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    Spring 2018 Applicant and Incoming Class Thread

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    Hello. I recently applied for the spring 2018 semester at SGU. I wanted to start a thread for people who have either been accepted or waiting to hear back. For those who are waiting to hear back. How long ago did you apply/interview? For those who are accepted, how long after your interview did you receive a decision?

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    Hi lapremed, I had my interview exactly a week ago and was accepted yesterday. Like you, I applied for January 2018 semester. I was also accepted into Ross and Saba as well as a few second-tier schools. Perhaps I should by happy but instead I'm in a sea of doubt. Skimming over some of the threads here again, I wonder if the Caribbean route is too risky.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arnoux View Post
    Hi lapremed, I had my interview exactly a week ago and was accepted yesterday. Like you, I applied for January 2018 semester. I was also accepted into Ross and Saba as well as a few second-tier schools. Perhaps I should by happy but instead I'm in a sea of doubt. Skimming over some of the threads here again, I wonder if the Caribbean route is too risky.
    Hi Arnoux! I understand your apprehension. This is the reason I try to avoid the negativity on these forums (especially SDN!) I know so many people who have been successful taking this route, but in all honesty, it is a risk due to high attrition rates. However, I do think SGU is our best shot out of all of them. I will take the risk because it is my only chance at becoming a doctor and to me that gamble is worth it. However if you have any shot at getting into a US school then it is definitely worth trying! My interview was last week and I am hoping for a decision next week. I was already admitted to a second tier Caribbean school, but SGU is my top choice. I am also still waiting to be invited for an interview at Ross. I don't know how they will deal with a new incoming class since their campus was destroyed during the hurricane. Do you mind sharing your stats since you were already admitted? You can DM me if you like.
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    Hey lapremed, good to hear back from you. I'm not particularly worried about attrition rate. It's to be expected given that these schools have much lower admission standards than North American schools and many students who are admitted are not cut out for the rigours of a medical school to begin with. What really troubles me is securing a residency and being left in debt up to your neck if you fail to match.

    I have spoken with quite a few Caribbean grads who are presently doing their residencies in the US and Canada and SGU is consistently mentioned as being the best of the top four, that it provides the best rotations, has the best facilities and match rate. But I think the most important thing to keep in mind is that in the end, it is your own tenacity, self-discipline and the drive to succeed that will let you clench that residency spot. I too will take that gamble but it is very important to know what you are getting yourself involved in and not to have any illusions. Speak with as many grads as you can. Most Caribbean schools can connect you with their alumni if you ask them. Plan in advance and leave as little to chance as possible. Review subjects that you're weak in. I got myself a Clinical Anatomy textbook and will do my best to read and memorize as much as possible before January.

    I don't think I will be going to Ross. As you pointed out, the island was devastated by the hurricane and as one grad told me, if they're planning on resuming studies on Dominica in January 2018, then what will likely happen is that they're going to be ready much later than that given the attitude to time that the islanders have. I will probably go to Saba - it's far more affordable than SGU and it has been spared the devastation unlike Ross. I'm a Canadian student and I simply won't be able to secure half a million Can dollars for SGU.

    I don't mind sharing my stats. I have two degrees from a Canadian university:

    B.A.: GPA: 1.82 (completed some years ago)
    B.Sc. : GPA 3.60, sGPA 3.66 (most recent degree)
    cGPA across both degrees ~2.8
    MCAT: 504, first and only attempt

    Frankly, I think that Caribbean schools will be more lenient with their admission criteria this year given the hurricane scare so stay optimistic!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arnoux View Post
    Hey lapremed, good to hear back from you. I'm not particularly worried about attrition rate. It's to be expected given that these schools have much lower admission standards than North American schools and many students who are admitted are not cut out for the rigours of a medical school to begin with. What really troubles me is securing a residency and being left in debt up to your neck if you fail to match.

    I have spoken with quite a few Caribbean grads who are presently doing their residencies in the US and Canada and SGU is consistently mentioned as being the best of the top four, that it provides the best rotations, has the best facilities and match rate. But I think the most important thing to keep in mind is that in the end, it is your own tenacity, self-discipline and the drive to succeed that will let you clench that residency spot. I too will take that gamble but it is very important to know what you are getting yourself involved in and not to have any illusions. Speak with as many grads as you can. Most Caribbean schools can connect you with their alumni if you ask them. Plan in advance and leave as little to chance as possible. Review subjects that you're weak in. I got myself a Clinical Anatomy textbook and will do my best to read and memorize as much as possible before January.

    I don't think I will be going to Ross. As you pointed out, the island was devastated by the hurricane and as one grad told me, if they're planning on resuming studies on Dominica in January 2018, then what will likely happen is that they're going to be ready much later than that given the attitude to time that the islanders have. I will probably go to Saba - it's far more affordable than SGU and it has been spared the devastation unlike Ross. I'm a Canadian student and I simply won't be able to secure half a million Can dollars for SGU.

    I don't mind sharing my stats. I have two degrees from a Canadian university:

    B.A.: GPA: 1.82 (completed some years ago)
    B.Sc. : GPA 3.60, sGPA 3.66 (most recent degree)
    cGPA across both degrees ~2.8
    MCAT: 504, first and only attempt

    Frankly, I think that Caribbean schools will be more lenient with their admission criteria this year given the hurricane scare so stay optimistic!
    I agree with you! The fear of not matching is real, but as you said, self-discipline and patience will get you far. I definitely can understand how being Canadian would make it harder to secure that huge loan for SGU. Being American, I am going to be relying to federal aid. Saba is up there in the big four as well so you should be fine. And the price tag is definitely much more attractive. Thanks for your feedback! I'm really hoping to hear back with positive news.
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