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Aga Khan

matrixrebloatedmatrixrebloated 292 replies11 threads Member
edited February 2010 in Foreign Medical Education
Any pakis here applying to Aga Khan?

My parents want me to apply in case I don't get into a 7-year or 8-year, but its not like they are forcing me. They got some pretty strict requirements such as minimum SAT II of 700 for bio, chem and physics. But its a pretty great program, only 5 years and average USMLE test scores are in the 90 something percentiles.
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  • bluedevilmikebluedevilmike 11870 replies94 threads Senior Member
    If you can get a more precise USMLE Step I score, that would be an important piece of information to have.
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  • kornpopzkornpopz 251 replies30 threads Junior Member
    I'm thinking of applying to both Aga Khan and Dow Medical College, but the costs alone are ridiculous and you don't get any financial aid. Aga Khan is an amazing college though, alot of my family's friends have been there and I visited there myself. I heard the USMLE scores from AK Graduates rank among the 99th percentile average. Overall, great schools with amazing reputations, in fact, AK is affiliated with Harvard Med, but the cost is a major setback for those not so well-off. Good Luck!
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  • matrixrebloatedmatrixrebloated 292 replies11 threads Member
    "I heard the USMLE scores from AK Graduates rank among the 99th percentile average."

    Yea, thats what I heard as well when I visited the campus. I see that you are worried at the cost, but it is only 20k per year. Compared to US undergrad and med schools thats nothing. Cheap undergrad in US is 10-20k, and all private are at least 35k per year. Med school in US is minumum 40k if not 50k per year.

    So, I think overall the only motivating factor to go to Aga Khan (for me) is because its an extensive, accelerated, and cheap compared to the US.

    Average US debt for a med student is around 130k, and 72 percent of graduates have debt of at least $100,000

    At Aga Khan...if you have 0 dollars to your name, the maximum debt you will be in is 100k, and hopefully by that time you have secured some money or loans.

    just my 2 (maybe 10) cents
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  • bluedevilmikebluedevilmike 11870 replies94 threads Senior Member
    "I heard the USMLE scores from AK Graduates rank among the 99th percentile average."
    You should always, always get citations before believing this sort of data, no matter what the school in question.
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  • matrixrebloatedmatrixrebloated 292 replies11 threads Member
    well I talked to a student there, and he gave me the same number
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  • bluedevilmikebluedevilmike 11870 replies94 threads Senior Member
    That's not a citation.
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  • kornpopzkornpopz 251 replies30 threads Junior Member
    well geewiz, bluedevilmike...i'm sorry its not as "verified" and "cited" as you'd like...sometimes, its ok to discuss something that's not 100.000% corroborated..besides, it's not like we're making AK's brochure here or something, chill....
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  • Aspen DAspen D 1444 replies41 threads Senior Member
    My family suggested Aga Khan one time, but then leaving the US didn't really appeal to me....so yes NO AK for me.
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  • bluedevilmikebluedevilmike 11870 replies94 threads Senior Member
    I would object strongly to a student picking a medical school -- any medical school -- based on a statistic that can't be verified. I would, of course, object even more if you were making a brochure.

    In particular, given that the USMLE does not assign or release percentiles, I would object strongly to a school that advertised itself based on a USMLE percentile.
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  • kornpopzkornpopz 251 replies30 threads Junior Member
    "I would object strongly to a school that advertised itself based on a USMLE percentile."

    That, I agree on 100%.
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  • collegefreak89collegefreak89 101 replies58 threads Junior Member
    what are the admission requirements-- SAT scores and GPA, also the fee per year and do they have dorms?????????????????
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  • norcalguynorcalguy 7518 replies30 threads Senior Member
    I agree with BDM. USMLE stats (even for US med schools) is one of the last criteria I would consider when choosing med schools.
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  • bluedevilmikebluedevilmike 11870 replies94 threads Senior Member
    Actually that wasn't my point at all. I happen to think Step I scores probably are a useful metric.

    My point was that one should not pick a school based off of a statistic which is not only unverified but which doesn't actually exist.
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  • matrixrebloatedmatrixrebloated 292 replies11 threads Member
    min is 1250 SAT I, however 1450+ is competitive
    you need at least 700s or 4s in bio, chem, and physics
    at least 3.5 ~ 85% gpa

    they have dorms, and tuition is roughly 20k per year
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  • collegefreak89collegefreak89 101 replies58 threads Junior Member
    do they perfer American over pakistani, what are the chances for an American to get in and do they look at American separate form Pakistani's when making dceision or are they in the same pool?
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  • kunfuzed101kunfuzed101 633 replies128 threads Member
    Geez...if affirmitive action was in Aga Khan there be many lawsuits especially those of non aga origin. If you are applying as an american planning to got to p.k. for med school...the IBCC "WILL" deduct 20% off all your grades earned in high school because apparently the U.S. system is inferior to that in P.K. thats pure B******t! This is fact! So your A in high school physics will be a B- or C...so have fun:P
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  • peterkangpeterkang 5 replies1 threads New Member
    hey guys,

    i'm an american citizen who is currently a second year student at AKU. About the USMLE scores....The students at AKU are smart and study hard. Not EVERYONE gets 99's. However, many students do score very high. There are no statistics regarding USMLE scores...because AKU doesn't advertise these scores. I'm pretty sure that there is no preference for Americans over Pakistani's. In my class there are two American citizens and two Canadien Citizens. For the new class, there is only one Canadien citizen. hah if you were wondering...none of them female.

    If you guys have any other questions feel free to ask. Deciding to go for the IMG route is a big decision.
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  • collegefreak89collegefreak89 101 replies58 threads Junior Member
    hey peterkang, can u send me ur aim or email so i can ask u some specific questions, i am really contemplating going to AKU,being Pakistani ethnicity.
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  • thecalccobrathecalccobra 806 replies96 threads Member
    hey collegefreak, im also interested in going to aga khan. i'll be applying this year. how's your SAT?
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