My son is a student at American University School of Medicine (AUA). I am a practicing radiologist at UCLA. I graduated from St.George's School of Medicine in the early 80s. Before my husband (retired trauma surgeon who graduated from Spartan), my son, and I decided what school my son would attend we visited the major caribbean schools (SGU, Ross, Spartan, Saba, AUC, AUA, and St.Matthews). We were happy with all the schools we visited. We spent a few days on each island, attending classes, meeting with administration, etc.. The time my husband and I spent at Spartan was very satisfying. My husband graduated many years ago from Spartan Health Sciences University and he was quite satisfied with the improvments the school has made. As I posted in the AUA forum, Spartan was very similar to Saba School of Medicine with respect to facilities, administration, etc.. The majority of what is written on all these forums is hogwash in my opinion! My husband and I visited Spartan for two days and we were happy with the way things were conducted. We met with both deans of the school and a few faculty members and they all were very knowledgable persons who taught their subjects well. What I would like to say is that you can indeed come out of Spartan and succeed. Yes, times are changing but I believe Spartan will be around for many years longer. My husband, a retired trauma surgeon, is considering taking a teaching position at Spartan for part of the year. Spartan has been around for many years, and it will continue to graduate doctors for many more. We considered sending our son to Spartan however, he was insistant on attending AUA as many of his friends are in attendence there. If my younger daughter were to want to attend Spartan I would be totally supportive. As for California issues. I sat on the Medical Board of California for a few years and I know that Spartan was not approved for licensure by the state of California. From what I saw however, I do believe Spartan could apply and gain approval by California in the near future. Like I said earlier, Saba and Spartan are very similar. They look the same, the students looked the same, the classes were conducted in the same manner, and we were satisfied with both schools. If Saba can receive approval by California, then Spartan should be able to as well. When we spoke with Spartan administration they clearly stated that seeking California approval is in their "not so distant" future. I am confident that Spartan will receive California approval in the next few years. I have sat on the Medical Board of California so I would strongly advise alumni and students to not worry-Spartan will be around for a long time and students will be able to practice in the majority of states without a problem. My husband was the best trauma surgeon at his hospital, and in our old community! Several of his friends (Spartan and Ross graduates) are also doing very well and continue to make priceless contributions to medicine through their service. Bottom line is DO NOT WORRY!