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    One of the major reason i have total interest in this school is due to the small class size and student per teacher ratio. However, I'm curious about the student relationship atmosphere.
    I know for a fact that some of the med schools contain a classroom filled with competitive students who are not very close to each other. Me, on the other hand, prefer an atmosphere where students are both friends and teammates, so it's more like if we fight, we fight together type of style.

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    IAU atmosphere

    Hello,

    I read your post about your concerns regarding the atmosphere at IAU. I am a third semester student here at IAU, and with my experiences thus far at the school, I can confidently say that the students are not "cut-throat" at all. Everyone basically helps each other especially when there is a high level of difficulty in a particular subject. The professors in addition to the students would also be more than happy to assist you as well. I think you would enjoy the overall experience at IAU. The small class size gives you a much better advantage in terms of preparation for the future as compared to other schools. Definately, you would enjoy this place as well as become a great asset to the school.

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    Have you considered visiting our campus?

    We strongly recommend that you visit St. Lucia to find first hand information to your questions. We also offer a flight reimbursement program for students planning to visit the island. Please contact our Office of Student Services for more information. Visiting St. Lucia will help gain better understanding of the Caribbean environment, tour our facilities on campus, meet with current students and faculty, attend a lecture or lab and even choose housing for your intended semester of study.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IAU Student Services View Post
    We strongly recommend that you visit St. Lucia to find first hand information to your questions. We also offer a flight reimbursement program for students planning to visit the island. Please contact our Office of Student Services for more information. Visiting St. Lucia will help gain better understanding of the Caribbean environment, tour our facilities on campus, meet with current students and faculty, attend a lecture or lab and even choose housing for your intended semester of study.
    I highly recommend publicizing this point a little more on your website as well as on here. Maybe have a mod make a sticky about it because that's actually a really great idea that would help prospective students in making their decision.

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    Hi there,
    I believe that all students have to have personal competiveness. I am a third semester student at IAU and in my experience the students are not hard to get along with. Most students at IAU are hard workers as well as friends. Many students have study groups and we are able to have a close social relationship also. Of course we will not always agree, but everyone here is friendly.

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    Being a small school, you will end up knowing everyone. You can easily find help from your upper classmen. Most professors go out of the way to help students and truely care about your success. Studies take up all your time and once you get here and you wont have much time to worry about anything else around you. Good luck.

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    Hi,
    I'm a second semester student here, and agree with the previous posts. There is by no means a "cut-throat" attitude here but rather there is a sense of camaraderie and friendship. But as one post stated, it is very important to have a sense of personal competitiveness and determination to constantly improve. One of the great features of IAU is the small class size where we all get to know each other, help each other and support each other. You also get to know and become friends with students in other semesters who are always willing to share advise. Like any "family" it isn't perfect all the time but overall it is very positive in terms of student relations. Another important point I considered that you mentioned was the ratio of student/professor. This is another bonus with IAU that I really appreciate. The professors here know you personally and not as a number or some random face in class. They are friendly, positive and always willing to support you in your studies. I would also suggest you talk a student ambassador (links to contact are on the school web page) and/or to contact the Dallas office - the staff there are fantastic as well. Overall I have had (and continue to have!) a very positive experience here and would highly recommend you to chose this school.
    AngelicMD

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    How is the faculty turnover at IAU? A lot of the Caribbean schools have a revolving door of faculty members.

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    You will love IAU. Students are friendly and very supportive. Why now come down and visit the school?

    Quote Originally Posted by cutelilMD View Post
    One of the major reason i have total interest in this school is due to the small class size and student per teacher ratio. However, I'm curious about the student relationship atmosphere.
    I know for a fact that some of the med schools contain a classroom filled with competitive students who are not very close to each other. Me, on the other hand, prefer an atmosphere where students are both friends and teammates, so it's more like if we fight, we fight together type of style.

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    Good idea! I may take you up on that.

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