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    TheAttending is offline Newbie 510 points
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    A Graduates Perspective

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    Hello All:

    I rarely get a chance to come on this forum, but this evening I found a minute to post.

    I am a graduate of Spartan Health Sciences University. I graduated from the University in April of 2006. I started at Spartan in January 2003. I recently completed my residency in Internal Medicine and am now working as a Hospitalist in a major medical center in the United States.

    If I could go back and change anything about the process, or where I went to medical school, I simply wouldnt! I had to jump through SEVERAL hoops going through Spartan, finding excellent clinical rotations in the US, and landing a good residency. I dont think these hoops were just because I went to Spartan, but because I am an FMG in general.

    I finished basic sciences in St. Lucia in April of 2004. I passed Step 1 by the end of May 2004, Step 2 CK by December 2004, and Step 2 CS by November of 2005. Spartan gave me the pieces of a puzzle. I had to put the pieces of that puzzle together. I put them together well and succeeded. Many of my classmates (there were 20 of us total), did not make it. I will say though, the top 5 in my class are all holding resident physician or attending physician positions. The other 15 I am unsure about. The other 15 also should not have been in medical school - they were not the brightest stars in the sky to put it politely.

    Spartan will get you to your goal if you are a self motivator and can put all the pieces of the puzzle they give you together. If you require any amount of "spoon feeding", you will not get it at Spartan (at least not when I was there), therefore, you may be unsuccessful.

    In residency and now in practice, nobody cares where I went to medical school. If someone asks in conversation, you tell them you went to school in the caribbean. Nobody cares if you went to St. Georges or Ross or Saba or Spartan or Xavier. You are an FMG and thats it.

    If my child wanted to go to medical school and was unable to gain admission in the US or Canada, I would send my child to Spartan. Its been around a long time, the tuition is the most reasonable out of all the caribbean schools, graduates are able to obtain a license to practice medicine in the USA (and Canada) and there is a proven record of success.

    I hope to go back to St. Lucia in the next couple of years and visit the campus - the campus underwent alot of change while I was there and there were many new additions made at that time.

    I hope this post provides some inspiration and motivation to current students at Spartan, and some insight for those considering attending this school.

    Take care and good luck.

    TheAttending
    Last edited by TheAttending; 10-21-2009 at 08:38 PM.

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    classof2008 is offline Junior Member 510 points
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    Good to know that you took time out to wirte about your alma mater. You should get in touch with your school. They need more alumni like you to come forward. Good luck on your career...Bright Star

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    Thank your encouraging post about Spartan Health Sciences University, it shows that success is purely a product of your determination, motivation and hard work. Spartan has for the past thirty years been doing their best to give students pieces of the puzzle. It is how motivated you are that determines your future. The school has improved by leaps and bounds over the past few years and I encourage you to visit, you will be impressed by what they have been able to accomplish since you were here.

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    Hello,

    I am a current Spartan student and I must say I couldn't be happier reading your post. Before coming here I was a little apprehensive, as I am sure we all were at some point, but I could not be happier that I made the choice in coming here. Medicine is universal, the same physiology we learn here is the same physiology learned any where else, that is the beauty of medicine. And the education here at Spartan is very good, I do not feel shortened in any sense. It definitely feels good to read from others who have walked through these halls and have made it out the other side. You are right about the changes, just in my time here there have already been so many changes and additions for the good. I hope to read more posts from others who have made it and let us know there is light at the end of the tunnel.

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    This encourages me to apply. thank you for your honesty and telling us all about your experiences.

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    This is a very inspiring post . It will really help many in their decision on joining the school. Its heart warming when some one like you who has expereinced the education there has actually taken time to come forward and say a few good words for your alma mater. It sure is a proud moment for your school to read this note of appreciation.

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