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    KiddhanSaliya is offline Newbie 510 points
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    For all students and prospective students as of 2/8/12... Read this

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    I am going to be listing FACTS to which even the IAU Administration have to agree to.... as of Feb 8, 2012

    This is so everyone is up to date with this school

    No Bias... Straight facts

    1) There is cheating in this school
    2) The school has NO dean
    3) In the last 2 weeks, a new Pharm Professor has come and left (kicked out) because he was drunk while teaching
    4) Tuition is raising but the school is on the TOP floor of a complex (the picture you see on the site... it's just top maybe 3-4 rooms)
    5) Students are transferring out by the numbers every semester because the school does a horrible job getting you ready for USMLE (it's the reason why we are in Med school--- why go to a Med school for a year and half and then failing USMLE step 1-- waste of a year and half of our lives)
    SO FAR... JUST FACTS
    6) Previous threads someone applauded 2 professors in the school.. it's true, there are ONLY 2 good professors (a biochem and a pathology professor)... RECENT UPDATE --- Pathology Professor is leaving next semester
    7) There is no Dean because of cheating (rumors? Either he left or got kicked out because he couldn't handle the cheating: another rumor? He is teaching at another school in St. Lucia)
    8) Housing, Financing, the whole system is on the palm of one man in the office... even though there are 5 puppets surrounding him making seem like the responsibility is distributed... Mr. $!B!
    STILL FACTS... JUST FACTS
    9) NBMEs which decide your fate of whether or not you are going to the next class have been stolen from other schools because they give the exams before IAU and the questions get emailed to students at IAU.. Personally.. I know a student who has been cheating till his 4th tri (he was even honored for having the highest score)!! You are wondering why I don't consider he's probably a genius?
    1) He has asked my friend for NBMEs for since she came from the school he gets them from
    2) Never shows up to class.. but manages to get through despite the 80% attendance rule because he's paying local doctors to give him sick leave doctor notes
    3) Straight up pot and weed head... how do I know? Everyone does...
    4) He knows nothing
    Am I worried though? No ... why? because he won't pass the Step 1... I already know
    10) If someone like me wrote all this before I came to the school, would I come here... NO
    11) Another Fact: administration... don't care about you ....professors... don't like being here themselves ... housing... they don't help .... exams... don't help you because you're never taught the stuff (it's ok if everyone took that exam fairly, but even biweekly exams are stolen)

    A message from me to:
    PARENTS: Please don't send your kids here, you will be sending your kids to a school with problems of it own, your kids won't focus here
    PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS: DON'T COME HERE... if you're coming to party, COME HERE... if you're coming for a good or decent education, don't come here
    CURRENT STUDENTS: Please come on here and Post Facts... No opinions .. No if's/and's/but's
    ADMINISTRATION OF IAU: I dare you guys to counter anything i say... you can't because everything I said is true but still TRY

    What I expect for this school in a few semesters: Based on facts stated by me and other students, the school will probably close.. it runs on immoral principles

    Please anyone that wants to argue or counter my facts, please do so... Everything will be handled respectively!!

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    LinFan#17 is offline Newbie 510 points
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    Every medical school in the Caribbean has problems. Clearly this individual has some major problems with the school and is doing an important job at providing an honest Opinion on the school. However, academic dishonesty occurs even at Harvard. Professors come and go. And, people being drunk at work happens more often than not. If you have another option to study somewhere else go right ahead an study there. But it is highly likey you don't. So stfu and study, pass the boards and get a gf to occupy your time more beneficially.

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    We are sorry to ascertain that your experience at IAU College of Medicine has been a rough
    ride. There are many people (yes, many) associated with the University who are more than
    willing to sit down with you to discuss the issues which you have discussed. Since your
    posting has found its way beyond the pages on ValueMD (which was your intention), IAU
    has deemed it necessary to clear up some inaccuracies of your post.

    1) There is cheating in this school

    There was cheating documented. Students have been disciplined, and staff have
    been terminated.

    2) The school has NO dean

    You are referring of course to a Dean of Basic Sciences. Dr R is the Dean and has
    been the Dean for the past few months.

    Writing that the university “has NO dean” is therefore misleading, and quite unfair to
    Dr. R (one of the “good” professors as you write) who puts a tremendous amount of extra
    time in as Dean. Not only is he an important official on the main campus, he is a vital link
    between St. Lucia and our Dallas office.

    On the subject of Deans, there are currently five very approachable and personable
    Deans in the school, each of whom is more than willing to discuss important issues with the
    students:
    a. The Executive Dean, Dr. W
    b. Dean of Clinical Sciences, Dr. D
    c. Dean of Basic Sciences , Dr. R
    d. Dean of Student Affairs, Dr. J
    e. Dean of Academic Affairs, Dr. S

    3) In the last 2 weeks, a new Pharm Professor has come and left (kicked out) because he
    was drunk while teaching

    Faculty, staff and students all have their vices which usually are not manifested
    during the application or interview processes. Yes, we did have a professor who was
    exhibiting unprofessional behavior on the island, and this professor has been terminated.
    This was an unforeseen and unfortunate situation, especially for the students. We already
    have a new pharm professor on the island (Dr. J), who has 30 years teaching experience.
    We believe that IAU acted quickly with minor disruption to the course.

    4) Tuition is raising but the school is on the TOP floor of a complex (the picture you see on
    the site... it's just top maybe 3-4 rooms)

    There are no plans to raise tuition.

    Yes, the University does occupy the top floors of two buildings in Vieux Fort. There
    are approximately 20 rooms including 5 high capacity lecture halls. Current square footage
    exceeds 30,000. IAU is growing, and our present campus—which was always meant to be
    temporary—has just about exceeded its occupancy. In a few months, IAU will begin building
    (finally!) its permanent main campus which will feature a 70,000 sq. ft. campus situated on
    a 10-acre lot, with panoramic views of the Caribbean south of St. Lucia. The architects for

    IAU’s new campus are the same ones who designed AUA’s beautiful campus.

    5) Students are transferring out by the numbers every semester because the school does a
    horrible job getting you ready for USMLE (it's the reason why we are in Med school--- why
    go to a Med school for a year and half and then failing USMLE step 1-- waste of a year and
    half of our lives)

    IAU College of Medicine supplies the tools to do well on the USMLE. Our students
    pass (some at 99% percentile), and they have been successful getting residencies. It is up
    to the students to use these tools effectively.

    Our attrition rate lingers around 10% from semester to semester, which is not out of
    the ordinary for Caribbean medical schools. Interestingly, our data demonstrate that
    transfers INTO IAU are at an all-time high.

    6) Previous threads someone applauded 2 professors in the school.. it's true, there are
    ONLY 2 good professors (a biochem and a pathology professor)... RECENT UPDATE ---
    Pathology Professor is leaving next semester

    This is your opinion. There most likely are many other students who disagree with

    you.

    Regarding professors leaving, this is out of IAU’s hands. Lives change, career paths
    change, and for no other schools is this apparent than those in the Caribbean. Turnover
    rate is naturally high which is not inherently bad or good, it just is. For IAU to write that Dr.
    R is not leaving next semester, to write that any professor is not leaving, is difficult since
    termination of employment is a very personal matter. Our professors are not bound in
    chains to IAU; should other opportunities arise we wish them all the best. Nonetheless, IAU
    will keep charging ahead in its endeavor to build superior doctors, which includes hiring new
    faculty who can help lead the way.

    7) There is no Dean because of cheating (rumors? Either he left or got kicked out because
    he couldn't handle the cheating: another rumor? He is teaching at another school in St.
    Lucia)

    The previous Dean was not kicked out, or fired by IAU. He voluntarily terminated his
    position and is back in the UK.

    8) Housing, Financing, the whole system is on the palm of one man in the office... even
    though there are 5 puppets surrounding him making seem like the responsibility is
    distributed... Mr. $!B!

    You are unaware of how much work goes into the University. In addition to the staff
    and faculty on the island, there are many others (not puppets), mainly in Dallas, who work
    constantly to keep housing, financing, registration, admissions—everything that makes up
    the whole system—tied together to form the unified whole we all know as IAU. Mr. S is a
    very big asset in St. Lucia, and has a long history with IAU, but he is supported by (not in
    control of) many others in St. Lucia and in the States.

    STILL FACTS... JUST FACTS
    9) NBMEs which decide your fate of whether or not you are going to the next class have
    been stolen from other schools because they give the exams before IAU and the questions
    get emailed to students at IAU.. Personally. I know a student who has been cheating till his

    4th tri (he was even honored for having the highest score)!! You are wondering why I don't
    consider he's probably a genius?
    1) He has asked my friend for NBMEs for since she came from the school he gets them from
    2) Never shows up to class.. but manages to get through despite the 80% attendance rule
    because he's paying local doctors to give him sick leave doctor notes
    3) Straight up pot and weed head... how do I know? Everyone does...
    4) He knows nothing
    Am I worried though? No ... why? because he won't pass the Step 1... I already know

    NMBEs are online examinations which do play a major role in student assessment at
    IAU and many other Caribbean schools and at most US medical schools. Cheating on these
    exams is next to impossible unless you had an insider at the NBME which in itself is close to
    an impossible feat.

    Pertaining to this student, the comments above are merely anecdotal and
    aggressive.

    10) If someone like me wrote all this before I came to the school, would I come here... NO

    Again, we are sorry that the experience at IAU has not worked out as planned.
    Please keep in mind that you have advising options available in St. Lucia and in Dallas.

    11) Another Fact: administration... don't care about you ....professors... don't like being
    here themselves ... housing... they don't help .... exams... don't help you because you're
    never taught the stuff (it's ok if everyone took that exam fairly, but even biweekly exams
    are stolen)

    If the administration, staff, and faculty did not care about our students, this
    University would have crumbled many years ago. Unlike elementary, middle, or high school,
    however, our University (similar to all institutions of higher learning) places a much greater
    emphasis on personal responsibility, academic focus in times of great distraction, and on
    self-learning.

    You note that you are “never taught the stuff” which leads to some final words on
    learning. Learning cannot be taught. Facts can be taught, and then memorized, but
    learning—which is your goal as a medical student—takes a tremendous amount of effort on
    your part. Being able to connect all the facts with the goal of understanding the system is
    most important. Professors cannot teach you to understand, but they can instill a love of
    learning through whatever methods which they use (humor, caring). They should be able
    point you to the best resources to help better prepare you for the NBME shelf exams and to
    the steps of the USMLE. We have these professors on the island, and will have more of
    them as the campus and student population grows.

    Not only do we have inspiring individuals on campus, we also have them in our
    affiliated hospitals and in our Dallas office. Perhaps you will come across these parts of IAU
    in the future. We hope that you do.

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    thank you

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    KiddhanSaliya is offline Newbie 510 points
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    Clearly the newbie "iauadmin" is a newbie they're trying to dodge the ball in all my facts, but that's ok. Every administration needs to save their reputation so they can get more students. Not a problem. I will responding back this afternoon to "iauadmin" this afternoon with some more FACTS as of April 23, 2012 (TODAY); By the way, iauadmin, I won't be needing any talking or counseling from you guys because I'm in a better school in a better island. I guess paying alittle more does matter.

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    Totally agree. No only that, if you said something bad about the school here, they will try to identify you and give you s**t at the school, which is probably why everyone in school is scared to speak out, except couple of kiss-a**es try to impress iauadmin. Anyways, Kiddhan best of luck in the future.

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    mayerj045 is offline Junior Member 510 points
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    Hehe .......

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