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    Grand Cayman Pictures, Now you can see without member login

    Followings are the pictures that I took in May 2004.
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    are you still on the island (if so what semester/year r u in)? do you have any pics you can share with us?

    i mean obviously dont expect it to be like a school in the US, and i do understand that they are in it for the money, but thats the sacrifice/understanding you gotta have i guess when you decide to go to the carribbean for med school...

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    I'm a 4th semester. SMU hasn't even yet told us what classes we are going to be taking during 5th semester. Rumor is that Kaplan USMLE prep has decided to stop teaching our school due to high failure rate. We asked our Dean several times, and he denies this rumor. However, another professor has told us that it is somewhat true. We are supposed to be informed of the changes on Nov. 20.
    Sorry, I don't have any pictures. But, if you can imagine a third world building with a unique noxious smell in each room, you'll have an idea of what its like. It's dirty all the time, despite janitorial cleanings everyday. The lecture halls have carpet, but I've never even seen a vacuum, seriously!
    The pictures that are posted are just old. In my opinion, the outside look better now than it ever has, but the inside is in need of major renovation and cleaning. We came to class this morning to the smell of mold from a massive water leak over the weekend that overflowed from the restroom and nearly soaked half of our classroom. This is just 'all too common' for SMU.
    The biggest set back with living in Cayman is the expense of living. Food, gas, rent, utilities... these are all outrageous. The cost of living here is 3 times more than Missouri, where I'm from. I constantly hear students complaining about making ends meet when it comes to their finances. SMU has NO student loans, and Davenport MBA is a joke! Don't even think about it. Just do the best you can to get into a school in the states, you will NOT be disappointed if you do that.
    If you have any more questions I'd be happy to answer as always, with the truth.

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    unfortunately isaac isn't exaggerating at all about the current state of SMU. Many of us are in too deep to pursue other options, but if you are just starting to consider SMU, please really consider all of your other options. I can't imagine what this school is going to be like in 3-4 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rocketstobrazil View Post
    unfortunately isaac isn't exaggerating at all about the current state of SMU. Many of us are in too deep to pursue other options, but if you are just starting to consider SMU, please really consider all of your other options. I can't imagine what this school is going to be like in 3-4 years.
    Quote Originally Posted by Isaac View Post
    I'm a 4th semester. SMU hasn't even yet told us what classes we are going to be taking during 5th semester. Rumor is that Kaplan USMLE prep has decided to stop teaching our school due to high failure rate. We asked our Dean several times, and he denies this rumor. However, another professor has told us that it is somewhat true. We are supposed to be informed of the changes on Nov. 20.
    Sorry, I don't have any pictures. But, if you can imagine a third world building with a unique noxious smell in each room, you'll have an idea of what its like. It's dirty all the time, despite janitorial cleanings everyday. The lecture halls have carpet, but I've never even seen a vacuum, seriously!
    The pictures that are posted are just old. In my opinion, the outside look better now than it ever has, but the inside is in need of major renovation and cleaning. We came to class this morning to the smell of mold from a massive water leak over the weekend that overflowed from the restroom and nearly soaked half of our classroom. This is just 'all too common' for SMU.
    The biggest set back with living in Cayman is the expense of living. Food, gas, rent, utilities... these are all outrageous. The cost of living here is 3 times more than Missouri, where I'm from. I constantly hear students complaining about making ends meet when it comes to their finances. SMU has NO student loans, and Davenport MBA is a joke! Don't even think about it. Just do the best you can to get into a school in the states, you will NOT be disappointed if you do that.
    If you have any more questions I'd be happy to answer as always, with the truth.

    Do you guys have any updates on the school? I'm looking at the May 2011 semester...any honest straightforward advice would be greatly appreciated.
    What's the status of the 5th semester/Step 1 prep?

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    SMU is quickly dwindling to around 30-50 (very generous) students entering each semester. The school is really crunching students for money. No doubt, if students fail a course, they should have to repeat. However, I've even seen students being given a 2nd chance to pass an SMU written final exam instead of having to pass the shelf exam which the student had already failed. So, there may be huge issues when a person evaluates the academic honesty of SMU.
    I've read nearly every post on ValueMD concerning SMU. The TRUTH is that ALL or MOST negative posts are 100% TRUE. I certainly wouldn't give any Credit to SMU Faculty when comparing it with the USMLE STEP 1 scores of SMU students. ALL of my classmates and friends who scored very well on STEP1 only did so because they studied their own materials: FirstAid, Qbank, Uworld, etc. I know of students who had failed both Pathology classes (and maybe other classes also) who later scored upper 240's on STEP1. I also know of 4.0 students from SMU who didn't score over 230. So, SMU is NOT a credit to student success.

    MY ADVICE --> Do whatever it takes to get into to a U.S. Med school. SMU seems to be heading down a "road to failure," and do so very quickly. I've read that many students praise SMU for being cheaper than all other schools, but when you factor in the additional cost of living in Grand Cayman and the flights back and forth, it is barely less than the expense of other schools.

    I will check this website more often to answer any further questions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Isaac View Post
    SMU is quickly dwindling to around 30-50 (very generous) students entering each semester. The school is really crunching students for money. No doubt, if students fail a course, they should have to repeat. However, I've even seen students being given a 2nd chance to pass an SMU written final exam instead of having to pass the shelf exam which the student had already failed. So, there may be huge issues when a person evaluates the academic honesty of SMU.
    I've read nearly every post on ValueMD concerning SMU. The TRUTH is that ALL or MOST negative posts are 100% TRUE. I certainly wouldn't give any Credit to SMU Faculty when comparing it with the USMLE STEP 1 scores of SMU students. ALL of my classmates and friends who scored very well on STEP1 only did so because they studied their own materials: FirstAid, Qbank, Uworld, etc. I know of students who had failed both Pathology classes (and maybe other classes also) who later scored upper 240's on STEP1. I also know of 4.0 students from SMU who didn't score over 230. So, SMU is NOT a credit to student success.

    MY ADVICE --> Do whatever it takes to get into to a U.S. Med school. SMU seems to be heading down a "road to failure," and do so very quickly. I've read that many students praise SMU for being cheaper than all other schools, but when you factor in the additional cost of living in Grand Cayman and the flights back and forth, it is barely less than the expense of other schools.

    I will check this website more often to answer any further questions.
    Just wanted to comment on two issues:

    1. From what I've seen, people doing poorly in classes and then owning the Step is more often the exception rather than the rule. This is all supported on our anecdotal evidence of course, but I'm basing this off of the scores I've heard of people two semesters ahead of me (I'm a current 5th semester). Most of the people who got 230+ generally got good grades in class over here, BUT they most likely used Uworld and other resources as well. On the opposite end, I know 3 people who failed path II in that semester. One of them failed the NBME a bunch of times and the other two passed their step with scores below 200. Regardless, the bottom line is that it always comes down to the individual to get their score. I'd also like to add that the prep that the school gives us is fairly decent, some classes more so than others.

    2. You stated in an earlier post that Kaplan is no longer sending its lecturers down here because our Step pass rate is too low. I'll just be upfront and say that this is the dumbest statement I've ever read on this forum. Kaplan is in it for the money, and why the heck would they care about our pass rates? Are they an accrediting body? I want you to ask yourself, does this rumor even make the slightest bit of sense? Our school has a lot of issues that it needs to address, but there's no need to throw around this random junk that you heard.
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    I'll echo what stradlin said above. People failing multiple classes and doing well on the Step are isolated cases, the majority of people that struggle with classes here (for whatever reason that is) will also struggle with the Step. That is not my personal opinion, that is based on results and feedback from students ahead of me. The Step is a hard test, you have to bust your ***** in the classes and make the most out of your Kaplan semester just as the successful students ahead of me have done and you will pass it! There are two types of students here, the ones that always say it was not their fault they failed or they are being cheated(posers) and the ones that just keep their mouth shut and focus on the big picture, you can decide which group you want to belong to.
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    I think last semester (Spring semester) had video lectures for Kaplan because of the failure rate, I'm not sure if that is the case for this semester as I am on LOA hopefully transferring out to another university.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Window Colour View Post
    I think last semester (Spring semester) had video lectures for Kaplan because of the failure rate, I'm not sure if that is the case for this semester as I am on LOA hopefully transferring out to another university.
    I dont understand how so many people are failing. SMU's website has a extensive listing of the residency match from multiple year. According to the SMU site 159 people matched in 2010. About 110 people matched in the 2013 match. I was told by a SMU rep. that each class has a student body consisting of 40 to 50 people. With that said it seems like SMU is doing a good job at preparing their students for the match. I am interested in attending this school. Could any current or alum of SMU please explain the situation down there

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