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    The Pros and Cons of SGU: Facts and Opinions from Students and Alumni

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    Hey guys. I know this has been talked about a lot with different aspects discussed sporatically, but I'm considering these two and I want to compile some of the information into one thread. Also, I'm posting this in the AUC forum (with the reverse title).

    Anyway, why did/would you pick SGU over AUC? Also, can you describe the campus and location, along with the technology available on campus and the campus buildings and lecture halls and what they offer you? Is there food on campus? How's the library? How is the housing situation (on and off campus), along with the safety of those places? How are the classes and labs? Did you feel prepared for the USMLE exams? If I wanted to pursue a moderately competitive residency (right now I think radiology, but of course that could change), what would be my chances of landing a residency coming from this school? Lastly, can you more indepthly describe life on the island? I know many say you don't have "any time" to do anything but school, but I know that's quite the exaggeration. How are the restaurants and quality of life on the island? Does it feel third world or does it feel comfortable?

    Thanks so much guys.

    kgirl here, been requested to make this a sticky, use this to ask questions and add info about SGU vs. the other Carib/International schools. Keep it civil and thanks for all the future postings! Cheers
    Last edited by kananaskis_girl; 11-02-2009 at 07:35 PM. Reason: change title of thread

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    like you said it's been talked about a lot so why don't you just do a search. if you want to place it all in one thread than copy all the other threads about this topic and paste them in one big thread. whatever reasons people said 5 years ago will still apply today. so show some initiative.
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    Acutally, it's not a question of initiative. Many of the questions I've asked are directly answered anywhere else. And also, a lot is personal opinion and conversation based that I would like to have with people which I cannot do in dead posts. And I forgot, oh god, it must take you 3 minutes of your time to post an actual answer and you already wasted 30 seconds to a minute of your life posting a uselss answer. thanks

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    i agree with adverseaffinity...

    i HATE it when people say "do a search etc" ... why dont they just not reply? it takes a couple minutes that they have to put up a productive answer.

    jeeze... i wish that stupid search function didnt exist.

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    it's because people are sick and tired of seeing the same questions posted every couple of weeks. There should just be a sticky for this that way we don't have to look at it all the time. Just like they got rid of the "what are my chances" thread.
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    Well, I don't control stickies. So, that's not my fault. And I have been reading this forum for a little over a month and these exact questions are not addressed every week. Usually, the bickering is between SGU and Ross, not AUC.

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    Finally, a thread that DrFraud can really sink his teeth into. By the by, I didn't apply to AUC as I had never heard of them before interviewing with SGU so I can't compare.

    Here are SGU's match lists for the past few years:

    St. George’s University Alumni Academic Accomplishments - SGU Postgraduate success and SGU Residency Appointments

    You can compare them with AUC's. I don't know if they post them online.

    Campus - Built in the Spanish style, most buildings are stucco on cement with tile roofs. It's hilly and there are crabs (not the genital kind, although...). We're on a cliff overlooking the Caribbean sea, so if Venezuela's navy decides to invade we're the first line of defense.

    Location - True Blue, Grenada, on the southern-most tip of the island. Next to the airport. Within fist-shaking distance of Hugo Chavez.

    Technology - we have the Internets. As well as an online classroom management system, a couple of print rooms, and wireless throughout campus (except for the top floor of SD6; I'm sure other holes exist). And dozens of LCD TVs used for lab images. And spotlights on the basketball courts! And now the field! And we have hand dryers in the bathrooms! Unfortunately we have no proximity sensors to warn us about Venezuelan ships or cruise missiles. Some of the students are experimenting with using the local rum to make naval mines.

    Library - there are books there! You can also send faxes! The magic of technology lies in front of your eyes! There are also some printers. Parts are open 24/7. I don't study there because I don't like study halls. After Caribbean house, the library is the second-closest building to Venezuela on campus, and thus is designated the fallback line.

    Food on campus - yes. There is a canteen, a restaurant, and local people come to sell food and produce to students. I haven't seen any Venezuelan food.

    Housing situation - lottery-based after your first term. I moved off as quickly as I could and never looked back. Living off campus is an order of magnitude better than living on for a number of reasons. However, the commute from Venezuela is killer.

    Safety - stuff happens everywhere; if you use common sense and are proactive about your security it will probably not happen to you. There are exceptions to this rule. Some areas are safer than others - when you get here you'll find out which are which. Not too many students live out in Venezuela d.t. the anti-Americanism.

    Classes and Labs - first term is great, second term slightly less so, third term a little odd, and as for fourth term...survival mode kicks in. Labs vary depending on the course and are invariably run by MBBS's and MD's (a positive in my opinion). Haven't met anyone from Venezuela though.

    Steps - Haven't taken these so I'm not going to comment other than saying that according to a study published by some regulatory agency whose name escapes me (published in Academic Medicine), SGU has the highest 15-year pass rate of the Caribbean islands on Step I and Step II (but not step III, the Jamaicans are apparently better than us in that regard. But you take Step III in residency anyway). Venezuela's not a Caribbean island so it wasn't included in the study.

    Residency - see the matchlists. As far as I know no one pursues residency in Venezuela.

    Life on the island - I like the sky, the clouds, and my car which is my major source of entertainment. The food is decent but repetitive. The fresh fruits are decent and will be an eye-opener if you have never had things like starfruit, custard/sugar apple, cashew apple, mamoncillo, etc. If you're into clubbing this is not the place for you. If you're into hiking and the beach, this may be the place for you. It can be difficult to get certain things, like car parts or electronics, but you're not going to agonize over food as IGA has most of the brands you'd see in the States (assuming that's where you're from). The locals range from being belligerent to being very nice. Politeness goes a long way down here, as it probably does in Venezuela.

    Restaurants - There are basically two kinds of restaurants here - very cheap hole-in-the-wall type places to dress-up. Casual dining doesn't really exist. We have KFC and Subway. No McDonald's. No Applebee's. No Thai restaurants that I know of. Indian, Chinese, Sushi, Italian, Caribbean, Continental - those are your major restaurant cuisines. However, that should not be taken to mean that there are only five restaurants on the island. There are no Venezeulan restaurants as there are very few Venezuelans on the island. I've learned how to make the things I crave instead of thinking about how if I were back in the States I could go get them.

    Third world - I don't think it is but I've been to actual third world countries. If you've never been outside of the U.S. you may be in for a little bit of a shock. If you've never been anywhere with homeless people or beggars you may be in for a shock (though there are relatively few of those in the area around the Uni). If you absolutely have to have Starbucks, you will be in for a shock. The more flexible you are the smoother the transition will be, but this is a general quality and not Grenada-specific. Like Venezuela, the government is socialist which can make certain aspects of life difficult.
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    Quote Originally Posted by conjuctiva View Post
    i agree with adverseaffinity...

    i HATE it when people say "do a search etc" ... why dont they just not reply? it takes a couple minutes that they have to put up a productive answer.
    I notice that you didn't take the time to put up a productive answer to any of the questions the OP had.

    jeeze... i wish that stupid search function didnt exist.
    Removing web site features that will cause the same old questions to be asked even more frequently solves the problem how?
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    Quote Originally Posted by adverseaffinity View Post
    Anyway, why did/would you pick SGU over AUC?
    Didn't apply to AUC because I didn't know it existed.
    Also, can you describe the campus and location, along with the technology available on campus and the campus buildings and lecture halls and what they offer you?
    Campus - Buildings on a hill. Pictures can be found on SGU's website.

    Location - At the end of the True Blue peninsula. Since it is really close to the airport and only a few miles from the grocery store you can live your entire time in Grenada having traveled no further than a 5 mile radius.

    Technology - We have access to the Intertubes. Lectures are taped and able to be watched over the 'tubes. Faxes, photocopiers, and printing all in the library for a price.

    Lecture halls - Seats, screens, wireless, variable AC, and a stage. Some of them could use more electrical outlets for those students who like to bring their laptops.

    Is there food on campus?
    There is. Avoid Pearls.

    How's the library?
    A bit happier since they stopped checking IDs to get into it, but otherwise okay.

    How is the housing situation (on and off campus), along with the safety of those places?
    On campus you're safe.
    Off campus you need to make sure your home has the necessary features to ward off attacks while you are gone for 12 hours straight. Bars and dogs are very common methods used to secure your home. KFC uses razor wire.

    How are the classes and labs?
    Varies quite a bit. Some are good, some are bad, most are okay. A lot like my undergrad days.

    Did you feel prepared for the USMLE exams?
    I'll tell you next year.

    If I wanted to pursue a moderately competitive residency (right now I think radiology, but of course that could change), what would be my chances of landing a residency coming from this school?
    A LOT lower than if you went to a US or Canadian school.


    Lastly, can you more indepthly describe life on the island?
    I go to school, I study, weekly trip to the grocery store, and I work over the breaks to help pay for the experience. That's, in short, my life on the island.

    I know many say you don't have "any time" to do anything but school, but I know that's quite the exaggeration.
    Um, yeah, okay. Next.

    How are the restaurants and quality of life on the island?
    Restaurants are just like in the US; they vary hugely by price and quality. If you want cheap you can get some really nasty and really cheap Chinese food over in LAE. If you want some really fancy food, you can get that too. It all depends on how much you are willing to spend. My lunch during the week comes out of the back of a van.

    As for quality of life, if you're the kind of person who needs A LOT of entertainment to keep you happy, you're probably going to be in trouble here. If you like the beach, can find entertainment over the internet, SCUBA, or similar activities, you'll be great.

    Does it feel third world or does it feel comfortable?
    Grenada is no where near a third world country. My wife and I (and the hounds of heck) are comfortable here but a non-trivial number of students are not. It all depends on how adaptable you are. If you need a selection of 10 different places where you can get food at midnight it is going to be a long two years. For others much of the discomfort comes from distance from friends and family for months at a time.
    SGU SOM Dropout, M.D.

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    Thank you for those responses. I'm actually currently studying abroad in Santiago Chile, so I know what it's like to live in a less develop place than the US and to live away from my family. Can we bring pets with us? And are there any decent apartments close enough to take care of the dogs during a lunch break or something like that?

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