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    Transfer to CMU?

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    So I recently got dismissed from MUA because I missed the pass mark by 2 points in path2. Admin didn't accept the appeal and now here I am. I have 2 questions.

    1.) Is it worth applying to CMU for a transfer if path2 is the only thing I have to take over?

    2.) CMU says they are applying for NY certification which matters to me the most since I want to do residency in NY. Exactly when did they apply and how long does it usually take?

    I understand that path supposedly isn't well taught but I got that covered with all the path prep I did from MUA and pathoma. Please help!

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    Hi Hatman:

    How did your appeal go? It is always good to have a backup. There are many transfers that have switched to CMU including myself for clinicals. I am very happy with my transfer and I am very grateful for the opportunity. The transition was smooth and I started clinicals right away. The school was very attentive to my needs including my move, questions and even addressed the smallest concern I had. At the end of the day, a transfer looks better than a dismissal. However, if you have managed to work something out with the school than that is a different story.

    NY boards requires a school be opened for a minimum of 10 yrs, The school is in process of working on NY approval for residency. You have to realize that these are newer institutions thus it is a matter of time. I can understand the frustration as NY is your first choice for residency. However, think of the bigger picture- if your desire to become a physician is greater than your choice of state to practice-nothing is stopping you.

    You will still become a physician, as long as you work hard, persevere and follow through.

    PM me if you have questions! We have all been where you are- will be glad to answer qs.

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    "You will still become a physician, as long as you work hard, persevere and follow through."
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    good luck in Chicago
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    Dear Hatman,

    CMU is a very understanding institution. Feel free to contact the admissions office with your questions. They are extremely helpful and will be more than willing to assist you with the pros and cons of continuing your journey with CMU. I know your in a tight spot, transferring for a single course is never the option you hoped for. But keep in mind that others have done this, and succeeded.

    Your close to your dreams, keep running my friend, and do not give up.

    I wish you the most success in your Journey!


    Quote Originally Posted by Hatman View Post
    So I recently got dismissed from MUA because I missed the pass mark by 2 points in path2. Admin didn't accept the appeal and now here I am. I have 2 questions.

    1.) Is it worth applying to CMU for a transfer if path2 is the only thing I have to take over?

    2.) CMU says they are applying for NY certification which matters to me the most since I want to do residency in NY. Exactly when did they apply and how long does it usually take?

    I understand that path supposedly isn't well taught but I got that covered with all the path prep I did from MUA and pathoma. Please help!

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    Hey Hatman,

    I know its very discouraging going through that situation, your post is from May, what's going on with you right now? Did you already find a school? Regardless of where you go. Look at your school's requirements for graduating from basic sciences, requirements for being able to take Step 1 and 2. Some schools will require you to pass their exit exams to get out of the basic science, others will required you to pass NBME exams to prove you are ready. It is not easy, but that's not why you chose medicine. The one thing I like about CMU is that they will help you as much as possible to accomplish your goals, they give as much support as U.S. Students get from U.S. schools. I believe this past May was the graduating ceremony for the first group of students who finished clinicals, and I see students getting all their documents ready to apply for residency this September. Hopefully we will see how many people matched to residency by the end of March.

    If I was you I would call the school its self, go to the website and chat with a representative, or even better find a current student, a real student and ask questions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VMD_Opinionated View Post
    Hey Hatman,


    One very important thing, don't pay attention to the paid trolls who go from forum to forum bashing schools just to drive students to quit or go to other less reputable schools. If I was you I would call the school its self, go to the website and chat with a representative, or even better find a current student, a real student and ask questions.
    a wise choice would not to blanket everybody who questions a school as just another paid troll. you should be encouraging people to hear opinions from everyone and do their own research on it.......then and only then.....make a decision.

    unfortunately, it has been proven on VMD that the CMU website has been less than truthful. due to that, it surely makes one wonder how truthful the information one would get from speaking with a school representative would turn out to be.
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    :d........
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    Dear Mr. Scott
    Your posts are less than truthful so don't wonder real students call them paid troll. Please visit Summa Medical Education - Internal Medicine before posting false information over and over again.

    No wonder VMD has such a bad reputation if even its moderators posting false information here. I would advise prospective students to visit our Facebook pages, talk to our students and get proper advices.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CMU View Post
    No wonder VMD has such a bad reputation if even its moderators posting false information here.
    Just thought I'd clarify VMD's role in posting.

    VMD provides a platform for others to discuss medical education topics. We only intervene in order to moderate Terms of Service (TOS) issues. VMD never posts about specific programs, whether positive or negative, or otherwise attempts to steer opinions one way or the other. The only info that is provided by VMD on specific schools is objective information on the various school info pages (see http://www.valuemd.com/som.htm) such as tuition costs, location, etc.

    Our Moderator Team is made up entirely of volunteers. In fact, all of them started out as regular active users before taking on their volunteer position, and most of them are IMGs (medical students, residents and licensed physicians). Unless they are posting in an official capacity, they are free to continue to post their own opinions the same as any other user. It should be noted that their personal views do not represent the views of VMD.

    I believe the "reputation" of VMD is greatly enhanced by allowing users to discuss and debate the pros and cons of various programs, then allowing the readers to decide for themselves. If something is posted that you disagree with or believe may be false, I encourage you and/or others to dispute those statements by posting info that backs your points.

    On the other hand, if you believe a post violates our TOS, please report the post to the Moderator Team by clicking on the "Report Post" button on the lower left of the post in question (must be logged in), and it will be reviewed by our team.

    Hope this helps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CMU View Post
    Dear Mr. Scott
    Your posts are less than truthful so don't wonder real students call them paid troll. Please visit Summa Medical Education - Internal Medicine before posting false information over and over again.

    No wonder VMD has such a bad reputation if even its moderators posting false information here. I would advise prospective students to visit our Facebook pages, talk to our students and get proper advices.
    i think it has been well established that i took for word another poster that cmu had 4 residents in residency. i am glad you, as an offical CMU rep, have dropped by this thread since you disappeared from the previous thread when you had to answer for your website. if you are serious about "clearing the air" then you should have no problem answering the few questions. there was a misleading pie graph on your website, that you did not answer for, but quickly removed once it was pointed out. your website still references graduates that have "distinguished themselves as chief residents, researchers, and fellows." kind of hard to do if you have only 4 graduates in residency..... do you not agree?

    i have no reason to have an agenda against cmu. i am just asking the important questions that i see arise from your school's marketing.

    a little background on me. i started my med school journey over 10 years ago. i graduated 6 years ago and celebrated the day i never needed to pay another penny to my school, but was grateful for the opportunity they gave me. during my time post graduation, i have been involved in academic medicine, sat on resident selection committees, as well as been in private practice. i have no dog in this fight. what i do take interest in is guiding prospective students in what i perceive as the direction that will make them the most successful. it is tough coming from the caribbean. i feel there should abundant research about one of the most important and expensive decisions of their life. when making any big purchase, do you not do a cost analysis, compare other products, compare reviews from independent sources?

    but in any case, back to the issue at hand. you as the CMU rep have the ability to clear the air and answer to the very valid questions about what i perceive as false information on your website. here is a link to the post. please, by all means, feel free to counter with any answers to my questions. http://www.valuemd.com/caribbean-med...ml#post1502592

    as doc eloquently pointed out, moderators are still VMD users. we can still have opinions. when we become moderators, we agree to uphold the TOS......but we are not above the TOS. if you ever feel myself or another user or moderator violate the TOS, feel free to report the post and it will be reviewed.
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