Texila American University

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  1. Kizmet

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    That's interesting. I know someone who was approached by TAU to be their Dominica-based study centre. She declined, but she didn't get the sense they were unwonderful in the Bearian sense.
     
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    The article looks like the author is not very familiar with how credential recognition works. I am not at all convinced TAU is unwonderful in Bearian sense (great neologism, thanks!).

    However, TAU is a for-profit offshore med school with a limited track record. I read a lot of accounts of how attending a Carribean school, possibly beyond Big Three or Four, is a losing proposition, given current availability of residency spots. This may be a good example of how just because a school is GAAP doesn't mean it's a good idea to attend. The article does seem to indicate, for example, that the school does employ questionable admissions tactics and agents. Caveat emptor.
     
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    I notice TAU offers several Master's and postgraduate programs in partnership with Universidad Central de Nicaragua. Knowledgeable DI posters on-ground in Nicaragua have vouched for the legitimacy of that school. UCEN does a lot of international partnerships / dual degree programs.

    Wiki on TAU here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texila_American_University It says TAU grads can write USMLE exams and if they pass, they are eligible to register in the NRMP (National Resident Matching Program). I don't have enough knowledge to make an intelligent comment on that statement. To save myself from making a less-than-smart comment, I'll let someone else dissect it. And I wonder how this $50M lawsuit will pan out?

    J.
     
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    At first I thought (wrongly) it was called Tequila American University. Now, there might be some magic in that name... who knows? :smile:

    J.
     
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    Well one thing we do know is that Wikipedia can not reliably be considered as the last word on any subject.
     
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    No, but it's based on citations, in this case:

    https://search.wdoms.org/home/SchoolDetail/F0002428

    Is that a legitimate source of information? Medical schools aren't my thing, so I have no idea.
     
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    Yeah, I don't know either. For all I know you just have to pay a few dollars to get listed, nothing else.:dunno:
     
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    No you cannot just "pay a few dollars" and be added to the World Directory of Medical Schools.

    The World Directory of Medical Schools ( World Directory of Medical Schools ) is run by FAIMER

    FAIMER ( FAIMER | World Directory of Medical Schools ) was "established in 2000 by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG®). In partnership with ECFMG, FAIMER promotes excellence in international health professions education through programmatic and research activities." ( FAIMER | About Us )

    The Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG®) is the body that serves to evaluate and validate foreign medical education:

    "International medical graduates (IMGs) comprise one-quarter of the U.S. physician workforce. Certification by ECFMG is the standard for evaluating the qualifications of these physicians before they enter U.S. graduate medical education (GME), where they provide supervised patient care. ECFMG Certification also is a requirement for IMGs to take Step 3 of the three-step United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) and to obtain an unrestricted license to practice medicine in the United States." ( ECFMG | About ECFMG )

    Texila American University is in the World Directory of Medical Schools as noted by the URL in a thread above (https://search.wdoms.org/home/SchoolDetail/F0002428 ).

    Now as pointed out by Stanislav, it's a tough road to take but all the required elements are there.
     
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    From my limited understanding, this looks quite plausible. Of course, being eligible for NRMP and actually getting matched are two increasingly different things. It used to be that graduated of top Caribbean schools have matching rates comparable to (if somewhat below) American DO graduates. That were relatively good chances. Now, this is not true anymore. American MD is better than American DO, but both are way ahead of any foreign MD.

    Top Caribbean schools are the likes of St. George's University (Granada), American University of the Caribbean, and American University of the Caribbean; and perhaps also Saba University. Texila is nowhere near that calibre. If graduates from the big dawgs struggle, what can be said for TAU?
     
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    I would replace one of the instances of American University of the Caribbean with Ross University. :smile:
     
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    LOL, exactly, one of these supposed to be Ross.
     
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    Apparently the US Dept of Education disagrees.
     
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    I'm not at all an expert here but does USDOE even matter? They are in the list of schools that NRMP uses. If, a big if, someone did get matched I believe they could attend the residency and become a full-fledged physician. The original article reads like it was written by someone with a serious axe to grind.

    I am way out of my comfort zone commenting on this topic, oh look, that cloud looks like Winnie the Pooh!
     
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    According to a poorly written article that doesn't name its source, though.
     
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    You may be correct regarding the lack of specific sources but the quality of the writing is really not relevant to the main point
     
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    You are correct that the quality of writing does not mean the information conveyed is inaccurate. But that is very reason I assessed it as being written from an "ax to grind perspective" -- if that is such a thing.
     

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