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    Hi Iím a prospective student choosing between Xavier and MUA for medical school. Iíve been accepted to both school and am scheduled to start September 2011. I was wondering if anyone could help answer a few questions about MUA for me. I would really appreciate any information or advice anyone can give me, as it will help me make as informed a decision as possible.


    1.I am confused about the significance of state approvals. What does it mean for the student if the school you attend is NY or CA State approved?

    2.Since MUA is NY State approved are we allowed to participate in core clinical rotations at the NY hospitals or only elective courses?

    3.Are there any other exams we need to take apart from the 3 steps of USMLEís to practice in the United States if you come from a foreign Caribbean school?

    4.How are the classes at MUA in terms of class size and teaching style of professors? Are professors helpful and do they teach well? Are there classroom presentations?

    5.Iíve also been hearing a lot about the block exams. What are these exams?

    6.Overall how are the exams like at MUA? Are there exams administered throughout the semester or 1 final exam (shelf perhaps? ) at the end of each course?

    7.What about the students? Is everyone very competitive or is there a sense of camaraderie among the students?

    8.Are there school uniforms for students attending MUA as there are in Xavier?

    9.What is the overall life like on the island and on campus?
    What are prices like on the island and is there a good transportation
    system (from housing to campus)?

    10.How about housing? Is it easy to find housing nearby campus, and how
    are the facilities and conditions of these houses or apartments? What are the residence halls like for the first semester students? What amenities are provided and is there a place to cook?

    11.Could you please tell me more about clubs and campus activities
    if youíve had a chance to experience them?

    12.If you have had the opportunity to work with cadavers as of yet would
    please share some of your experiences?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RKK 56 View Post
    Hi I’m a prospective student choosing between Xavier and MUA for medical school. I’ve been accepted to both school and am scheduled to start September 2011. I was wondering if anyone could help answer a few questions about MUA for me. I would really appreciate any information or advice anyone can give me, as it will help me make as informed a decision as possible.

    Congratulations on being accepted to two schools. I would have thought you would have known these answers before applying to any med school, however almost all these questions have been answered in this forum atleast several times. Here goes I will give you what I know and let others reply.

    1.I am confused about the significance of state approvals. What does it mean for the student if the school you attend is NY or CA State approved?
    State approval means you can practice in that state. Provided you do what ever is asked by the licencing board of that state.

    2.Since MUA is NY State approved are we allowed to participate in core clinical rotations at the NY hospitals or only elective courses?
    MUA has clinical spots in NY

    3.Are there any other exams we need to take apart from the 3 steps of USMLE’s to practice in the United States if you come from a foreign Caribbean school?
    Not Sure

    4.How are the classes at MUA in terms of class size and teaching style of professors? Are professors helpful and do they teach well? Are there classroom presentations?
    Classes are small by some schools standard, comfortable and not crowded. Teaching style is to subjective to comment on, professors are available for office visits every school day. There are powerpoint presentations by the professors each school day. You will also have to learn on your own, by reading doing practice questions, using available TA sessions. You wont be spoon feed all what you need for the block exams and Shelfs.

    5.I’ve also been hearing a lot about the block exams. What are these exams?
    Block exams occur every 3 weeks, normally 5 exams per semester for most courses, some have only mid term and final (varies by semester and class). Block exams cover that 3 weeks material are a gauge of how well you are grasping the material, and if your study habits are working for you.

    6.Overall how are the exams like at MUA? Are there exams administered throughout the semester or 1 final exam (shelf perhaps? ) at the end of each course?
    See above- most courses have NBME shelf exams at the end week of the semester.

    7.What about the students? Is everyone very competitive or is there a sense of camaraderie among the students?
    I wouldn't say competitive, your not really competing with another student, your competing with yourself and how well you retain the materials and grasp the consepts and apply them to cases.

    8.Are there school uniforms for students attending MUA as there are in Xavier?
    No uniforms, shorts and shirt are fine, some people get cold in the classrooms, so they were long sleeves and pants.

    9.What is the overall life like on the island and on campus?
    What are prices like on the island and is there a good transportation
    system (from housing to campus)?
    Life on the island is taken up by studying all the time. The island has a mountain, lots of trees and greenery, surrounded by ocean on all sides. Goats, sheep, cows, donkeys, pigs and chickens roam the lands without to much road kill. Prices for pretty much everything will be way more expensive than back home, everything is imported, with an import tax/duty on it. There are school provides bus transportation for first semester students to and from the school to your lodging. Also food store runs, and to down town.

    10.How about housing? Is it easy to find housing nearby campus, and how
    are the facilities and conditions of these houses or apartments? What are the residence halls like for the first semester students? What amenities are provided and is there a place to cook?
    Yes, housing is available around the school, both houses and apartments. The dorms are just that a desk, bed, chair, and a bathroom, microwave and small refridgerator, some dorms are 2 per room others are singles. If there is not enough dorm rooms the first semester you are then placed in other houseing (apartments or houses) shared accomidations. After the first semester you must vacate the dorms if you are in them, if you are in other housing you can stay or move your choice.

    11.Could you please tell me more about clubs and campus activities
    if you’ve had a chance to experience them?
    There are several clubs, Scuba club, MSA (muslim student association), BSA (black student association) SGA (student government association), Journal club, Research club.
    Activities include, basketball, soccer, tennis, flag football, cricket, scuba dives, mountain climbing trips. and of course study, and more studying.

    12.If you have had the opportunity to work with cadavers as of yet would
    please share some of your experiences?
    Smelly, but awesome at the same time, Anatomy professor is the best.
    not this again

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    stay far away from xavier!!!!!

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    Thanks for all the useful information Sharky, really appreciate it.

    And for mulberry, is there a reason why you say that? Would you mind elaborating on this please?

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    STAY WAY AWAY FROM XAVIER... BECAUSE... how many people do they have in residency? How solid, well financed, and established is the school? When you got to answer these and few other basic questions, there will your answer be.

    1.I am confused about the significance of state approvals. What does it mean for the student if the school you attend is NY or CA State approved?
    simply ditto the above reply. Also, the school's trend will grow and develop over time with the momentum it currently has.

    2.Since MUA is NY State approved are we allowed to participate in core clinical rotations at the NY hospitals or only elective courses?
    Cores and electives. Same in every state it's approved in.

    3.Are there any other exams we need to take apart from the 3 steps of USMLE’s to practice in the United States if you come from a foreign Caribbean
    school?
    No, don't forget step2 CS, which is simulated clinical cases. Look it up online at usmle's website

    4.How are the classes at MUA in terms of class size and teaching style of professors? Are professors helpful and do they teach well? Are there classroom presentations?
    As above, it's all abotu comparison. It's not the issue at all. You are the issue, if you can keep up with the work. MUA's facilities and resources are way beyond sufficient. Being in Hospital, MUA's current students coming out are nothing short short of U.S. students, and are individually mostly amazing. They are getting better all the time. That speaks to yoru question. There are no limitations coming from the school.

    5.I’ve also been hearing a lot about the block exams. What are these exams?
    ditto
    6.Overall how are the exams like at MUA? Are there exams administered throughout the semester or 1 final exam (shelf perhaps? ) at the end of each course?
    ditto

    7.What about the students? Is everyone very competitive or is there a sense of camaraderie among the students?
    I experienced equal amounts of both, and it doesn't really matter. You basically find what you are looking for, or create.
    8.Are there school uniforms for students attending MUA as there are in Xavier?
    HUH? I wore shorts and a t-shirt most of the time.
    9.What is the overall life like on the island and on campus?
    What are prices like on the island and is there a good transportation
    system (from housing to campus)?
    in 08, it costs about 500/person rent, probably 2-300 for food, probably 100 for internet/utilities, then there's a car (400/month to rent) or other transportation (bus fair, maybe 2-3$us/day?), incidentals...now it get's personal.
    -Transportation is pretty good when you get used to it. If you live off campus, you can carpool, or take the morning bus, which is rarely ever a problem getting. It costs a dollar, give or take a little.
    10.How about housing? Is it easy to find housing nearby campus, and how
    are the facilities and conditions of these houses or apartments? What are the residence halls like for the first semester students? What amenities are provided and is there a place to cook?
    ditto above
    11.Could you please tell me more about clubs and campus activities
    if you’ve had a chance to experience them?
    I'd only add re. the SSA (spouses of students) which has a lot of family activities. It was great for us, and actually quite a few single people like to come because they could experience family life.
    12.If you have had the opportunity to work with cadavers as of yet would
    please share some of your experiences?
    It's far over-rated, unless you love anatomy. They get dry, absurdely distorted, and do not look much like real life after a little while. I learned the most, and did best on tests by studying the online anatomy labs (U mich I believe, or some other, ask anyone they'll tel you).

    Mainly, work hard, and realize everyone experiences it differently. Just spend time reading around on threads and you'll get more depth.
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