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    BlackBean is offline Newbie 510 points
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    St. Martinus in 2018

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    Hello!

    I just recently have been accepted to St. Martinus University in Curacap and I am excited but I have some reservations about accepting their offer. A lot of what I have read is quite polarizing and I want to know for sure what the current status of the university is. Many of the posts on this forum date to almost a decade ago and none are too pleasant and those that are positive almost seem compensated for (yes I am a bit skeptical but I rather be so then have blind trust).

    I know there is a stigma floating around claiming that caribbean medical schools are not credible and a huge waste of time and money but I understand its what you make of it at the end of the day. However with that said I rather not commit myself to this university if after my graduation I will be left high and dry without a job offer from the United States.

    So if there are any current students that can give me insight on the current workings of the university I will be most grateful. I care about my education but I don't want to be scammed.

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    I don't know specifically for St.Martinus, but I'm concerned you think that way:
    I rather not commit myself to this university if after my graduation I will be left high and dry without a job offer from the United States
    For ANY carib school you should think to a plan B.

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    there are lots of options in the Caribbean. SMU is one of the worst. They have 17 alumni in the US? huge red flag.
    Last edited by hje123; 02-27-2018 at 01:32 PM.

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    That's what I was afraid of.

    do you have any insight on Avalon University? That was another one I was considering

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackBean View Post
    That's what I was afraid of.

    do you have any insight on Avalon University? That was another one I was considering
    Avalon is the school people go to when they fail out of a better school. Is there a reason you are only considering the lowest tier carib schools?

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    Well, to be honest, I have family on the island so it would be the easiest to integrate with and all the extra costs that come with med school would be taken care of

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    It sucks, not reliable,was in the island with another school when this came up Curacao chronicle St martinus must close immediately, search that on google

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackBean View Post
    Well, to be honest, I have family on the island so it would be the easiest to integrate with and all the extra costs that come with med school would be taken care of
    well good luck i guess. none of the schools in curacao are worth attending to be honest. if you are more worried about money than your education, you should consider a different field of study.

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    Im not. It was just more of the convenient choice for me but I am willing to look into other locations.

    I had Xavier Uni in mind but I am a bit skeptical because its technically considered a mid tier school but what I've been reading tells me otherwise. Then again all the information is from 10 years ago. I don't suppose you don't have any insight on them?

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    Not sure if you understand well what carib schools are (I'm not saying to avoid them).
    BIG 4 are the only ones where someone can tell you: GO. But EVEN then....their matching rate is incomparable with US schools (even DO).

    From that point, which one is better between SMU, Xavier, St.James, St.Matthews, etc....you will NOT have the answer on a forum.
    Why?
    Because:
    - most of the people commenting haven't put a single foot at the school they are commenting about. But they like to defame.
    - we think many posts are done or paid by schools.
    - it's very possible also some schools do bash other schools (under false identity).
    - many have a superiority/inferiority complex. Since they had the opportunity to go to a better school they will stigmatize other schools they consider "inferior"; probably to calm their anxiety and to feel superior.

    I've read the comments on valuemd for many years. And I've been to a med school people commented so much about. But almost everything people said was FALSE (for the reasons explained above).

    I've also seen many people trying to discourage students to attend to X or y school...arguing they will never be able to match or be licensed in the US (...while hundreds of practicing physicians came from that school).

    I will give you a hint: find residents and licensed doctors from the school you'd like to go. You'll see some of the most bashed schools have produced a ton of practicing physicians (UAG and Spartan are the best examples).

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