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    hey guys. It's been quite a while since I've visited the site. Recently I completed an OB/GYN residency in Florida. I can see that there are still nasty people that stain these forums with garbage. Well, I'm here to tell you guys absolute truth (from someone who has been through every single step coming directly from Spartan).

    Short version:
    life on the island was great for me. I set up most of my rotations myself after the main core rotations. The school is not the easiest to work with, but by far, not the worst (my friends in residency from other "top 4 carrib schools" have just as many problems as we do).. and by the way, there are no "top 4 carrib schools". when you get to residency we are all carrib students.. believe it! the only difference in a graduating resident from spartan and a graduate from ross/sgu/saba/whoever else---- is a 300,000 dollar debt!

    residency is obtainable in florida! licensing is obtainable in florida!

    When you get into residency everyone asks where you are from. They don't want to know where you were born, they are asking "where did you go to medical school".... NO ONE EVER ASKS OR CARES WHAT CARRIB SCHOOL YOU CAME FROM. EVER! All they care about is if you can pass your exams. And if you pass your exams, can you beat the US med residents? If so, they give you respect.

    Myself and 3 other classmates scored above 97 percentile on all 3 board exams. 1,2,3 usmle. It is "do-able".

    The road is long and rough, but at the end (where I am now) it's super sweet. So please do not get down when you read these garbage posts by people who know nothing! They will still be posting "garbage" here on this site in 6-8 yrs when you get done with residency and are making 300K!!!!! The same pathetic characters were posting crap before I attended spartan.

    For what it's worth,
    USMLE 1-3 done!
    OB/GYN Specialty boards--done!!
    Top Laparoscopic Surgeons award--done!!
    Top residency inservice exam years 1,3,4--done!!
    Top Robotic Surgeons award--done!!
    Licensed in Florida/Oregon/Idaho--done!!

    do you need any more?--those of you that keep posting garbage will still be posting garbage when the real students of life are living!
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    I just want to add one more little blurb here. Every carrib studend complains about the administration at their school--Especially when you are in the 3rd and 4th year. But I have to telll you, the administration (Dr. R) will bend over backwards to get you licensed. The school seems picky towards the end, but you will realize that it's all for future state licensing issues. I have to commend the school on how they fight to get us licensed. --Thank you.
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    Thank you RN2MD for your post. When you say that you set up most of your own roations how many are you talking about? Did the school help at all? How difficult is it to set up your own roations? Also do you know how many people secure a residency after clinical is done?

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    I'm not sure what you are asking about "securing residency?" If you mean how many people get residency through the match after they finish rotations then I'd say almost everyone who passes step 2 will get a residency the first year. If it takes you multiple tries to pass the exams (1 and 2) then you may have to fight harder to get a spot, or take a spot in an undesired area. If you are asking how many secure a spot out of the match, then I'd say I only know a few people that took at "prematch" position. All you have to do is pass the exam. You will find a residency.

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    I set up the majority of my rotations, but that was back in 2005 and 2006 when they allowed it. I'm not sure how things are working now. I chose to set them up because I wanted to be in a specific state (oregon).

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    Have you had no trouble getting a license in Oregon? GREAT news! That's my home state, and I always heard/read that they are not very FMG/IMG friendly.

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    The board of Oregon is surely "nit picky" about small stuff. But they need docs (especially in the rural areas). It was a little harder that Florida, but not as bad as Cali.

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    RN2DR, when you went into med school I'm assuming you were a RN? Did you do any of the courses that they recommend like the chem physics math and bio? If not did you find it difficult to grasp some things because you were lacking that knowledge? The reason I ask is because I'm a paramedic and am attracted to Caribbean med schools because of the fact that I should be able to get in without any extra schooling.

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    The students with medical back ground seemed to do better from the start. There is a great advantage to students that have some type of tangible or concrete experiences to make learning medicine easier. If you have some history of patient care that you can recall and compare to what you are learning (in every area ie.. hysto/biochem/physio/etc..) you will be way ahead of the game. I did take some of the required courses prior to going to the school, but I found them to be of little (in any) help. The "name of the game" is that you are reading the same books as everyone else in medical school. So, read the books and do board questions from the start. The more questions you review the better you will become at taking medical tests. (and there are a lot of those!....step 1.2.3/yearly inservice exams/specialty boards/etc..)

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    Thank you so much! That is my biggest concern about going to med school in the Caribbean.

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