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    Corruption at Xavier University School of Medicine, Aruba

    We are writing this post as a warning to all students that are considering to attend Xavier University School of Medicine, Aruba (XUSOM). We are currently MD 5 students and we regret ever applying to this “institution of higher learning.”

    We are sure that there are problems at other Caribbean med schools, but we cannot personally attest to that. Although, we have witnessed firsthand how poorly this school is run:


    1. We became MD1 students in the spring of 2013. The school began a new curriculum. The admission’s councilor’s failed to mention this at all while we inquired about this school. Furthermore, in spring 2014 they once again changed the curriculum without notifying any incoming students.


    2. The new “integrated” curriculum has been a failure. Professors fail to comply with systems and teach what they “think is necessary.” For example, our MD 1 semester, every class was studying the gastrointestinal system, but our anatomy professor, Dr. G (also dean of student affairs), decided to teach the head and neck.


    3. We’ve sat through teacher incompetence from the day we started at XUSOM. Teachers failed to provide adequate notes. They requested that students make presentations and subsequently use those notes/presentations to teach future students. Laziness is a key trait among faculty members.


    4. There is a disconnect between the New York office and the Aruba campus. It takes weeks/months to receive messages and replies.


    5. The grading system is subjective. Students will get passed based on how much the professors like them. Fortunately for us, we learned that sucking up goes a long way and have made it all the way to MD 5 without any problems. We mention this because the professors care more about their egos than students’ actual performances.

    6. The 5th semester coordinator was fired in the middle of our term. We didn’t find out from the school. Our fired professor, Dr. D, sent us all personal emails telling us what happened. The school refused to acknowledge that anything was wrong until our class basically protested. We have a few very vocal and opinionated students that helped.

    7. Our new 5th semester coordinator, Dr. N, teaches the pre-med microbiology course. He has been off putting and demeaning to the MD5 class. He has never taken the USMLE Step 1 and insists that XUSOM’s, “way of reviewing” is the best way to pass.

    8. The Dean, Dr. D, refuses to speak with basic science students regarding the 5th semester. When prompted, he simply replies, “We don’t know yet.”

    9. 5th semester is an online Kaplan course. If students do not take the ONLINE course at XUSOM in Aruba, then they automatically fail. There are several online test proctoring services, but the school refuses to use them.

    10. Students are controlled by fear. If anyone criticizes the faculty or administration, then they will automatically lose points in their subjective assessment. Additionally, students are threatened with suspension.

    11. The school charges an NBME examination fee even though the NBME exams are not allowed to be taken at XUSOM. This is because professors took an exam, copied the answers, and provided them to students.

    12. The behavioral science course is possibly the worst taught class out of every at XUSOM. Dr M, has repeatedly and openly flirted with students. It was taught so poorly our semester that when the Dean sat in class, he asked for Dr. M to wrap up his lecture. The dean told the students that they can learn the material on their own at a later time.

    13. Teachers are missing. We cannot even begin to count how many professors have come and gone in our time at XUSOM. There is no stability. The school currently has no physiology professor. The premed math professor teaches the med students epidemiology.

    14. Currently the MD 2 & 3 classes have combines as there aren’t enough faculty members. MD 2 students are forced to learn material for which they have not received the adequate basic prerequisite knowledge (physiology, biochemistry, & anatomy) The small school, intimate feel that XUSOM prides itself on is a lie. XUSOM doesn’t have a low faculty to student ratio.

    15. The integrated curriculum has been a failure. Our class was not properly taught biochemistry, physiology, nor histology. In fact, 4 of our professors were fired or quit. As a result of not properly learning these building block courses, we as a class have not properly learned microbiology, immunology, pathology, and pharmacology.

    16. The school itself is in shambles. The anatomy lab is kept at room temperature. As a result the various body parts stores are rotting.

    17. The roof leaks whenever it rains and the corridors become flooded.

    18. The library can only be used on weekdays from 5-9 pm because the school wants to save money on air conditioning. Security forces students to leave or move to a classroom.

    19. Administration and faculty care more about making money than seeing the school progress. They are not approachable or helpful. They make us run around in circles to get answers and this is simply so that they can cover their tracks.

    20. In our time here, we have not heard from a single student to move on from Basic Sciences and be in clinical rotations. We are not sure who to trust or believe.

    We hope you reconsider when applying to Xavier. There are many better options. Saying this may hurt our class and current students in basic science because we are sure that the faulty and administration will somehow try to spin this, but we feel that it is important to let people know what really goes on at XUSOM.

    Sincerely,

    A few brave MD 5’s
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    You haven't heard anything else from MD5's because of the repercussions from this post including intimidation and personal threats. We also know that our computers are potentially "bugged". Most of us are content to hide behind a scape goat who we ALL KNOW did NOT write it. It is basically all true. As for the integrated curriculum, I found that I was unable to transfer the credits before completion of basic sciences. They have us locked in unless you want to start all over again. and still, as a few have already added. Our futures are in our own hands.

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    Hi I am just reading about this and have already applied and been accepted for sept 2016 semester. What do I do now?
    Is there still no change since you posted this?

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    I don't know of any Caribbean school that is able to do a good job of teaching “integrated” curriculum. Those schools employ faculty from countries where such a method is not widely used and the school officials lack the expertise to devise such curriculum. This type of teaching requires a lot of expertise and dedication that are not present in the off shore schools. So you should not be disappointed because you get what you pay for when opt for the Caribbean.

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    you should avoid this school like the zika virus

    it does not have the staff to teach medicine by integrated curriculum
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    Quote Originally Posted by aimu observer View Post
    Shae
    you should avoid this school like the zika virus

    it does not have the staff to teach medicine by integrated curriculum

    Thank you for your advice. Luckily, I was accepted into the school of my choice so I will not be going to this uni. Although, I would not say that is it a bad school as I have not had first-hand experience myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aimu observer View Post
    Shae
    you should avoid this school like the zika virus

    it does not have the staff to teach medicine by integrated curriculum
    Old post, but the fact that your username is "aimu observer" just goes to show how uneducated you really are. Your username is the short form for American International Medical University observer. Also the medical school AIMU is not accredited by CAAM-HP or ACCM and is considered a "diploma mill" as of the 2023 ECFMG requirements.

    XUSOM holds Dual-Accreditation and although I can't speak on behalf of their integrated program, OP sounds like a he/she never had what it took for medical school in the first place and just like so many unprepared fools they failed out of medical school and came to rant on a forum.....nothing new there. Anyways, XUSOM is an appropriately accredited medical school and AIMU is considered a diploma mill.

    You should change your username there bud, lol.

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    Yep, I've went there for a semester and it was almost all true by the end of the semester. Some stuff was an exaggeration but the majority is what made me leave. God speed to anyone who willingly puts themselves through that torture.
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    what school did you transfer to? alot of the island schools are not accredited, only Xavier and IAU are legit.

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    I agree. I went there too and almost died.

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