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    ShawnJaan is offline Newbie 510 points
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    Winter 2013 Acceptance

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    Hey everyone, I have been accepted at UMHS EBS Winter 2013 entry. Now I am totally clueless about the life on the island and whatever else goes with it. I have been trying to gather information from forums and teleconferences. But most of the threads are rather negative feedback and obviously the teleconference was all positive (to be expected). But what I really want to know is a true feedback from someone who has had the experience living on the island and the preparation for the USMLs. Any insight is appreciated.

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    I won't risk going there. Second tier Caribbean medical school is far away from an ideal option. Chances of being a physician is slim to non if you decide to go there. Best of of luck to you anyways!

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    Thank you for the advise. I also did get accepted at AUA and awaiting a respond from AUC. Hopefully AUC will come through for me.

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    AUC might be a better option, but keep in mind that its going to be near impossible to land a residency spot in 2016 and beyond. There are around 20 new US medical schools that are going to have their first graduates by 2016. Additionally, US medical schools are increasing their enrollments. As you can imagine, there is going to be a flood of US medical graduates that are going to compete for a limited number of residency spots. Also, don't forget the DOs!! The competition is going to be fierce. You are taking a huge risk! I wouldn't do it. I was in the same situation as you, but decided to retake the MCAT and apply to DO schools.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShawnJaan View Post
    Hey everyone, I have been accepted at UMHS EBS Winter 2013 entry. Now I am totally clueless about the life on the island and whatever else goes with it. I have been trying to gather information from forums and teleconferences. But most of the threads are rather negative feedback and obviously the teleconference was all positive (to be expected). But what I really want to know is a true feedback from someone who has had the experience living on the island and the preparation for the USMLs. Any insight is appreciated.
    Hey, I am currently a clinical student (a Med6 if you will) and
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    Quote Originally Posted by ShawnJaan View Post
    Hey everyone, I have been accepted at UMHS EBS Winter 2013 entry. Now I am totally clueless about the life on the island and whatever else goes with it. I have been trying to gather information from forums and teleconferences. But most of the threads are rather negative feedback and obviously the teleconference was all positive (to be expected). But what I really want to know is a true feedback from someone who has had the experience living on the island and the preparation for the USMLs. Any insight is appreciated.
    Hey, I am currently a clinical student (a Med6 if you will) and have been with UMHS from day one. I've been down on the island, made it through 4 semesters of basic sciences (without failing a single class), passed (did well) on Step 1 and now in clinical rotations. I can honestly say, the knowledge that I have, was presented and taught to me by the school. I can truly say that UMHS is a good school and it will get you where you want to go. The professors are good and will present everything to you and teach you, however, it is your job to put in the work to learn the material and master it. The facilities are good, the cadaver lab, the library, the classrooms, all are very conducive for learning. The classmates are great and are always willing to help each other. After being on the island for awhile, you start to become kind of a close knit family. The professors are great and they are always there to help you and make sure you understand the material. You can visit them in their office anytime and they are always glad to help. Are there good profs? Yes. Are there bad profs? Yes. Are there things that are good? Yes. Are there things that are bad? Yes. Tell me which school in the entire world that doesn't have this. In the end, its what you make of it. Are you going to be positive about the situation and fight through anything that life throws at you? Or are you going to be negative and find any reason to hate the process of going to a caribbean med school. Like you, before I started medical school (which feels like forever ago) I came to this forum and read what other people have said. I too was shocked at the negative comments that were written. But then I thought to myself, why then are there students who are perfectly content with the school? If they can be happy and make it work, why can't I? My advice to you, is take what you see on here with a grain of salt. There's always two sides to a story, what they said that happen, and what actually happened. Like I said, there are ups and down about the school, but which school doesn't have bad things. In the end, if you're there and you understand that your goal is to become a physician, then you won't let anything stop you. During my time in St. Kitts, I learned a lot of medicine and met some great people while I was at it. And its not just me, a lot of my classmates excelled and had a great time on the island too. Sure, if you ask anyone, we didn't like the island all that much, but we knew why we were there, and that was to get an education (and also have fun on the side too). But my classmates and I, have all done really well on the step. The last I checked, I believed the average was around a 228 with many students scoring above 240s, 250s, and even 260! If you work hard, this school will be for you. If you are the type that expects everything to be given to them, and spoon fed everything, well then it may not be for you. However, I believe that UMHS is one of the best medical schools in the caribbean, our profs and our facilities are awesome. Many students have transfered into our school and have said that ours is better than the previous one we were at (and no, they did not transfer over because they failed, they did it because they were unhappy with the previous institution). If I had to pick one thing that's bad about the school, its the loan situation. The school does not have Title IV funding, unlike the big 3. However, there are ways to make ends meet, difficult, but there are ways, and going back to what I said, if you want it bad enough, you will make it work. Good luck with your decision. If you have any questions, feel free to shoot them over. Good luck!

    P.S. A lot of the bad things that are said about the school, typically aren't from people who are doing well. Now I'm not saying that none of the people who are doing well never respond. But if we're doing well, we typically rarely have things to complain about. Usually working hard is better than writing and complaining on valuemd. Like I said, take everything with a grain of salt.
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