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    scolari66 is offline Junior Member 512 points
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    Why Term 5 sucks...so far


    Just a little description of why SGU SOM Term 5 sucks so far.

    First thing, I was at an idyllic place over break. Coming back to all the crazy H-bus drivers and just Grenada in general was a bit of a culture shock. I've seen 4 major accidents in the last week at the roundabout near Frequente Industrial Park and at least 3 near the Lavo Lanes Bowling alley--how many people have to die or be injured before they enforce some sort of speed limit, or put up a traffic light, or tell bus drivers they can't drink rum and cokes all day as they drive around at high speed.
    But back to the curriculum...
    Term 5 seems to have a lot of clandestine instructions. Amid all the junk emails I get from the school every day, a rare
    minority will actually describe a class project or deadline. Students seem to be getting most of their information from Facebook, which is not supposed to be the de facto syllabus or all-purpose learning tool for this class, last I heard, especially in light of all the questionable data-mining the company revealed in the last weeks. If anything, the more mature students of Term 5, ready to take on USMLE and clinicals, and their medical future, should be encouraged to outgrow that "high school" mentality. Instead information about course projects and assignments is very cliquish and "word of mouth" and Facebook-oriented. What's wrong with Professors articulating deadlines and projects during lecture? Is that no longer permitted? Or are they just lazy? Or out of touch?
    Also, like Pathology, Pathophysiology seems very disorganized. Not a week goes by that students are not re-assigned small groups or told to sit in a different table for Small Group session. Facilitators seem like they are going through the motions with little interest in the subject matter. This class is supposed to be a preparation for Step 1, but it feels more like a half-baked re-enactment of Pathology, which was not a class that got good reviews. It feels like the school has gotten so big that it can't support all the new students it keeps accepting for the next term, which is upwards of 1500 people, last I heard. Lines for food or coffee are longer that ever, roads to the schools are full of potholes, bulldozers, and dusty detours. Really, this seems like a different environment that the one I enjoyed the first few moths here.
    Also there's an incredible amount of busy work. BSFCR seems like it implemented specifically to interfere with Pathophysiology and Pharmacology,
    and the classes are full of murky assignment descriptions and arbitrary deadlines seeming imposed in order to "weed people out."C
    Clinicals (ICM) is so full of busy work assignments it boggles the mind. When you just made it through one assignment on SAKAI, they lead you
    over to Bline for some other silly assignment.
    Isn't anyone listening? I've heard of this type of thing at inferior schools but it's not what I expect at the "Harvard of the Caribbean." There's no way I could recommend this school to prospective medical students. Lately it seems like a big mess.
    Last edited by scolari66; 10-10-2018 at 04:59 PM.

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    Being off the island for a year, I've come to realize that I miss my moped and daily sunshine more than I hated the horrible road conditions. Those "speed limit" signs had been put up right before my last term (summer 2017) and I heard rumors of the police finally getting a radar gun, I was hoping those sorts of things would finally modernize the driving conditions a bit.

    Now that I'm reading your post in December, hopefully this should mean that you're home and enjoying your last bits of freedom before starting dedicated. I will say that the BSFCR busy work actually did help with my Step prep. Once you're in clinicals, you'll see that the hospital curricula is often just as organized, and often has lots of busy work to prep you for Step 2 CS. Grenada just taught us all how to roll with the punches.

    Good luck on Step 1!
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