irishking33

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A friend of mine is almost done with his second year at International American University (IAU), which is located on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia. He is about to start rotations in Chicago in less than a month from now. But I had never even heard of this medical school until I found out he went there having dropped out of undergrad after his sophomore year. He also never took the MCAT, and just went straight to the Caribbean without an undergraduate degree.

I was just reading about the school on Wikipedia and read that it is a non-accredited for-profit medical school. Yes I know, it's Wikipedia, so the article might not be 100% accurate, but I've yet to hear of a single graduate from there who came to practice medicine in the United States. I've also read that it's located in a shopping mall, that the entire class size is 15-20 students, and that St. Lucia has a first-time Step 1 pass rate of 19%.

Since the school is apparently not accredited, I have to ask, do any of you know of any students who went to IAU and matched in a residency in the United States? I'm not here to bash the Caribbean or any school in particular, I just want to know if it actually matches people in the U.S. given the many red flags that it has.
 

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While I do not personally know anyone from this school, their match list can be found here http://iau.edu.lc/match-list/ .
Not a vast nor impressive list, especially if that is all of their matches...ever.
 

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If he doesn't have a BS/BA either that may be a red flag for residency not to mention a small Caribbean school with a tough match list......who knows he may get lucky
 

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From their residency appointments page...

Diagnostic Radiology 1
Family Medicine 22
Family Medicine, Internal Medicine 1
Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Psychiatry 2
Internal Medicine 13
Internal Medicine, Psychiatry 1
Neurology 1
Pathology 2
Pediatrics 2
Psychiatry 7
Surgery 2
Transitional Year 1
Grand Total 55

Again, the bulk go into FP, IM, and Psych. So, about par for the course. I would also want to know if this is for just this year, or for all their graduates ever.

http://forums.studentdoctor.net/threads/tracking-the-track-record.1105677/

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From their residency appointments page...

Diagnostic Radiology 1
Family Medicine 22
Family Medicine, Internal Medicine 1
Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Psychiatry 2
Internal Medicine 13
Internal Medicine, Psychiatry 1
Neurology 1
Pathology 2
Pediatrics 2
Psychiatry 7
Surgery 2
Transitional Year 1
Grand Total 55

Again, the bulk go into FP, IM, and Psych. So, about par for the course. I would also want to know if this is for just this year, or for all their graduates ever.

http://forums.studentdoctor.net/threads/tracking-the-track-record.1105677/

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I honestly have a feeling that those are for all of their graduates ever, not just from one specific year. No specific year is pointed out on the page, or for any of the specialties individually. It's a relatively new school (started in 2007, I believe) but still, that's a really small match list.
 

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It looks like they were chartered in 2004, accepted their first class in 2006, and probably started graduating students in 2010-ish range. Doing some research, it appears that they initially offered (and the abandoned) a "unique 6-year program" and have now modeled their education curriculum after Ross, AUC, SGU, etc.

Probably the list is all of their U.S. residency placements. Not sure how many actual graduate degrees they have conferred. That difference is important.

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Has anyone ever matched? Yes.
https://jamaicahospital.org/education/residency-program-family-medicine/residents-2/
http://medicine.missouri.edu/emergency/current-residents.html
http://grantfamilymedicine.com/class-of-2018/

I believe the first link has e-mail address associated with the residents. You can contact them that way.
Hope that helps!
What's also interesting is that you provide an example of a a graduate and current resident who is in an Emergency Medicine residency in Missouri. They don't list any Emergency Medicine placements in their graduation list. This may be a residency switch, which can occur.

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