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    American International School of Medicine (AISM)- Guyana

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    AISM saved my life....

    I started my medical education in the Caribbean like every other hopeful future doctor only to have additional obstacles like getting my clinical rotations in the US. Due to my former school having limited clinical sites in 2 major cities (which weren't guaranteed when I needed them or affordable) I was forced to look into alternate options for my medical education. After trying unsuccessfully for 7 months I was introduced to AISM in Atlanta, this changed my whole life!!!! Within 2 weeks I was able to apply, start my clinicals and get relief after waiting for 7 months.

    I am currently in my 4th year and preparing for my step-2 exams. The admin and clinical coordinators have been so helpful, patient and willing to assist me. I was very skeptical (as all IMG's are), but that was quickly alleviated by seeing proof in the pudding. Additionally, I have my MD graduation this May in Atlanta. I do not know any other schools that I can actually walk across a stage and get my MD professionally.

    This school is a diamond in the rough and saved my life and career, if I wasn't for this school I would be stuck and hopeless/depressed. They don't get enough attention and have so many perks that the other international schools do not have. I felt it was my duty to share a little bit about this school, they helped me finally fulfill my dreams of becoming a doctor!!!!!

    So Grateful!!!

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    AISM is a blessing in disguise

    Hi, I am a current student of AISM. I transferred into the school for the clinical program as a 3rd year student. I love the AISM administration. They made the transfer process so easy for me and they are very supportive of their students. I was very confused and scared of how the transfer process works initially, called almost all caribbean schools with accreditation and good reviews. With many choices out there, it can get very tough to make a decision. So I took time to speak to some of the current clinical students and AISM graduates who are current residents and they all had only good things to say about the school. After I decided to movie into AISM, I sent them all the required official documents and it took less than a week to become an AISM student and I 'm very grateful I made the decision to transfer. They offered me help with my upcoming board exams and I realized utilizing the resources they present you with will really help in the process of becoming a successful MD.The school presented me the opportunity to save lot of time by setting things in action. They are very easy to reach out to and I love how things are done here. AISM has a big hand in helping me pursue my dream.

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    The American International School of Medicine (AISM) - A Lucrative International Scam

    I'm not sure where you're from or how Dr. Wilkinson's lying sweet tongue located you, but AISM has ruined the lives of many current and prospective medical students from Massachusetts to Mumbai. It's an international scam. The school, and it's owner, is a fraud. Plain and simple. The deceiver-in-chief -- Dr Colin Wilkinson -- is a skilled people person...like all exceptional con men I've ever heard of and read about. He has documents, names, examples, anecdotes, board exams statistics, and everything a desperate student needs to hear to feel enticed.

    He's actually brilliant. He conceives methods of making people feel at home and has an answer for every question you're likely to have. I believe this skill was honed from his many years of scamming students and their families from all over the world. Every good thing you read or hear about him is probably true. Every negative thing you read or hear about him is probably mild compared to his true nature. That's been my experience. Additionally, he always asks for tuition upfront. He even offers a payment plan for those who are unable to fork over the entire sum upfront. To make the scam more potent he drops the tuition total and makes it seem as though he's heaven's best gift to humanity. Sorry, he isn't.

    Then come the promises, but first the main requirement for your admission. Basic sciences are to be completed in Georgetown, Guyana. It took me a while to realise that this is a requirement because he can't get away with this scam in the US. After the basic sciences, clinical rotations are to be completed in your choice of either the Caribbean, the USA, the UK, or Canada. I mean, who wouldn't want that!? That's where he hooks you real good. Next comes the visa assistance. You actually don't need it. A Guyana visa is one of the easiest in the world to acquire, and it's very cheap compared to those of many other countries.

    After you're hooked, you arrive Guyana and are stunned at the meagre accommodation that's the entire school. It's one residential one-storey building, with just a handful of rooms transformed for use as classrooms and a library. The address? The intersection of 89 Sandy Babb and Middleton Streets, in Kitty, Georgetown, the capital of Guyana. They explain that they've already acquired land and will begin building soon. He shows you the plans and land deeds as proof. Your initial misgivings and reservations begin to melt away. Then, lectures begin and you're all in again.

    A couple of the teachers were phenomenal when I was there. The now-deceased Dr Ovid Isaacs was one such physician/lecturer. Anyone who took pharmacology and genetics from him will attest to his genius. He was practically the only pre-clinical lecturer who undoubtedly knew his stuff and knew a lot about the USMLE. Everyone else was an imposter or had no USMLE experience at all. USMLE prep consisted of Dr Wilkinson apparently sending a bunch of past questions from a q-bank no doubt, which were printed out and disseminated to all the students.

    Then, the clinical rotations come along and you're trying to prepare for the USMLE Step I that'll never happen because the school has no proper access to clinical rotation sites. You begin to ask questions and realise that no answers are forthcoming. Dr Wilkinson and his mercenaries become scarce. No emails are returned, neither are any phone calls. Frustration sets in and dreams begin to be derailed. You begin to postpone the board exams and begin to seek clinical rotation alternatives. I searched everywhere. No luck.

    At this point, more promises might come as they did for me and my colleagues. As a result of my multiple US visa applications being declined and a ban from entering the US in place due to my overstay in the US prior to my move to Guyana caused by AISM and their lies, my colleagues and I who were in the exact same situation were offered rotation spots at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Jamaica by none other than Dr Wilkinson. He told us they'd signed an MoU. All that was required was for us to apply for our Jamaica visas and move there for our clinical rotations. Mind you, this is a reputable institution that was widely regarded as the best regional university in the Caribbean. We were ecstatic. After the promises were made and Dr Wilkinson slithered back to his US base, I called UWI and spoke to the person in charge of setting up rotations. She had never heard of him nor had she heard of AISM. We were devastated yet again.

    We were stranded: no visas, no clinical rotations, no tuition reimbursement, no phone calls or emails answered, etc. We had to find our way out. It was easy. Nobody cared. After years of leaving Guyana and returning home, there's been no phone call, no email or any form of communication from AISM inquiring about my whereabouts. More importantly, no apology. Thankfully, I didn't pay the entire tuition. I couldn't afford to at the time, anyway. He plays the long con game. He's patient. He's accommodating. He's a brilliant motivator. Dr Colin Wilkinson is a charmer.

    Years later, I've received emails threatening to send my unpaid tuition to a collections agency if I don't pony up the remainder, over USD50K apparently. I've ignored them totally. I'm sure I'll still receive them again in the future when next they're strapped for cash. I'll still ignore them. There's no mention of how Dr Wilkinson and AISM ruined my life and those of dozens of my colleagues on their website and on these other forums. For every single student who makes it through AISM, there's a dozen who were scammed out of tens of thousands of dollars...maybe more.

    Anyone looking for a school like AISM is looking for the wrong school. I'm sure AISM isn't the only fraudulent excuse of an institution out there. So, what to do!? Run! Run as fast and as far as your legs can carry you and then some more. Dr Wilkinson was cheating on his wife in Guyana with at least one person I knew. They fell out and she went to tattle tell on him and his illegal operation at the US Embassy in Guyana, which is in part why we never got our visas. But he's a US citizen and it wasn't in the interest (apparently) of the US Embassy to pursue any disciplinary action against him, so it didn't affect him. We discovered this much later. Just a few months ago, a lady from India emailed me for the third time in about five years. Dr Wilkinson apparently attended a student recruitment conference there. When he got there he apparently convinced them that he'd left his wallet at home. He promised to send in his hotel room and conference participation payments and fees as soon as he returned to the US. He never did. They've been trying to recoup thousands of dollars he incurred in expenses during that trip. This is the Dr Wilkinson I've come to know over the years.

    All my former classmates and I ended up leaving medicine entirely. That's a lot of dreams squashed by the treachery and greed of one man. If I were suicidal, I would've killed myself at AISM. Thank God I didn't. He wouldn't have cared anyway and life would still go on. I'm only glad that I was able to quietly encourage some young people who were about to waste their futures there to leave. There was a guy who did the same more openly and Dr Wilkinson manipulated this caucasian lady into calling the students' parents halfway around the world to accuse him of being a rapist. The guy almost went crazy. He left AISM a few months later. He told me a few months ago that he's had no contact with AISM since he left in 2013 except for their tuition payment threats. He told me he threatened to get the FBI involved and never heard back from AISM. So, AISM and Dr Wilkinson are dangerous to your medical aspirations. Go at your own risk. You've been warned. Cheers!

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