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    lawyerdoc2b is offline Junior Member 517 points
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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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    Here is post # 4

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    Finally Post #5

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    lawyerdoc2b is offline Junior Member 517 points
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    I jast sent you a Private message with my contact information. Contact me when convenient.

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    I would like to know more

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    lawyerdoc2b, Have you graduated and are practicing somewhere? Thanks so much for all the information. I am in contact with Paige about hospitals that allow IUHS rotations. I 'm really interested in the one in CT.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tangovera View Post
    lawyerdoc2b, Have you graduated and are practicing somewhere? Thanks so much for all the information. I am in contact with Paige about hospitals that allow IUHS rotations. I 'm really interested in the one in CT.
    Tangovera,

    Sorry for taking so long to reply. I stay do busy with class, studies and work that I only look at posts every couple of weeks. Feel free to send me a private message and that prompts an email and I will thus be alerted to respond.

    I have not graduated. Next week I have the final exam in Block 7. Block 7 is primarily Psychiatry and Hematology (Yes, I know, they are unrelated systems but put together in this block). After a three week break my class starts Block 8. Then there is Block 9 which is an eight week comprehensive review and preparation for the Step 1 examination. I anticipate taking the Step 1 sometime after October 15, 2015. After receipt of a passing grade I begin third year clinical rotations.

    IUHS will arrange clinical roatations for you or you may arrange your own. Clinical roatations are third and urth years. Don't forget that begining in Block 1 of your first year you must have a mentor physican with whom you oberve and discuss medical issues 20 hours per month. If you don't know one, IUHS is good about helping you find one where you live.
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    Lucy Xing,

    Just tell us what you would like to know and I will try to get you an answer. If you like, send me a private message and I'll provide my contact information and you may call me or send an e-mail.

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    Thank you for taking the time. Are you still available for a few questions?

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    Augustfly,

    I sent you a private message with my contact number and email. Call or email and I'll respond.

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    Greetings lawyerdoc2b

    Hope your exam went well!! I am contemplating applying to IUHS this year and was hoping to ask you a few questions. Could I please ask that you provide me with your email address as well?

    Many thanks.

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