It's good to see an SC grad on the forum. Glad to hear that things are working out for you. Hope licensing goes well for you in the near future.
But, that does not change the fact that SC faces serious challenges in the licensing arena... and I think it's very unfair to characterized other "concern IMG's" as "recruiters" for other schools. We are here to point out licensing issues -- fundamental to survivals of any IMG's -- that SC faces, and the fact that SC admin has been LESS THAN HONEST about and MISLEADS potential applicants -- It took OUTSIDERS to point out problems with NJ, KS, VT, PA, TX... etc. SC is NOT fine in 48 states like the admin claims... So, before you start pointing fingers at "outsiders," please look at the behavior of SC admin. Yes, SC may be providing a good education -- I'm not contesting that because I don't know, I've never been to SC. But one does not need to be an SC student to point out LICENSING issues SC faces. And if SC students choose to ignore them, fine -- don't mislead potential students into doing so without giving them a chance to make INFORMED decisions -- something as physicians you will need to learn to provide.
There is a great push in the established US medical community to adopt "California" model of licensing IMG's. More and more states are looking to California, both in the medical community and in the news media... this should be a warning call to all IMG's to look closely at current licensing trends and future political climates. Personally, I believe the smart thing for SC to do is to leave Luton and move back to Senegal, so that the charter issue is solved... The US licensing laws aside, SC Luton is now "tolerated" by the UK system... who is to say that 5, 10 years down the line, with a new legislature, UK won't pass laws banning all schools unacreditted by the UK system? Many US jurisdictions have already done that. And as the current political wind goes, the fact that Luton SC is circumventing it's host country's (UK) accreditation laws will become an issue in more and more US licensing jurisdictions -- and medical boards of various states have gone back and suspend/revoke medical licenses on physicians whose medical schools have come under scrutiny and deemed "inadequate," AFTER the license was issued.
So, licensing issue is a biggie for any IMG's. And I feel it's very unfair for a basic science student to come on the board and accuse other "concerned IMG"s" for pointing out the shortcomings of SC's licensing challenges, especially when the SC admin itself has been less than truthful.
Jean Luc Picard
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