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    What's currently going on with the SCIMD?

    Does St. christopher's college of med./MUA Belize still exist ?

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    I am a graduate of SCIMD. I am currently completing residency in an extremely competitive medical discipline at a well respected US hospital (multiple listings in US News & World Report's list of Top 50 Hospitals). My scores on the USMLE steps 1, 2, and 3 were 99, 87, and 98, respectively. I published in both US and British peer-reviewed journals during med school. SCIMD was my second med school (I transferred from a Caribbean school). The quality of education (which is often attacked on this website by individuals never enrolled at the school) was excellent. I wasn't one of those nurses-turned-doctor who already knew everything going into med school and I attribute my success to the education I got at SCIMD. As for the alleged problems with accreditation and oversight, SCIMD in the UK is one of two legitimate colleges of medicine within a larger Senegalese university system. The only problems I encountered obtaining a residency position, ECFMG certification, or training license were those encountered by all foreign medical graduates: higher application fees, longer delays in paperwork, and fewer interview offers than my counterparts who graduated from American medical schools. What I hear UNOFFICIALLY from current students is that very impressive strides have recently been made by the current administration to undo some of the damage that was done to the college's reputation by the former administration. Good luck to anyone considering this or any other foreign medical school; you'll have to be a little sharper, harder working, more professional, and more personable than graduates of American medical schools with similar (or even worse) stats to beat them out for residency positions.

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    I don't know that the quality of education ever came into question. If it did, it wasn't a major point of contention. The issue was about the legitimacy of the charter under which it was established, and the ability of grads to practice in the states because of those issues.

    The real problem was the cheerleaders that came on the forum making the school seem like the greatest thing since sliced bread. They told lies, and people caught them in them again and again. They did more to harm the schools reputation than anyone. Just to put that out there. G
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    Quote Originally Posted by TAFKA View Post
    I am a graduate of SCIMD. I am currently completing residency in an extremely competitive medical discipline at a well respected US hospital (multiple listings in US News & World Report's list of Top 50 Hospitals). My scores on the USMLE steps 1, 2, and 3 were 99, 87, and 98, respectively. I published in both US and British peer-reviewed journals during med school. SCIMD was my second med school (I transferred from a Caribbean school). The quality of education (which is often attacked on this website by individuals never enrolled at the school) was excellent. I wasn't one of those nurses-turned-doctor who already knew everything going into med school and I attribute my success to the education I got at SCIMD. As for the alleged problems with accreditation and oversight, SCIMD in the UK is one of two legitimate colleges of medicine within a larger Senegalese university system. The only problems I encountered obtaining a residency position, ECFMG certification, or training license were those encountered by all foreign medical graduates: higher application fees, longer delays in paperwork, and fewer interview offers than my counterparts who graduated from American medical schools. What I hear UNOFFICIALLY from current students is that very impressive strides have recently been made by the current administration to undo some of the damage that was done to the college's reputation by the former administration. Good luck to anyone considering this or any other foreign medical school; you'll have to be a little sharper, harder working, more professional, and more personable than graduates of American medical schools with similar (or even worse) stats to beat them out for residency positions.
    I get it......TAFKA is The Artist Formerly Known as ........

    great success story bro!! Total props and love for you! I would so rather spend my basic science in London like you did. and your scores ROCK.

    I am very impressed with the residency you are doing. .

    PROPS dude!
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    Can St. Chris grads get licensure in New York ? and New Jersey?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JHarris View Post
    great success story bro!! Total props and love for you! I would so rather spend my basic science in London like you did. and your scores ROCK.
    Quote Originally Posted by JHarris View Post
    Dude, why hide your residency? That would be an inspiration to guys like me. I want to do something similar and you are a role model.
    Thanks. I'm actually a second year resident, but residency is 5 years, not 4... I'll graduate in 2011. I used the word "completing" to mean "in the process of ticking requirements off my checklist," not to imply that I would be done soon. It's complicated why I feel the need for the cloak and dagger, but there are a number of VMD users who have a great deal of animosity for St. Chris and who think an attack on one of its graduates equates to an attack on the school...

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    Can St. Chris grads get licensure in New York ? and New Jersey?
    It's actually hard to know the answers to these questions because many states evaluate licensure applicants on a case-by-case basis and we are a relatively young school who have not had applicants apply to all states. However, that being said, there is certainly no guarantee that graduates of St. Chris would be granted a license in either of the states about which you're asking... at this time, I would recommend either attending a school about which these questions have been definitively answered or waiting until they have been definitively answered about this school. There are a number of states in which St. Chris has fully licensed graduates practicing (I'd suggest identifying these states yourself by contacting the college directly), and a few states in which applicants have been denied (California and Texas come to mind). Good luck.

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    not jersey

    Quote Originally Posted by GEM29 View Post
    Can St. Chris grads get licensure in New York ? and New Jersey?

    new york probably yes, new jersey probably no because they have a charter clause where basic sc i has to be done in country of charter.

    and tafka congrats on making through 1st year..after learning more about yoru specialty the theoretical writen part is rough all the residents here get stressed around the time of competency exams....
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    Actually NY requires medical schools to be recognized by the country where they are located (NYS Medicine Requirements), so SCIMD grads would not be eligible.

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    see licensing problem in arkansas

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    Quote Originally Posted by azskeptic View Post

    wow, that's pretty depressing to think that a person can graduate and not be allowed to work.
    but who needs arkansas. Other than my main man Clinton, nothing good ever came out of arkansas ( that and John Daly went to undergrad there at the U)

    hey azskeptic, I was reading of your battles on wikipedia with a person called pareleluni and and all of his sock puppets like azrealist ( over this this particular school )
    that was awesome but is there any chance that you are biased against this school?

    I mean TAFKA is in a red hot residency at a red hot program so SCIDMAR can't be a ll bad right, if you are only banned in arkansas?

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