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    Any tips for an incoming student for the term of August,2018 ?

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    I am accepted to start Medical School at St George's Medical school for the term of August,2018. I would appreciate any tips that could help me with my study,life in Geenada, life in campus ....etc?
    Thanks for taking the time to consider my thread. I will be coming from Chicago, Illinois by the way.
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    You should search the post from earlier people. People have asked this question a bunch of times lol.

    Campus life - Secluded because you have 2000-3000 students on the island. They have a limited food options on campus. From New York Bagel, Subway and Grill food options. Off campus food is cultural and really nice options. The Grenadian culture has more patience than American culture. Meaning things don't happen as fast in GND than the do in America. The professor will treat you like a # if you let them. If you are in the August class you will have 800-1000 people starting off with you. By December it might dwindle to 700-800 . So they don't care enough to remember you, if you wont pass the first couple exams.

    There is club scene, Bananas, Options, The Brew and some other spots being made recently.

    What else would you like to know ? lol

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    Thanks for the tips and for your time! I will make sure to dig through the previous posts. Are you currently a student there ? And which year ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by biochemistmd View Post
    Thanks for the tips and for your time! I will make sure to dig through the previous posts. Are you currently a student there ? And which year ?
    3 rd year student. and yes current

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    take a good hard look at your grades and what you believe you are capable of. make sure you have considered ALL of the options out there for yourself - because you are about to sign up for something that could LITERALLY make or break you.

    if you make it all the way through and you don't get a residence spot. you are in for a long, long world of hurt.

    also consider something that I did not: things change. so in 4 years your prospects of getting a residence spot may change form what it is today.

    If you are fine with all of that then don't worry about the rest. the island is nice. theres a grocery store. you can find places to study.

    ultimately your success is up to you. but make sure this is what you really want. and keep asking yourself that after your terms are over because the further you go down the rabbit hole the weirder it gets.
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    Thank you for the advice. If you do not mind answering, which year are you and do you regret your decision of going to SGU?

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    Quote Originally Posted by biochemistmd View Post
    Thank you for the advice. If you do not mind answering, which year are you and do you regret your decision of going to SGU?
    I graduated in 2009. I am still trying to get a residence spot but have moved on to doing other things. While most of my colleagues were able to get residence for the ones who did not we are completely screwed. I am Canadian and this might be part of my issue. I will admit much of this is my fault: I failed CK once. but that is part of the issue with going this route - if ANYTHING doesn't fall into place there is no way for you to make up for lost ground - you are just DONE.

    The school is also not supportive of the people who fail to get a residence spot. They will try to point out where YOU were to fault. They will suggest things like "do an MBA, do an MPH - oh btw you can do those here at SGU..." (being a Canadian doing an MPH and/of an MBA will get me not very far - these may be options for Americans - but the Canadaian job market is different - and getting a Visa to work in the states is not that easy - I have managed to get a few employers interested only to fall into a weird position of being offered a job and not being able to get a visa) btw those jobs paid about 40K/year (starting - might lead to something better down the road)

    so what I'm saying is: the MD becomes worthless. people will say to make it into something - but it really is worthless people don't value foreign trained MDs without a license.

    there is no internship available in SGU (I have asked about an internship in grenada so I can keep my skills relevant) they keep saying they are planning on it for the future (I started asking about this in 2011).

    I didn't know how quickly things would get competitive - or that things get more competitive with time. and I didn't know how hard it would be to get a residence spot after failing CK once. (I passed step 1 and CS on first attempt)

    Yes I regret SGU. now. but I don't know if I could have made a better decision way back then with the information I had. (which is why I try to keep posting on here to help people with collecting the information to make the best decision for them)

    I was not a great student before coming to SGU. I had a mid-B average - and a B average at SGU. be aware that if that is what you have you may end up like me.
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    I see. Well, I think you are right on many points you make but in the end of the day you gotta give it your best. Why you are not trying to get a residency in Canada ? Or Maybe Australia ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by biochemistmd View Post
    I see. Well, I think you are right on many points you make but in the end of the day you gotta give it your best. Why you are not trying to get a residency in Canada ? Or Maybe Australia ?
    Canada has very few residence spots for IMGs. I have been interviewed a number of times but no luck (I have done tons of interview prep). Australia is not really an option unless you are a citizen there (they have almost no 1st year residence spots for IMGs - and the ones they do have are given first and foremost to IMGs who went to school there - this isi similar to UK, Scotland, Ireland). I have also looked at going to South Africa - and am in talks with a group there to help me - (political situation is very complicated applying there as a foreigner). I have tried to get SGU to help me with applying for an internship in Trinidad - but they are not helpful (I thought they might be because of SGU's relationship with the medical council)-> I tried to pursue an application on my own with them but its very difficult unless you live on the island. I have tried a few other islands in the caribbean but many are very short on intern spots (and their internship isn't recognized in most other countries)

    My apologies if I sounds like I am making excuses. I am open to all suggestions and also realize my current situation is of my own making. I am happy to answer any questions anyone has if it helps you make a decision that is best for you.
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    Well, I really wish you the best and I hope that you will get some residency soon. I would suggest trying Dubai or other areas in UAE. They love to hire English speakers . Best of Luck!!
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