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    RNAPoly is offline Permanently Banned 510 points
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    Visit To Spartan

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    I had a chance to visit Spartan in person. I was there for a week and attended classes. The school’s campus is small but is very adequate for the number of students they presently have. The faculty is very motivated and they do a good job of teaching the material. The school’s curriculum is geared towards the USMLE and they cover all the high yield topics. I sat through a week of classes and compared the lectures to the First Aide for step I. They hit everything during lectures and the concepts are thoroughly discussed. The island is quiet and offers few distractions. The cost of living is reasonable for those concerned about finances. The school does not offer any financial aid except for those students eligible for Canadian student loans.

    This is a small school that offers everything you need to become a physician. The school has been around for over thirty years. The previous management did some damage to the reputation of the school but the new team that purchased the school has made some major changes and it shows. The students are serious and appear happy with the school and the education they are getting.

    The garbage that is posted here is old news. The school has a lot of track record and has produced a lot of practicing physicians.



    If anybody has any questions about my visit to the school, you can either post them here or you can PM me.

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    You did the right thing. It is a standing advice of mine to visit any and all schools that you are considering before you decide to enroll. It is a small expense that you incur to protect a huge investment of time and money. The outcome of going to any Caribbean Medical School invariably depends on how well you apply yourself to the study of medicine and how knowledgable you are. Rest of things are all secondary.

    Not every school will fit everyone seeking to go to the caribbeans and the only way to find out first hand is to visit the school and the island.

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    thumbs up for Spartan, Me and my wife visited Spartan during Hectic times, The Hurricane, late October 2010. Spartan Students & Faculty jumped in to clean up the mess, and Surprisingly ONLY Lost ONE DAY of classes...unlike the other school on the Island, which was close for more than 3 weeks
    I have a son and a nephew who attend Spartan... All the children at Spartan are Great people and very pleasant and , from what we saw....No one had any complains against the school or the environment.....why would they complain?? Spartan's staff and the management is treating them well

    Tushar & Panna Patel

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    I researched caribbean medical schools for months before deciding to come to Spartan (I start in Jan '11), and I can tell you a few of the reasons why I chose spartan. I was initially interested in St. James, however, they don't have NY approval, they are still relatively new (just turned 10 yrs old i believe), AND their accreditation is on shaky grounds right now with the whole NVAO approval thing from the Dutch government. The reason I was interested in St. James is because of the very reasonable tuition and living costs (which Spartan also has).
    One of my cousin's friends attended spartan before, and now she is working in the Cardiology department at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada (which is one of the best and most competitive med schools in all of Canada), so I know it is possible to become successful from this school. The school has a 30 year track record, and has been pushing out doctors all that time. As I mentioned before, the tuition is really cheap when you compare with AUC, Ross, SABA, etc.
    Another reason I chose Spartan, as a Canadian, there is a lot of financial assistance you can receive to pay for your tuition + living expenses. First off Royal Bank of Canada offers a $150 000 line of credit for Canadians studying medicine abroad. In addition to that, we are eligible to apply for BOTH provincial AND federal student loans for up to $90 000 (personally I am receiving around $20 000 just this semester). That is a total of $ 240 000 of funding for Canadian students (interest free, with exception to the line of credit), if you are not able to pay for it yourself. I am not sure the availability of funding for Americans, but I am sure if we can get it, then so can you guys.
    Finally, it is most important to note the academic quality of the school. I have talk to various students attending the school, as well as thoroughly went over their curriculum and am satisfied with what they are offering. There doesnt seem to be any problems with the professors, and the staff that I have been in contact with have been very helpful and friendly, most importantly they are very straight forward. There are a lot of horror stories we have all probably heard of or read about from caribbean students, but we must remember that in the end it is all up to the student on their success. If you are going to over to that school with intentions of slacking off and having fun, then you will probably become one of those stories, but if you have the discipline and organization to get through it, you will be fine. You cannot expect to do last minute planning for everything, and have everything work out perfectly. If you plan well ahead of time, you will be much better off. This is the end of my little rant, but hopefully prospective students will read this and get a better understanding of why a lot of people choose to come to Spartan.

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    Eliminating the competition

    RNAPoly was actually on the island and reported favorable information about Spartan and not so favorable information about IAU. I found it very interesting that this person was immediately banned! I am certain this was pushed by IAU in order to prevent further leaks of favorable information about Spartan.
    Imagine a nightmare scenario for IAU if a whole bunch of their students get sick and tired of the appalling conditions in that school and decide on a mass transfer to Spartan!

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