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    Guju4lyfe is offline Permanently Banned 511 points
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    MUA vs AUA

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    Hi I am looking at options at caribbean medical schools including tuition, teaching quality and most importantly - Residency success rate/Step 1 success.

    I am concerned about the Step 1 pass rates. Would someone compare MUA to AUA in terms of step 1 pass rate from those who actually start Med 1. I know students have to pass a final basic science comprehensive exam to write step1 and that is a very small number.

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    who knows. if you are good student, I think you will be fine at mua. I never went to aua, so I guess you will be fine there as well but I don't know. the comprehensive exam is a predictive exam on passing step 1. if you fail it, you will likely fail step 1. study hard and smart and you will easily pass the comprehensive exam.

    If you're going to bomb step 1, most likely you will bomb at mua and aua.

    If you keep the mindset that you want to be a knowledgeable physician and you study with that goal, rather than just cramming, you will be just fine at Mua and likely also AUA. If you are the type to do the minimal amount and want to be a doctor because it sounds impressive and you make a lot of money, they you are at risk for having problems at any of the schools.

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    Thanks but passing step 1 and comp also has to do with quality of teaching right? I mean we should be prudent in spending money and choosing better quality money.

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    that is true. Overall I'm very happy with the quality of education I received from MUA. That said, I think there is a lot more improvements that can be made and have been make since I finished. I recall speaking to a top teacher there when I was there, and she at the time informed me that some profs that teach at foreign medical schools change from school to school after a few years for some change. She has done that and said in many ways, the schools with good reputations are very similar in education quality. The material is the same. In that regards, I think MUA over teaches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by don1 View Post
    that is true. Overall I'm very happy with the quality of education I received from MUA. That said, I think there is a lot more improvements that can be made and have been make since I finished. I recall speaking to a top teacher there when I was there, and she at the time informed me that some profs that teach at foreign medical schools change from school to school after a few years for some change. She has done that and said in many ways, the schools with good reputations are very similar in education quality. The material is the same. In that regards, I think MUA over teaches.
    Yeah, the material is the same everywhere. But is nice when the teaching is good. Since, we as carribean students have it tough for us to score well on Step 1. Even US students have the same material and they can study on their own without having to score high on step 1 to get residencies which they are already guaranteed.

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    Nothing is guaranteed, not even for US students. Their med school admits are increasing, but the number of residencies is not.

    If you study smart, and are able to learn the material well... you'll be fine. I'm back home prepping for my step I right now, and MUA over-taught subjects like neuro, path, and pharm. This is awesome, because these subjects didn't take that long for me to review...

    Someone will always find a problem with the teaching. I loved almost every teacher on the island... I feel like they prepped me well to pass the NBME comp shelf and hopefully step. That being said, no amount of teaching will replace a good (and efficient) work ethic.
    MUA Basic Science: Done
    Step 1: Passed
    Step 2 CK: Passed
    Step 2 CS: Passed
    MD: 1/8/16
    Residency: Matched - IM!

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