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    Hi everyone, I will be starting Med1 in January at UMHS. I did an Honours Degree in Neuroscience at a Canadian University and decided to get my MD from UMHS for many reasons. I am totally happy with my decision and confident that UMHS will educate me well. I don't know what I was expecting but I was by my local medical schools book store to compare prices and books and to my surprise the Med1 books were exactly the same texts and editions, and they were about 10% more expensive here. I've read a lot of the negative threads and don't need any negativity posted here. Im simply looking for positive, successful UMHS med students to tell me what they like most about the school and the island. Thanks for your time and God bless you.

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    Canadians the nicest and coolest people I've met thanks to UMHS
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    Neurojoe,

    Negativity exists everywhere regardless where you go. The question is are you a positve person? If your answer is yes, then you will learn a lot here. I think UMHS like any other schools on the Caribbean have some positive and negative. Personally, I like it here at UMHS and like I said, there are problems such as loan issues, institutional loan terms, physiology classes, etc, but it is doable. Keep up with your positive attitude and you should be great. Good luck!

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    Have you read my post ''Doctors are not whiners'' it will give you a bit of an idea of UMHS and what you should come here to do.

    Good things about this place... the island is beautiful, the people who live here are nice if you don't show up trying to be a rich snob and forget to say hi or bye. The teachers are nice for the most part...there are a bunch of jerk teachers but that is okay. You will be successful here, I am sure of it because I have seen all the Canadians perform successfully here...except for 1...shoot.

    My suggestion to you is not to waste much time on this forum trying to get people's opinions, rather scour it for ways you can save yourself money...I made some post on the Jan 11 new comers thread regarding books and living etc... dont pack a suitcase full of useless clothes..no one cares what you wear here... just bring snacks and things you really need like pots and a rice cooker and so forth...

    Coming here prepared will make your experience a billion times better... trust me... and just as a reminder... the true value of valuemd...is how to save yourself money...aside from that I havent gotten much out of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neurojoe View Post
    Hi everyone, I will be starting Med1 in January at UMHS. I did an Honours Degree in Neuroscience at a Canadian University and decided to get my MD from UMHS for many reasons.
    LULZ. If the "many reasons" are something other than low MCAT score and you're allergic to the US and Canada, you're insane. LOL, this should be funny. Please update us frequently about how awesome UMHS is and how it's totally better than a US or Canadian school. The more laughs the better!

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    Quote Originally Posted by djp21224 View Post
    LULZ. If the "many reasons" are something other than low MCAT score and you're allergic to the US and Canada, you're insane. LOL, this should be funny. Please update us frequently about how awesome UMHS is and how it's totally better than a US or Canadian school. The more laughs the better!

    djp21224, are you Canadian? If you are not, you probably shouldn't be to quick to make a judgement like that. First - Canadian schools are way more competative than US schools. The main reason for this is there are only a handful of Canadian medical schools - a lot less spots for the number of people than in the US. Also, being Canadian - there are only a select few schools in the US that allow Canadians to even apply to their school. Once again, limiting options of very good Canadian students. Most of the Canadian students I know here are in the top of their classes. Also - of the few schools that actually exist in Canada, a few of them don't even take MCAT scores. So no, a Canadian coming to the Caribbean would have little to do with low MCAT scores (I am not saying it is not a factor).... the situation of a Canadian coming to the Caribbean is complex.


    As for the school. Like many have said, there are negatives for sure. But I can seriously say I have been happy with my education here. I have many friends back in the US and Canada in medical school. And I can hold a serious conversation with any of them about material I have learned and be on the same page. I know there are students in clinicals right now from UMHS and they will say the same for their experiences in US hospitals alongside their American trained peers.

    Sometimes frustrations come up - but it is a matter of staying focused and working hard. Good luck in Med1 next semester!
    "The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success"

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    Good stuff

    couldn't have been better said... WOW!

    Good nerve choice for a name ahhaa!

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    Quote Originally Posted by djp21224 View Post
    LULZ. If the "many reasons" are something other than low MCAT score and you're allergic to the US and Canada, you're insane. LOL, this should be funny. Please update us frequently about how awesome UMHS is and how it's totally better than a US or Canadian school. The more laughs the better!
    Well, first of all I would like to thank you for respecting my wishes of positive replies only. Knowing how important observational skills are for a physician, I think you should consider making yourself more aware.

    Not that it is any of your business, but I finished my honors degree in Neuroscience with a 3.83 GPA, and because UMHS was my choice of med schools and they dont require the MCAT I decided to not write it. Throughout my undergrad I have networked and have gotten to know a few people who sit on the admissions committee here in my community. Because I have 5 years mental health work experience, an honors degree in Neuro, a lifetime of volunteer experience in everything from children’s hospitals to animal shelter, I was advised if I wanted a seat here at my local med school any score 24 (which is low in my opinion)and above on the MCAT would get me a seat, unless I bombed my interview that is.

    Since I have children and care very much about their potential, my wife and I have decided to go to St.Kitts and the USA for medical school so they could experience cultural diversity and grow as a person. Also, I am interested in being a “doctor without boarders”, so I believe that the route I chose to take will make me more culturally aware and motivate me even more to being a part of mission trips in 3rd world countries. By doing so, I will be a part of a team which brings health care to people who would otherwise go without. Bottom line is my #1 priority is to provide my children with the most well rounded upbringing possible, it is not to impress anyone on where I got my MD. I am sorry you are not happy with the school you are in, but instead of being so hateful and bringing others down you should be grateful for what you have. If you are the person you are referring to with a low MCAT score, then I would advise you to re-write the test so you could stay in the states. But remember, there are students at UMHS (such as myself, and others I know personally) who actually chose the school.

    In the future if you reply to any of my threads, could you please not call me insane. I find this very disrespectful towards people who suffer from cognitive disabilities, as I stated earlier I have 5 years experience in the mental health field and find it very sad that a potential future doctor would belittle people who are the victim of FAS and other disabling neuronal disorders.

    Remember only you can fulfill your potential, others can only see if you got it or not.


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    Wow...

    Nice shut down Neuro Joe.

    Good to see those grades... and glad to hear that you have thought this whole thing out...that is the number one lacking thing here at UMHS.

    You have most certainly made a great choice with Islands regarding education for your children, I have a friend who has a wife and kids here and the kids are in an amazing school... you will definitely enjoy it.

    See you next semester.

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    Thank you

    I want to thank the students who gave me feedback, much appreciated. Also I have read some of the threads on what to bring and they were very helpful. It is nice to see the "today students" helping the "tomorrow students". I will be sure to do the same when I get there.

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