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    Longer than 5 semesters?

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    Im thinking about coming, but my friend told me that most people that start from the first semester dont make it straight through to the last semester. Something like only half his class made it all the way through, and 6-7 semesters is the average for basic sciences. IF thats the case i was thinking about staying home and doing like a post-bac or masters to strenghten my app for us schools. Does anyone know anything about this?

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    There is truth to that, when Dr. L was here she told us that approximately 67% of the school was irregular students, meaning doing anywhere between 6 or more semesters. I myself have done extra semesters as have many of my friends and colleagues. I can't speak for other Caribbean schools but i would venture to say they also have many irregular students.
    As for the post-bacc, i think that is a excellent idea and program for the following reasons. The truth of the matter is American graduates of both MD and DO programs are considered a tier above FMG. They will have more residency opportunities, they you will as an FMG, and there is alot less to deal with in terms of licensing and getting state approvals. My advice to you is do a Post-bacc program and try to get into an American school. If you still do not get in, to either and MD, DO program your options are the following.
    1) Try another vocation in medicine such as chiropractic medicine, or PT.
    2) If that option doesnt suit you you can come to the carribbean, and will be more prepared for it, seeing as how you have seen most of the material already. I wish i had taken more science classes before i came to Med school i think it would have made a difference, and i would have been here less longer.
    3) if you do choose to the Carribbean pick your school CARFULLY, there is alot of Beauracracy interms of licensing, state approvals, where and what residency you can get. So pick wisley, also pick a school in a location in which you can survive carribbean life is not easy and you face many challenges you wouldnt face in the states. So try and get into an American program if you can. If you have anymore questions PM me.
    hope this helps.

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    current med 5 class...

    When I first started in Med 1 we had approxamately 78 students in our class. Now in Med 5 we have 55 students of which only about 32 of them are from the original starting class. So 32/78 leaves 46 students that are now in either Med 3 or Med 4 or no longer at MUA all together.

    In every semester there is going to be a class that gives you trouble, sometimes it comes down to study habits, and other times it just comes down to messing up on an exam or focusing on the wrong material... No matter the reason even good students get tripped up sometimes and thus you get a number like 46 of the 78 not making it straight through.

    Like Carib 123 said, if at all possible go to school in the states, but if those doors don't open then come to the caribbean prepared to study not only the courses given but a lot on your own as well...
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    Agree

    I agree with both EGX and Caribe123...if you can find a way to go to a US school DO IT! If you are a great student you will make it straight through BUT that requires a lot of hard work. Most Caribbean programs are compressed and regulatory and accreditation issues force attendance requirements, so if you learn best by reading on your own in some ways you take a double hit. All that being said being a doc is a wonderful profession people share their lives with you, you provide hope and comfort and even cure a few along the way! Choose your school wisely it is a big investment. Make sure you choose an Island where you CAN live in a way comfortable for you. ie if you need a states like environment the Caymans is a great place or if you like peace and serenity here on Nevis is lovely. Regardless of where you go you will have a new culture, heat, bugs, a/c failures, and crime BUT their are issues everywhere no place is perfect but since it is such a big investment do a lot of research. It is a bigger committment so choose wisely. If you have any questions PM me or any of the students you will get a lot of points of view some very negative and some very positive but that will be true of all schools. In the final analysis visiting a school meeting students professors and the Dean and looking around the Island is the best way to decide what to do.

    I wish you the best of luck and Godspeed in your journey.

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    prepare for longer...if you have the time ...spread it out a bit...it will only serve you better in the long run.. retention wise for step 1. Flip - side : The island can be very tough on most.

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    Agree with Joe

    I agree with Joe.

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