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    MUA Pre-MD or SJSM MD?

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    Hi guys,

    I just need your opinion on something and I want you to be very honest. I am very confused between MUA and SJSM. I understand that MUA has been around longer and is more established in terms of thier academic facilities etc but because I haven't taken Organic chemistry, I can only get accepted to their PRE-MD program. On the other hand, SJSM (St. James school of medicine) is willing to accept me into their MD program which mean that I will gain a year. Its a tough call. What are your thoughts?


    I really appreciate your opinions!

    Thank you
    BP
    "The risk of a wrong decision is preferable to the terror of indecision"

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    BP, i am going through the same situation!!! i have taken all the courses except organic chem and applied to both MUA Pre med and SJSM MD -- i got in both similarly. Personally, I like SJSM's admin much better than MUA and no loans for PRE med in MUA!! I Have also heard that it is tremendously hard X 2 ( @ the MUA PRe med program, even more than undergrad program when we were taking it in college!) , basically they are graduate level course work and They make u work triple hard to make u eleigible to apply for MD program. and if u are not eligible then u just drop out and u lose years... carribbean school is all the same, it all depends on studying and self discipline!! no matter where u go u have to study ......i am going to SJSM final decision and all the people currently attending SJSM for MD 4 . the last part they said the profs are very helpful. however. i know i will need organic for bio chem i am leaving it to god and studying the first aid usmle for biochem vigorously ahead! ;-) just to be in the sdame page when its time.......so have you made up ur mind where u going? im kind of nervous because im attending SJSM in may .

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    SJSM all the way baby

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    Hey, I am in the same situation as you guys were when you posted couple months back. I don't have my organic chem 1 and 2. SJSM accepted me in their basic sciences program while MUA is offering me to go into the pre-med program.

    I am really confused and dont' know what to do. What did you do?

    If you can please give your input, I would really appreciated it.

    Thanks

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    hi, first off, congrats in getting into SJSM BASIC SCIENCE PROGRAM! .. well i am currently in sjsm and i am glad i came here instead of MUA. no matter which carribbean med school u go it is all upto u of u r working to pass the usmle. pre med is relaly a waste of time now that i think about it . i feel that during basic science u really learn and grasp what u need to know to ace the usmle. Its all or nothing , if at any point during basic science u fall behind not understanding it u can repeat and get a better understanding the real material that u need to know. pre med is a whole year and it doesn't help u much .. rather do basic science and move ahead! sjsm is wonderful by the way, everyone is superfriendly and the proffs are wonderful. we have proffs from DOWNSTATE medical school from newyork who taught there for 14 yrs & many more reallyyy helpful proffs u will never forget their material... i hope i helped.. Good Luck!

    = currently a sjsm basic sci. student.

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    Thanks GirlMDNY2B!

    Another question, are there MD1 notes/books in pdf format that are available online. I want to review them before I come to the island. If you can help me out with any information, that will be helpful.

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