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Survey Name Medical University of the Americas Nevis Created Date 01-08-2006
Survey Description - Updated Date -
Category Medical Schools Interviews Last Answer 05-31-2009
Location St. Kitts/Nevis Your Result Never take, Click here to take
Answers 19 Overall Summary Click here to view
Result Information
12 of 12 people found the following overall summary result helpful.



Overall Summary
1. What do you like best about your school?
Overall Summary
  • -one of the lowest tuition -pretty nice (but underdeveloped) island -decent rotations -good preclinical teaching
  • tuition price
  • affordability, good professors, 3 semesters/year allow students to finish basic sciences work in timely fashion, no MCAT required, nice climate
  • almost everything
  • Relatively smaller class size compared to other schools Located on a quaint island that is not largely affected by the tourism industry" - relatively quiet
  • Some of the professors are excellent
  • The school is focused on building excellence in physicians and professionalism
  • There is emphasis on learning the material and not just passing people who haven't learned the material. High expectations placed on students to know the materal which prepaires students well to practice medicine.
  • The Current Dean is excellent and will not let up until this school is where it needs to be.
  • Small class sizes with personal attention
  • everything

2. Atmosphere
Overall Summary
  • Competitive: 31.6%
  • Cooperative: 68.4%

3. Atmosphere
Overall Summary
  • Poor: 5.3%
  • Fair: 21.1%
  • Average: 36.8%
  • Above Average: 26.3%
  • Excellent: 10.5%

4. Geography
Overall Summary
  • Poor: 10.5%
  • Fair: 0%
  • Average: 0%
  • Above Average: 31.6%
  • Excellent: 57.9%
  • Poor: 5.3%
  • Fair: 15.8%
  • Average: 26.3%
  • Above Average: 31.6%
  • Excellent: 21.1%

5. Supportive Environment for:
Overall Summary
  • Poor: 5.9%
  • Fair: 5.9%
  • Average: 11.8%
  • Above Average: 35.3%
  • Excellent: 41.2%
  • Poor: 6.7%
  • Fair: 13.3%
  • Average: 13.3%
  • Above Average: 40%
  • Excellent: 26.7%
  • Poor: 20%
  • Fair: 26.7%
  • Average: 33.3%
  • Above Average: 6.7%
  • Excellent: 13.3%
  • Poor: 43.8%
  • Fair: 18.8%
  • Average: 25%
  • Above Average: 6.3%
  • Excellent: 6.3%
  • Poor: 0%
  • Fair: 11.8%
  • Average: 17.6%
  • Above Average: 29.4%
  • Excellent: 41.2%

6. Academics (Years 1 & 2):
Overall Summary
  • Poor: 5.3%
  • Fair: 5.3%
  • Average: 21.1%
  • Above Average: 31.6%
  • Excellent: 36.8%
  • Poor: 0%
  • Fair: 10.5%
  • Average: 26.3%
  • Above Average: 36.8%
  • Excellent: 26.3%
  • Poor: 0%
  • Fair: 5.3%
  • Average: 26.3%
  • Above Average: 42.1%
  • Excellent: 26.3%
  • Poor: 42.1%
  • Fair: 21.1%
  • Average: 15.8%
  • Above Average: 5.3%
  • Excellent: 15.8%

7. Academics (Years 3 & 4):
Overall Summary
  • Poor: 0%
  • Fair: 22.2%
  • Average: 22.2%
  • Above Average: 33.3%
  • Excellent: 22.2%
  • Poor: 0%
  • Fair: 33.3%
  • Average: 22.2%
  • Above Average: 22.2%
  • Excellent: 22.2%
  • Poor: 0%
  • Fair: 33.3%
  • Average: 22.2%
  • Above Average: 11.1%
  • Excellent: 33.3%

8. Facilities
Overall Summary
  • Poor: 10.5%
  • Fair: 21.1%
  • Average: 26.3%
  • Above Average: 31.6%
  • Excellent: 10.5%
  • Poor: 15.8%
  • Fair: 21.1%
  • Average: 26.3%
  • Above Average: 21.1%
  • Excellent: 15.8%
  • Poor: 21.1%
  • Fair: 26.3%
  • Average: 15.8%
  • Above Average: 21.1%
  • Excellent: 15.8%

9. Administration
Overall Summary
  • Poor: 21.1%
  • Fair: 10.5%
  • Average: 10.5%
  • Above Average: 21.1%
  • Excellent: 36.8%
  • Poor: 31.6%
  • Fair: 5.3%
  • Average: 31.6%
  • Above Average: 31.6%
  • Excellent: 0%
  • Poor: 0%
  • Fair: 15.8%
  • Average: 31.6%
  • Above Average: 31.6%
  • Excellent: 21.1%
  • Poor: 26.3%
  • Fair: 21.1%
  • Average: 21.1%
  • Above Average: 21.1%
  • Excellent: 10.5%

10. Opportunities
Overall Summary
  • Poor: 52.9%
  • Fair: 11.8%
  • Average: 23.5%
  • Above Average: 11.8%
  • Excellent: 0%
  • Poor: 23.5%
  • Fair: 29.4%
  • Average: 11.8%
  • Above Average: 17.6%
  • Excellent: 17.6%
  • Poor: 13.3%
  • Fair: 26.7%
  • Average: 33.3%
  • Above Average: 26.7%
  • Excellent: 0%

11. Overall satisfaction
Overall Summary
  • Poor: 5.6%
  • Fair: 27.8%
  • Average: 16.7%
  • Above Average: 27.8%
  • Excellent: 22.2%

12. What do you like least about your school?
Overall Summary
  • -no input into aspects of running school -tution going up -cant get stafford loans -not yet approved in ny or cali or texas
  • teachers who feel that their particular class is the most important and teach from a scientific perspective instead of a clinical one, which would better prepare us for Step 1 and our future clinical practice.
  • Many of the students act like immature animals: they throw cigarette butts and trash everywhere, smoke in groups at entrances to buildings, drive like maniacs, act sleazy at school-sponsored parties, leave doors wide open to air-conditioned buildings, are noisy in dorm areas, are rude to fellow students, push and shove through doorways and show general disrespect for self and others. There is a definite lack of maturity and professional character in many students (but not all). Also, all of the needed services on this island are on the other side (25 minutes away), including grocery stores, banks, utility companies, etc. It makes it very difficult to even get milk and bread for students without cars. The cafeteria should offer at least these items for a charge and the school should provide some kind of transportation to town on some type of schedule, even if minimal. Many locals seem to resent students although we subsidize about 40% of the local economy. Some locals are friendly and cooperative though. No ATM on campus and the ones that are available in other areas sometimes short-change you (scary feeling and another struggle). With the class sizes being created by administration, there are now at least 12 students assigned to one cadaver in Med 1 Anatomy (too many for effective learning).
  • no staford/leap loans
  • Administration is not as supportive of their students
  • Feels like students don't have many rights in the island. First year students have to share One cadaver per 17 students, you only get your hands on the part you get to dissect.
  • Staffs are horrible...,
  • the hands on approach of the professors and the dean. the new direction the school is taking to improve the foundation of the basic science education
  • Some professors are hard to understand and others don't teach us what we need to know for Step 1.
  • lack of recreational activity and no 24 food or coffee shop or library. Very neccessary for med students!
  • food

13. Please share any other thoughts you may have about your school.
Overall Summary
  • Its a decent place to go to but you are limiting yourself by not going to a US school or even St. George or Ross because it harder to get a decent residency later. I don't suggest you come here if you had difficulty passing college classes, in fact if your average in college was less than 2.8-3.0 and you just graduated - dont go you'll probably fail or drop out. However if you are a mature student (late 20's - 50's) definetely go these are some of the best and most devoted students. Also dont expect much help matching (into a residency), but clinicals are decent.
  • with just a few improvements mainly getting all the teachers on the same playing field, their goal should be to help their students ace their steps and excel in their future work, not become scientists or laboratory pathologists. also take more initiative in getting the students acclimated in this very new environment - finding affordable housing, there is no excuse that there are students paying $1550 US dollars for a 3 bedroom apartment and locals with bigger places, bigger yards are paying $1400 EC
  • Don't understand the category: "underrepresented ethnic minorities"? What IS a minority here when most students are of color and originate from the Middle East or India? Clearly, whites have to be the "minority" here and are "underrepresented", by definition! This category should be defined. Administration is aware that cheating is rampant here (for example, students who have illegally obtained recent tests and those who copy off of others' test sheets) but instead of addressing it with the students involved, they overlook it with the simple response that they "don't know what to do" about it. However, they have implemented a random drug testing policy that essentially allows them to invade non-clinical students' and faculties' privacy. It seems that cheating on tests would be a more pressing issue...? The island is depressing unless you are already from a third world country. The workers in the library, cafeteria and housekeeping are rude and inconsiderate to the students' needs. For instance, if a classroom is being cleaned, class is postponed or delayed until the worker is done! Obviously, the workers don't realize or haven't been informed that they work FOR the students and staff! Most things pertaining to the local culture don't make good sense at all. If you come here, try to prepare yourself for continual frustration (at least it's temporary)! Despite all of this, MUA is a vehicle by which one can attain the goal of becoming a doctor and there are some excellent, highly-qualified professors here who are dedicated in assisting students in achieving that goal...
  • one of the best growing caribbean schools
  • Academically challenging Students are very supportive of each other. Great profs.
  • The campus is very nice and looks like it will become larger. Teching tools in each classroom is still second rate but good enough if you put enough effort. The crime that occurs on campus and off campus (robbery at gun point, sexual harrasment, etc) is not reported because the island administration wants to keep tourists coming in.
  • a good alternative to SGU or SABA
  • This school is up and coming. I definately think it will gain all the state approvals and will prepare you quite well for Step 1.
  • I think i've been adequately prepared. Took the comprehensive shelf During the semester and recieved over US average, after studying for step plan on acing it. MUA prepared me well!!!
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