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    How to improve MUA?

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    How to improve MUA?

    For a school that is less than ten years old, MUA has come a long way in growing and establishing a credible medical curriculum, particularly in the basic sciences. It is because of this academic reputation that the numbers of applicants to the program has increased over the past several years. In recent months, as many MUA students will note, there have been several new rule changes on campus. Many of those address peripheral/non-academic issues and are intended to regulate student behavior. These include rules like random drug testing, no smoking on campus, no eating or drinking in classrooms and others. While some of these new policies may be driven by good intentions, their effect on student life is at best a cosmetic one i.e. it makes the campus "look good". Unfortunately, it seems that the administration may have misplaced their efforts on the less relevant objectives of an educational institution. As a reminder, a higher education institution is expected to provide the following:

    1) A quality curriculum delivered by a competent, experienced and stable faculty
    2) An adequate learning environment (facilities, support services and staff)
    3) A campus environment that extends beyond the academic needs of the students (extracurricular facilities, study areas, electronic resources, adequate food variety and services)
    4) An administrative environment and mechanisms for both students and faculty to recommend changes that could improve any of the above items.

    This message is simply a friendly reminder for the administration and new owners intended to perhaps help them both refocus their attention on the issues that make an institution reputable (Curriculum, Faculty, Support service, Campus life). All these areas deserve much more attention and can be improved if the administration is willing to engage both the students and faculty in a constructive and goal-driven dialogue, instead of simply handing down a new rule every week. A learning environment should be a pleasant and comfortable environment. Knowledge is about opening the mind, not closing it, opening the eyes and ears and not closing them.
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    mua is fine. good luck on exams.

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    Nicely thought out post, how long have you been on the faculty/administration?

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    mua is a good school!

    some suggestions tho

    1. Bigger library? or campus wide wireless internet access (at this point it is provided only at the free standing room and library)

    2. Joint Clinical Centers (MUA, SABA, SMU); adds funds and come up with a clinical centers ? similar to what SGU did with NYC?

    3. BETTER MUA homepage? It will probably attract bigger number of applicants!

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    Improvements

    Use the MUA/Saba/SMU connection more, by perhaps offering a joint elective 5th semester in the United States/Canada. I think that quite a few students would be in favor of this.

    A bigger library may not be necessary, but more study areas, and cubicles with fluorescent lights in them, internet ports, etc (yeah...that's probably asking a bit much)...and it'd be nice if these places were open 24/7 too...

    A more extensive school bus service at times in which H-buses don't run. That way, students can still get to/from school and/or around the island during times when H-buses don't run. (This could be a source of revenue for the school...charge an EC or two for the service!)

    Using a black-board type system to centralize class notes, updates, etc.

    Just my .02 Euro
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    Positive changes...........

    Quote Originally Posted by Transducin View Post
    How to improve MUA?

    For a school that is less than ten years old, MUA has come a long way in growing and establishing a credible medical curriculum, particularly in the basic sciences. It is because of this academic reputation that the numbers of applicants to the program has increased over the past several years. In recent months, as many MUA students will note, there have been several new rule changes on campus. Many of those address peripheral/non-academic issues and are intended to regulate student behavior. These include rules like random drug testing, no smoking on campus, no eating or drinking in classrooms and others. While some of these new policies may be driven by good intentions, their effect on student life is at best a cosmetic one i.e. it makes the campus "look good". Unfortunately, it seems that the administration may have misplaced their efforts on the less relevant objectives of an educational institution.
    Routine drug testing is something that MUA always did during the time I spent there. As would be doctors a high moral character is expected of us. How can we as physicians someday expect to advise a patient with COPD to quit smoking or an alcoholic to undergo detox if we ourselves have the same problems? Let alone people entrust to us their lives.... would you let an intoxicated surgeon operate on you. Banning smoking on campus as well as random drug exam, might be such a small thng the school does but look at the brighter side...... it could leave life long positive changes to those who take it positively.

    The professors I had during my time at MUA were awesome. I thought I had a "steal" considering the tuition fee charged. Only several comments I have:

    1.) The school should make an effort to have pre-printed notes (sort of like a class manual/workbook) for each class, like your mainstream medical schools do. Saves a TON of time making your notes and then printing them. Even if the school sells them, I'm sure students would not mind (considering the cost you would incur for the paper and ink. Even more important saving time, which you could have put on studying concepts and memorizing the tons of details your are expected to know! ---> The student government could make this a project and a means to raise funds...

    2.) I agree the library should be bigger to accomodate the growing population of students. Adequate designated quiet areas. It gets really rowdy at the library specially getting close to exam day. I dunno if the library personnel has made adjustments.

    3.) Cafeteria should quit raising their prices every semester. I did'nt know inflation in Nevis rose every 3 to 4 months! Do employees in the island get inflation rate adjustments quarterly?

    4.) Admin during the 5th semester interview for clinical rotations should also take that as an opportunity to do an exit interview as a self assessment by the school, listen to what their Basic science graduates could say. After 5 semesters on the island am sure they would have something constructive for the school. Of course you're gonna have some bad one's mixed in with the good.....but admin should know how to sort the info.

    5.) Maybe institute a dress code day. Am sure students will not complain of wearing professionally with a tie at least once a week. As a medical student it will give a sense of professionalism....self worth. We did not go great lengths just to dress like "cr@p". We do take pride in being med students. If we are held at a certain level of expectation, then we should by all means demonstrate we are capable of being so, in terms of our morals and in character. This might be a minor adjustment, but if it builds character it will leave lasting changes that extends beyond the boundaries of our medical schooling.
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    First let me say this school is gaining ground fast in leaps and bounds BUT ..talk about being professional....the school should stop allowing organized profiteering by the locals on campus ie. the cafe de mua...our school website advertises that our meals are subsidized by the university. How then is it possible to get better meals off campus at cheaper prices...blatant misrepresentation! ...we get screwed at every turn ...why not help us out with a small thing such as proper food and reasonable prices on campus. Also, the exorbitant rents being asked, how is it that the university is allowed to set our rent prices when they know how much we get to borrow for loans (hell they decide how much we can get)....this is very dubious

    lastly, i just wish the locals would realise that we are extended tourists and we spend more money on this island over our time here than any one regular tourist and many of us will work in the appropriate social circles of the regular tourists that come down here....what do they think we are going to say when someone asks to come down for a holiday ....endorse this place - yea right!

    I cant count the number of times the attitude changes when they find out i am a student and not a "tourist"

    so coming back to what the school can do...treat your customers (students) like royalty and make them feel welcome and back them up for goodness sake! without us there is no school ..no faculty and no admin...
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    You raise some good points about cost of living and rent. I agree that there is an attitude problem around the island towards the students. Most likely due to misinformation or perhaps from a few bad experiences with students from the first few semesters of MUA's existance. Unfortunately, only bad news is recalled by people in general. You are right, MUA students and faculty spend upward of $8 million a year (450x $1500/month, a conservative estimate) on the island. A figure that surpasses by far what any single hotel or business brings to this small island. The local population is the primary beneficiary as most of expenses go directly to small businesses and reality owners. I believe a more concerted effort should be made to explain these facts of life to the Nevesians. Perhaps then they will have a kinder and gentler attitude towards the students.
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