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    curiousindian is offline Junior Member 510 points
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    You have great questions and the best answer to all these questions is to go get a degree from an undergrad university and go to a US med school.

    1. Going MBBS vs US bachelors and US MD is only a difference of two years - two years is nothing when you consider the lifetime of benefits you will receive if you have a US MD (i.e. more residency opportunities, better residency opportunities, and best of all, no worrying about if you can practice in this state or that state)

    2. The number of medical schools and DO schools in the US is increasing, that means that competition will be even more stiff when you are applying for the match in 6 years than it is now. it is a fact that most (if not almost all) US grads will get a better, more competitive residency over a person that has a medical degree outside of the US (caribbean, european, indian, etc)

    3. Loans - if you are self pay (paying out of pocket) then this doesn't matter, but if you are not self pay, this is a HUGE benefit of staying in the US and getting your degrees. going to a school outside of the US, it is very very hard to find a school that will guarantee you loans for 4 years and on top of it, what kind of rate will they be giving you? I have excellent credit and my interest rate is over 9% and almost 10% .... my friends that decided to stay in states receive US federal loans at 6% or even less. Yes, its only a matter of 3 or 4% if you have excellent credit, but think about 3 or 4% on almost $300,00 and paying on it for 30 years, you will have paid almost double what you took out in the end

    Read this post(http://www.valuemd.com/main-foreign-...ml#post1203341) this is a guy that went to AUC and is now a chief in OB/GYN

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    Quote Originally Posted by curiousindian View Post
    are you in the AUA program on antigua ?..how has your experience been ?, do you feel confident in the studies that are being taught by the faculty ?..also are your exam multiple choice or what are they like ?

    note- i will reply to the whole 'apply to us medical schools' later...
    i went to antigua only for basic sciences (pre-med in the us).... medicine is medicine, it doesn't matter where you get taught (US vs caribbean vs anywhere else), the subject mattter is going to be the same (physiology in india = physiology in antigua = physiology in the US)

    there will be good and bad professors wherever you go, medicine is mainly self learning/self teaching with a little bit help from other sources (teachers, TA's, etc); wherever you go, you will have to put in the work

    in the med program, all exams were multiple choice (just like the step) but that doesn't mean that all teachers know how to write step questions, i don't know about the pre-med program

    as far as confidence in the program: there are people that will do well and people that won't do well (multiple number of reasons)..... there's always something that every school/program can improve upon. aua has a lot to improve upon before it can be considered anywhere near the top

    going to aua or any other caribbean/foreign school, you're taking a very very big gamble, you are in a very good position to make a smart choice and do things the right way

    i will wait for your reply as to why you don't want to go the US route
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    What if I don't like saving lives? What if it makes me feel smug?

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    Quote Originally Posted by curiousindian View Post
    okay i am really confused...
    AUA/KMCIC...or any off-shore medical school should only be considered as 2nd options versus gaining admission to a US or Canadian medical school. If you want to practice medicine in the US and have opportunities to seek admission to a US medical school, you should take advantage of those opportunities. If it should turn out that you cannot gain admission to a US school, then see what other options are available.

    Your parents might be a little hard to convince that real barriers exist for graduates of off-shore schools. I suggest encouraging them to reason the costs of private, for-profit schools and the struggles they have once they return to the US.

    Admission to a US school is the golden ticket. Reach for it as long as it is within your grasp.

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