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    DocDre is offline Newbie 510 points
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    IAU vs AUA

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    I've been accepted to both, and have heard many pros and cons for both. Just wondering what decision other people would make.

    Thanx in advance!

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    Hello,
    I am a student at IAU and as you would expect I will tell you to come to my school. I would recommend, if you can afford it, that you come visit us in St. Lucia. Our faculty are very dedicated to the students, they want you to succeed, you cannot put a price tag on that! Also living in St. Lucia is less expensive than most islands.
    I bet you'll love it.

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    AUA is a more established school. If you can afford it, go for it.

    IAU is a small school and a lot cheaper with adequate facilities.

    Visiting both schools will help you make the right choice.
    Last edited by dr.kidd; 08-22-2010 at 10:22 PM.

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    Does anyone regret going to IAU? Also, I would like to know if you feel that you "wasted" or "put your money to good use". I just got accepted and of course I am still a little bit apprehensive, but I just want to hear someone's point of view after being at school for awhile. Thanks.

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    GO Where you Feel Comfortable

    Quote Originally Posted by meddent View Post
    Does anyone regret going to IAU? Also, I would like to know if you feel that you "wasted" or "put your money to good use". I just got accepted and of course I am still a little bit apprehensive, but I just want to hear someone's point of view after being at school for awhile. Thanks.
    At the end of the day you have to pick which is better for you. To some people a bright new shiny campus is important, so then chose AUA. To others that sort of thing is not so important as the personal attention and smaller class sizes. In that case IAU. At the end of the day you have to choose the environment that will give you the best chance of success.

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    No, I understand. I obviously like the latter. I guess what my point is, if you have attended to IAU or I guess to stay on "topic", AUA, did you feel like it definitely prepared you? I am asking because you guys are actually living it and could give pointers and your own opinnion. I understand it is only an opinion, but still, it would be nice to know what the current student views their school.

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    meddent

    A few facts for meddent
    1) when I applied a while back I was told that the school will be building its new campus and that has yet to happen.
    2) I was told that IAU is NY approved which I now realize that they are not approved yet.
    3) The tuition was 5000 USD a semester and now that they have more students, they have increased it to 6000 which is very unethical. so who knows, they might increase the tuition when ever they feel like it.
    4) the organization of the school is terrible. Teachers start the semester late and as they please. They leave in the middle of the semester if they please.
    5) they have had only 1 graduate on time and they even failed to take care of that person properly.
    6) there is a new professor from the U.S. for our semester that seems to know nothing about what he is teaching.
    7) The school is 8 hours a day which leaves no time for you to study. we had 6 hours of a particular class in one day.
    8) They have no regards for the student body suggestions and make no effort to listen to our concerns.

    what does all this tell you about a "Medical School" ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by misstexasdoc View Post
    A few facts for meddent
    1) when I applied a while back I was told that the school will be building its new campus and that has yet to happen.
    2) I was told that IAU is NY approved which I now realize that they are not approved yet.
    3) The tuition was 5000 USD a semester and now that they have more students, they have increased it to 6000 which is very unethical. so who knows, they might increase the tuition when ever they feel like it.
    4) the organization of the school is terrible. Teachers start the semester late and as they please. They leave in the middle of the semester if they please.
    5) they have had only 1 graduate on time and they even failed to take care of that person properly.
    6) there is a new professor from the U.S. for our semester that seems to know nothing about what he is teaching.
    7) The school is 8 hours a day which leaves no time for you to study. we had 6 hours of a particular class in one day.
    8) They have no regards for the student body suggestions and make no effort to listen to our concerns.

    what does all this tell you about a "Medical School" ?
    You started school with us exactly one semester ago and I remember your first post saying that it was hot and the food was bad and that you will be leaving soon. You now posted the same message in three different threads. Let me as a senior student address your concerns.

    1. The school has plans to construct a permanent campus. Nobody said it will be done in four months. In fact the project is phased over 18 months from the day we break ground.

    2. The school website clearly says that we were recommended for approval by the NY State Medical Board. It will take another 2 to 3 months to receive the formal approval. Be patient.

    3. Every university in this world reserve the right to raise tuition. It is not unethical but an annual practice that happens in all universities with progressive plans. Money is required to offer better facilities to students.

    4. Organization of school is superior. Not a single professor is late. Not a single professor has left in the middle of a semester. Professors are recruited internationally and they may have profesional or personal reasons to go back to their home towns.

    5. You need to check your source on the "only one graduate" subject. The university website also lists two other graduates who are in residency. Go back and read rspr14 posts. You will see that he likes to whine about every single problem and has threatened several times on this forum that he will transfer out. But he never did, he chose to stay and graduate and score well in the steps and get into a prestigious program.

    6. The new professor in your semester has a PhD in Physiology from the Univ of Nebraska Medical Center. What are your credentials to say that he does not have the subject knowledge to teach the class ? A Bachelor of Science in Psychology from TTU ???? Please give me a break.

    7. Med school is hard. On average students must study 14 or more hours to be successfully complete the basic science in 16 months. If you cant do it find another profession.

    8. This one made me laugh. Our Dean of Student Affairs and Faculty Advisors are always listening to students concerns. If not we can even speak to Executive Manangement in Dallas. My eperience is that they have always obliged to student requests withing the policy and procedure of the university.

    All this tells me you are not ready for the rigours of the medical program offered at IAU. Why dont you do us all a favor and transfer out to a school where you dont have to attend classes or have MDs from Harvard teaching you. But please stop blaming the school and professors and management. Good luck misstexasdoc.

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    Dr Kidd

    Dr Kidd
    1) you really need to stop "KIDDING" yourself about your claims. First off you are not a student. you are one of the Dallas people writing on here.
    2) "The school has a plan.........". I talked to a few higher semester students that have been on this island for 12 months now and amazingly they were told that this school would "break ground" along time ago and yet nothing has happened.
    3) yes, the school is "recommended" by the NY board not approved! so stop verbally advertising that you are NY approved. it will take another 2-3 months? I thought it was recommended in December? it takes 12 months to get approved once recommended? who are you "KIDDING"?
    4) For your information, each entering class in a medical school pays the same amount of tuition for 4 years, because the loan application and the amount is a set amount for the duration of med school. I understand if they raise it for incoming students but not for students who are already accepted. what if you decided to raise the tuition to 10,000 next semester?
    5) and please stop with the ** about "not a single professor is late". I double checked just today and Histology professor was a week late. Apparently he is teaching Microbiology now so he was late for 2 classes.Apparently the anatomy professor left twice during last semester for almost a week each time. The histology was laet last semester as well because I was there so DONT LIE!!
    6) about the physiology teacher, you can ask everyone of my classmates ans they will tell you that the man is lost and has no clue what to teach.
    7) the avg US student studies 5-7 hours a day with 4 hours of class not 14 hours. for every hour of teaching you have to spend twice as mush studying but when you fill students time up with 8 hours of class there is no way to stay caught up. just look at the school NBME scores. something must be wrong!!
    8) Im glad u had a laugh because it made me cry! when I ask an instructor why is he teaching 6 hours a subject in 1 day, he says "you can leave". when we say the cafteria is hot they say "leave" and when someone complains on here idiots like yourself say "leave".
    If you can't take criticism then maybe you need to leave!!!!!!!!!

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    Tuition Increases

    I agree that the individual posting as Dr. Kidd is not a student. The admissions staff at this school needs a real overhaul in the ethicís department just as much as the school needs a real academic overall.

    I think it is absurd for a new school with no track record, faculty with suspect qualifications, no licensed graduates, and a mediocre facility to increase its basic sciences tuition by $1K and the clinical fees by $500.00, not mention the 5th semester fee by another $1K. Exactly what is it that these students are paying for? Have you noticed that they even increased the malpractice insurance by another $250.00? Student malpractice insurance is not that expensive and they are pocketing a good chunk of money on the annual insurance premiums alone.

    Most schools increase fees when they have made improvements to the schools or have built new facilities. You are offering the same mediocre facilities and the same mediocre education at a substantially higher price. This is more like extorting money from students and their families when they are at the most vulnerable. You should be ashamed of yourselves!

    I think they will continually increase the tuition because once they have you in there for a few semesters, they know you have no place to go because nobody will transfer their credits.

    By the way, to whomever sales rep who is posting under "Dr. Kidd": Before you start degrading where Missteaxdoc got her university diploma, consider this: If her credential is so crappy that she shouldn't be believed, may that's also a good reason to consider IAU a crappy school because the school let her in. Chew on that for while and think twice before insulting people who are being truthful about the crap you call medical education.

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