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    Questions on UASD, PUCCM medical schools

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    I know for sure that I want to go to medical school in Mexico or UNIBE but I haven't quite decided whether to play it safe and apply to only the english medium ones or take a shot at the spanish ones.
    My questions are as follows: does anyone know how much the tuition is for the med schools at UASD and PUCMM and I believe the other school is NORDESt..(no website). I looked on their websites but could not find that information. I can read some spanish but cannot actually speak it. Are they also trisemester or quarter semester like INTEC. Finally how often in a year do they accept students. How long are their med school programs assuming one got accepted directly into the med school. I am still at the exploration stage and would appreciate some answers to these questions.
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    Hi,

    Here is some of the information you requested, it is all available on the various university's websites you just have to look around.
    at PUCMM which operates on a semester system just like UASD, the cost per credit is 150 dollars with a a matriculation fee of 525 dollars ever semester including the summer session. Each semester, save for the summer sessions averages about 23 credits. some are 20 others are 25. The program is about 5 years and some change in duration including premed. total is 320 credits.
    http://www.pucmmsti.edu.do/pagomatricula/
    http://www.pucmmsti.edu.do/oferta/pensumMED.htm


    UASD tuition is something like 600 pesos per credit. I'm not sure about Nordestana, I'll check on it.

    Take care and God Bless.
    Ozzie.

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    Hi Ojmdc,
    thanks for the information. I must say you are proving to be very helpful not only in terms of providing info about your school but also about other schools in the DR.
    Were your main reasopns for applying to INTEC the cost and title IV loan availability. Those are issues which are also very important to me if one can assume that most probably the education is not that different among various schools like INTEC, UASD, UNIBE, UCE, PUCCM and NOrdesta etc. I am interested in hearing why you zeroed in on INTEC. I am very interested in getting the best value for my money and also barring any problems finishing in a maximum of 4years (I will be 40 when I start). It seems UASD at 600pesos is very affordable. But how long is it. PUCCM from what yopu wrote seems long and expensive (comparatively) what are your thoughts. Nordestana unfortunately does not seem to have a website.
    Thanks in advance
    By the way any one who has any info about the various DR med schools please share.
    I am sure that with the medachiever debacle there will be more students leaning towards the DR.

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    ingles?

    I know that UNIBE offers their MD program in an English medium, but what about the other schools you mentioned, like UASD or INTEC?
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    Hi.

    Nordestana does have a website but as best as I can tell it doesn't have the tuition information on it and their medical pensum comes up blank when I bring it up. Perhasp you'll have better luck navigating it. The address is www.ucne.edu

    To answer your question, yes. My primary reasons for choosing INTEC were it's title IV eligibility and the cost of attendance, in addition to the fact that it was highly recommended by almost all the dominican docs I talked to in my brief time in UTESA. INTEC is the cheapest title IV eligible school in the DR to the best of my knowledge. Since I haven't been able to find a figure for UCNE I can't say that for sure but I think it's a safe bet.

    You're pretty much right in assuming that the educational quality is about equal in all these schools save for a few hiccups I've mentioned in previous posts. UASD is infamous for it's strikes and closures but all the med students I've talked to from UASD say that they've never had to miss a semester because of protests or anything of the kind. That was the primary worry of anyone wishing to study at UASD since they operate on semesters, you'd be losing an entire 5 months of your life.

    Now, with regards to finishin in four years MAX, that's going to be hard to achive in any DR school given the difficulties in getting coursework transferred. I don't know what your educational background is, but you should be aware that in all likelyhood you'll have to repeat at least a semeters worth of pre-medical work unless your undergrad transcript lines up perfectly with the premed requirements of the med school you choose. That being said, all programs in the DR are around 5 years in length. UNIBE is exactly 5 years, UASD is also areound 5 years and INTEC is 5 years and three months. These figures all include one year os pre-med give or take and a final year of internado. The short of it is that assuming you're not going to be repeating any pre-med you're still looking at almost exactly 4 years of study assuming you don't take off a semester to study for the USMLE or for any reason have to reapeat a course that's a pre-req for other courses.

    This is where I see INTEC and the shorter semester schools as being at an advantage to PUCMM and UASD. INTEC have three semester longs semesters allows you short and intense semesters with little timt o drag your feet. You can take off a semester to study for the exams and you'll only be short three months rather than five months at a semester institution. UCE and UNIBE operate on the trimester systems, their semesters are four months long, essentially little different from the semester system if you take into account the summer session offered at UASD or PUCMM although these summer session offer limited classes.

    Although I was a little worried about the speed of the semesters when I first enrolled it has come to be something I like about the school. It makes for very efficient use of the little time at hand, it's something worth considering if you're someone like me with arelatively short attention span. During undergrad I found a semester to be entirely too much time.

    In short, al the schools are pretty much comparable to each other save for a few minor variations in length and significant variations in cost. The best bang for your buck and time as far as I'm concerned is INTEC. If youre indifferent to ebing taught in spanish i can't really see a concrete reason to choose one of the other title IV schools over INTEC. Now, PUCMM does have a very unique curiculum, you might want to peruse it, it might be more to your liking, I've never seen a medical schools with a simialr curriculum. Those are my opinions regarding the menu of schools the DR has to offer.

    Top answer conway's question only UNIBE, UTESA and UNPHU offer an english medical program. UTESA's program is in a shambles and not even worth considering, I can tell you this from personal experience. UNPHU's program is slated to start up this year and according to information provided by various students who've transferred from UNPHU's spanish medical program, it's a program that's ina lot of trouble and one that you might do well to skip. Still, this is only opinion, based on commentary from students who've transferred from that school. You can check their posts and read their comments for yourself. The short of it is that the only truly viable and worthwhile english program on the island is UNIBE.
    Please let me know is there is anything else I can help you with or clarify. Take care and God Bless.
    Ozzie.

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    hello

    wjat is a title IV school?

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    Hello,

    A title IV school is s school that has been approved by the department of education to dispense aid under title IV of the higher education act. In the case of foreign schools that means stafford loans. It also means that if you have undergraduate loans you can defer repayment of those loans while you're a fulltime student at the title IV institution. If you were to attend UASD for example you would have to repay your undergrad student loans while you were going through med school because UASD isn't a title IV university. In those instances, as far as the department of education and the holders of your loans are concerned you may as well be vacactioning on a sandy beach because they can't give you an in school deferral while you're attending a non-title IV school. it should also be noted that titlve IV recognition isn't necesarily indicative of a schools quality. To become a title IV school a university must go through a tedious and lengthy application process and be periodically reevaluated. Most schools don't heave anouhg north american students to want to go through all that hassle. Either that or they just don't need the added income enough to warrant having a financial aid department to handle the title IV business. The title IV schools in the DR derive a significant portion of their revenues from foriegn students so it behooves them to be title IV schools.

    Take Care and God Bless
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    title iv

    So are any of the schools in the DR Title IV? Or even any of the "Big's" in the Caribbean?
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    Hi,

    INTEC, UNIBE, UCE, PUCMM, and UCNE are the title IV schools in the DR. As for the other big carib schools I know that Ross and SGU are, I'm pretty sure that AUC is as well, I'm not sure about the rest. Take care and God Bless.

    Ozzie.

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    national vs. private?

    Does the fact that UNPHU is "national" have any significance over a school like UNIBE being a "private" university? I know in some countries, like Taiwan, where my parents went to college, a national university usually receives a lot more funding, the better professors, and such. I was just wondering if this is also true to the DR schools? Just curious.
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