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    Sanjeet87 is offline Newbie 510 points
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    Major Family issues..Need advice in regards to Windsor Please. Thank you

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    Hey.

    I am enrolled to be coming at windsor SOM this upcoming sept 2009 as MD1. i had already sent in my seat confirmation fee and was prepared to buy plane ticket and pay remainder of tuition. i am currently from lansing, MI.

    however, a huge family fight happened (personal issues) and it ended up in my father leaving my mom and my two younger siblings (sisters) on our own. under the circumstances, i am having to make the biggest decision of my life amist these issues.

    the current situation i face now is whether or not i should enroll at windsor. is it worth it in long run? i find myself in a huge financial bind due to the fact my parents are now separated and the main provider, my dad, has basically cut ties and has left my mom and sisters alone here. since i am only man in house, i find my obligations to stay home and help family run as much as possible.

    if i were to go to windsor, it would be a huge financial struggle for my mom and sisters to survive w/out me....they are willing to do so if and only if windsor pays off in the long run. the question then is: is windsor a viable option for those of us who are on a timeconstraint and or/having issues to the point where financially, everythinig is being planned around the proposed 4 years of medical school? it is going to be hard for me but i need to know is it something legit to the point where i can find work and support my family etc?

    my mom works at a minimum salary job and sisters dont work so they will obviously have to look for jobs and start helping too. i would want to help them too BUT i find it very hard bc i only hold a degree in health and that does not tranlate to anything big in terms of jobs/salaries. i would rather go to windsor and make something of myself to help my family in long run but instead, i am in tough situation. i dont want to be failed and lose money etc..

    please help me out guys with your valued opinions and i would greatly appreciate it.

    thanks valuemd;

    sanjeet

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    Hiphopononomous is offline Senior Member 516 points
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    Nobody can tell you what to do, as this is ultimately up to you and your family. That is a difficult situation to be in, and the decision cannot be taken lightly.

    If you weigh your options there are several things to consider. One, by deferring to a later semester, you can work and save money while contributing to family expenses. On the other hand, the amount of money earned once you graduate would be much greater than the money earned during the deferment. However, school will take 4+ years, plus a residency which could range anywhere from 1 to 6 years. Then you're talking 10 years until you can contribute significantly at a maximum. Thinking this far in advance is probably not the best mode of thought. On the other hand, the job market is pretty tough right now and finding a good paying job with benefits is going to be hard to come by for someone looking for short-time employment.

    I can only offer what I would do in a similar situation. If I were to lose a parent to an accident or health problem, I would probably leave school. But I have a bachelors degree and can more than likely attain a fairly decent paying job. However, the likelihood of coming back to finish my M.D. is pretty slim. I would think its best to start when you know you can finish and not try and complete a few semesters here and there. It will be of greater benefit to work all the way through.

    Ultimately it is you and your families decision. I dont think anyone would fault you either way, because in both instances, you would be doing something to help the family - whether that be in the short-term or long-term. I wish you good luck in your choice.

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    1. Your dad needs to support his children (esp. if they are minors.)
    2. In the mean time, I would look into social support services for your family. Hopefully, once things calm down I would go ahead and go.

    Best of luck! Keep your head up! Their will always be obsticles, deal with them the best you can and keep moving forward!
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    and a good lawyer for your mother...its called alimony and child support...your father may be separated from your mother, but that doesn't absolve him from his responsiblities...
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    Honestly family first...they need you and Windsor will be around when your ready.
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    Fight or no Fight you are still your father's son and he is responsible to pay alimony. I agree with the previous post, however MDin2009 makes a good point that you should support your family right now. Windsor will definitely be around when you will be mentally ready. Right now in the midst of this chaos you should focus on your family.
    For med school your mind should be free of the worries of the family.

    I wish you good luck and wish things work out for you for the best. Do not give up on your dream, Dark clouds don't stay longer. Stay positive!!

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    Blessin in dusguise

    View that development as a blessing in disguise for you, as from my very informed assessment, WINDSOR will be gone with the WIND soon and very soon.

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    Disregard IMGNYs post. I dont know what the angle is trying to tell students that the school is going to close or whatever that post was intended. This poster has multiple posts are various different forums (Ross, Romanian schools) that basically say stay away and basically being a Chicken Little. And the informed assessment from where? ValueMD? Anyone who's on here should know to trust about 5% of what you see on here. The class sizes are growing each semester, and with the declining economy, more are deciding that they can afford Windsor. The angle here is either A) not accepted - which I doubt since just about nobody is, or B) just an instigator trying to stir up trouble. Unless you can prove with documentation that the school is somehow imploding - please refrain from trying to scare students for your own agenda.

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    Well, the US Department of Education following a concern expressed during a presentation at last year's AMA meeting wrote to the Ministry of Education (Accreditation Board), Federation of Saint Kitts & Nevis regarding quality assurance and the many medical schools on the two Islands. The USDE suggested that this may have implications for continued eligibility for Title IV participation as well as for schools planning on applying or being considered. Among other concerns is the number of graduates unable to practice medicine following graduation, and hence problems with loan repayment. Concerns about Saint Kitts accreditation standards were also raised by Senator Susan ******* a few years ago in the Senate. Please contact the US Department for Education to confirm this post, and read the Senate transcripts posted online. Windsor and St. Theresa are believed to be the weakest on the Island, and a threat to the others.
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    The only schools on the island are Ross Vet and UMHS. MUA is on Nevis. Ross Vet has very little to do in this discussion. UMHS is one year old - thus how well could they be evaluated other than it was started by Dr. Ross. St. Theresa's seems to be the main issue, with a lot of falsified information. However, lumping Windsor in with that lot seems a bit premature. If you do as much background research as you have at how bad Windsor is, you will notice that the number of Windsor students granted residencies has steadily climbed, as has the number of those passing the Step 1. MUA also has quite a long list of residents on their website.

    And I would take whatever politicians say or complain about with not just a grain of salt, but a mountain. They do and say things for one reason - self preservation. Its like this little Harvard professor being arrested which distracted the country from healthcare issues. Every student has to pass the same exams that US students have to pass in order to practice. I would also be weary of what the AMA is doing. IMGs are the enemies to this organization, because the misconception is that IMGs take jobs and money away from the priviledged US trained physicians. What will be funny is that if they really crack down and block all these IMGs, then who is going to take care of all these people once healthcare is basically free? Do you honestly believe Harvard M.D.s are going to go work in rural west Texas and do family practice.

    Every week there is another post about how the US is going to shut down caribbean schools and this accreditation or that is being removed / approved. I'll believe it when I see it. Once again - check with the state medical boards about whatever school you decide to go to and see if they will accept your school. If so, then you should be fine. Instituting some widespread closings or changes take time, and most likely would result in huge litigation drawn out for years and years. If you are concerned, then retake courses in the US and try to get into a US school - or quit and figure out something else to do. Arguments for and against each caribbean school can be made - do a search on this forum. So be careful when listening to one person, who doesnt go to any of the schools down here, and go with what you feel is best.
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