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    mua or windsor?....please help...

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    I have been accepted to both schools and would like to know the pros and cons of both schools....i am leaning toward Windsor for the following reasons...
    1. Fifth semester in states....so less time in caribbean.
    2. The tuition is way more affordable and includes housing...textbooks..and other little things like lunches...
    3. Fewer students so class sizes are smaller.
    4. Seems to be more prep for USMLE exams.

    I know it is not as recognized as MUA but wasn't MUA in the same boat 3-5 yrs ago?
    What u guys think?....

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    ok...but MUA is not in the same boat..it has external NY approval and in the Group of 7. These are 2 different animals.. If you have a choice it depends on what you want down the line regarding clinicals and residency. St Kitts is a better island IMO ...it has the Marriot and decent food (this is a nice stress reliever ...MUA has Four Seasons but we are not very welcome there due to some student activity a few semesters back) ..it is more stuck up than St Kitts Marriot. The people seem to really detest students. Academically MUA is prob better, facilities way better (unless the new campus is done over in Windsor...which would be on par with MUA at some stage)

    Should you go there or here ...dunno, maybe less stress over on Kitts with their easier course load. Step 1 prep sucks here at the moment and the rules are stricter here than there prob (90% attendance etc). Windsor will get you an MD and a license somewhere as will MUA ..the rest is up to you.

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    MUA is a school with a good basic sciences program, NY approval, good clinical affiliations, etc. It's also the cheapest among the NY approved schools. The clinical students from MUA that I've encountered are generally knowledgeable and have board scores that are comparable to those of myself and my classmates. There are many MUA graduates in residency who have supervised me over the last two years, some in very competetive spots.

    If you're fortunate enough to have been accepted by MUA, then you should definitely attend. Windsor needs to be open about its clinical rotations on its website like every good school does - if they offer Greenbook cores, then there's nothing to hide. Windsor should not be considered, unless you have trouble at MUA and need a transfer location.
    it has the Marriot and decent food (this is a nice stress reliever ...MUA has Four Seasons
    As for comparisons between the amenities of the two islands, I personally don't see why it matters. I spent most of my time on Antigua studying. I went out maybe once every three weeks after a round of exams. It's just sixteen months..
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    2 years ago, it wouldn't of even been close. But in recent years, Windsor has made strides and they are building a new campus. Windsor is basically in the position that MUA was 5 years ago, so it'll get the job done. However, MUA is stepping it up big time right now and is undergoing major changes for the future. As with everything in life, you get what you pay for. Windsor is cheaper, and it doesn't have the same reputation, facilities, or accreditations as MUA does, including NY State approved clinical rotations. You have a much bigger 'base' so to speak with MUA because we have a lot more licensed graduates. So, in the future, if you apply to a hospital and they see that you are from MUA, and if they had past MUA students do residency there, they might select you because MUA is more familiar because it has hundreds of graduates. So, in the end, you get what you pay for. Neither of them are terribly expensive, but with Windsor, it'll get you the bare minimums.

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    Windsor: If you can motivate yourself and study beyond the level required to pass classese

    MUA: If you are lazy and need a constant reminder that if you don't study you won't pass..

    Also Windsor's got a better USMLE prep course than MUA.

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    Windsor actually did complete the 1st phase of the new campus and they are working on finishing the library right now. Its not a bad school and many of the student's there are happy.
    One thing to note however is that the majority of students who withdraw from MUA end up going to Windsor. Which would lead me to assume that their standards are a bit lower than MUA.

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    [/quote] As for comparisons between the amenities of the two islands, I personally don't see why it matters. I spent most of my time on Antigua studying. I went out maybe once every three weeks after a round of exams. It's just sixteen months..[/quote]

    Good for you... 20 + months here at MUA and it makes a BIG difference to many students for downtime. There are always crowds going over to Kitts for weekends away from Goat Island. Balance is always good and healthy...whether that is a good coffee, good meals, time with friends, exercise....whatever works to destress. Dont dismiss these things so cordially...
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    USMLE Prep

    With our approach beginning in med 1 our entire 5 semesters are geared to not only acquiring the knowledge to pass step 1 BUT to actually retain the information for your years of clinical practuce! All material you learn serves as a foundation for further learning!
    Medicine is lifelong learning and should be approached from that vantage point. Our new building just being finished will be a state of the art learning center hopefully ready for the next semester. I wish you well wherever you choose.
    Competence Professionalism and Caring are the goal!

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    New Building....

    Firs the new Buildings deadline was May of '07 then it was moved to Jan '08 and now they are saying Mat '08..

    MUA has a reputation for lying.... and I don't know about Windsor, ask a Windsor student he'll be able to tell you more about windsor.

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    Lying

    Lying implies deception. Anyone familiar with construction especially in the Caribbean knows that deadlines are commonly missed not because anyone lied but rather work was slower or more difficult than anticipate. We are moving the building along as fast as is humanly possible. We have photos of the progress made weekly. The desks are here! To be accused of lying is very inappropriate, not at all factual, not constructive. In my opinion when people joining a profession such as medicine where maturity and professionalis are so crucial say things like the above it makes me personally feel sad.

    Competence Professional Constructive

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