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Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara

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Survey Name Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara Created Date 12-01-2005
Survey Description - Updated Date 01-08-2006
Category Medical Schools Interviews Last Answer 02-03-2014
Location Mexico Your Result Never take, Click here to take
Answers 14 Overall Summary Click here to view
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7 of 8 people found the following overall summary result helpful.



Overall Summary
1. What do you like best about your school?
Overall Summary
  • - the clinical exposure early on in the carrer - Open to anyone. - I like the fact that beginning our first year, we are required to work in the free clinics with the doctors seeing patients and learning a new language. - The chance to become physician. - The City and learning spanish. - Clinical experience - Patient exposure the first semester; Kaplan Step 1 course in the 4th semester - **I'm a physician that started out in this medical school and eventually had the opportunity to transfer to a fully accredited American Medical School so I believe I have a much better insight than a lot of these critics. What I like best about this medical school is that it offered me the opportunity to become a physician when many of the American Medical Schools rejected me at the time because I had taken time from my medical career to help my family. It is incredible the arrogance and plain ignorance that exists in this profession specially at higher caliber institutions. As a result, medicine in the States has not been able to adapt to the changing times and is loosing the stature in society that it once enjoyed. This school also gives you an incredible opportunity to get a lot of hands on experience that you will never see until you are in your clinical medical years or residency. You can experience medicine as if you were in the front lines and in its purest form without any burocratic interference from insurance companies or other liabilities. When I started residency in surgery I could tie a one and two handed knot with either hand better than even senior residents. I had learned all these skills in my first two years of basic sciences. I would also take advantage of everything that Mexico has to offer. It is a beautiful country with incredible beaches and a beautiful culture. The Aztek ruins are very impressive. It is relatively safe to drive throughout the country as long as you stick to the private highways and avoid driving at night. - patient interaction
  • Early patient approach, focused corriculum for Step 1, Good stydying evironment, clinical rotations.
  • Involvement with patient from day 1
  • The city of Guadalajara
  • great city, provides oportunity to learn spanish and it pushes learning by experience
  • I will come out bilingual and I was able to have hands on patient experience beginning the first semester of school.
  • Location, some professors, lack of US over-regualtion on medicine.
  • I absolutely dislike this school. I've been here for 2 years and I'm transferring. The administration and faculty are very unprofessional and the only thing these people want is your money. Be careful!
  • It's a real city - with all amenities. Cost of living is low (generally) Once you get to the hospitals it's all-you-can-eat; if the doctors trust you they let you learn things you'd be doing in an advanced post-grad back in the US or Canada. Weather is great, most doctors and people here are very welcoming to international students. This school teaches you to be self-reliant and how to survive on your own. As I write this I am drinking a piña colada with a path text to my left. This exemplifies the atmosphere down here.
  • You get a lot of hands on experience in the clinical years and learn a lot.
  • In terms of living, coming here cannot be beat. You have a great city with very nice people living in it. In terms of the school, the first year is a nightmare.
  • 1. Guadalajara is one of the best cities I've lived. 2. Clinicals begin in the first semester and the exposure at the hospitals is not only a great student experience but also a great cultural one. 3. Having the first two years mostly in English and the last two in Spanish. 4. The location.
  • USMLE passing rate

2. Atmosphere
Overall Summary
  • Competitive: 7.7%
  • Cooperative: 92.3%

3. Atmosphere
Overall Summary
  • Poor: 30.8%
  • Fair: 7.7%
  • Average: 23.1%
  • Above Average: 30.8%
  • Excellent: 7.7%

4. Geography
Overall Summary
  • Poor: 0%
  • Fair: 7.1%
  • Average: 28.6%
  • Above Average: 14.3%
  • Excellent: 50%
  • Poor: 0%
  • Fair: 7.7%
  • Average: 0%
  • Above Average: 38.5%
  • Excellent: 53.8%

5. Supportive Environment for:
Overall Summary
  • Poor: 7.1%
  • Fair: 7.1%
  • Average: 35.7%
  • Above Average: 28.6%
  • Excellent: 21.4%
  • Poor: 7.7%
  • Fair: 7.7%
  • Average: 23.1%
  • Above Average: 23.1%
  • Excellent: 38.5%
  • Poor: 38.5%
  • Fair: 23.1%
  • Average: 23.1%
  • Above Average: 7.7%
  • Excellent: 7.7%
  • Poor: 28.6%
  • Fair: 50%
  • Average: 7.1%
  • Above Average: 14.3%
  • Excellent: 0%
  • Poor: 7.1%
  • Fair: 7.1%
  • Average: 21.4%
  • Above Average: 21.4%
  • Excellent: 42.9%

6. Academics (Years 1 & 2):
Overall Summary
  • Poor: 21.4%
  • Fair: 28.6%
  • Average: 28.6%
  • Above Average: 14.3%
  • Excellent: 7.1%
  • Poor: 28.6%
  • Fair: 21.4%
  • Average: 28.6%
  • Above Average: 0%
  • Excellent: 21.4%
  • Poor: 7.1%
  • Fair: 7.1%
  • Average: 42.9%
  • Above Average: 21.4%
  • Excellent: 21.4%
  • Poor: 7.1%
  • Fair: 0%
  • Average: 0%
  • Above Average: 35.7%
  • Excellent: 57.1%

7. Academics (Years 3 & 4):
Overall Summary
  • Poor: 8.3%
  • Fair: 16.7%
  • Average: 25%
  • Above Average: 25%
  • Excellent: 25%
  • Poor: 0%
  • Fair: 0%
  • Average: 25%
  • Above Average: 25%
  • Excellent: 50%
  • Poor: 0%
  • Fair: 0%
  • Average: 25%
  • Above Average: 41.7%
  • Excellent: 33.3%

8. Facilities
Overall Summary
  • Poor: 35.7%
  • Fair: 21.4%
  • Average: 7.1%
  • Above Average: 7.1%
  • Excellent: 28.6%
  • Poor: 42.9%
  • Fair: 21.4%
  • Average: 14.3%
  • Above Average: 0%
  • Excellent: 21.4%
  • Poor: 50%
  • Fair: 14.3%
  • Average: 7.1%
  • Above Average: 7.1%
  • Excellent: 21.4%

9. Administration
Overall Summary
  • Poor: 57.1%
  • Fair: 14.3%
  • Average: 7.1%
  • Above Average: 14.3%
  • Excellent: 7.1%
  • Poor: 35.7%
  • Fair: 21.4%
  • Average: 21.4%
  • Above Average: 7.1%
  • Excellent: 14.3%
  • Poor: 50%
  • Fair: 14.3%
  • Average: 14.3%
  • Above Average: 7.1%
  • Excellent: 14.3%
  • Poor: 64.3%
  • Fair: 14.3%
  • Average: 14.3%
  • Above Average: 0%
  • Excellent: 7.1%

10. Opportunities
Overall Summary
  • Poor: 46.2%
  • Fair: 15.4%
  • Average: 15.4%
  • Above Average: 23.1%
  • Excellent: 0%
  • Poor: 50%
  • Fair: 14.3%
  • Average: 21.4%
  • Above Average: 7.1%
  • Excellent: 7.1%
  • Poor: 14.3%
  • Fair: 0%
  • Average: 7.1%
  • Above Average: 35.7%
  • Excellent: 42.9%

11. Overall satisfaction
Overall Summary
  • Poor: 14.3%
  • Fair: 28.6%
  • Average: 21.4%
  • Above Average: 35.7%
  • Excellent: 0%

12. What do you like least about your school?
Overall Summary
  • - how the administration handles students needs - Poor organization and administration. - We aren't LCME accredited because the administration refuses to limit enrollment. There is a lot of beaurocracy here. - Big-business attitude. - Where does the tuition go? - It's all about money... - the inflexibility of the government (bureaucracy) and the school administration/owners - **It's true that this is a conservative environment but you would be surprised how backwards some residency programs are in the States. Medicine, even in the US, has refused to adapt to the changing times. This is a field plagued with a lot of "old school mentality." - burocracy
  • Not so great facilities, quite amount of administrative paperwork.
  • Library
  • The disrespect given to students
  • some professors do not care about student performance and there isn't a push to make them responsible for student grades
  • Where do I start... The hoops you have to jump through to get things done go well beyond what you would expereince in the US. If I do not always remind myself that I am in Mexico and things are done differently here, I may not have made it through as long as I have.
  • Doctor Maltez - some teachers do not have tests that correspond with the class. His sometimes do not correspond with anything you would expect. No focus! He ruins an otherwise very nice experience at UAG.
  • Professors are very inadequate in preparing you for the USMLE. The school is extremely money hungry. I don't feel like I received the proper education for the tuition I payed.
  • First two years are a nightmare of terrible education and student service which must be fought through. This is a Mexican social problem, and not restricted to the school at all. At most, one teacher per semester out of six or seven is excellent, the rest are poor (Clinical training is different). Community medicine is amazing for the first little while when you get to see patients and work with them, but later on it becomes more of a chore unless you're able to work the system and do an amazing mini-rotation instead.
  • Dealing with the administration and bureaucracy. It's hard to get any rotations in the U.S. so you finish with no U.S. Experience. I dont think the basic science years prepare you adequately for Step 1.
  • WHY THE HELL DO THEY ALLOW HUGHES TO TEACH THERE. He will use scare tactics your first day of class to sell you a hard drive filled with pirated med school material....bootlegging is mexico is legal..sure...but it gives the school a bad look from day 1.
  • 1. The administration's unwillingness to be forthright with the students about everything from loan payments to everyday matters. 2. Lack of student liasons and ability to formally address issues and problems. 3. Lack of English-speaking personnel in places such as finance, Immigration, etc. Miscommunication is one of the worst problems. 4. The Lack of respect of some faculty and staff towards the students. 5. Allowing students to remain in school after repeating 4-5 semesters. 6. OLD EXAMS 7. Unwillingness of the school to push the students to be better academically. 8. Having to make ten copies of everything. 9. Not having ANYTHING digitized or electronic. 10. Lack of use of intranet system for student communication, posting grades, assignments, etc. 11. OLD EXAMS

13. Please share any other thoughts you may have about your school.
Overall Summary
  • - We have many visiting profs from various U.S. med schools, so I feel that in some way we are getting a good education even though it's in Mexico. - I suppose all medical schools are really opportunities for self-motivated individuals to become what they want to be, doctors. This is the major motivation besides becoming bilingual to attend U.A.G. - This is a chance to take the USMLE and to learn a second language. - It gives you what you exactly need to get where you want and to get it done right. - The first time pass rate on the USMLE is what you'd expect for a foreign school, but if you keep up and maintain good grades you won't be behind when it comes time for the Kaplan course, and ultimately, the Boards (IMHO). - **Some evaluations here criticize this institution because they believe that "it's all about money." I don't know if they originally immigrated from Eastern European countries. Or maybe they don't believe in a free economy (or that they live in one) or refuse to admit that one of its major driving forces is money (even though it sounds like a 4 letter word sometimes). The difference is that a lot of the tuition funds a large part of this institution while American Medical Schools have to recieve 50% of their funding from other sources of income such as research or donations in order to remain accredited. In this way they operate independently and oblivious from the scrutiny of the medical students. Mexico is not a wealthy country nor does it pretend to be. This school is mearly doing its best with what it has to survive. I believe it is doing an incredible job at it and even manages to excel many top notch medical schools in the States in some areas (specially in the fields of cardiology and surgery). I definitely believe it is a lot better than any of the caribbean medical schools. Besides, it is what you make out of the medical school (and the cards that you are dealt in life) and not what the medical school makes out of you. If you make full advantages of all that is available at this institution I can tell from personal experience that you will be more than adequately prepared for residency in the states. Who knows, you might be able to transfer to an American Medical School as well. - should be checked with acreditation
  • Great school to study and develop early clinical experience and patient exposure since 1st semester.
  • Need to improve communication with students.
  • Not a perfect school, but offers some things other schools do not. Overall, to those that value the extra it offers, this school is great.
  • Do not come here if you are considering it!
  • This could be easily one of the top medical schools in the world, but as it stands, thanks to the unbearably poor first two years it is merely average. All administrators should be fired and positions filled by individuals who care about students AS WELL AS PROFESSORS. There is no incentive to excel professionally for anyone working at the school, and as a result excellent world-class teachers (most of path and biochem in Jan 2009) are mixed with teachers who are out to bring misery to students. This is not an exaggeration. This med school is for the do-it-yourselfer. Intermediate Spanish (i.e. able to converse) **IS** required before beginning, no matter what the school says- otherwise you're learning medicine AND Spanish at the same time.
  • Overall the School is not bad...and I think students will learn more now that the 5th pathway program is gone. However, I dont think they prepare you enough for the USMLE's although they try. You end up trying to study on your own and trying to find the best method to pass.
  • If you are looking for an education your first two years...dont come here at all. Tests are all about useless details that aren't important. You can read the textbook and brs of a subject at least twice and you still will not do well on an exam since they feel the need to question you on some asinine details you will never need to know; and WERE NEVER IN THE TEXT. Then they will come to you and tell you that the brs is wrong and they are right....
  • The most frustrating thing is UAG has the opportunity to be not only a great school but the best in Mexico. It has the ability to rival schools in the US. It has the money and the students. Changing things at UAG takes an act of God. Even if it is clearly for the best of the students and the school. Hire a dean with some foresight, get rid of the pooh poohty professors and pay those that are worth anything what they deserve. Get rid of the old exams and use USMLE-style questions for all courses. Rebuild the hospital and fill it with patients.