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    Yossarrian is offline Member
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    So, Who Really Owns MUA-B????

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    I found this article about the "Shadowy World of Off Shore Medical Schools" and took out the names. Question is who really owns or controls MUA-Belize now and where are the transcripts? Also, MUA London is not a WHO listed school as far as I know as inferred in the article.



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    Legal fight, new partner spur Medquest move


    Former Northwest Wisconsin company caught up in the shadowy world of offshore medical schools

    3/6/2007


    A Northwest Wisconsin company that owns and manages two offshore medical schools has moved to Massachusetts after an attempted hostile takeover of one school, and an ownership change within the firm.
    Medquest Technologies owns Medical School of the Americas-London in England and Medical University of the Americas-Belize in the town of San Pedro on the island of Ambergris Caye.
    General surgeon NHR, MD, and his wife W., of Spooner, continue to own half of Medquest. R. has staff privileges at several Northwest Wisconsin hospitals. He owns Surgery Clinic of Spooner, an affiliate of St. Croix Regional Medical Center in St. Croix Falls, WI; Burnett Medical Center in Grantsburg; Indianhead Medical Center in Shell Lake; Spooner Health System; Cumberland Memorial Hospital; and Hayward Area Memorial Hospital. W. R. manages Surgery Clinic of Spooner and is Medquest’s chief financial officer.
    Both Medquest schools have tumultuous pasts. R. said former Medquest partners J. and R.S. divested their interest last fall to fund their own lawsuit against the former owners of another Belize school St. Matthew’s Medical University. The S’s ran the school for four years until a hostile takeover drove them out.
    Meanwhile, as Medquest was entering a partnership to take over the troubled St. Christopher’s College of Medicine in Luton, England — which was losing its charter — the school’s founder attempted to regain control of the school. R. said Medquest fought off that former owner — P.L. — and moved the school to London, where it now operates as Medical College of the Americas-London.
    “There are a lot of scalawags and shady characters in this offshore medical school business,” R. said. “The federal government doesn’t have anything to do with it because they’re all offshore. It’s like the wild, wild west out there.”
    R. said D.G., MD, a Harvard-educated psychiatrist in Gardner, MA, bought the S’s half of Medquest last fall and convinced R. to move the company to Gardner. He said a contributing factor in the move was the lack of international banking services in Spooner.
    R. said two employees were laid off when he closed Medquest’s office in Trego, located in the former Northern Portraits building. Trego is about five miles north of Spooner on U.S. 53.
    The Trego office housed student transcripts and handled student recruitment and billing. Prior to its move to Massachusetts, R. planned to move Medquest to a tax-increment financing district in Spooner. That plan dissolved when the partnership changed and G. recommended the move to Gardner, where he could oversee operations.
    Medquest was formed in late 2005, when the R. invested in Medical University of the Americas-Belize with the S’s, who have a deeper history with offshore medical schools. Grand Forks, ND native J.S. founded St. Matthew’s Medical University in 1997. It was the first medical school in Belize.
    On June 1, 2001 — one week after graduation ceremonies — M. H., MD, then-chairman of St. Matthews’s board of trustees, led a hostile takeover there. S. told Belize’s Channel 5 TV news Harris had hired a security team that stormed the school, along with his attorneys, and physically removed key personnel.
    Later in the year, S. announced he would co-found a new medical school about two blocks from St. Matthew’s called the Medical University of the Americas-Belize. Shortly afterward, St. Matthew’s relocated to Grand Cayman Island in the British West Indies.
    In 2005 a partnership of two private equity firms, Prairie Capital and Equinox Capital, bought St. Matthew’s. After their acquisition, the new owners learned the S.’s had a lawsuit against the former owners claiming 44 percent ownership of the school.
    “There’s a lot of money to be made in the offshore medical business,” R, said. “That attracts a lot of dishonest people.”
    R. said last year’s battle with P.L., St. Christopher’s founder, was an expensive, image-tarnishing experience.
    “It took us a while to get this guy to go away,” he said. “I’d like to think he’s in prison, but no one’s seen him since.”
    The problems at St. Christopher began in late 2005 when a BBC News report revealed the school was not accredited, though it claimed it had received accreditation from the West African nation of Senegal in 2000. The UK’s General Medical Council quickly suspended its recognition of degrees from the college.
    “None of the grades, none of the degrees that the kids were on their way to earning would have any validity at all,” R. said.
    “They’d have to start all over again. So, we went and we said we have a pretty workable government where we’re from in Belize. We believed we could get a branch charter from Belize to have a school in London. So, we extended our charter and, essentially we were the white knight. But there was nothing left of the other business when we got there. We could have just gone there and established our own school starting from scratch and it would have been easier.”
    R. said after Medquest took over the school L. became “deluded,” causing numerous problems.
    “He had a computer hacker hack into our computers, he would not allow us access to his computers, all the money from the bank disappeared one day — it was just a like a novel, almost,” R. said.
    The story — or at least the most recent chapter — is complete with a mysterious escape, he said.
    “One of the things we found in going through the files afterward was about two months before the Senegal people pulled his charter he bought a DC-9 (aircraft). Nobody knows what for, but we think he was planning to shovel all the money and everything into that plane and take off for South America or Africa or someplace and escape. We never recovered the asset of the plane,” R. said.
    Running the school and the legal battle with L. cost Medquest about $100,000 a month during most of 2006, R. said.
    “I ended up hugely in debt personally to keep the whole thing afloat. But we did keep both our charters and we’re teaching in both locations.
    This fall our classes will be full again. Money will be flowing and everything will be normal,” he said.
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    Yossarrian is offline Member
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    Oops, forgot to include this. Here is the link to the above which will show the full story. Also posted by Azskeptic on 3/7 in the Relaxing Lounge.

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    hey Yossarian thanks for sharing the info on MAUB atricle. Seeing the article learned a lot about the history of MUAB. But one thing i apprecaite of Dr.NHR is, looks like he is honest in sharing the whole history of the school. The last two lines are kind of hope at this time. All we can do is just wait and see how it goes after the fall. He mentioned that students will be back in fall and things will be normal. Are there any students at present in the island? I know there are quite in clinicals. After seeing the article, i went and checked on FAIMER and on Belize ministry of eduaction. The school name is there on both sites. That gives some hope. Atleast students can sit for USMLE. Hope under new management things may be different. Need to wait and see.....

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    Yes There Are!!

    YES!!!! THERE ARE STUDENTS ON THE ISLAND RIGHT NOW, ALL 5 SEMESTERS ARE BEING HELD!!! THIS NEWS IS NARLEY, WERE IN BETTER SHAPE THAN EVER! COOL! I'M GLAD THE ADMINISTRATION CHANGE? SORTED OUT, NOW MUA BELIZE IS REALLY GONNA TAKE OFF, WITH A NEW CAMPUS, DOZENS OF GRADUATES, STUDENTS IN RESIDENCY*, AND U.S.A. CLINICALS, WHAT MORE COULD YOU ASK OF? I'M SOO HAPPY WITH MY CHOICE!


    *student completed entire basic sciences at mua belize.
    Last edited by BillyBill; 04-29-2007 at 10:25 PM.

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    That is very, very interesting. Thank you for posting that article!

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