I already have a shoe in with the medical school. Is this the wrong way to look at it?
    The main thing to keep in mind is that gaining admission to a US medical school should always be your priority: the golden ticket for medical education. Not that EVERYONE who gains admission to a US school graduates and is successful...but practically everyone. Admission to any off-shore medical school (no matter how credible or established) should always be a second or third option.

    Your (apparent) perspective now is "I want to enter medical school as soon as possible". What it should be is "I want to take advantage of my best option for medical school".

    I suggest doing a lot more research into what it would take to gain admission to a US school. Then look at other possibilities.

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    I was 27 when I realized I wanted to be a doctor. I had been out of undergrad and working for 6 years. Regrettably, I didn't feel like a post-bacc and MCAT were options to me at the time. But sky is the limit for you.

    I understand you have a sense of urgency right now, calculating your age at various points in your career and stuff. But starting a carib med school earlier than you would a state-side school doesn't mean you will be a doctor any sooner. We FM students face a lot of uncertainties and disadvantages. Read some threads on the clinical pages! It is tough to get rotations in a timely fashion, right now some of the kids are waiting 6 mo. after step 1 just to step foot in a hospital. There is a guy that moved 6 times to finish 3rd/4th year!!!!!!$$$$$$$$$

    Definately finish undergrad! You never know when that piece of paper will come in handy. And if your urgency to do something doctor-y is overwhelming work on your extra curriculars. Volunteer, ask your GP is you can follow him around, any sort of happy 'personal growth' stuff. This whole medical school thing is a crazy magic carpet ride on a rollercoaster in a hurricane, but not a race.


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