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    Positivity about IAU

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    I am an IAU student and I am fine with IAU. The reason why I am writing this now is because I have been reading the recent comments about said school and they are written by very spiteful people. It makes the whole school seem so. But, like in most cases, the angry are the outspoken and the contempt are in the background.
    Letís start with the hurricane ****** situation. It, in itself, is a rare occurrence. The last hurricane to hit the island was 35 years ago. It also was a HURRICANE. Even in America the standard of living weeks after the event is horrible. I would bet good money that the person who wrote about inadequate hurricane response has never actually been threw one. No water, electricity and gas is a standard. Plus, this is an island. Itís understandably going to take a little more time to get supplies to this place. The whole island was out of supplies, there was deaths, houses lost, landslides, entire crops and live stalk lost. IAU on the other hand had drinking water, food, and even internet provided. The hardships were hard but above standard for a hurricane.
    As for the comments about the negativity of IAU. If you notice (besides being shy on petri dishes) there really were few concrete facts in that article. It mainly consisted of name calling, rude accusations on every Caribbean school and a not-so-hidden agenda to self promote a book.
    This letter will now do something that should be done. Give the other side. The proís of IAU:


    Many people from ďThe Big FiveĒ have transferred to IAU.
    The Tuition is less than most Caribbean collages and especially less then America (which has provided me a way to be a doctor)
    If you work hard and study the way you are supposed to IAU will lead you to above American standards on all standardized tests (I've done it, and so can you).
    Finish basic sciences and be back in America in 16 months.
    On days off you can go to the best beaches in the world, relax, then go back to studying the next day.


    Every school has its faults, and every school has people to exemplify, amplify, and separated those faults from the dirt. But every school has it advantages. IAU has a lot of advantages. I know this because I am a student here and I am defending this school.

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    They have early patient exposure which is very important in a med school.

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    You don’t have to wait 6 months to one year before starting clinical rotation. Compare to other Caribbean university with similar standard.

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    pos about IAU
    1) NY recommendation: this means that the school is approve and is waiting for the official letters.
    2) small class size 30-40 students per class
    3) low tuition 6,000 per semesters
    4) not in any disapprove list
    5) USMLE style exam
    6) high basic science pass rate

    These are the reasons why I was considering IAU. However I'm still doing more research, so things are still shaky

    Hope this helps
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    I Agree

    I appreciate your words. I am starting at IAU in Jan. They have been wonderful to me so far. I understand I am going to an island, and that it will not be a party. And as you said it is an island and hurricanes happen. I live in North Carolina and we get hurricanes too. What good does it do to complain? What value does any of the negative add? I am convinced that if I study hard, and stay committed then I will be a doctor. I will get a residency in internal med, and I will be able to spend the rest of my life helping people.

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    Why??

    @ROOKVICTOR you have spoken well about this school. It almost seems like your intensions are to make the school look good and get future students to attend. With that said, my question is WHY? why do you care?? I would believe that your goal is to graduate and match into a residency program and move on right?.
    Generally, I think a school official ought to come forth and say what they need to say, have future students ask questions and let their work(graduates, residents, licensed MDs) speak for itself. As a future student, I have read this forums well enough to know that not all positive or negative information given here is completely TRUE, but there are always element of truth. I am just saying...

    Quote Originally Posted by RookVector View Post
    I am an IAU student and I am fine with IAU. The reason why I am writing this now is because I have been reading the recent comments about said school and they are written by very spiteful people. It makes the whole school seem so. But, like in most cases, the angry are the outspoken and the contempt are in the background.
    Letís start with the hurricane ****** situation. It, in itself, is a rare occurrence. The last hurricane to hit the island was 35 years ago. It also was a HURRICANE. Even in America the standard of living weeks after the event is horrible. I would bet good money that the person who wrote about inadequate hurricane response has never actually been threw one. No water, electricity and gas is a standard. Plus, this is an island. Itís understandably going to take a little more time to get supplies to this place. The whole island was out of supplies, there was deaths, houses lost, landslides, entire crops and live stalk lost. IAU on the other hand had drinking water, food, and even internet provided. The hardships were hard but above standard for a hurricane.
    As for the comments about the negativity of IAU. If you notice (besides being shy on petri dishes) there really were few concrete facts in that article. It mainly consisted of name calling, rude accusations on every Caribbean school and a not-so-hidden agenda to self promote a book.
    This letter will now do something that should be done. Give the other side. The proís of IAU:


    Many people from ďThe Big FiveĒ have transferred to IAU.
    The Tuition is less than most Caribbean collages and especially less then America (which has provided me a way to be a doctor)
    If you work hard and study the way you are supposed to IAU will lead you to above American standards on all standardized tests (I've done it, and so can you).
    Finish basic sciences and be back in America in 16 months.
    On days off you can go to the best beaches in the world, relax, then go back to studying the next day.


    Every school has its faults, and every school has people to exemplify, amplify, and separated those faults from the dirt. But every school has it advantages. IAU has a lot of advantages. I know this because I am a student here and I am defending this school.

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    Why not?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kennyby View Post
    @ROOKVICTOR you have spoken well about this school. It almost seems like your intensions are to make the school look good and get future students to attend. With that said, my question is WHY? why do you care?? I would believe that your goal is to graduate and match into a residency program and move on right?.
    Generally, I think a school official ought to come forth and say what they need to say, have future students ask questions and let their work(graduates, residents, licensed MDs) speak for itself. As a future student, I have read this forums well enough to know that not all positive or negative information given here is completely TRUE, but there are always element of truth. I am just saying...
    I find it very interesting that it is immediately questioned why a student would defend a school but it is not immediately questioned when someone posts a negative comment. One could ask the same question of you - what is your agenda behind your comment? If a student has a differing opinion, why not share it and give other readers a different point of view. I am also a student here (not far off finishing) and while my main goal is to find rotations, graduate and obtain residency, it doesn't mean that I can't share my opinion on my experiences.

    Here is my experience as truthfully as I can provide it. From the information I could find the last hurricane was in 2005. This time there was a lack of warning regarding this storm to both the administration and the students. Also it was initially listed as a tropical storm, it later upgraded during the course of the storm to a Category 3, lasting almost 24 hours. Not exactly circumstances that the administration can control. Students were told to remain in their homes and to have supplies. We are also all provided with an information handout at the beginning of hurricane season regarding safety and supplies which, being literate medical students, we are supposed to read and follow. I have experienced many similar storms and therefore I followed the instructions regarding storm preparation as I know the importance of it.

    I found that compared to past experiences, the aftermath was not as bad as it could have been considering we do live on a Caribbean island. I found that the response time regarding electricity was excellent for my area. I lost power at approx 12:30pm on October 30th and my power was back by approximately 8:30pm the next evening (October 31st). I realize I was one of the lucky ones and some people were a few days more. While there was a water shortage - and I only just received town water yesterday - I did have enough to meet my daily requirements. If I ran lower (or out), I called and had my water storage tanks refilled. I just wasn't taking 10 minute showers, flushing the toilet every time or able to do laundry with the convenience of a washing machine. However I figured if people lived without all this for hundreds of years, I could manage for a few weeks. I'm not denying it wasn't difficult and that I can't wait to get back to a long, long shower of course!

    Was the post-hurricane situation handled perfectly by the school? In my opinion there were things that could have been done better. Yes I was frustrated at times. I think the main thing I was frustrated with was that responsibility for distribution of water was initially on the SGA and not on the housing administration. The housing administration did take it over but it still should not have been a student responsibility at any time. Otherwise when I thought about the irritations or spoke to administration and staff about it, I could appreciate the other side of the situation. All the staff and faculty were living in the exact same circumstances we were. Also, can anyone name a situation that has ever been perfectly handled? If so please post it for me. This was a learning experience for all of us - school and students. Do I think that the school will do better in the future? Absolutely. The school will take this experience and use it to develop better planning for future occurrences. Why do I believe this? Because they are already doing it! The administration and staff are currently working to ensure this.

    The other problem I had was that we, as a school community, needed to spend more time supporting each other. Unfortunately some people became very negative. We had people leaving their responsibilities and commitments in the middle of the semester - uncaring of the effect on other. Others deciding to undermine the school's credibility, however many of the complaints that I hear are related to the person who just left students in the lurch. Then this frustration, added to the stress of course load (normal in medical school) and water shortage, spilled over to other areas. I doubt these people, in their frustration, ever thought about how they were jeopardizing their own future as well as the future as everyone else here.

    Yes the school is not absolutely perfect (please list one that is and has NEVER had a negative comment posted on it if I am mistaken) but I believe that is is a good school. I know that I can succeed from the basis I have been provided here and I find that all the students who work hard and study succeed. Success is not exclusively externally provided and people need to realize that. This school will give you the basis to work from with good preparation for USMLE Step 1.
    AngelicMD

    Medicine is the only profession that labours incessantly to destroy the reason for its own existence. ~James Bryce, 1914

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    IAUZdaBESt

    IAU is the EASIEST Carib school! Just took the Histology NBME. Friend of mine gave me questions week ago that were directly from the NBME

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