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    IUHS Straight Answers From Current Students

    I am a current student at IUHS. I have started this thread to reach out to other current students who may wish to share their experiences and to prospective students who may have questions.


    The IUHS program: The first two years of Basic Medical Sciences is on line with live lectures. I just finished Block 3. The Basic Medical Science curriculum takes 27 months to complete. It is followed by the usual 80 weeks over years three and four in U.S. hospitals. The 27 months begins with "Block Zero" (now called "PMT"). PMT is 12 weeks. Blocks 1 -8 are each eight weeks long and comprise the medical and science knowledge needed to be a physician. Blocks 9 and 10 are intensive review, study and practice testing for the USMLE Step 1 Examination. I just finished Block 3 and begin Block 4 on August 18, 2014. There is about a one to three week break between each block. You can finish five blocks per calendar year.

    Each Block so far has been 85-100 lecture hours. Yes, they are on-line. The Power Point slides are available ahead of time if you are like me. I print them out and write notes on them as the professor lectures. 100 lecture hours spread over seven weeks is 12 -15 class hours a week. Week 8 is study time and a final examination. I study at least two hours for every lecture hour. Literally thousands of practice questions (USMLE style questions) are provided to study (best estimate is 1,200 - 1,500 per block)

    Beginning in Block 1 there is "DxR" which is a computer program with a virtual patient to practice on. There is also 20 hours a month working in the clinic with a physician mentor. Thus, the program is not just an "on-line medical school." Bottom line is you have to be mature, self-motivated and dedicated to succeed in this program. Many have and are doing it. The question you must ask and answer for yourself: how bad do you want to be a physician?

    The estimated cost over four years is $70,000. This figure does not include living expenses if you have to move elsewhere for clinical rotations.

    Please post your impressions if you are a current student. If you are a prospective student or just curious post your questions too. I invite my classmates to join me in responding. If you want to keep it private, send me a PM. If all you have to contribute is nastiness please don't bother. I hope that this thread will be helpful. Good luck to all.

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    For Skeptics, Why IUHS? Current Medical Student

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    Education is a personal journey. Especially, medical education involves a lot of motivation, perseverance and self-study. Having been in a traditional track in medical school, I have come to appreciate the education model provided by IUHS.

    IUHS offers the innovative approach of systems-based study to medicine, which I find to be very engaging and also appropriate for USMLE exams. The flexibility offered by IUHS in scheduling clinical practicum rotations and the opportunity to stay in the United States through the whole tenure of medical school makes it a very desirable option. It provides a good work-life balance and students are able to avail their support structure here in the US.

    Most medical schools (SGU, Ross) enroll a large number of students, which is out of proportion to the clinical spots available to them. I find this basic principle to be flawed, and also unethical. Due to the imbalance inherent to this admission process, students are taxed with additional stress in the already strenuous study courses. As a former student from one of BIG three, I had my reservations going to class with "700" people and the effectiveness of learning was compromised, students reduced to cattle and a widget in a production line. I was on the island and ended up watching the lectures on "Sonic/Blackboard" anyway.

    IUHS uses board based tools and effective use of technology, live lectures, archives, DxR, Doctor Mentorship, making learning interactive and fun. Top school in the US have started using the format and I do not see any issue with it, especially suits people who are driven and self motivated. It is time Brick and Mortar Schools start innovating and invest on students than merely infrastructure, lobbying to kill a vibrant form of learning with next generation toolset.

    Curriculum uses a Systems Based Approach offers more time and emphasis on Physiology and Pathology of Disease Processes cutting redundancy, I found schools following traditional models reduce their Pathology coursework to mere "12 weeks". Pathology is heavily tested on the Board and this curriculum give me more time to learn, digest and master this USMLE High Yield Topics.

    IUHS has a lot of transparency in their administrative processes and works with medical students in accomplishing their goal. In essence, IUHS model of education seems to be tailored to my needs, and will be a good fit to my pursuit of medical education.

    All the Best.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shellydoc View Post
    Hi,

    I am very interested in the school, but I have several questions/concerns about the school. Mainly I am concerned with obtaining a residency. I can't find on the school's website their match list. I wanted to know where all have the students matched and what type of residencies? And the percentage rate of their students that actually matched. I am afraid that I will spend the time studying and paying for the education but not able to actually used it. Also I am curious how the clinicals work during the 3rd and 4th years? I tried finding which hospitals that the school is affiliated with and can't seem to find the list. If anyone knows anything about my questions, I would greatly appreciate it! Thank you so much for your help.
    Shellydoc:

    Responding to you second question, the clinics are mostly in Atlanta or Chicago. I was provided a list in the past but can't lay my hands on it at the moment (my Block 4 final exam was today and I have endocrinology questions still floating around in my head). Atlanta Medical Center, Emory, DeKalb Medical Center are on the list. Chicago has several hospitals. A hospital in Connecticut is on the list as well. There are others that I can't recall at this moment. I suggest that you call or e-mail Paige Stewart, the Director of Admissions. She will tell you what you would like to know. paiges@iuhs.edu. Her number is on the school website. You may arrange your own clinical rotations if you like so long as the sites as "Green Book" approved.

    As far as residencies go, IUHS' FAQ page says 95% of the graduates match or are otherwise placed into residences. I actually discussed this issue with administration. That number is American and Canadian students who want to practice in North America. It does not include international students who have no intention to match into American residencies. I attended the Chicago conference last July 2013 before started school at IUHS. I watched the graduation and announcements were made about where the new M.D.s were headed or already at. This is purely my memory and thus anecdotal but I recall one went to Neurology in Wisconsin; one went to Family Medicine in upstate New York and one went to Emergency Medicine in Florida. There were others of course but these I recall more than a year later.

    Don't rely on statistics about residency placement solely in making a decision. The reality is that you will be an "FMG" when you finish at IUHs (foreign medical graduate). Some FMGs (from all foreign schools) never match. Factors that matter most include a good score on the USMLE Step ! (passing is 177 - you need about a 210 or better to be competitive for primary care residencies) Just passing isn't good enough. No one expects you to score a 269 but a good score is competitive. Mediocre or barely passing won't cut it.

    Other factors include "audition rotations" in your fourth year and whether English is your first or second language (yes it matters-don't kid yourself). The bottom line is at IUHS (and any other medical school), admission is not an admission to residency. Admission to medical school gets you to the starting gate and then the race starts. I'm not trying to scare you but the school helps you succeed and provides all the tools for you to succeed but it will not spoon feed you. It is not like a liberal arts college general education requirement course where you memorize, regurgitate for the test and forget it. In medical school you must not only learn the material but you must also understand it and apply it. You get out of it what you put in it.

    If you have other questions post them or better yet send me a message and I'll respond with my contact e-mail and cell phone number.

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    Thank you for this detailed information. I would love to contact you at your convenience to discuss IUHS in detail. I am new here to the forum and I am unable to send you a private message, apparently the rule is to post 5 times before being granted permission to contact other members. Could you send me a PM with your contact info? I look forward to hearing from you

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    RN2MD,

    I just sent you a private message. Contact me when convenient.

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    Unfortunately, I did not receive it. Not sure what happened?

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    Posting to get my 5 posts lol

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    Here is #4!

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    And now we have #5!

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    Posting to get my five posts also. Lawyerdoc2b I am from GA and I have questions for you. Can you PM me your contact information?

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    Here is post #3

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