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    salahm is offline Newbie 510 points
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    Pros and Cons of IUHS

    Pros
    1) No need to attend actual lectures so that you can work full time.
    2) Expenses are far more less than other Caribbean school because you don't physically have to be there. No extra living expenses
    3) Some of the lecturers are awesome.
    4) You can attend your video lectures in your pajama.


    Cons
    1) Most of the states don't recognize IUHS Graduates. The rest doesn't favor them either. You will get residency if you are so lucky.
    2) During the clinical rotation, you won't learn that much. (this could be for all Caribbean schools I suppose)
    3) Their USMLE pass rate is questionable. They mention higher than US based school average. In reality, they will sponsor(pay) only best students for USMLE. If the class size is 10, they will sponsor the best two students for USMLE exam and when they pass, the percentage on their website shows 98%. How about the rest they never sponsor (pay)? Those students can write USMLE themselves. IUHS doesn't count their failure or pass. Most students didn't pass. So you can only see highest digits on their web.
    4) The communication is horrible. They rarely respond emails from students and rarely help students if even the problem is on their side.

    You can give it try but I won't recommend anyone. It could be waste of money and time if you don't get residency.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Med grad View Post
    The ECFMG's new rule regarding accreditation will come into effect in 2023. https://www.ecfmg.org/certification/...ification.html

    This applies to all schools' world-wide. If you graduate before that date, you would be able to take the exams and apply for certification. But students graduating after 2023 and attending schools that don't have acceptable accreditation will be shut out from the US. This has been published for several years now and is not an overnight rule change.

    People who don't do their due diligence have only themselves to blame. I doubt the Caribbean system, as it is now, could even survive because so many of the schools out there are not accredited and would lose their pipeline access to US students. However, these schools continue to accept students, and it's up to each student to screen the school(s) he/she is considering.

    This issue has been discussed on this forum many times before but prospective students don't listen!
    That’s what I’ve been saying here for a long time; either finish your Caribbean non-CAAM-HP accredited program before 2023 (4 years away), or go to a school that has acceptable accreditation. End of story, nothing complicated here. ECFMG is not disapproving Carib schools before that date for that reason alone. They are the gateway to US medical practice, once certified, you can forget they even exist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Omudia11 View Post
    I've just contacted two people who said they know one or two people who graduated from IUHS and are now working in the states.
    Let's be rational: you know people who know 1 or 2 people from IUHS who are now working in the US....
    It's anecdotal. Physicians and scientists don't rely on anecdotes.

    So if I get you, 1 or 2 people practicing in the US is a good bet for you? It worth the time and money you are spending in that dead end?

    Not to mention....IUHS was a brick and mortar med school many years ago. Thus it's true a few people achieved to get a spot in the US. And some may pop on Google.

    Look, a few guys on this forum over the last years did cheerleading for IUHS. But they were on their 1rst or 2nd term. After that: radio silence.

    C'mon, not only they do not answer to emails but also their website has not been updated since years....
    Last edited by Atlantoaxial; 01-11-2019 at 09:03 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Atlantoaxial View Post
    Let's be rational: you know people who know 1 or 2 people from IUHS who are now working in the US....
    It's anecdotal. Physicians and scientists don't rely on anecdotes.

    So if I get you, 1 or 2 people practicing in the US is a good bet for you? It worth the time and money you are spending in that dead end?

    Not to mention....IUHS was a brick and mortar med school many years ago. Thus it's true a few people achieved to get a spot in the US. And some may pop on Google.

    Look, a few guys on this forum over the last years did cheerleading for IUHS. But they were on their 1rst or 2nd term. After that: radio silence.

    C'mon, not only they do not answer to emails but also their website has not been updated since years....
    I found one but I agree, if your goal is to become US licensed, not the most promising decision!
    https://health.usnews.com/doctors/garth-adkins-934622

    Apparently, MD's are a dime a dozen, it's the few residency positions available that is discouraging.
    Last edited by leadsled; 01-12-2019 at 11:20 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by salahm View Post
    Pros
    1) No need to attend actual lectures so that you can work full time.
    2) Expenses are far more less than other Caribbean school because you don't physically have to be there. No extra living expenses
    3) Some of the lecturers are awesome.
    4) You can attend your video lectures in your pajama.


    Cons
    1) Most of the states don't recognize IUHS Graduates. The rest doesn't favor them either. You will get residency if you are so lucky.
    2) During the clinical rotation, you won't learn that much. (this could be for all Caribbean schools I suppose)
    3) Their USMLE pass rate is questionable. They mention higher than US based school average. In reality, they will sponsor(pay) only best students for USMLE. If the class size is 10, they will sponsor the best two students for USMLE exam and when they pass, the percentage on their website shows 98%. How about the rest they never sponsor (pay)? Those students can write USMLE themselves. IUHS doesn't count their failure or pass. Most students didn't pass. So you can only see highest digits on their web.
    4) The communication is horrible. They rarely respond emails from students and rarely help students if even the problem is on their side.

    You can give it try but I won't recommend anyone. It could be waste of money and time if you don't get residency.
    It sounds very inviting, but how many grads have achieved ECFMG certification? That’s what’s not told here, can be found online elsewhere. Any worthwhile school that’s been around 10 years or more should have a double digit if not triple digit representation in that area. If not, “What’s wrong with this picture.” Check it out!

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    IUHS good option for working parents

    The above comments about IUHS communication bad is NOT TRUE. I've been intouch with the Admin department(Mrs Paige Stewart) and Finance dept (Mr Walton) there and they readily respond and call back. You just gotta show you're serious and they stay on point.

    Regarding Rotations that one wont learn much I also DOUBT this statement because they have rotation sites in Atlanta and other states and why would you not learn much in an Atlanta, Chicago etc hospital exposure?

    Regarding Residency hard to get well I'm not convinced because if you get good scores in your USMLE exams you're golden.

    Regarding the sponsorship for USMLE exams well I suggest you not depend on sponsorship and just pay your own fees avoid loans and accumulating student loans, I mean this Medschool allows you to KEEP your job while studying. These exams are about $1500 so save up and pay up. I don't think the Medschool will sponsor that anyway.
    Last edited by jackylouwe; 03-02-2019 at 04:43 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jackylouwe View Post
    The above comments about IUHS communication bad is NOT TRUE. I've been intouch with the Admin department(Mrs Paige Stewart) and Finance dept (Mr Walton) there and they readily respond and call back.
    And this is your first post?
    ....strange

    Regarding Rotations that one wont learn much I also DOUBT this statement because they have rotation sites in Atlanta and other states and why would you not learn much in an Atlanta, Chicago etc hospital exposure?
    Where's the list of such affiliations? Can you provide us with a link?
    There was a list of their affiliated hospitals many years ago (Mexico, PR...).
    But it seems they removed that webpage. Why?

    Regarding Residency hard to get well I'm not convinced because if you get good scores in your USMLE exams you're golden.
    You are golden....till they understand you never put a foot in a med school and you did all online.

    How many certified physicians from IUHS-online in the US? 1, 2 or 3?

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