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    Words of wisdom from a SJSM graduate

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    Hey guys, I was recently speaking to a former SJSM student who is now a resident in Canada. He gave me some really good information and I wanted to share it with all of you that may be looking at this school or current students to give you some inspiration:

    Thank you for contacting me regarding SJSM!

    I was student coordinator both on the island and in Chicago for clinical rotations so I have collected and distributed tons of info for students in the past. Although a graduate of SJSM I continue to provide resources to students 24/7 with pleasure!!

    I am currently a resident family physician in Winnipeg, Canada.

    Below are some details I prepared for previous students who have asked me the same questions (save this e-mail for future reference):

    1. SJSM’s reputation has been building over the last 10 years and the school is growing in student body and resources.

    2. Many students have obtained residencies (in the US mostly, with a few in Canada) and many more are matching as we speak!

    3. The school is 100% legit. It gives you a fast and cheap way to write the USMLE step 1 so you can begin clinical rotations.

    4. After your 4 years of med school, you get an M.D. designation and you can apply for residency in the US and Canada, and depending on your scores and references… you should be able to match.

    5. The photos you see on the website are actually of the school. It’s not much to look at. A simple—bare minimum facility that has what you need: rooms with desks, internet access, powerpoint presentations, anatomy labs with cadavers, student lounge, library…etc. It’s nothing like any school you have been to—so prepare slightly lower expectations when it comes to the school’s architecture and design! It gets the job done however!

    6. The teachers are slightly different from when I was there.. but generally, the only problem you may have with some of them is understanding their accents! They are all qualified to teach, very bright and friendly.

    7. As for academic material, the school will prepare you for about 70% of what you need for the USMLE step 1 exam. The rest you will need to fill in with either Kaplan, PASS, USMLEWORLD or self-study.

    8. For now… the links you should familiarize yourself with are:

    a. ECFMG® | Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates

    b. United States Medical Licensing Examination®

    9. In terms of prepping for basic sciences, I have tones of advice for you (which I recommend we discuss over the phone). Some useful links can be found at:

    a. General info for each subject: Medical Student | Medical Education | Medical Textbook | Medical School | - MedicalStudent.com: A digital library of authoritative medical information for the medical student and all students of medicine

    b. Ways to help memorize concepts: Medical Mnemonics .com: World's Database of Medical Mnemonics

    c. Animations: All Medical Animations ; 3D Medical Animation Library

    Though it cost all you have, get understanding.

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    Hey thanks for posting this hopefuldoc....
    nice to hear such good things from a previous student.
    Now it just comes down to our own hard work.

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    I have been nothing but impressed with the location in Anguilla, the school itself is small but very nice. I am glad that I am going to St. James.

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    Thank you for posting this. It certainly provides encouragement for everyone on the island. I have a few questions that I would like to ask the former SJSM student practicing in Winnipeg. Could you send me the email address or possibly post it (with the permission of the student of course).

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