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    Thank you saint Matthews

    Bebnd all of the negativity of this forum I just wanted to share a partial success story. I know that the true success story will happen once I get a residency

    I started smu in may 2010 really not knowing how I would fare and only having a 2.5 ug gpa and a 25 mcat backing me up. I. Still remember getting the results after first block and the relief of passing. Thanks to the schools excellent professors and a good environment to study I passed the step with one of the highest if not the highest scores in my class.

    I was placed into clinics about three weeks later and have just finished them up.

    Is this school perfect? Definitely not

    Behind the loan issues which have taken out several a students in front of my eyes and the state issues I would not recommend this school to anyone but as a final resort. I'm already telling people to consider dentistry before medicine lol

    Good luck to all
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    Nice job on the 17 interviews, MedMan87! In what specialization are you applying?

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    Quote Originally Posted by devildoc8404 View Post
    Nice job on the 17 interviews, MedMan87! In what specialization are you applying?
    GREAT! job MedMan87... It takes perseverance, hard studying, an a little luck to graduate from any med school but 17 interviews, WOW! You will definitely obtain a residency slot. But it does not stop there. StepIII, boards, finding practice opportunities. I can only relate and I have seen the maturation of my son through all those hurdles to finally succeed. He started at SMU in May, 2006, graduating in May, 2010. Prelim surgery intern year, than FM residency for the last 3 years. Becoming chief resident in his last 18 months. Passing Step III, licensed in NY, Fl. Has DEA #. And now 4 contracts for employment, has chosen an Urgent Care position to start July 1, 2014. Very proud popa docB...
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    My 2 cents...

    First of all I'd like to thank SMU for everything they've done......I'm a former SMU student (graduating class of 2008). I started SMU back in 2004. I was in the same boat as most of you here on the forum, I wasn't sure if I had made the right decision. I started residency training (in NYC) in 2008. I completed training in 2011 and have been working for 3 years. I'll be starting fellowship training this July.
    My advice to current SMU students and students applying to SMU is that this school gives you an opportunity to chase your dream. It depends on you, how much you're willing to sacrifice for that dream.

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    I agree and that st matthews has given us a chance to succeed,but I am still wondering what is going on with news on accreditation in regards to california.

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    Just thought i should post an update, I am just about to start PGY3 of my training and about to send my fellowship applications in. My fiance was thinking about california as a place for us to move before i let her know that that wasnt an option. All said i am still very greatful to SMU for giving me a chance. Hang in there guys!!
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    Congrats. Its always nice to hear from people who beat the odds and do well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MedMan87 View Post
    Just thought i should post an update, I am just about to start PGY3 of my training and about to send my fellowship applications in. My fiance was thinking about california as a place for us to move before i let her know that that wasnt an option. All said i am still very greatful to SMU for giving me a chance. Hang in there guys!!
    your post is very inspirational .. thank you

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    I have not been on these forums in quite some time. Its been a few years in fact. Somehow I was curious as to whether it still existed. In medical school, there were many people with the same negativity and I see that hasn't changed. To be clear, your road as a Caribbean medical graduate will be harder than everyone else. You will need to excel as a student, pass all of your classes,attend all of your classes, and be an exceptional student.

    I had a similar experience to the original poster. I finished basic science at SMU in December 2010, and clinicals in 2013. I matched into an FM residency in 2014 and was chief resident my last year. I graduated residency last year and I'm currently in fellowship at a university program. Overall it HAS been a long road, I won't deny it. Back in 2010-2011, most of the professors on the island cared about students. I cant speak to the teachers now. A significant number of students did fail out of courses, fail the NBME, fail multiple step exams and had to transfer. It is MUCH harder as a Caribbean graduate to get a residency compared to an American graduate. You need high step scores-over 220 on Step 1 and 2, and the higher the better. If you dont get a high Step 1, its not totally over but you need a much higher step 2 CK score and some breaks to fall your way.

    I have discussed many times with the clinical campus about an idea to start a mentorship program-the biggest problem that I see is that the clinical education is so fragmented, often disjointed, and there is no guidance on where to apply for residency, how to apply, and which programs to apply to. I see so many people apply for residencies in a manner that is haphazard and poorly thought out.The best bet to match is in a primary care residency that traditionally matches many Caribbean graduates. I can personally attest that many of my close friends succeeded, got residencies and fellowships in fields such as critical care, cardiology, NICU, geriatrics.

    If you are considering a Caribbean medical school, i would advise you to seriously consider all of your options. If anyone is interested in speaking further, please send me a PM.

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    Quick update that I have started working as an attending. I have heard that California will be abandoning it's accreditation procedure for medical schools. I wonder whether we can practice after the new rules go into effect in 2020..? anyone shed light.
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