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    Surprised about the Negative Feedback Posted

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    I'm currently in the UNIBE application process for 07 admissions. I'm very surprised at all of the negative feedback posted. I've spoken to several very successful UNIBE graduates (surgeons etc..) who have all recommended UNIBE without hesitation. I agree with several of the postings suggesting it is the student's responsible to determine what best fits their needs. For some applicants, foreign medical schools may be their only option. But for anyone applying to a foreign school you have to realize in advance the difficulties you will face living in a foreign country. You are a foreigner and shouldn't be surprised to face challenges with language, life style, sub-standard facilities, discrimination etc.. Not to mention the grueling medical school curriculum you are getting yourself into. I suggest all applicants spend some time in South America or the Caribbean before committing. It's clearly not the same lifestyle as in the US.

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    Terrific words spoken. Yet...... you sound too knowledgable and somewhat overconfident and might i add a bit too ready for the task
    at hand. You sparked my interest. Not that i dont like what you say but arent you a bit anxious about this pursuit? How are Gringos supposed to
    spend some time in South America or the Caribbean before committing.
    Clearly this is ideal but cmon not at all realistic. What do you recommend? A half a year in the peace corps before attending medical school? this is silly and a trifle arrogant.
    Suffering is part of this task. Surprises and disappointments also. Clearly
    in my humble opinion there is no perfect way to prepare for this.
    It was mostly on the job training and each day brought us closer to the MD.
    Trial and error, with ofcourse your wise words that carried us through.

    This is not a black and white world. The grey "matter" will smack you right in the face as soon as your plane lands anywhere outside the western world.

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    Thank you for the feedback. As a UNIBE graduate would you recommend the UNIBE School of Medicine to potential students ?

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    Foreign medical schools to choose from

    Quote Originally Posted by 07applicant View Post
    I'm currently in the UNIBE application process for 07 admissions. I'm very surprised at all of the negative feedback posted. I've spoken to several very successful UNIBE graduates (surgeons etc..) who have all recommended UNIBE without hesitation. I agree with several of the postings suggesting it is the student's responsible to determine what best fits their needs. For some applicants, foreign medical schools may be their only option. But for anyone applying to a foreign school you have to realize in advance the difficulties you will face living in a foreign country. You are a foreigner and shouldn't be surprised to face challenges with language, life style, sub-standard facilities, discrimination etc.. Not to mention the grueling medical school curriculum you are getting yourself into. I suggest all applicants spend some time in South America or the Caribbean before committing. It's clearly not the same lifestyle as in the US.
    Hi,

    I am a doctor residing in the states that graduated from the UASD. I too see all of the negative attitudes in regards to all of the schools. I do strongly feel that students have different perceptions about the schools BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT AMERICAN SCHOOLS. You are trained in poorer hospitals, but you do get good clinical education.Yes the culture is differnent, the climate is hot and yes the mosquitos do bite. The method of teaching is different than we have here in the states. Anyone wanting just a degree is going to have a very very long and hard time in adjusting. It IS HARD going to a different culture that is not your language, but I think sometims we are all so spoiled here in the USA.Did I want to go home when I was studying? MANY MANY times! However, I felt like I was doing the right thing. You have to do what you have to do. But when you do it, make sure you are not just spinning your wheels. You have to go to a school that has research available, that is "equivalent to an American School".and that is a little more established. True, a lot of states do not ban all FMG's but if you are going to states such a Florida, New mexico, California, texas to name a few... These states have had onsite inspections of the schools or have adopted the "California list" per say of foreign schools they find acceptable. In Texas there are just 4 schools accepted in the DR..Unibe, Uce, Uasd,Unphu (even though I really felt that Intec should be placed on here also). regardless of this... check the school out.Go visit. Talk to the students.You will probably get a variety of responses but the bottom line is this: Not all foreign schools are perceived in the same manner . You have to be able to stand up against the odds. Today if I were to go to a foreign school, I would probably stick to UNPHU, UASD UCE etc even though most people like to live in the capital. My reason being all of the negative attention that is brought to Carribean schools esp since the closure of Cetec. There have also been reports of Spartan university that were horror stories. These schools I would definitely stay away from. It can also be a lonely experience. You are away from family and friends. To some that alone can be depressing.It was for me. however, I am practicing in the states and I had no problem in getting a residency coming from the UASD.

    I hope I answered some of your questions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 07applicant View Post
    I'm currently in the UNIBE application process for 07 admissions. I'm very surprised at all of the negative feedback posted. I've spoken to several very successful UNIBE graduates (surgeons etc..) who have all recommended UNIBE without hesitation. I agree with several of the postings suggesting it is the student's responsible to determine what best fits their needs. For some applicants, foreign medical schools may be their only option. But for anyone applying to a foreign school you have to realize in advance the difficulties you will face living in a foreign country. You are a foreigner and shouldn't be surprised to face challenges with language, life style, sub-standard facilities, discrimination etc.. Not to mention the grueling medical school curriculum you are getting yourself into. I suggest all applicants spend some time in South America or the Caribbean before committing. It's clearly not the same lifestyle as in the US.

    you gotta realize also that things at schools change fairly quickly down here so what a surgeon tells you may have been true at least 5-7 years ago (5 residency + 2 if they did clinicals in teh US) and that is if the3y are fresh out of residency...so the info they giove you is probably around a decade old...so take what they said and compare it with current stduents and see what they say...

    the other thing is that everyone complains..it is an outlet to let go of some frustration at the school, courses, exams, professors, island and anything else
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