Hey, thought I'd weigh in on the whole NY debate and whether Spartan students can do anything there, so I sent this e-mail:
Dear Mr. Monahan,
I hope you can help me with some information that I've been trying to attain for several months but have been unable to get a clear cut answer. I am a graduate of Spartan Health Sciences SOM located in St. Lucia, West Indies.
I am inquiring about the eligibility of Spartan grads to attain licensure in the state of New York. I have heard many different stories but would like to here a definitive answer from the Board office. I am interested in fellowship opportunities in NY and would also like to know about the possibility of training licenses for Spartan grads.
I would frankly like to know what are the requirements for licensure in NY and whether or not Spartan grads are eligible. I very much appreciate your assistance with this matter and look forward to hearing from you.
And here was the response:
Spartan is an unaccredited and unapproved medical school. Licensure can only be determined individually at the time of application. Grads of Spartan are prohibited from doing residency training anywhere in NYS and students may not do clerkships in NYS.
Douglas P ******
New York State Board for Medicine
39 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12234
(518)474-3817 ext. 560
Fax - (518)486-4846
So that's the answer that I got. Feel free to contact the above individual. I had called a couple of years back and was told the same thing. That's not to say, however, that there are not Spartan Grads doing residency there ILLEGALLY - I personally know a few, but they risk their career if they get caught. As to whether we can get private licenses in NY, the e-mail seems a bit ambiguous. I've sent a similar e-mail to Florida and I'll post a reply when I get the chance. If you want answers for specific states, I recommend contacting the appropriate authorities as I have done.
I'm not trying to rag on Spartan, just making sure people know what they're getting into.