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    Honest Opinions About Attending St. James

    Hi! My husband is considering attending St. James. However, I have seen many things that are discouraging to me. I really would like to hear from alumni (preferably) or current students.

    First, some background. My husband graduated from a major university with a degree in accounting. He originally started premed and then changed when he wasn't getting the grades. He is very smart but at age 18 was not mature and did not focus on school as he should have. He successfully took biology, organismal bio, chem 1 & 2, physics 1 & 2, genetics, and organismal chem 1 (did not take 2). His grades were ** and Cs. After undergrad he went to law school. He graduated and passed the bar and has been practicing law now for several years. He has been successful practicing law but is itching to be a physician and regrets him immaturity during his college years. He wonders what kind of opportunities open up to people with a JD and MD. He might be able to get a great job as a malpractice attorney (we would still want him to be able to practice as a physician as well). He read somewhere about St. James and was thrilled to learn he could go without taking the MCAT. He is a GREAT test taker (did very will on LSAT) but feels he would do poorly because so much time has passed since school. He doesn't remember organic chemistry at all, he claims. He is now 31 years old. I am a school teacher. We have young children. The logistics of THAT situation is another can of worms!

    He has called and spoken to representatives at the school and of course they are all sunshine and roses. She bragged that 83% got residencies. I'm not sure what I've seen online reflects that. They obviously want him to go whether it is best for us or not.

    We are okay with the stigma of going to a Caribbean school. We are not snobbish about him doing clinical in an undesirable area. Don't care of others turn their noses up at us. We just want him to be a practicing physician when it is all said and done. I feel like he will work hard, he has proven he can work hard and pass difficult exams already, but I worry that is not enough to overcome the stigma attached to this school.

    I recently looked at the 2010-2015 match lists. I noticed there were very few students. 20-30? How many did not get matched? How many started to begin with? Do some students get their MD and then don't every get matched? Why? That sounds like devastation. Are there options for people who don't get matched? I am leaning toward this being a very bad idea. Am I right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by FutureDrEl View Post
    Has anyone talked to a former graduate I was doing my research and found out saint James isn’t accredited which is an issue if you get through the program pay all the money and then you can’t even practice because they’re not accredited
    Saint James is accredited... Go to CAAM-HP's website and their assessed programs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tempcpa View Post
    UGH! I got accepted, paid my $1k reservation fee and now after 23 phone calls and 14 emails, nobody at the campus has responded to me. Seems the organization has taken my money and not confirmed my seat. legal action next!!! ugh! I WILL WARN OTHERS ABOUT THIS. STUDENTS DON"T NEED THIS DECEPTION. I passed up other schools, lost $1k and all materials, and the travel costs. I almost lost my housing deposit but got it back. THis won't look good for SJSM. BE WARNED MAY 2018!!!!
    How did this all workout? I just applied and am curious :/ Hope it all worked out

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    Please explain how they are not accredited?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SJSM1234 View Post
    Saint James is accredited... Go to CAAM-HP's website and their assessed programs.
    Yes... it is so I am confused as to where he got his/her info.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tempcpa View Post
    UGH! I got accepted, paid my $1k reservation fee and now after 23 phone calls and 14 emails, nobody at the campus has responded to me. Seems the organization has taken my money and not confirmed my seat. legal action next!!! ugh! I WILL WARN OTHERS ABOUT THIS. STUDENTS DON"T NEED THIS DECEPTION. I passed up other schools, lost $1k and all materials, and the travel costs. I almost lost my housing deposit but got it back. THis won't look good for SJSM. BE WARNED MAY 2018!!!!

    didn't the Admission's person help you after you were admitted?

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    under caam-hp, Saint James is considered "Initial Provisional Accreditation on Probation extended for 1 year" but what happens after 2019 and it becomes Accreditation Denied / Not Accredited ? I'm worried I won't be able to practice in the US upon graduation

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    I just also applied and really worried actually about whether to go or not because of what I've read

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTUS View Post
    under caam-hp, Saint James is considered "Initial Provisional Accreditation on Probation extended for 1 year" but what happens after 2019 and it becomes Accreditation Denied / Not Accredited ? I'm worried I won't be able to practice in the US upon graduation
    They are due for a site visit next year and the accreditation will be renewed for another period of 1 to 3 years. Accreditation from CAAM-HP isn't indefinite, look at all the other schools and how long they are accredited for. It also doesn't automatically become unaccredited when that window passes. CAAM-HP has to officially revoke accreditation which they would put on their website.

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    Hey there here is a relevant thread to your inquiry I hope that it can help.

    The truth about saint james school of medicine

    I can't add the link, try to look for it on the same category.

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