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    The Truth about SJSM and my experience.

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    Do not attend this school. PLEASE DO YOUR RESEARCH. I was a student at SJSM at the Saint Vincent Campus. First off a professor who is a respected MD there directly advised me that this school should only ever be considered as an absolute last resort and that chances of acquiring a residency position in either Canada or US were extremely low and very unlikely. He also went on to explain that In order to even be considered for a residency you would need to score a minimum of 235 as a US citizen or 240 as a Canadian citizen. Those scores are in reference to a residency in family practice, the least competitive of residencies. In other words if you do not score above a 235 on your step 1 you will not match in anything. For those that would argue this, yes In the past people have gotten a residency (rarely) with a lower score but since 2014 things have and will continue to change significantly. More US schools are opening to fill the gap of unfilled US residency positions and several existing programs are increasing the size of their programs. Most importantly, the majority of those who do get a residency as IMG come from the big 4 carribean medical schools. You can verify this by simply looking at the residents in current residency programs that are IMG friendly. Examples would be Detroit Medical Centre where almost all their residents are IMGs. You can also see that they are all from a top 4 carribean medical school. Mainly because these schools tend to have an agreement where internship rotations is only open to IMGs who come from those schools. Now if you are someone that did have the grades to even be CONSIDERED by any US or Canadian Medical school then it is completely unrealistic to think you will succeed through this program. To assume that you would be able to not only attain far better scores then US or Canadian med school students who had a GPA of 3.8 or higher but to also do it in a program that is condensed, with less resources, and is essentially a self teach program while the other students have far better resources better professors and more time and have already excelled far beyond you during undergraduate studies in an environment that was an even playing field is dillusional. Now if you are one of those students that does not even have a said undergraduate and you only hold the 90 credits there are even more issues. If you happen to be able to succeed by some miracle and get a residency many states, almost all, will not even issue you a medical license to practise without both a MD AND an undergraduate. Which is why the Majority of programs will not accept you without an undergraduate degree. Now as for Saint James itself they are only there for your money. That is a fact. They are a privately owned and operated BUSINESS. Just this past year they closed a campus without any notice to the students shipping them to Saint Vincent their new campus. To further explain, I applied in November for The semester starting in January and they were still accepting students to that campus. The campus shut down in January. Someone I knew withdrew from the program. They requested a reimbursement/refund. They were approved but only for the 5980 of the 7980 as 2000 was non-refundable. This is clearly stated on their site. No issues here. However, it is a guaranteed reimbursement within 12 weeks of approval. The refund was approved and confirmed in writing and dated. They still have not issued the refund as a result of the CFO being "out of office". The student lives outside the country and now their reason for the delay is that it was "incorrectly" mailed. Again, this school is only concerned about your money. That is the point. This school has an unstable future and may not always be there and you will have no notice if they close and to acquire your transcripts to transfer to a different school will cost you 6500. In closing, I would tell you to do your research and be realistic. This is a horrible school. If you are to consider any carribean school understand what you are getting into and be realistic with yourself. If you could barely get a B average in your undergrad you're not going to be able to score in the top 1% in a group that attained A averages or higher. If you are one of the few that can complete at this level but for whatever reason could not get accepted to medical school in US or Canada then go to a top 4 carribean school with a long track record that is established. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or would like more extensive proof of this as all of this is well documented.
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    Quote Originally Posted by M.BoucherMD View Post
    Now if you are one of those students that does not even have a said undergraduate and you only hold the 90 credits there are even more issues. If you happen to be able to succeed by some miracle and get a residency many states, almost all, will not even issue you a medical license to practise without both a MD AND an undergraduate. Which is why the Majority of programs will not accept you without an undergraduate degree.

    This thread is old but this section is absolutely incorrect, please refer to the "Siskind Susser, PC" Chart of Physician Licensing Requirements by State.


    Here is the link below:

    http://www.visalaw.com/wp-content/up...icianchart.pdf
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