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    UMHS vs. Xavier?

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    Hello people

    Okay so here's the thang! I currently study a 6 year MBBS Program in the middle of nowhere here in the Middle East,, and I'm doing my Third year now (By the end of this year, I would have finished my basic sciences).
    By that time, I wanna transfer to a Carib school to do my clinicals in the US.

    So far, I got approvals from both Xaier and UMHS! And for both, I have to do a 5th Semester in the US preparing a Kaplan course for Step 1, and then get into Clinicals afterwards.

    My quetion is: Which one of these two do you recommend? Xavier or UMHS? I know both are not approved by California nor NYS (So you cant do more than 12 weeks in NY and that sux), but I have heard that UMHS is working on it and is about to get it. How true is that?

    Please note that my current university is accredited by the WHO, FAIMER and the IMED. My basics are kinda solid as well. But as for clinicals, they are not that qualified around here to my experience. That's the reason behind going for the US. Or do you recommend that I finish my degree in my current university, and then simply apply for Residency at the US? And I don't think that my current university is of any ''better reputation'' then the Carib schools I have mentioned.

    Thanks

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    Well, Party_animal, my only advice to you in this regard is to "trust but verify." If a school says they are close to something like getting a state's approval, then they must have applied for approval. This is not an overnight exercise- in fact, a multi-year workup to approval. So there is a paper trail. And in the particular instance of state approval, the state's education department (or similar bureaucracy) will be more than happy to verify for you if an application for approval has indeed been submitted, how far along the school is in approval, and (in most instances) when the state's final on-site inspection of the school's campus and administration is scheduled. Don't want to go through that much depth? You could always ask the respective schools for contact information to willing graduates (sort of like a school's references) particularly if they graduated into a residency or are out and practicing. One could take it as a serious red flag if any school can't introduce you to even a single grad through an alumni group. I mean, surely there would have to be at least one success who would be happy to say how they've succeeded with the help of their medical school, right? ...think about that. Then take that into consideration when deciding.

    As one of my mentors always said, "A salesman will smile and welcome you no matter the quality of their bill of goods. Its only what you can do with it that determines its actual value."

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