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    blackberrydoc is offline Newbie 510 points
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    SHSU or Xavier?

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    Hi everyone,
    I've been stuck in a pickle about this decision between going to SHSU or Xavier. Now before anyone says either is crap, I'm a transfer student coming from an MBBS degree, so my degree is meant to be 5 years with no premed. I needed to go back to the US, so I'm making this transfer and only few schools accept it. Now here's where my problem comes in.
    I'm currently in my third year, I've finished my basic sciences and have taken the course for behavioral science, BUT it has not be actually tested on because that test is taken next year and I'm leaving in September. So, that kind of screws up my transcripts. Now here are my two offers from these two universities, and mind you that the university I've come from does not focus on USMLE prep nor do we have any USMLE style questions either.

    Spartan:
    Spartan offered me 4th trimester. This means I go in and take behavioral as well as theory for the clinical courses, such as Surgery, Pediatrics, and OB/GYN. And the following 5th trimester for review, then USMLE then clinical rotations (which seem to be in really good hospitals in the US).

    Xavier:
    Xavier offered me 5th trimester in NYC. Their 5th is Kaplan USMLE prep and introduction to clinicals. Then USMLE then clinical rotations, which from what I see, are in hospitals which are NOT as good as Spartan. (plus it doesn't seem to be NY approved or FL approved. The option of FL is really nice to have seeing as how I grew up there and have family and friends there).

    So which would you chose? Spend an extra trimester to get my transcripts sorted out so I won't have an issue when the residency programs ask? Does Xavier even offer theory for clinical rotations, or do they offer it and I'll be missing out? Which university is just better overall? Also, if I attend Spartan, I'll be taking a Falcon review course for USMLE before I start (even though its like 6 months before my actually USMLE) just to review and start preparing for it, because my current university doesn't focus on USMLE. So, what do you think?
    Thank you to everyone in advance.

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    I wont be much help because I haven't even started med school yet, but I had to look up Spartan med school. Not saying it's a bad thing that I hadn't heard about them, but there are so many med schools in the Caribbean its hard to keep track of them all.

    I do see that Spartan is cheaper than Xavier.

    The good thing about xavier's offer though is that you go straight to New York for the fifth semester, you won't have to even go to the Caribbean like you would with Spartan. But Spartan being older does have ny and fl approval for rotations, and I'm not sure what the timeline for xavier is on ny/fl approval.

    Honestly most Caribbean schools after the big 4 even out, they all have good and bad points but are about the same. I would personally recommend xavier just because you wont even have to go to the caribbean and can go straight to new york.

    Have you checked with Ross, st George, Saba, and auc? They have approval in all states..

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    I checked, they pretty much rejected me. The only thing I'm worried about is the having holes in my transcripts and if Xavier offers theory for the clinical rotations. The only real reason I'm unsure that they do is because a lot of the hospitals they have clinical rotations in are not teaching hospitals...thanks for your reply. The only reason I'm considering Xavier is because it goes straight to NY.

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    I think you better check a little closer on the comment that most the hopitals they offer the rotations in are not teaching hospitals. Well I know for a fact that the saginaw michigan location is a teaching hospital, it is who Michigan University and Michigan State do several or part of there rotation at and also chicago and atlanta are teaching hospitals and all green book, so maybe you better do some better checking.

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    where did u go to check to see if the hospitals that Xavier is affiliated with aren't teaching hospitals? you might want to recheck..how about you call their clinical rotations dept in new york and find that out..im currently attending Xavier but im only in MD2. Ive heard from Dr.** that they have added more spots for rotations and they are at teaching hospitals. I also know a few students from xavier that are currently doing their rotations in a few different places that are teaching hospitals.. you might want to re-check your sources or information

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