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    shatteredtoast is offline Junior Member 510 points
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    Aureus vs Spartan vs UMHS

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    Hello,

    I have offers from these schools and wanted some advice/input on which one is better to choose. Keep in mind that UMHS have given a probational offer in that I cannot fail a course for first semester and they are known from weeding people out, while the other schools did not. I know that the down side for Spartan is that it is disapproved by California and Aureus does not have clear affiliations with hospitals in the US so they end up having issues with clinicals every semester.

    Thanks!

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    UMHS is far too expensive yet it limits you to residency as schools like Aureus.
    I don't know much about Aureus, but Spartan is slowly gaining ground and is doing something
    right since they got Federal Canadian and OSAP loans. Plus its cheaper than UMHS.

    Why take the risk with UMHS when you are on probation from day one.
    In the end all these schools are the same on paper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drzhivago View Post
    UMHS is far too expensive yet it limits you to residency as schools like Aureus.
    I don't know much about Aureus, but Spartan is slowly gaining ground and is doing something
    right since they got Federal Canadian and OSAP loans. Plus its cheaper than UMHS.

    Why take the risk with UMHS when you are on probation from day one.
    In the end all these schools are the same on paper.
    Our tuition affords use to have a state of the art campus, extensive clinical network and high quality faculty. Keep in mind that a lower cost of tuition equates to less resources to build academic quality.

    I'm not sure what you mean by "limits you to residency" but our students can (and have) gotten residency in most states across the US and Canada, bar California and NY (until we get the state approvals). We are actively seeking these approvals. We have one of the most extensive residency track records for any school less than 10 years old.

    We actually have one of the lower basic science attrition rates out of all the Caribbean schools. We pride ourselves on not trying to "weed students out," rather support students and give them every opportunity to learn from their mistakes and succeed.

    Please speak with an admissions representative if you want to discuss more.
    Built in the tradition of the best US universities, the Hidden Content focuses on individual student attention, maintaining small class sizes and recruiting high-quality faculty. We call this unique approach, “personalized medical education,” and it’s what has led to our unprecedented 96% student retention rate, and outstanding Hidden Content across the US and Canada. UMHS is challenging everything you thought you knew about Caribbean medical schools.

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    What in the name is a probational offer? UMHS either accepts you, or puts you in their ARP program, or rejects you. I have never heard of special offers like yours. If your don't mind, can you share why they might have made such an offer to you?

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    Do NOT go to UMHS. Students that are here stay here because they've already invested too much time and money, but this school is all about cash grabs. They don't charge tuition by credit so that means that even if you have to repeat one course like some students down here are forced to because of the class schedule they will pay 10k for the semester, which is the same a full course load student pays per semester.

    And before anyone says "Don't fail or withdraw from classes", there is one prof who is specifically notorious for holding students back. He teaches genetics and immunology and people in prior semesters got through his classes because he would apply 15 point curves per block exam! Now he says he's not applying any curves despite not teaching in his classes and asking questions that are not relevant to Step 1.

    You won't hear this information through the student ambassador program because those students are paid $18/hr to sell you on the school. Once you get down here it's a whole other story. If the school wants to improve it's reputation it needs to hire professors that care to teach and we need a Dean that actually does something, not someone who is on the island for 5 days out of the semester and just walks around wearing his cowboy hat.

    UMHS Official cannot give you any straight answers on the school because he is not down here. He's in NY.

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    Our tuition affords use to have a state of the art campus, extensive clinical network and high quality faculty. Keep in mind that a lower cost of tuition equates to less resources to build academic quality.

    - Our facilities in the library are anything but state of the art. It takes 30 minutes to first find a computer that works and then to print slides takes another 30 minutes! FAIL!!!

    I'm not sure what you mean by "limits you to residency" but our students can (and have) gotten residency in most states across the US and Canada, bar California and NY (until we get the state approvals). We are actively seeking these approvals. We have one of the most extensive residency track records for any school less than 10 years old.

    - What ever happened to the Georgia accreditation??? Florida???

    We actually have one of the lower basic science attrition rates out of all the Caribbean schools.

    - Well I'm not sure about this statement at all. Some students down here who are forced to take 1 course for the semester - traditionally it has been either physiology or neuroscience still pay the full tuition ~10k. They don't pay tuition by credit.

    It is better to be transparent with students upfront than to deceive them and turn the tables on them once they've invested time and money down here.

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