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    Official UMHS Statement Released Today 11-23-10

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    Check your UMHS email. Since I know that someone would eventually post it on this forum, I went ahead and removed all the personal names from it and pasted it below.



    Dear Student,

    Several weeks ago, T.M resigned without notice from UMHS and went to work for St. Martinus, a school with a history of severe problems. Since T.M.’s departure, our school administration has received numerous queries and comments from students, many of which indicate that a campaign of deception is now underway. Contrary to whatever Dr. M and his new business partners may have told you, UMHS is in sound shape. Here are ten reasons why I am proud of UMHS:

    1.
    We have invested over 50 million dollars in developing one of the most state-of-the art medical schools in the Caribbean.


    2.UMHS faculty are highly qualified and credentialed, and are recruited primarily from the United States. They are fully committed to teaching and want to provide you with the best education possible.

    3.UMHS maintains the highest of academic standards and will be applying for various State approvals in 2011.

    4.The country of St. Kitts will be seeking NCFMEA approval in 2011. The NCFMEA has been empowered by the U.S. department of education to review accreditation standards of foreign (non-U.S.) countries to determine if the standards are comparable.

    5.The leadership of UMHS has over thirty years in developing offshore medical schools and is well known by the U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Congress, and the medical community throughout the United States. Our reputation for quality academic programs and our commitment to helping students is well established.

    6.UMHS is one of the few Caribbean schools that offer an intensive 7 week Kaplan review to students. The program is taught by well established faculty from United States medical schools.

    7.UMHS was the first Caribbean medical school to obtain the on-line shelf examinations from the National Board of Medical Examiners.

    8.UMHS has clinical affiliations with major teaching hospitals throughout the United States. Our clinical dean is in constant contact with new hospitals to expand our clinical base both in the United States as well as Canada. Please go to our web site for further details.

    9.UMHS pass rate on the USMLE is approximately 85%. As a result of changes in the curriculum, adding more contact hours in the basic science and Kaplan curriculum, and by incorporating shelf examination into the curriculum, we expect a higher first time pass rate.

    10.A team of highly credentialed and nationally recognized clinical chairs are now in place to provide oversight of the clinical program and quality assurance.

    UMHS HAS FILED SUIT AGAINST Dr. M AND ST. MARTINUS.

    I also want you to be aware that UMHS has taken legal steps to protect itself from unlawful actions taken by St. Martinus’s owners and Dr. M. After Dr. M’s departure, UMHS conducted a forensic review of his computer. As our court filings explain, we learned that Dr. M copied large amounts of confidential UMHS data to a flash drive before he left our school. Our examination also confirmed that Dr. M was working for St. Martinus long before his resignation from UMHS. We believe he was also acting to undermine UMHS while still employed here.

    On Monday, November 22, 2010, we filed a law suit in Austin Texas and obtained a temporary restraining order requiring St. Martinus’s owners and Dr. M to halt their use of stolen data and to return all such data to UMHS. We are also asking the court to prevent St. Martinus from making misleading statements on its website. The Court has scheduled a hearing for December 2, 2010 on whether to award further relief.

    UMHS is a first class school. We are committed to pursuing our claims to protect the school from illegal acts.

    ADDITIONAL CONCERNS ABOUT ST. MARTINUS

    If you are considering St. Martinus, you should be aware that the school opened in 2000 but closed in 2008, for a number of reasons, including lack of funding, small student body, inability to attract students and quality faculty. Do not be mislead by the St. Martinus website. It presents the credentials of the closed school as achievements by the new one, which is not even open yet. The owners of the new school have no apparent track record in the medical education field. Their startup business venture raises many questions, including:

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    Why are only two visiting faculty listed on their website?

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    Are the clinical programs listed on the site from the old St. Martinus website?

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    What is the experience of the owners of St. Martinus? Do they have any with experience in obtaining state approvals or the NCFMEA?

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    Does the school have adequate funding to stay open?

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    What happened to all the students when the school initially closed - were they compensated, or placed at another medical school? How did they complete their education, and did they qualify for licensure? Are any of the original owners still involved in the new school? Do any of the owners have a criminal history?

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    Does the St. Martinus program make sense? It claims to offer a two semester a year program because in their “experience” the USMLE success rate will be better than that of a three semester program. Both Ross University and AUC have a three semester per year academic program and they boast a 90 + percent pass rate on the USMLE. This is a model that has worked well for many Caribbean schools over the last 30 years.

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    What is the student to cadaver ratio and does it compare to U.S. standards?

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    If St. Martinus is accepting transfer students to every semester in the basic science program, do they have the full complement of faculty for every semester? That would mean a minimum of 16 faculty.

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    The original school was open for eight years, what approvals did they get during that time, and what was their pass rate on the USMLE?

    CONCLUSION
    I think if you consider the facts available, you will conclude both that there is no reason to doubt the commitment – or ability – of UMHS to provide its students with a quality medical education, and that the fledgling new St. Martinus school is not likely to be able to offer you anything resembling the quality of education or the opportunities that UMHS offers.

    I want you to know that UMHS is fully committed to your success and will continue to provide you with the best education possible. As always, I listen to the students and care about their concerns. I will be in St. Kitts the first week of December. See you then.

    Sincerely,
    W.R.
    W.R.
    President
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    The stolen material is the most disturbing part. I hope everything gets sorted out.
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    yea, the stolen material bugs me, could use it as leverage against UMHS

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    Keep in mind....

    Quote Originally Posted by rkoracevic View Post
    yea, the stolen material bugs me, could use it as leverage against UMHS
    Keep in mind that a former employer's claiming "stolen materials" could be very overstated. Any faculty meeting minutes, memos, even Powerpoint presentations created by a faculty member or administrator could be considered proprietary. And I don't know of any professors who would not keep grades from classes they taught, in case a former student asks for a reference or recommendation letter in the future. That alone could be construed as "stolen materials" if the former employer wanted to play hard ball (i.e., suing the former employee).

    Just offering some perspective.

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    St. Martinus is the king of scams but another school to watch out for is this new Atlantic University School of Medicine in St. Lucia that has been advertising in the marriott in St. Kitts with false advertisement. No WUSM or UMHS students should fall for their lies of the following:

    a) Rotations in NY
    b) Rotations in NJ
    c) Residency in NY
    d) MD 4 being completed in the states
    e) Premed Program being in connection with Monroe University in NYC


    Be smart and remember to stick with schools that have track records and aren't likely to run away with your money at the last minute or lie to you until they get you in the door and your tuition money only to find out you can't even get what you were promised.

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    With all these new medical schools in the caribbean, it really comes down to whether you're dumb or smart.
    UMHS

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    that seems so true!!

    Quote Originally Posted by gx255 View Post
    With all these new medical schools in the caribbean, it really comes down to whether you're dumb or smart.

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