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    dc119 is offline Newbie 510 points
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    Entering Class of Jan 2010. Introduce yourself

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    Hello everyone. I am thrilled to be joining the ranks of students at St. James to pursue an M.D. My wife and 5 month old boy will be joining me. I'd just like to get acquainted with my fellow classmates. I am native to Atlanta and have completed my undergraduate work at the University of Utah.

    Please introduce yourself if you will be entering in Jan 2010.

    I'd also like to welcome any "woulda, shoulda, coulda" advice from those who have already begun their studies. Woulda done this... Shoulda brought this... Coulda studied this... kind of information would be appreciated.

    Thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by dc119 View Post
    Hello everyone. I am thrilled to be joining the ranks of students at St. James to pursue an M.D. My wife and 5 month old boy will be joining me. I'd just like to get acquainted with my fellow classmates. I am native to Atlanta and have completed my undergraduate work at the University of Utah.

    Please introduce yourself if you will be entering in Jan 2010.

    I'd also like to welcome any "woulda, shoulda, coulda" advice from those who have already begun their studies. Woulda done this... Shoulda brought this... Coulda studied this... kind of information would be appreciated.

    Thank you

    Hi there...I'm not attending Jan 2010, but I possibly might be there May 2010.....(still waiting on my chances here in the states, by Nov. to make a final decision)....I saw you're from Atlanta, I actually live 4 hours from there....(SW GA)....I thought I was gonna bring my wife & 8 month old son w/ me to the island, but I decided not to so I could be more focused on my studies, (and cheaper)......But anyway...Just thought I'd say hi, since your from my neck of the woods....

    Did the school tell you about their loan options? (I was told they were providing in-house loans starting 1/2010......dunno if its true, but it would be would good to hear from someone who's actually starting 1/2010....

    Later....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunnypwnsj00 View Post
    p.s. the pass rate for the USMLE(we heard from teachers here) is 5%.

    wow!....5% ??.......I was wondering why the website doesn't post the USMLE pass rates online....Do u believe that the professors are not giving the students the proper material for the test or is it a lack of sufficient study methods on the students part??

    I know it's up to the students to pass the USMLE but 5% tells me that there is something wrong with the structure, not just the students------I think I will wait paying my deposit for the 5/2010 class until I find a little more information about this...Perhaps I should look into another school, bc this information seems very depressing..

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    Thank you Sunnypwnsj00 for your honest input. It goes a long way for those of us who are trying to sift through the posts and decipher who is telling the truth and who is not.

    Percentages can be misleading. 5% certainly sounds abismal. Who is the population group? Does it take into account all of the pre-meds and MD1's who maybe didn't make it through the Basics Sciences? Or was it from a professor who wanted to instill in the students the importance focused study habits? These are questions I ask myself when I hear a statistic. For me, it just adds a little motivation to work hard.

    I'm sorry to hear about the sickness throughout the class. This raises obvious concerns for my young child. (We will be joining the Bonaire campus)

    I wonder about the airline return ticket. Does everyone go home between each semester? We plan on staying on the island for 16 consecutive months at least. Airlines seldom plan for flights that far in advance. How is this typically handled?

    Again, please don't allow my inquiries to distract from your studies. Concise and honest feedback is however very helpful.

    Regards

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    I just wanted to comment on a few things. There are alot of students getting sick down here, but i don't think it's the swine flu based on the symptoms (my symptoms), so don't be scared about that. As for the USMLE pass rate. I doubt you'll find too many caribbean schools if any who release true pass rate percentages. I'm a student at Saint James and i've heard at least 5 different percentages from several people ranging from 5%-15%-30%-70%. 5% is the lowest that i've heard and i would have to say that is completely unbelievable and some of these other #'s i've heard supposedly came from professors too. I know the pass rate is probably low, but i highly doubt it's 5%. You really can't believe anybody. That is the sad truth. It will just come down to the individual when it comes to passing the USMLE not what school you went too. I try not to listen to the USMLE pass rate rumors because it seems there are #'s flying all over the place. There are some people, who scored a 99% on the USMLE who came from Saint James, not many, but there are some. There are also many others who have passed, so do be discouraged.

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    To all incoming students arriving at St. James,
    I would like to share my experience thus far. I am an MD1 student who initially found this school on the internet. I was so excited at the begging to hear the pass rate was around 70% and that it was all going to be easy to get back to the states. When I arrived to Bonaire I came across many problems with this school. First of all this school is extremely small (only 4 classrooms) that will be your first shock. Then when you enter the classroom all the desks and chairs are broken, there are also no windows and in my class, at first I needed to arrive at least at 6:30am (class starts at 8am) to get a decent seat because there were so many students and not enough spots. If you sit in the back you can barely hear or understand anything. Also to find a place to stay here is not an easy task, I arrived very early and it was extremely tough for me to find a place, I wish all of you luck on that. Also find a safe place because there are many robberies that happen on this island but not a lot of people will tell you about them. The president of the school just got his motorcycle stolen. I needed to get a car here because I couldnít find a decent place near the school. Furthermore another huge shock was during Anatomy lab when we had to dissect. They donít keep the cadavers in the freezer; they keep them in a room with 1-2 air conditioners, and maybe throw on some ice packs on them if they feel like it. One of the bodies started decomposing and it smelled so terrible, and all the teacher could do was spray perfume on it and say if you have asthma then just take a minute rest outside. They have air conditioners in the anatomy lab but they donít work well at all, you will be sweating and the smell is unbearable to a point where my eyes are tearing. Even one day when the power went out they still made us dissect. We needed to label our bodies to make it clearer for us and we did the labels all wrong and the teacher didnít even tell us a day before the exam!! To be honest I really donít learn much in class, I would be better off sitting at home the whole time studying then going to class from 8am-5pm, because by the time you get home youíre so exhausted you just want to drop. Then the worst part was when I asked the teachers about the pass rate for the USMLE one teacher told me its 5% and the other told me itís getting higher about 25%, but the dean will never actually reveal the true number itís just on the teachers observations. Also you need a return ticket or else you will get deported. I know two kids in our class who got deported because they didnít have a return ticket!!! Also bring your acceptance letter with you. If your coming to school here I wish you all luck. I really wish i knew this information before i arrived.
    Ps: Many students in our class transferred to Xiavier.
    Also more then half the class failed the first anatomy exam.
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    I called the school and spoke to someone and asked them if any of this was true..they told me it's not true and is just people that talk bad about the school because they either get kicked out , they don't pass, or they go to Xavier the other Medical School in Bonaire.
    I am going there in January starting Jan 2010 and I have gone to the island myself. It's not the best of the best, of course is poor. But 16 months will fly by I think and we could do it!
    The passing rate for the USMLE shouldn't be so low because then people wouldn't be going there I think....
    Living in the island is expensive so this is true...and there isn't much to do when not studying other than going to the beach I think....

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