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    medstudent128 is offline Newbie 510 points
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    UMHS Webinar 2015

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    Withdrew from SGU after completing a year for countless reasons and am currently interested in attending UMHS. Only downside is that UMHS does not have title IV approval, NY/FL and Cali medical board approval (yet) nor do they have a variety of really good rotation sites (limited)! But even though UMHS is a new school, they have evolved fairly quickly compared to the other older caribbean medschools (Saint James, St. Martinus University, St. Matthews, Windsor, etc) Not to mention, the names behind UMHS are not new. As you may already know, the Ross family operates it and from my personal experiences with them (which date back to undergrad), they are nothing like the money-machines that SGU, SABA, and many of the other "top carib schools" have become...

    What really drew me to UMHS (instead of AUA & MUA) is that as of Jan. 2014, they have a 100% first-time USMLE Pass rate and an excellent retention rate (only 3% attrition rate), great preparation for USMLE in fifth semester (Kaplan Medical) and many other reasons which I honestly could write a book on.

    Anyway, I found the UMHS Webinar to be very helpful. Here are several answers to some of my questions! Loved the faculty at this school, I must say, super friendly, warm, and welcoming!


    1. Could you give me an idea of when UMHS will have New York/Florida and California state approval?
    President Ross anticipates Florida in by early 2016 and NY and CA around the first of 2017 (if not earlier!!)

    2. What is the latest residency match rate?
    We will have the latest results within the next 2 weeks when the residency choices are made public

    3. What is the avg. USMLE score
    As of Jan 2014, the avg. score on USMLE is a 220


    4. Does UMHS provide any sort of preparation for Step 2 CS & CK?
    The CK and CS prep course is a the expense of the student if they choose it or to do self study

    5. Are the NBME shelf exams given as final exams for every class or few of them?
    I believe they are for every class

    6. What exactly is the student class size?
    Maximum class size=150 students

    7. What is the Early Detection Program?

    The EDP monitors every students grade on every exam. So if a student is performing poorly, the professor of that course will contact the student and help them! One of the many positive qualities about UMHS, where students don't have to reach out to profs, because the profs reach out to the students!

    8. Does UMHS use mediasite or some sort of lecture recording device?

    No, all the powerpoints, handouts, and reviews are put on a server for you to access any time. Students record audio directly to the powerpoint during lectures to listen to later if needed. If one of us missed a class another classmate usually shared their recorded powerpoint and notes.

    9. What's the lecture schedule like?

    Most days were about 8am to 4pm. Some days started a little later, others got done a little earlier, just depends on which semester you're in. I remember med 1 being the most rigorous because we had anatomy lab 3 days a week that kept us to 4-4:30. The days we would get out earlier there was always something going on to keep us later, open anatomy lab or review sessions, but they weren't mandatory.
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    nearlythereMD is offline Junior Member 512 points
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    In response to your question #4, UMHS students are given some discount on the Kaplan CS/CK preparation course since we take the Kaplan course during the Maine semester.

    In response to your question #5, the NBME shelf exams given at UMHS run on a cycle, so not every course takes an NBME each semester. Some professor exams are more difficult than the shelf exams, which is fine because medicine is about answering and thinking about difficult questions. It's nothing something to worry about, that's for sure. The professors teach really well for their exams and shelf exams.

    UMHS is definitely an up and coming school, and I know we are currently in the process of adding additional clinical rotation sites in the north and east coast, so again - not something to be overly concerned with at this point. Good luck if you chose to come to UMHS!

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    oh wow thank you for clarifying all that! Yes, I have no doubt UMHS will be making further progress as time goes on, they have already proven they are well capable of that.

    Do you know if the Sallie Mae loan covers living expenses in the form of a refund check? What is the requirement to be approved for Sallie Mae loans? mainly worried about financing my education at UMHS if accepted, since there are no federal loans yet!

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    Yeah, title IV funding seems more than a couple of years away. It is my understanding, the Sallie Mae loan is dependent on your credit, or the credit score of your co-signer. I know many students that had to use a co-signer, and even then it varies on factors of that person as well (such as their assets).

    If you are able to obtain it, though, it covers all aspects of your education, and you don't need the maximum amount to cover your semester (including housing etc.) but you'll have to decide based on your housing selection and stuff.

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    nearlythereMD your blog is incredible! so helpful! thank youu (:

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