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    Hello everyone,

    I have been accepted into XUSOM and a few other medical schools in the Caribbean which made it hard for me to choose the right school for myself.
    If there are any students currently attending XUSOM, please let me know. I'd like to learn about your experiences etc.

    My main focus are the clinical rotations and I have seen that XUSOM has some pretty good affiliations with some of the hospitals in the US. However, I've also heard that the website hasn't been updated lately and that not all hospitals listed on the website are affiliated with XUSOM.
    Can someone please confirm this?

    Which hospitals is XUSOM affiliated with?
    Where are students currently doing their clinical rotations at?

    Any help in providing me info about the school is greatly appreciated

    Thanks in advance

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    Quote Originally Posted by uni View Post
    Hello everyone,

    I have been accepted into XUSOM and a few other medical schools in the Caribbean which made it hard for me to choose the right school for myself.
    If there are any students currently attending XUSOM, please let me know. I'd like to learn about your experiences etc.

    My main focus are the clinical rotations and I have seen that XUSOM has some pretty good affiliations with some of the hospitals in the US. However, I've also heard that the website hasn't been updated lately and that not all hospitals listed on the website are affiliated with XUSOM.
    Can someone please confirm this?

    Which hospitals is XUSOM affiliated with?
    Where are students currently doing their clinical rotations at?

    Any help in providing me info about the school is greatly appreciated

    Thanks in advance
    Hi Uni, the only things I can say with certainty is that the only accurate list is the one that the students tell you they've gone to/are currently in...and didn't set up themselves through a family contact. Unfortunately, even in the registry of available proctors(attending physicians) to rotate under, a strong minority of them are people who agreed to do one-off rotations as a favor to a student's parental colleague.

    Also, and this is the most important point that nobody ever asks, call your state's licensing board to find out the requirements to gain licensure. Some states will not recognize this school because it is not on their "accepted" list. Others will review your file because it is not on their "banned" list. And lastly, and most importantly, some states look at the certifications of the rotations, IE, is your core rotation at a hospital that has an MD residency (NOT D.O.) in that specialty. These are automatic filters set up for residency programs to dismiss applicants if you do not meet the proper criteria. (Its a shame, but this is a professional world of dismissal now...not of individual exceptionalism.)

    You want to know the simple truths of all of this? Call a couple of these listed hospitals. Ask the core departments (Family Medicine, Internal, Surgery, Ob/Gyn, Peds, and Psych) if they accept Xavier med students first, and if they have residency spots second. (This really will only take a few minutes if you have a seperate internet connection.) If you want to help the next person with the same question, PLEASE post what you find out!!!


    This school is undergoing growing pains in a time of academic-professional contracture (even the bigger off-shore schools are feeling the squeeze that the american schools are inflicting on clinical placement and residency).

    You may want to look hard and long at your loans while you're at it. FAFSA and Dept of Ed. recognition is a big deal.

    And no matter what school you are accepted to, or are willing to go to, don't trust what they say...VERIFY EVERYTHING.


    You're about to invest 4 years, $100K+, and your primary shot at a straight forward professional trajectory on the verification you do on all these schools before signing on the dotted line and buying that plane ticket.

    I'm trying to provide all the wisdom I wish someone had told me before starting this journey. Had I known, I would have waited the semester and started at my state school. Carib schools are not nearly as rosey as the marketers...I mean for-profit administration makes them out to be. Details matter. Caveat Empor.

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    Very good response by abettertomorrow. It is better to do your homework and figure out the facts and then jump in. I have seen several students who started out in the caribbean schools with lot of enthusiasm and dropped out later. Some of those who dropped out are very bright and smart. It is not all that rosy as the marketers present. At the same time it is not all that bad either. I have seen students who came from caribbean schools and have passed STEP exams and doing residency now. Make sure you get all your facts right and weigh your options. You are going to incur lot of debt and if you decide to drop out you do not get any credits that you can use in US schools. Good luck in what ever you decide.

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    Thanks for all your replies.
    Honestly, it gets very frustrating to find information about every med school that I have been accepted too and then there are always the mixed review about every school.
    I was choosing between Spartan and Xavier. But I'm so confused.
    Spartan has produced many physicians currently working in the USA compared to Xavier.
    I know obtaining a residency in the USA does not depend on the school we go to in the Caribbean but it shows that program directors are willing to consider a Spartan/Xavier student into residency positions.
    As of now I am sticking to Xavier because of their comparatively wide range of clinical rotation sites in the USA.
    If anyone else would like to put in their thoughts about XUSOM or about SHSU, I'm open to all honest suggestions
    I just want to invest my money in a school that will ultimately help me become a physician.

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    I think Spartan is the oldest school in caribbean and has excellent track record. Many of the friends I know left Xavier and transferred over to other schools. I can not speak for or against any school, check all the facts and then decide what is the best place to go. Windsor has the lowest tuition fees. Spartan is the oldest school.

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    I'm equally drawn towards SHSU like Xavier.
    Spartan has been disapproved by California Medical Board and I'm not sure if I should worry about this if I have to apply for residency/licensure in Texas.
    Unfortunately, I'm not considering Windsor anymore.
    I'm looking into talking with current students at SHSU but I haven't come across anyone so far.
    Are you currently attending XUSOM?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pnuli1234 View Post
    I think Spartan is the oldest school in caribbean and has excellent track record. Many of the friends I know left Xavier and transferred over to other schools. I can not speak for or against any school, check all the facts and then decide what is the best place to go. Windsor has the lowest tuition fees. Spartan is the oldest school.
    Wrong...wrong...wrong.

    Merely being in existence does not quantify as an 'excellent track record'.
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    Quote Originally Posted by uni View Post
    I'm equally drawn towards SHSU like Xavier.
    Spartan has been disapproved by California Medical Board and I'm not sure if I should worry about this if I have to apply for residency/licensure in Texas.
    Unfortunately, I'm not considering Windsor anymore.
    I'm looking into talking with current students at SHSU but I haven't come across anyone so far.
    Are you currently attending XUSOM?
    You do realize the only schools that can practice in Texas (from the Caribbean) are Ross and SGU? And, that's on a case-by-case basis. Stay far far away from Spartan if you want to practice in Texas. In fact, stay away from Xavier too. Look into schools like AUA, MUA or UMHS if you cannot afford the top 4.

    and lol at whoever thinks Spartan has an "excellent track record". Where do you get this information from? Their admission recruiters?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pnuli1234 View Post
    I think Spartan is the oldest school in caribbean and has excellent track record.
    I am curious to where you get your information about the different schools from. You have commented on how "excellent" Spartan is, how great and upcoming Aureus is, and other very small schools that no one should think about going to at this time.

    Where do you get this information? Do you have hard facts like residency matches, step 1 pass rates, etc?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichS View Post
    I am curious to where you get your information about the different schools from. You have commented on how "excellent" Spartan is, how great and upcoming Aureus is, and other very small schools that no one should think about going to at this time.

    Where do you get this information? Do you have hard facts like residency matches, step 1 pass rates, etc?
    I have personally visited these schools and know several people at these schools. School can prepare and give you opportunity to take exams. It is up to students study hard and get ahead. I know these schools create an environment that is friendly to students to feel comfortable and focus on the studies.

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