Originally Posted by optsuker
A good individual will pass the boards no matter where they attend, but not all schools will prepare you equally to take them, and that's where the stats don't lie.
Defenders are quick to glaze over the school's poor performance and low admission standards, but the fact remains that a large number of IAUPR students could not get in anywhere else.
I'd never advise anyone to choose that type of program if they were accepted somewhere else.
Okay, this thread was meant to be informative on the school and PR. I agree with both cjensen and optsuker on different regards. Yes I do believe Spanish does give you an edge up, and that this school is no different than any other, permitting you pass the boards.
However, it is on the individual to get there and pass them. You are not babied here (or anywhere else i would imagine), so it is truly on the student on how you prepare for boards. All the material is presented and KMK comes down to do their courses...etc.etc. Also, our professors all are ODs, MDs, PhDs that are very intelligent, have done residencies in the states..etc...so I do not buy the notion that the school does not prepare us.
As mentioned earlier, most students coming to PR in the 80s and early 90s were a majority puerto rican natives. So board scores have been low as those that wanted to stay behind in PR did not require boards to practice here. As of lately, board scores will go up, accreditation is intact, and applicant pool will become more competitive.
Students come here for many reasons, which yes, includes being their plan B option. However, we have students who made this their first and only choice, wanted to come here due to their PR/hispanic background, wanted a high pathology clinic...etc.
Again, I am open to questions and informative discussion.