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    sillyduddy is offline Newbie 510 points
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    For those that believe that this school is not that great from all the negative postings placed they are clearly mistaken. This school is actually a really great school and the current dean has made fantastic improvements. In addition the teachers here are great at there job and teach you the material very well. These teachers prepare you well for the shelf exam which are a reflection of the USMLE. The island itself is beautiful and the people here are great. The occasional time yes you will meet people that rub you the wrong way but my question is where in the world do you not meet people like that. The island has expanded a lot since day one. Truly this school is much better than some of the other carribean schools out there so dont believe everything you read cause most the people that right negative comments either didn't do well or are just bitter about one thing or the other!!!
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    I agree, I am also a med 5 student. I find that the school, especially the new dean, is making huge efforts to ensure our success.

    We are writing 3 shelf exams this semester, including a cumulative shelf. The Dean has started taking students to the hospital to visit patients and is currently setting up ER rotations. He is also setting up tutorials on study and exam skills. Not only that, he comes to see our class on almost a daily basis to listen to our concerns and keep us updated on all the new things going on.

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    I will admit, at first when there was a turn over in faculty, I was skeptical. I am not very fond of drastic change, and tend to be apprehensive of these sort of situations. I tend to be judgmental as well-- will this really improve our school? in the end, will all these changes provide us with the adequate education required for us to know our information for the USMLE, and not only the USMLE, but to be an outstanding physician? The answer is Yes. I believe that the new faculty [ path professors], as well as the new dean, and including some previous faculty [ neuro, genetics, pharm] have provided us with the support, proper material, education and outlook that we need in order to succeed. The dean has inspired the Med 5's to realize that mediocrity is not acceptable. Students were just focused on PASSING the post or PASSING the step. Now students, with the support of the dean, are able to look beyond meeting mere requirements, & EXCELLING. The dean has kept his word, and has met with us frequently, asking our opinions about how classes are conducted, curriculum, and what changes can be made, and within his power has been able to make some changes. Last semester when the previous dean had left, I had gotten scared, and thought negative, & I now realize I was wrong to think that way, because the truth is -- with a good faculty, a great dean, and with a focused mind set of being able to realize that one can achieve more then their goals, MUA is definitely a facility that has made paramount changes, in the short period of 2 years I have been here, & I highly recommend that anyone who has a strive to succeed, can succeed anywhere with strong support- & choosing MUA was a good decision.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sillyduddy View Post
    For those that believe that this school is not that great from all the negative postings placed they are clearly mistaken. This school is actually a really great school and the current dean has made fantastic improvements. In addition the teachers here are great at there job and teach you the material very well. These teachers prepare you well for the shelf exam which are a reflection of the USMLE. The island itself is beautiful and the people here are great. The occasional time yes you will meet people that rub you the wrong way but my question is where in the world do you not meet people like that. The island has expanded a lot since day one. Truly this school is much better than some of the other carribean schools out there so dont believe everything you read cause most the people that right negative comments either didn't do well or are just bitter about one thing or the other!!!
    Whow whow, hold on, the only thing I can agree with is that the school "appears" to be changing for the better. I would not go as far as to say that the school is "great" we have heard many promises but but only a few have been met. Im not saying that the changes are not going to happen but lets give it a little bit of time before we start saying "great." We all know which professors need to improve on their teaching and lecture organizing skills. In my list I only have 6 professors who can really do their job.

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    genetics is the only class that was taught well.......and that class isn't even that high-yield for the boards. the problem with the school isn't the profesors or the curriculm, it's the questions and the testing. the school doesn't ask usmle-type questions, and students are left with the false belief that if you pass 'mua' exams, u'll be ready for the boards............it's in fact a big mistake.........

    when the kaplan post-test comes, and if anybody takes it 'legitimately'.......yea you all know what i'm talking about.....you will realize that the mua testing and mua classes have taught you nothing about the mechanisms and the 'nitty-gritty' which is needed to pass the usmle............8 people passed the path shelf last semester, out of 50.........that goes to show you the teaching..........the pharm shelf answers have been out for a while, so that shelf isn't even legit................

    those 2 are the biggest courses.......and they are not taught well.........so in the end, all the mua students should get their hands on usmle-type questions and practice and prepare for the usmle, not just the mua 'exams' and trying to pass the courses here..........

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    Yes, people did poorly last semester on the path shelf. The path teacher took partial blame for making it only count for 5% of their grade. Other than that I think it is those students own fault for not preparing. Everyone has access to plenty of review material and question banks.

    As for pharm, most people I know found the shelf much easier than the tests we normally had, which seems that we are actually well prepared.

    The most recent person I know to have written the boards mentioned that there was a very high amount of molecular genetics and genetic disorders, just as an aside.

    There is a new post-test this semester, and stricter rules enforced. The med 5 class is writing 3 shelf exams, which will give us plenty of exposure to "USMLE style questions". We have also written a shelf exam every semester since med 2, exposing us to the level we need to achieve. Also, the new dean previews all block tests and requires more USMLE style questions.

    I don't see the point of current students coming onto this site and saying negative things about the school. This is the school that is going to help you realize your dream, and even if the road has been bumpy, it will get you there. Study hard, focus on what needs to be learned, and be positive that its going to happen. If we all take the energy we expend being pissed at the school and put it towards studying, no one would have anything to worry about. Lord knows we have spoken about our concerns about the school ad nauseum, and accosted the current dean with all of our frustrations on almost a daily basis. We need to stand behind our school, we all made a choice to come here, and stuck it out to med 5. Follow it through the to end and score high so you make the school look even better and have something to be proud of when we all get to clinicals,
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    pharm shelf easier than dr. a's tests? haha........it's only easier if you passed the shelf exam........in which a MINIMUM score of 440 is required..........using that scale.........less than 10 people out of 55 passed it during the may 2007-august 2007 pharmacology class.............

    it's not about bashing the school......it's about realizing where the school needs to improve......and i commend the new dean for looking at all the tests and making sure that we get more usmle type questions.........it's just that the people who went through the curriculm already got screwed over BIG TIME if they just followed 'mua' curriculm.........

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    It is always good to remember the goal of going to medical school. I suppose it should be to get a good medical education and not simply pass step1. A medical school teaches you the basic sciences, a review course like Kaplan prepares you for step1. No self-respecting institution wants to be known as an expanded step1 preparatory school. One can not lose sight of the forest for the trees. MUA has been steadily improving over the past several years and will need a few more years to stand out among the Caribbean schools. That is the nature of any successful program. It is a slow process that requires deliberate and steady planning as well as patience in its implementation. Any student who believes the needed improvements will occur in a semester or two is being somewhat naive. Let us wait and see the results of the current drastic changes before one jumps to any conclusions. At best, one can only say that the changes put in place recently are no more than an experiment. Let us hope it succeeds. As for votes of confidence for anyone who has been on the job for less than a full semester, it seems at best a premature assessment.
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    FMG syndrome, the Dx, Tx, and Px. Part 1

    My background: I’ve been here since JAN 06 when I started Med 1 with the lust and zeal that all newbie’s ought to have. I had read all the posts on here pertaining to the FMG experience in general, the posts for the particular schools that I had applied to, plus physically visited their campuses and tracked down grads over the phone before finalizing my choice, which, obviously, was MUA Nevis. I like to think that my decision to attend was an informed one, or at least as financially/ informational possible given my circumstances at the time, and is something I highly recommend to all students considering FM schools! I have lived and traveled extensively throughout the world, B.S. in Liberal Studies, will complete a B.S. in Health Studies/Biology this semester, hold numerous certificates/licenses, and am a highly decorated vet. I present this background in order for you to understand the context of my arguments, not to lend any particular strength or weight as I believe any argument is decided by its own merits and not the credentials of the proposed.
    So let me begin by first addressing one of the most common thread/post/reply you will read on VMD and how it pertains to this school. The general subject is “Warning! Do not go here!” and rewritten in various ways, along with “X professor/s out to get you!”, etc… This of course sparks off intense debate, which leads to name calling, and either the original poster being cited/banned or giving up in frustration. The final word, which often reads like this: so dont believe everything you read cause most the people that right negative comments either didn't do well or are just bitter about one thing or the other!!! , is left outdebated by the oppositional, uninvolved and, quite often, herd mentality! J.S. Mills argues that even the simplest of lies or false hoods can contain fragments of truth. My own experience in regards to this school and similar threads has shown this to be true, so do not simply write the negativity off!
    After every possibility has been explored, then what remains, no matter how impossible it may seem, must be plausible...Sir A.C. Doyle as the infamous Sherlock Holmes

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    FMG syndrome, the Dx, Tx, and Px. Part2.

    My experiences with this school, and therefore my feelings towards it, have been in steady decline from Med2 onwards. I have in the past, not recommended it, suggested transfers, and steered friends in other directions, but I haven’t engaged or addressed my issues in this forum for three reasons. Mostly because of the reasons I mentioned in Part 1 and the time and effort required to do so, but also out of fear of retaliation. Given the personality dynamics of the previous Gardner and Island administrations, it was a real and legitimate concern of mine. However, the situation and dynamics have changed enough in a positive way for me to speak freely about this school!
    One change being that the current Dean attends to these forums, has asked students, particularly Med5’s, to help combat the negative posts, challenge the falsities, opine the positive, and provide constructive critizism with recommendations for improvement vice the usual hollow whine.
    The second, and by far the most important change IMO, is that the Dean truly means it! Near the middle of last semester I approached him, along with another prof, to discuss some serious issues, as well as general student body concerns. As a safety measure I had set up some mechanisms to protect against any retaliation or undue fallout, but remained guarded none the less as I had no idea of his character or how he might respond. I have since stood bye watching and evaluating his character attributes, leadership skills, and his potential/drive to be an effective Dean.
    I have concluded that this man is the single greatest asset, not only to us Med5’s and student body in whole, but to the entire faculty, staff, and ownership of MUA! I will present my evidence/arguments in Part3.
    After every possibility has been explored, then what remains, no matter how impossible it may seem, must be plausible...Sir A.C. Doyle as the infamous Sherlock Holmes

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