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    lawyerdoc2b is offline Junior Member 517 points
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    IUHS Straight Answers From Current Students

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    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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    I'm very much interested in learning more about the program. What kind of hrs are you putting in each week? Are you working at all? I'm a practicing Optometrist considering the program. While I'll commit as much time as possible financially I won't be able to leave my practice 100%, at least not for years 1 and 2. Have you found any information on match statistics? I've reached out to other students and graduates but I want to hear from others as well. What specialty are you considering?

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    Dear OD to MD,


    I reduced my law practice from the usual 50+ hours a week to 35 hours a week to make this dream a reality. Classes take up 12-15 hours a week (as many as 6 hours a day on some days but that is unusual. Usually we have 3-4 hours a day Monday - Thursday). Some are during the day and some in the evening. Most students work during the first two years. If you can't attend the live lecture you can view the recording beginning just a few minutes after the live lecture ends.

    I study about two hours more per lecture hour. The coursework is presented during weeks 1 -7 of each block. Week 8 is study week ending in a final exam on either Thursday or Friday of week 8 (you get to pick you exam time during a 48-hour window). I study a lot during the block so that study week is more of a review and putting it all together for me time.

    As for the match, I don't have any statistics. I did attend the student conference in Chicago held in July 2013 just before I started in September of 2013 and watched graduation. Announcements were made about where the students were undergoing residency. Several of the newly minted M.D.s were in Family Practice. I recall at least one ER and one Anesthesia but other than my faded memory I have no statistics to share. If you Google IUHS medical doctors you find licensed physicians in 22 states covering many specialties. As the student body grows and the students move through the pipeline there will be more specialties and more states I'm sure. As for me, either ER or Family Medicine as I like primary care.

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    Do you have to physically move to the school's location for the basic sciences, or can you do them from your current place of residence? Thanks for your help.

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    You need not move. The basic medical sciences (first two years) is taken wherever you and your personal computer may be located.

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    want to know more.
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    If you want to know more just ask. Send me a private message and I'll respond or a phone number and I'll call you.

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    Hi,

    I am very interested in the program as well. Any scholarships or grants?

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    Quote Originally Posted by apriscilla View Post
    Hi,

    I am very interested in the program as well. Any scholarships or grants?
    No scholarships or grants that I am aware of.


    If you have any questions that you don't want to post or want some indepth information send me a message and I'll provide my contact info.
    Last edited by lawyerdoc2b; 10-01-2014 at 12:48 PM.

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    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.

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