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    Info on SGU... (Would appreciate it)

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    Hello...

    I am about to begin my junior year at University of Toronto doing a Bio major. I am a hopeful trying to get into medical school after finishing my undergraduate work. But, to be really blunt, I am sick and tired of the randomness involved with Ontario's "5" medical schools.

    I have started to seriusly think into American Medical Schools and SGU in particular of the Carribean Medical School. But, I am going to limit this message strictly for the Carribean medical schools.

    Is SGU respecatable? US? Canada ? (for residencies) ? (future employment) ?
    Do hospitals provide equivalent treatments for SGU grads looking for residencies relative to other American School grads?
    Is SGU staff and their labs up to date relative to current standards?

    I would really appreciate and welcome any honest opinions in regards to this matter.

    Thank you..
    prospect 8)

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    SGU is OK

    I visited the SGU campus and based on what I have seen I would say that SGU is a very good alternative for someone who was not accepted by any US or Canadian med school. SGU campus is very nice, with new and modern buildings, nice lecture halls and labs; they have wired a few buildings for internet access and continue to do work on the remaining buildings to have them wired as well. In addition, they already have a few "hot spots" on campus for wireless internet access. The new super dorms are very nice ("luxury hotel" compared to what most US and Canadian universities have to offer). I cannot make comments regarding their teaching staff. They have accepted too many students this term (around 350 who were apparently joined by 90 or so students who have decelerated) and this causes some problems for the anatomy lab sessions and also requires students to go to the lecture hall 30 minutes before the start of the lectures to secure a sitting spot. The budget required for the first two semesters (2003-2004) as calculated by the SGU financial office is $48512 US. Overall I like SGU. I believe that its only drawback is that it is not located on a piece of land that flies the US or Canadian flag. This in final analysis means that its graduates are taken into account for residencies only after most of the US or Canadian med school grads have been considered and, or placed. So after the choice spots are taken the SGU grads tackle the leftovers. This is not such a bad thing in the US where there are consistently around 4000 unfilled spots available (some even quite interesting in derm or ortho) for SGU and other foreign medical schools graduates but it is a disaster in Canada where there are only a few tens of spots available every year for foreign medical schools graduates (FP in the boondocks). In Ontario (one of the most competitive if not the most competitive jurisdiction in North America) one needs a minimum of 3.75 GPA and 33 MCAT to be considered, not admitted. Hope that this helps; good luck.

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    Hello,. sir,...as a supporter of the school(though I'll give you some negs if asked for),...I always find it good to have varied opinions about things...just to build perspective. I do know that you attended SGU for a term and didn't find it a perfect match. I'd just like to take a stance slightly in opposition of your commentary on the profs. There are very many senior professors from very good schools at SGU. They get paid well, get two weeks for their lectures at the Rex Grenadian(West Indies five star) and get to teach what they like. Being there is not a 'strike' against there credentials as you point towards,..in fact they often enjoy the experience,..comment on how the program is actually very good and should be modelled..eg) our path program thru GRIPE.. and others. In addition to being a medical school,..SGU is also a very clever business,... putting in time and employment for X time also confers being taxed under grenada law... which I believe may have a rediculously low...if not at all income tax rate. So it serves the schools reputation to get good profs, it serves the students benefit which they enjoy and learn from on the most part and the professors. So it's a win win.
    Geoff

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