As someone who unfortunately formerly attended this institution and has attempted to restart all over at another American school a few years back. I feel compelled to warn others of the great peril they will find themselves in should they try to send their coursework done at this institution to outside agencies for evaluation for credit if trying to obtain a research job or some fellowships.
If you wish to transfer or get credit of any kind for work done at St. Chris IMD, all U.S. schools will steer you towards:
a. the U.S. Dept. of Education website here:
Recognition of Foreign Qualifications
b. if you are applying for any type of research job at U.S. govt. labs such as the NIH, FDA, etc. they will say something like this:
Permanent U.S. residents can apply for Staff Fellowship appointments as physicians, scientists, or mathematical statisticians. Graduates of foreign college or universities must provide proof of U.S. education equivalency certification. Staff Fellowships provide the employment and development of promising research/regulatory review scientists by providing the opportunity to accelerate and enhance scientists’ careers through close associations with leading authorities in health-related research.
In many many cases, an ECFMG certificate is NOT enough (I was told this by someone at a U.S. govt. lab in Bethesda, MD).
They will then steer you towards this site:
NACES - the National Association of Credit Evaluation Services
the private evaluators of foreign education are listed here.
I submitted work done at st chris IMD to 2 of the above services, for the purpose of getting credit for transfer and a research job:
- World Education Services - based out of NY
- International Education Research Foundation (IERF) - Culver City, CA and the chair of NACES
In both cases BOTH agencies said they contacted numerous licensing and accrediting bodies - the GMC, the Senegal embassy, the state of NY, and others and all told them that this school is simply a "diploma mill" that exists in a loophole of the law and that NO type of credit of any kind can therefore be given for St. Chris coursework. When you are trying to transfer credit for work done at St. Chris or applying for a hypercompetitive research job at a U.S. govt lab, this school and any kind of work done at it, will kill your application.
Had PL or FS had any kind of integrity when they allegedly ran this school, they could have done their level best to ensure that those students who wanted to go somewhere else after a few semesters or to apply for research or felllowships would have at least had a chance. Simply doing the right thing by getting the school accredited by some outside govt. authority or private agency would go a long LONG way towards helping former students (and I presume graduates) as well.
I know I will be attacked for this post, but I felt it my duty to warn others based on my own unfortunate experience.