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I would like for UNIBE Students to contact me and let me know what are the things I have to expect of the school and the area in Santo Domingo. Pro's and Con's. I need to know b4 I make a desicion.
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I'm not an UNIBE student but I was just curious, what do you know already and what do you want to know, in specific details. I am located in the dominican republic, but I am a student of La UASD. This might not help you but I can try and answer some of your questions.
 

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I need to know what to expect

I would like to know what to expect, expecially from classes. How teachers are, how tests are, is it safe to walk to school, how should I study and prepare for tests. You see, I finished my basic sciences in PR and transferred here. The system in PR is different when it comes to tests. Should I get a bank account here.... t hings like that. I am really very nervous. It is the first time I am away from home without having the commodity of traveling every weekend. I feel really lost and the people that I know, who transferred before I did are very reluctant to help.
I need all the help you can give me. Thank you.
 

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THIS IS COPY AND PASTED! I DID NOT WRITE THIS!


UNIBE (non bias)

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Okay first of all I am not here to big up UNIBE, believe me I have my problems with them. On the other hand I do feel there are some good things about UNIBE, and so as a student from UNIBE, who is studying for his boards and planning on transfering out for clinicals in the US, I feel I can give some justice to the much debated topics.

UNIBE is a full fledged University, with excellent facilities and a great campus. The management and administration is pretty much like any third world country....backwards. Is the school really good, well I wouldn't say that the education standards are great, they do not prepare you for the boards the way schools like ROSS, SMU, and ect....would. In my opinion the students that come to UNIBE can be classified as two types...the do deligent hard workers (and these types will suceed no matter where they are) and the slackers. Is UNIBE a slacker school....hell yes it is. Can you pass the classes with your eyes closed, of course you can. But in reality the succesful students put in thier time and study and read and get ahead. Unibe students are passing thier boards and doing very well..partly because they feel inferior, and therefore put in more effort and time in the USMLE, or because they just are that smart and have worked that hard from the start.

The life...well hands down the life and living standards are the best compared to any offshore medical school. You are pretty much at the beverly hills of the caribeans. You live like a king with the aristocrats of thier society, everything is at your finger tips. You need not worry about anything, and many can agree you can live a better life there than in the US. And things just keep getting better and better there. This of course can be a bad thing with all the beautiful woman, great restaurants, amazing beaches, awesome clubs and pherhaps the best parties you have ever been to. The luxuries are all there, yes it can be very distracting, and can suck you in. But as responsible medical student, you can use the living standards and luxuries to your advantage and get ahead.

Most people that come to visit the country get an unfair image, because they dont get to see the right things....and being new there, PEOPLE WILL TAKE ADVANTAGE OF YOU. It has happend to me, believe me when I tell you it has happend to me in my first semester.

The biggest draw back I find about UNIBE and the biggest reason people transfer out is the fact they do not have clinicals in the states. UNIBE claims to have it, which is partly true, but that is available for only one semester and to the top students. Clinicals in the DR...have thier pluses and minuses aswell. The hands on exp is like no other, and the things you see and are able to do are amazing learning exp. However I like many others would rather do it in the US.

UNIBE can be a valueable tool, if ur the strong headed type that will use it for everything it is worth, and those type of students will get the extra edge and advantage from the administration (many hook ups and connection, again only for the rising stars that will bring a good name to the school). UNIBE can be destructive, because the partiers and slackers can get threw in a breeze ( and in reality they just make money for the school).

Most students I know..have chosen UNIBE because of financial reasons, and also because of the federal loans. Where as other schools only offer private loans which harder to get.

The other students choose UNIBE because they have freinds that have gone there, and see the true "Paradise life". Of which a huge percentage get to live it up, party it up and at the same time get an MD degree and surprisingly pass thier boards with good marks and end up doing very well.

But in reality what is the MD degree when u can not pass your boards...truly it will fish out the morans who dont deserve to be doctors from the real people who can be doctors.

I dont regret the great life I have had UNIBE, and things I have learned, that have made me who I am today. It will have a special place in my heart always, but i took them for what they are worth, used and abused them for it. IF I HAD THE CHANGE TO DO IT OVER AGAIN, I WOULD HAVE NOT GONE TO UNIBE, I WOULD HAVE GONE TO A SCHOOL THAT DEMANDED MORE OF ME AND PREPED ME FOR THE BOARDS BETTER, like SMU, ROSS, SABA, MUA and so forth.

so all the haters out there, take it easy, i am just telling my exp. and giving my opinion and i hope i have spoken fairly.

I will post more on UNIBE later. but for those of you students planning on going to UNIBE..my advice..study hard, work hard, be responsible and use them for what they are worth, your there for only one purpose and that is to study medicine. Dont let anything else get in your way, and if you work and study hard...THEN YOU WILL SHINE NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE.
 

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I must say i'm a newbie about this i'm at my second semester @ UASD
and hell yeah i'm proud!!! :lol: :lol: :lol:


sorry got excited!!!

 

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Cool, I'm proud too.... Finally, someone from my school I can compare notes from. So what classes are you taking right now?
 

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The hole 2nd semester :p kind of "hard"... but "that's the way it is"... i'm doing fine right thanks Lord... and you what classes you'r taking?
 

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Most of the 10th semester classes along with some other stuff. Yeah, the 2nd semester classes can be kind of difficult, but wait till you get to where I am... Then we'll be talking business! :smile:
 

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Transferring

haha... Welcome to the site Nana!
So you transferred to another school on the island and this school has clinicals in the US ? This sounds like a smart thing to do - because the language (I know a little Spanish but don't feel confident) would keep me from applying in the first place but if you get to do clinicals in the US, then it really isn't an issue. Also, is your school recognized by the California medical board ? Is it the school you graduate from what they base the medical license on ? Do they accept US federal loans ? Thanks for your help. #happy
 

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So you transferred to another school on the island and this school has clinicals in the US ? This sounds like a smart thing to do - because the language (I know a little Spanish but don't feel confident) would keep me from applying in the first place but if you get to do clinicals in the US, then it really isn't an issue. Also, is your school recognized by the California medical board ? Is it the school you graduate from what they base the medical license on ? Do they accept US federal loans ? Thanks for your help. #happy
Sorry for not noticing this before but hopefully you will see it soon.
To answer some of your questions, no, I never transferred from one school to another. I started at my school and plan to finish there.
Second, the only rotation we are allowed to do in the U.S. is the social services in my school.
Spanish was a bit of an issue for me at first but I got the hang of it and have moved passed that fase as expected. It's really not a big deal because there are a lot of foreigners at my school and the teachers SOMETIMES try to be understanding.
Yes, my school is recognized by the California Medical Board and they based there medical license on medicine?!
No, they do not work with federal loans (to my knowledge anyway) but you are allowed to take loans (prestamos) provided by the school that, of course you are expected to pay asap.
You are very welcomed.
Hopefully that answered all your questions. Later!:happy:
 

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Sorry for not noticing this before but hopefully you will see it soon.
To answer some of your questions, no, I never transferred from one school to another. I started at my school and plan to finish there.
Second, the only rotation we are allowed to do in the U.S. is the social services in my school.
Spanish was a bit of an issue for me at first but I got the hang of it and have moved passed that fase as expected. It's really not a big deal because there are a lot of foreigners at my school and the teachers SOMETIMES try to be understanding.
Yes, my school is recognized by the California Medical Board and they based there medical license on medicine?!
No, they do not work with federal loans (to my knowledge anyway) but you are allowed to take loans (prestamos) provided by the school that, of course you are expected to pay asap.
You are very welcomed.
Hopefully that answered all your questions. Later!:happy:
I'm glad you answered, I was beginning to feel neglected ! #sad I got confused when I read the post you copied and didn't read the bold section ! When you came to SD, how much Spanish did you know ? I have had the first year of Spanish over and over again in grade school - through high school - long time ago !) and most recently I had 3 semesters in college. I can read and comprehend okay but speaking is not my forte and the teacher would have to go slow for me. Do you think I should stick to applying to a place like UNIBE ? Or do you know students like me who do well ?

BTW, do you go to carnaval ? Do you get to socialize at all ?
 

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I'm glad you answered, I was beginning to feel neglected ! #sad I got confused when I read the post you copied and didn't read the bold section ! When you came to SD, how much Spanish did you know ? I have had the first year of Spanish over and over again in grade school - through high school - long time ago !) and most recently I had 3 semesters in college. I can read and comprehend okay but speaking is not my forte and the teacher would have to go slow for me. Do you think I should stick to applying to a place like UNIBE ? Or do you know students like me who do well ?

BTW, do you go to carnaval ? Do you get to socialize at all ?
I'm sorry but I dont see a bold section anywhere, but moving right along...
When I first came to SD I knew VERY LITTLE SPANISH. I knew less spanish then you did, that's for sure. I only learned a couple of things in high school and that was it. Now, when I came down here, I took some spanish courses and went right in to UASD (after taking care of my legal documents, of course....
Anyway, to answer your second question, as I said before I didnt know any spanish and I was able to learn fairly well so I think its deffinitly possible for others to do it as well. If you feel that UNIBe would be best for you then you do what you feel is best for yourself.
As far as the carnaval, no I didn't go because I chose not to.
 

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I'm sorry but I dont see a bold section anywhere, but moving right along...
When I first came to SD I knew VERY LITTLE SPANISH. I knew less spanish then you did, that's for sure. I only learned a couple of things in high school and that was it. Now, when I came down here, I took some spanish courses and went right in to UASD (after taking care of my legal documents, of course....
Anyway, to answer your second question, as I said before I didnt know any spanish and I was able to learn fairly well so I think its deffinitly possible for others to do it as well. If you feel that UNIBe would be best for you then you do what you feel is best for yourself.
As far as the carnaval, no I didn't go because I chose not to.
I just meant that I missed the part where you wrote THIS IS COPY AND PASTED! I DID NOT WRITE THIS! #baffled

The thing is, I must choose a school that accepts US federal aid. There are a number of schools in the DR that do accept US aid, but I was scared that I didn't know enough Spanish. There are two schools that have English programs but only one in Santo Domingo and being a newcomer with a child in tow, it was recommended to me to go to school in Santo Domingo (so my choices got narrower !). Are the Spanish classes you are taking at your school or on your own ? I am very interested in life in SD, also. Since I have a little boy, I will have to find a school for him and want to know life is like there. It sounds like you study a lot.

Dr. G, please share you rcomments on UNIBE. I am very interested in this school. Thanks
 

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Hi, well the things that i have to say about Unibe is that the college is very good, here in SD you can have a good medical education in UNIBE or in UASD or in UNPHU (they have the best score in USMLE in the carribean), but you can have bigs distracts like beautyfull beaches, awsomes partys, etc. Everything depend on you, what you really wants to do and how focused you are on your carreer, other thing, i think that the spanish its a little complex, you can make it but you will have to make an year of spanish at least that you know something of, about UNIBE they can take you into a very easy way of pass a medical carreer if you want to make it like that, but if you wants to be a good doc, they can help too, Unibe is the university for rich people here, maybe thats why they sometimes are like daddys boys, i dont know if im understanding, but there it is, about UASD i can say that is a good university, i wont talk bad about my college jejejej, but for real it is, you will spend less money because you will pay like $$900 us and in Unibe you will pay $4000 us for semester, that is if the money is a problem, about UASD you can have the best practice of medicine in the country and maybe in the carribean, but its up to you about what you wants to do, about your children, here are bilingual school where your boy can learn in english and spanish, and for me i think that is for real a good education, anything else just ask, we are for help :p

Dr. G, future Neurosurgeon :p
 

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I just meant that I missed the part where you wrote THIS IS COPY AND PASTED! I DID NOT WRITE THIS! #baffled

The thing is, I must choose a school that accepts US federal aid. There are a number of schools in the DR that do accept US aid, but I was scared that I didn't know enough Spanish. There are two schools that have English programs but only one in Santo Domingo and being a newcomer with a child in tow, it was recommended to me to go to school in Santo Domingo (so my choices got narrower !). Are the Spanish classes you are taking at your school or on your own ? I am very interested in life in SD, also. Since I have a little boy, I will have to find a school for him and want to know life is like there. It sounds like you study a lot.

Dr. G, please share you rcomments on UNIBE. I am very interested in this school. Thanks

Big Caobo is right on a lot of the things he stated. But to clarify just a tad bit more and answer some more of your questions;
Both schools are good but UASD does not offer finacial aid from the states. It also does not offer spanish classes (as far as I'm aware of). The spanish classes that I took was from another school but it's very easy to get into because almost every other school here offer spanish courses (the most popular ones are Universidad Apec and El Dominico).
As far as living situations go for you and your son, there are a good amount of students here who come along with there family. It's fairly safe and there are many schools where he can attend. Of course, I am not too familiar with them because our situation are very different.
I study as much as every other medical student should. On my down time I'm not much of a party animal so I usually go out to a movie or to get some ice cream with my roommates. Like BigCaobo said, there are a lot to do here, but it's all on you what you choose to do with your time.#happy
 

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UNIBE pre-med

Hello,

I was wondering if anyone had any information on UNIBE's pre-med program. I am considering starting in May 07 and would love more info.
 
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