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    FrenchFrie is offline Senior Member 510 points
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    any updates about this school?

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    wondering if anyone has any news as to the credibility of the school or any other info--thanks

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    Sint Eustatius School of Medicine

    Hello,

    I am a current student at St Eustatius, and the program is up and running wonderfully. It is very hard and is not a gimme. The program is designed to mold you into a proven physician and pass the Step 1 with no problem. Our Genetics Professor taught at Harvard, Our Biochemistry professor is a Medical Doctor, and PhD. The program is proven, if you want it bad enough.

    Feel free to email me with any questions paramedicmd@msn.com

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    Have I heard anything ?

    I did call the school today and spoke to who I think was Mark. I have sent out so many email, read so many, and seems that I have spent countless hours lately trying to figure out what to do myself.

    Sorry to go to tangential, but I did call Eustatius today , and NY board of medicen, and the word that I got on NY as it seems to be a hot topic, that they have had a visit already (both parties confirmed) and they are awaiting approval. The visit was some time ago, i think close to a year ago, maybe more. Not sure why the delay or what is involved. But the board couldn't guesstimate when and if they would get approved. The person at ESOM (statia) thought it would be in July sometime. I THINK that they were due to go back one more time. Don't quote me on THAT, but I thought Mark said that. At any rate, as someone else said, they DIDN'T get turned down as of now, so..... and that was after a year ago, and I would think they would have it a BIT more together as any program has issues initially, including the "nice" private medical school I attended for PA school, for 14K a year...

    As for green book rotations, they apparently have them from what I was told and read from what seemed honest sources who had gone there or are on clinicals now. The thing with the green book is that some states to be licensed don't really care if you had rotations at the "almighty green book" sites. Others do, such as florida and from what I also remember the coastal states. Inland supposedly doesn't ask for those stipulations.

    As for getting licensed, I have heard both sides of Texas. After 10 hours of reading last nite, literally, i gathered that many people in the forum said it was hard to get licensed or residency in Texas. Others stated that it was not, there were some potential road blocks but not impossible. I think if I recall correctly , they evaluate you on a one to one basis. Someone said that they knew someone who was doing a residency there.
    My suggestion is one that was given to me, CALL YOURSELF. Seriously, because I can say what I want, and as truthful as I am trying to be as it was relayed to me by who I thought were honest people, you are still going to think what you want. And the pisser is that you will feel all good about something and then the next thing you read will be contrary! UGH!

    Whatelse, the problem with finding out about people who started there and got into clinicals or residency is that its too early for people who stared there to be in a residency yet, but transfers from the first few semesters are, such as Dr Cuts (dr_cuts@yahoo) who by the way just nailed a residency in Radiology. He, was one of those, a transfer, so ...again, not a fresh student out of the box. However, with that being said, it does appear that 18 of the original student who completed there didactic courses are in clinicals. The school also said that the ratio of transfers (almost 100% in the beginning) is starting to level off with new entries (didactics) at a 1:1 ration. I think transfers still having the "lead".
    I think the July class is at like 40-50 right now. I'm not exactly sure on that but i know its not 20 or less. It seems as though they are on the up and coming, and from the guy who posted before me, that is VERY encouraging. VERY!

    Oh yeah, if you want to go to a state that wants all green book, you will get preference for a rotation over someone who want to be in Iowa or alabama or indiana because they don't require green book. They seem to express hard work at accomodating you.

    I still haven't found out much about the pass fail rate for the USMLE other than US is 93% and IMG is 65%, a stat somewhere on the net. Lets face it, the reason that we are applying to a carribean school is that we are behind the 8 ball in some way, but that doesn't make us less qualified, just states that probably a higher possibility for someone to get more easily discouraged in someway or get off track by something, perhaps culture shock, lack of family support, and maybe just wasn't as sure as they thought. I think if you study and are relentless, you are going to make it. That is what I want to believe anyhow.

    SItes that you can't do a residency in ? Ca, OK, and NY. I think NY is the only one that may change. I heard forget CA and OK has old people on the board stuck in their way. Also, if you didn't take organic or physics, I belive there are a few states what won't let you get a residency. i'm pretty certain 99% it is NJ, Mass, and, Washingtion.

    In florida, you have to be in your 4th year to get a rotation. They are working to have it to include 3rd years. Remember, if you get in and by the time you are a 3rd year, a lot can change!

    He said they have had 180 student the first year, and in the neighborhood of 150 the second. I didn't ask what percentage got clinicals. He did make it seem like getting a clinical is not a big issue with them, and he DID say that they always have more clinical sites than student spots, and that they prefer to not make that an imbalance. I hear St. Maarten accepts more students than clinical spots and some go to Europe.

    I wouldn't mind going to Europe and travel, but I don't think that helps your cause for residency!!!! I know it doesn't.

    Buildings. Some chic wrote to me that the classes were run down. He told me that the classes were essentially new with new desks, and equipment (audio/viual), that it was very modern. The labs have numerous cadavers. I think like 7 or 8 and there is 7 to a cadaver in which you do the dissection with your group.

    One of the cool things I liked that differed from my PA school is that they tie in the anatomy with histology, and I think he saud physiology. In other words they tie it in together. I didn't feel that to be the case in PA school. Probably a common thing in med schools I'm sure.

    You live first year in dorm, and second you are forced to live "off campus"

    Said many people "recycle" there scooters to new "generations" to use for transportation.

    I hope this helps. Please, anyone with addtional info, email me at emerson24@hotmail.com >>>>>>

    Also, I would like to hear any comments on what I discussed, for verification from the previous post (paramedicmd).

    Again, all statements were given as best to my knowledge, and anything I wasn't concrete on in my mind, I told you. Lets try and keep it that way for each other, as if its not hard enough to sift through all the misguided information sometimes.

    Sincerely,

    Chris

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