View Full Version : St Martinus compared (for prospective students). Please give your opinion!

11-03-2014, 05:44 PM
I am a prospective student trying to narrow the choice among around 5 schools now (it doesn't matter mentioning them here as some reasons are purely personal and don't apply to other people).
Point 1: Academic calender/curriculum structure
One of the particularities of St Martinus seems to be that it is one of the only two schools in the Caribbean (the other may be University of Health Sciences - Antigua?) that replicate the 2 semester/year model apparently usual in the US (I am quoting this), instead of the usual 3 semester/year usual in other Caribbean Med schools. St. Martinus site claims this is one of the reasons to be very successful in USMLE results (I am quoting again) and that the 3 semester structure makes harder to retain the vast curricula/volumes of information. Anyway, it is true that this 2 semester structure gives time to remediation (ie, saves periods aside to study further and repeat exams if failed the 1st atempt). It also gives time to some real break (for example it would give me time to visit home in Europe). Furthermore, this means one pays 4 (+4 clinical) and not 5 (+5 or +6) semesters.
But strictly speaking about the academic structure and study/learning process, what is the opinion of people here? Does this make an important diference or does the 3 semester/year may also have advantages and it all may well depend more on teachers and other aspects than the calendar timing only? What about the comparison to US continental classical calendar?

11-30-2014, 01:24 PM
Learning takes time and with a 3 semester program you don't get that time. There is a reason most if not all Canadian and US school use the 2 semester approach, because it works. I am in my last semester of Basic Sciences at SMUFOM and I am pleased to say I have learned a lot and am feeling excited and prepared for the USMLE Step 1 exam. A 2 semester program and not to mention the lower tuition makes a huge difference on the brain and the wallet. Here is a day in the life of an SMUFOM MD1 student:

- wakeup at 6:30/7 am
- get to class for 8am
- anatomy 8-10am
- histology 10am-12pm
- lunch 12-1pm
- genetics 1-2pm
- clinical skills 2-5pm
- study 5:30pm till whenever you go to sleep
- and repeat.

Seems monotonous I know, but its what you put into it that makes it go by faster or slower. SMUFOM is legit and growing rapidly. Hope that helps.

12-14-2014, 01:55 PM
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