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    UNIBE professor's don't teach???

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    I read a survey on the school that implies that professor's don't teach! Is this true? Is anyone currently attending that can add to this? I am finishing a degree in electrical engineering and it's hard work, sometimes i have to study many things on my own, but professor's actually put in time to lecture but that's not enough, i still have to study on my own. I can do that for med school no problem. But teach EVERY subject on my own? I don't think so. I would need to get certain things clarified. Any input? Is there any school in the caribe that will offer better teaching?

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    Well, i may not be the greatest professor but i do try to teach and since all of my training has been in the usa......including 45 years of practice.......i have been around the block and feel i can give a lot of insight.....and yes, you do have to work a great deal on your own.....same as in the usa .......at least where i went to school. Lot of blood sweat and tears.....but if you want it bad enough you will make it.....does not take a genius to be a doctor or i would never have made it....but i was willing to spend a lot of time working and studying.......are you?
    ERNEST C. HOLBROOK, M.D. FACS

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    I am willing to put all my energy and dedication towards it. I've been able to acomplish an engineering education with a full-time job in my hands as well. Even though I wanted to get a degree in medicine and not engineering in the first place. But I tried following the standard in the US. Although I know now that I can't afford it here. Stafford loans will only cover 20,500 and I don't have credit to get the plus loans. So I have to go to a school that I can subsidize my living expenses and tuition cost with that money on a yearly basis. Do you think this is possible?

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    let me more frank and to the point than ERNEST who i respect greatly.
    not one single professor at UCE taught me a thing. I wasnt listening. And, i needed to study to come back home to the USA so i studied for the ECFMG/FLEX during all my classes. I memorized their folletos so i passed every test to pass the course, but depend on a teacher in the DR to teach me? Why? dont count on it? you dont need it?
    there might be stuff in the clinicals you will pick up, but MOST IMPORTANTLY you need to PASS THE EXAMS TO COME BACK HOME. Most of the DR docs cant even speak English let alone pass the USMLE/ECFMG . YOU need to know what AMERICA IS going to ask you and study that. NOT expect the PROFS to teach you. DONT!
    they wont! ill debate anyone on this issue. None of my cohorts paid a second of attention to anything the profs there said. We studied the course work passed their tests, but had more important things to worry about. A brief story if you have the time. I never went to one single class in Patofisiologia. NOT ONE! it was a decent folleto, i memorized it, scored 100 on the final. The prof never knew me i never knew him and we both went on our merry way. ITs all in the books! you need to books the notes to pass to exams to get back here. THATS the pure unadulterated truth.

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    The one and only semester spent at UCE had a huge volume to learn, namely anatomy from the classical anatomist Rouviere. The other courses were more than enough to keep busy. I don't recall any of the professors speaking in English.

    In the 2 main cities, Santo Domingo and Santiago, there are indeed quite a few that speak, teach, and have trained in english speaking countries. Places like San Pedro de Macoris do not attract dominican physicians that have trained in the USA/Europe.

    Anyway, since I graduated in Santo Domingo I can say it studying was a great experience. Of course there were occasional rocks on the highway, but on the whole the professors were great.
    The majority of them had done residencies in the USA, taught in English when need be, and made the lectures/clinicals quite enjoyable, and yes, hard work. Much of it was applicable to helping pass USA boards. Forum rules prohibit posting names, but many of them are vivid in my mind as if it were yesterday. Some were even dual boarded USA. Even residents were able to speak adequate English to teach at hospitals and in surgical labs.
    I saw major differences between UCE and the capitol, albeit I spent one sem there. Others have echoed your sentiments of UCE.

    Even USMG's study specifically for boards as the classroom stuff alone is not enough.
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    So the program at UCE is not in english? What language are the books on? I was actually thinking that if professors are bad in english is probably better to go to a school that they teach in spanish because i can understand the language very well. And maybe just buy the USMLE books from here and start preparing as I take the pertient courses. Also, does anyone have any idea on passing rates for students from UCE, UNIBE and INTEC when they take the USMLEs here in the US?

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    I've seen post like these to many times now... I mean I asked how the classes were going to be like just to sort of get a ballpark estimate of how much work I would have to put into the class itself and how much work I would have to put into my own personal studies. I came to the conclusion that asking these types of questions are pointless because everyone this forums is different some will slack off while others will study. It'll take hard work, but it's not impossible. If you really want to become a MD and really have it in you to do it, then just do what you have to do.

    P.S: I'm a personal fan of Dr. Holbrook and Dr. Losack. I've been just reading up on this site for quite a while now. Reading the insightful things you put up here is extremely enlightening. You have answered some of my questions without me having to ask them. Thank you for that.
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    first of all, what do you mean by UNIBE professors don't teach? If they don't teach, how and why do they get paid?

    I'm starting med 5 this September and i guess i'm about to find out whether they teach or NOT, lol. My goal is to become a great doctor and I am mighty determined to study my *** off whether or not professors teach. you can't just rely on professors or certain types of books to get through med school. at least that's what i believe.

    i heard the class is around 35 students? hope to help each other out and get along, lol. btw, is there anyone who doesn't speak spanish like me?

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    That was just a question. I don't know much about the system over there. Nonetheless, I am also a very enthusiastic about this opportunity since I can't subsidize med school in the states.

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    The Professors do teach,!!!!!!, they come to class prepared, with lesson plans and presentations. And then usually they test you on the material that they have covered, in some classes you may need to do more independent learning to get a good grade, in others you can just directly study the professors lectures to get 100%.

    A word of caution: not all professors are as approachable as Dr. Holbrook, you may get some professors that you'll have difficulty speaking to in class or after class for whatever reason. This does not only happen here, this happens at every university, you'll just have to do what you can to learn what you need to.

    Also, the language barrier, some teacher's speak perfect english, some have a mild accent, some have a thick accent ,this is not unique to UNIBE, i'd say most schools have this situation as well. You'll have to get creative to learn what you need to learn. Ask your dominican classmates to help you ask questions always be polite and show that you're making the effort.

    We would all like to be perfect but nobody is perfect.

    Good luck to you all

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