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    Pros and Cons of SGU

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    Looking for honest pros and cons of this school.

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    pros vs. cons

    run a search. this topic has been discussed extensively. so much so i think we're ready to write a dissertation on it.

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    Maybe I wasn't specific enough, I wanted more CURRENT info, I did a search and much of the info is dated. I wanted some Post hurricane info and with respect to the island and living conditions etc...Seems like much of the current info says, 'do a search' but the search info is old.
    I have applied to US schools and although I am MORE than qualified - MCAT 30Q Science GPA 3.6 Overall GPA 3.85 - my age is precluding me from gaining a spot in the US schools (42). Though US schools claim they do not discriminate against age, that is an outright lie.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cc-cat *********
    Maybe I wasn't specific enough, I wanted more CURRENT info, I did a search and much of the info is dated. I wanted some Post hurricane info and with respect to the island and living conditions etc...Seems like much of the current info says, 'do a search' but the search info is old.
    I have applied to US schools and although I am MORE than qualified - MCAT 30Q Science GPA 3.6 Overall GPA 3.85 - my age is precluding me from gaining a spot in the US schools (42). Though US schools claim they do not discriminate against age, that is an outright lie.
    Have you applied D.O. ?

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    Futr DR: Yes I have but have not been impressed with the two schools I interviewed at, and they are the two best schools. Their clinical rotations were just as 'bad' as the Caribbean schools if not worse. Additionally, I am NOT AT ALL interested in the manipulation aspect of DO education.

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    ok here you go.

    Pros: it never snows here, the beatch is a 5min drive or walk away. part of the library and some lecture halls are open 24 hours so u can study all night. we start clinical interviews from term 1 so you are confident with your patient interviews when its time to be in the hospital. The profs don't do research so they are always available for questions, and some even give out their cell phone numbers. There are a lot of review sessions held by both students who have completed the course and profs. You can get private tutoring if needed. The full time profs and visiting ones are experts in their fields and some are famous. You will be able to practice medicine in all 50 states after graduating from SGU. Students are friendly for the most part and will help you out if you have a question about something or a problem of some sort.

    Cons: you live in a 3rd world country, sometimes there is no water(rarely), sometimes electricity goes out(rarely) maintenace takes a while to fix problems, everything moves slow on the island, there is no store or food place thats open 24 hours. Sometimes its hard to find a good place to study. the classes are huge 300+. Sometimes the super market runs out of food, i.e. bread, milk, eggs, cold cuts. Food is over priced because it has to be delivered from either the states or other countries. Almost nothing is grown/made on the island. There is no internet in the dorm rooms, but there is wireless in lecture halls and the library, but the internet doesn't work sometimes or is slow alot of the time.

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    Another pro: You can decel at sgu meaning if you can't handle the work load or feel that you would rather go at a slower pace and learn everything better instead of constantly craming you can decel meaning drop some courses and you can do that twice so you would spend an extra 2 terms on the island but your work load would be sufficiently less. with other schools if u can't handle the work load you are kicked out. It is also very hard to fail out of SGU.
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    Is there any negative aspects of decel., i.e. during residency interviews?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cc-cat *********
    Futr DR: Yes I have but have not been impressed with the two schools I interviewed at, and they are the two best schools. Their clinical rotations were just as 'bad' as the Caribbean schools if not worse. Additionally, I am NOT AT ALL interested in the manipulation aspect of DO education.

    umm...well, caribbean rotations really are not as 'bad' as u may think.

    yes, u will get your fair share of both good and bad rotations (same as if u were in a U.S. school), but your attitude going into the rotation will make the difference. If you expect to be spoonfed everything, well, u will be disappointed. If you go in there asking people how to do things and taking on responsibility, u will do fine.

    And really, there are many people out here with Stats very similar to yours (some with even higher stats than yours). But really, none of that makes a difference in the long run or when ure down here for that matter. Everyone is on level ground and your Boards scores are what will set u apart from the pack.

    Good luck with your decision.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cc-cat *********
    Futr DR: Yes I have but have not been impressed with the two schools I interviewed at, and they are the two best schools. Their clinical rotations were just as 'bad' as the Caribbean schools if not worse. Additionally, I am NOT AT ALL interested in the manipulation aspect of DO education.
    Have you tried posting at SDN and getting feedback from alumni of the schools you interviewed at? Also, the DO education is more than just manipulation. Are you interested in holistic mind/body/spirit medicine?

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