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St. George's University School of Medicine

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Survey Name St. George's University School of Medicine Created Date 12-01-2005
Survey Description - Updated Date 01-08-2006
Category Medical Schools Interviews Last Answer 01-26-2011
Location Grenada Your Result Never take, Click here to take
Answers 25 Overall Summary Click here to view
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13 of 17 people found the following overall summary result helpful.



Overall Summary
1. What do you like best about your school?
Overall Summary
  • - Experience in a foriegn country (third world) that I would not have otherwise seen and visited. Along with that, you become aware of the population's specific problems and particular health care system. - It does give you the opportunity to study medicine in a great location. Good preparation for Step I and quality of teaching is good. - They gave me an opportunity at medicine that US medical schools didn't. - Excellent teaching in the first two years. - experience in new country, environment beautiful - No Opinion. - student diversity full time professors whose only job is to teach (no research...!!) - Student pool Breadth of hospital affiliates Hospital dependent teaching - it is giving me the oppertunity to become a doctor - academics - Opportunity for travel, working with many different populations - The BEACH!! - Teaching - good teaching - Relatively new and evolving in their curriculum - This school is a very unique place. - The oportunity to experience a new culture. - The learning atmosphere. - that professors do not particpate in research and are available to devote their entire time to teaching, the school has the best facilities i've seen - Our school has highly motivated students who work very hard, and everyone is driven to be the best physician possible - Low amount of distracton on the islands allowed me to concentrate totally on my studies. Good opportunities to see medicine in a 3rd world country and ample opportunity to travel to nearby islands. - The International aspect - Internationalism - It is somewhat competitive but the students are really close - probably because we are far from home and dpend on eachother more for support. - It is an improving school. - Primary responsibility of professors is teaching - research does not interfere with access to the professors. The core of full time professors are drawn primarly from the US, Canada, and the UK and is supplimented by a very large group of visiting professors/clinicians who spend 2-6 weeks during the term. - Faculties are very nice. They are willing to spend time with you even in weekends. The school also has strong tutorial program administered by faculties and the learning center. - The environment - It offered me an opportunity to do something I wanted when no school in the states did - I was concerned that the academics would be sub-par. However, I was very prepared for both Step 1 and the wards. Because most people I knew were also in school, I was able to stay more focused on my studies. Very good opportunity for adventurous, self-motivated students who made some mistakes in undergrad and need a second chance. Extra curricular activities are readily provided. - Administration is very organized and keeps on top of everything so we only need to worry about the learning part of med school. - The opportunities my school has provided me have far surpassed what I ever expected before entering med school. I feel my overall training has prepared me well for residency and has given me the tools I need to take me wherever I want to go. By attending my school which is an international institution I now have good friends all over the world. - Excellent basic science education leaves the student well prepared for step 1 and 2. Especially in pathology and pathophysiology, visiting professors are recruited from all over the world, esp. US and Canada (Canadian profs. are amazing!!) and students consistently give feedback so that only the best are invited back. Clinical years are more dependent on where you do your rotations as each hospital has its strong and weak departments. Most students generally get good training.
  • the people I met
  • Dean of students is very helpful
  • faculty & visiting faculty, excellent facilities & amazing learning environment & weather!!!
  • The excellence of teaching standards....all too often students confuse their disdain for the ADMINISTRATION with quality of PROFESSORS. We have, hands down, creme de la creme as far as not just well-qualified but talented professors who not only love to teach, but are good at it. Kudos to them all, from 1st yr onwards!!
  • the professors
  • basic science preparation for the boards
  • Location
  • The environment
  • Location.
  • For the most part, the professors are very good and seem genuinely concerned about the students succeeding. Support services and contact with professors is abundant. It is competitive in the way that most people study really hard so it motivates you too as well, but cooperative in the fact that students work together and share advice and resourses. I enjoyed by time at grenada and st. vincents and feel I've learned a lot. I really liked the anatomy and pathology courses. It is the most I've ever studied in my life.
  • The fellow students - by and large a mature and dedicated bunch of folks I'd be proud to be associated with
  • campus, residency placements, resources
  • The comradarie.
  • Nothin..

2. Atmosphere
Overall Summary
  • Competitive: 24%
  • Cooperative: 76%

3. Atmosphere
Overall Summary
  • Poor: 4%
  • Fair: 8%
  • Average: 12%
  • Above Average: 40%
  • Excellent: 36%

4. Geography
Overall Summary
  • Poor: 8%
  • Fair: 8%
  • Average: 12%
  • Above Average: 32%
  • Excellent: 40%
  • Poor: 4%
  • Fair: 16%
  • Average: 20%
  • Above Average: 24%
  • Excellent: 36%

5. Supportive Environment for:
Overall Summary
  • Poor: 4.5%
  • Fair: 0%
  • Average: 22.7%
  • Above Average: 36.4%
  • Excellent: 36.4%
  • Poor: 4.3%
  • Fair: 8.7%
  • Average: 4.3%
  • Above Average: 39.1%
  • Excellent: 43.5%
  • Poor: 13%
  • Fair: 26.1%
  • Average: 21.7%
  • Above Average: 30.4%
  • Excellent: 8.7%
  • Poor: 21.7%
  • Fair: 17.4%
  • Average: 21.7%
  • Above Average: 21.7%
  • Excellent: 17.4%
  • Poor: 0%
  • Fair: 4%
  • Average: 24%
  • Above Average: 36%
  • Excellent: 36%

6. Academics (Years 1 & 2):
Overall Summary
  • Poor: 8%
  • Fair: 4%
  • Average: 12%
  • Above Average: 44%
  • Excellent: 32%
  • Poor: 8.7%
  • Fair: 4.3%
  • Average: 8.7%
  • Above Average: 30.4%
  • Excellent: 47.8%
  • Poor: 4.2%
  • Fair: 0%
  • Average: 33.3%
  • Above Average: 25%
  • Excellent: 37.5%
  • Poor: 16.7%
  • Fair: 20.8%
  • Average: 25%
  • Above Average: 8.3%
  • Excellent: 29.2%

7. Academics (Years 3 & 4):
Overall Summary
  • Poor: 0%
  • Fair: 14.3%
  • Average: 28.6%
  • Above Average: 28.6%
  • Excellent: 28.6%
  • Poor: 0%
  • Fair: 7.7%
  • Average: 23.1%
  • Above Average: 38.5%
  • Excellent: 30.8%
  • Poor: 0%
  • Fair: 7.1%
  • Average: 21.4%
  • Above Average: 50%
  • Excellent: 21.4%

8. Facilities
Overall Summary
  • Poor: 16.7%
  • Fair: 4.2%
  • Average: 25%
  • Above Average: 29.2%
  • Excellent: 25%
  • Poor: 8.3%
  • Fair: 8.3%
  • Average: 33.3%
  • Above Average: 16.7%
  • Excellent: 33.3%
  • Poor: 4.2%
  • Fair: 12.5%
  • Average: 25%
  • Above Average: 25%
  • Excellent: 33.3%

9. Administration
Overall Summary
  • Poor: 16.7%
  • Fair: 8.3%
  • Average: 16.7%
  • Above Average: 37.5%
  • Excellent: 20.8%
  • Poor: 8.7%
  • Fair: 8.7%
  • Average: 13%
  • Above Average: 43.5%
  • Excellent: 26.1%
  • Poor: 16.7%
  • Fair: 12.5%
  • Average: 8.3%
  • Above Average: 29.2%
  • Excellent: 33.3%
  • Poor: 37.5%
  • Fair: 12.5%
  • Average: 4.2%
  • Above Average: 25%
  • Excellent: 20.8%

10. Opportunities
Overall Summary
  • Poor: 40.9%
  • Fair: 36.4%
  • Average: 9.1%
  • Above Average: 13.6%
  • Excellent: 0%
  • Poor: 21.7%
  • Fair: 13%
  • Average: 34.8%
  • Above Average: 13%
  • Excellent: 17.4%
  • Poor: 13.6%
  • Fair: 18.2%
  • Average: 9.1%
  • Above Average: 40.9%
  • Excellent: 18.2%

11. Overall satisfaction
Overall Summary
  • Poor: 13%
  • Fair: 0%
  • Average: 17.4%
  • Above Average: 34.8%
  • Excellent: 34.8%

12. What do you like least about your school?
Overall Summary
  • - Administration is TERRIBLE! They are so disorganized and despite their supposed efforts to get organized they have yet to do so. As it becomes necessary to deal with administration on a regular basis during the clinical years, one is extremely disappointed by the clinical studies department and the Dean that administrates your clinical years. - The stigma against foreign medical school graduates - Awkard clinical rotations in years 3 and 4. Much is left up to the individual and where they are placed for their rotation. - No Opinion. - its not in United States - Stigma Scheduling difficulties - That I have lived in a third world country for two years - out of the USA - lack of support in clinical years - far away from home - location - inadequate facilities - The fact that I had to leave US to go to medical school - Distancing of some of the faculty from the students - more variety of student organizations would be nice - Sometimes you feel like you are far away from home. - No career development program. - Location - Location - Too many students in a class - 200+ - It doesnot help us to get the better edge of the hospitals in scheduling rotations. - Class sizes are larger than most schools The many faccilities are still being built so the adequacy of laboratories varies greatly. Living costs in the area are relatively high. Outside contact with patients is very limited - thypically only availabe through a very small number of hosptial/clinic visits and health fairs. - Very little guidance in the clinical years. i.e. mentoring, scheduling, etc. - one has to compromise with the living condition as well as food. - The isolation - distance from home. conveniences of the states. - Many times while in the islands I felt like I was being taken for a ride financially by both the school and the locals. - It's not a U.S. school. - It is very expensive! - Although I had a great experience at St. George's, obviously being considered a foreign grad puts you at a certain disadvantage when it comes to getting some of the top residencies and for certain specialties which are tough for US studnets as well. The school is better than half the US schools but if you go foreign, St. George's is by far your best bet!
  • the comical level of haplessness on the admin level but its not as bad as most offshore schools. The cronie-ism is stupendous.
  • Financial aid is extremely unhelpful
  • School needs to provide question banks during years 1 & 2 for usmle step prep.
  • location.If it was in a better Caribbean country, the learning curve of "How to survive homesickness 101" would be much steeper.
  • the inability of the school to communicate efficiently with the offices in NY and the UK
  • micro department luggage allowance clinical skills department
  • The administration charges as much as the market will bear and provides the least expensive education that they can in return. Instructors frequently don't speak english and provide an intermitently dismal level of instruction and advice.
  • the lack of involvement with the administration and school during the clinical years
  • The fact students get beaten up, robbed, stabbed near the campus. There is no support from the school for its students, the student are out to out gun each other
  • Lack of research

13. Please share any other thoughts you may have about your school.
Overall Summary
  • - No Opinion. - its not home ... but it is still good - Very good first two years (especially second year)...Third and Fourth years depend on placements and interns. - I feel my school will prepare me to be an excellent physician. - it's a great school with very driven students - It's an improving school that needs more clinically oriented teachers to teach and people who have had a better background with U.S. schools - Overall the educatoin is excellent and I have been impressed with the level of detail included in the carricilum. - many people have bad impression about foreign schools. however, st. george's graduates have been as good as graduates of us medical schools. after all, it depends on each individual regarding how much he/she wants to achieve in medical school. - You will work hard. - This school is great. It was a tough decision to decide to go to a foreign school. Looking back, I am glad that I made that decision, and wish I would have made it earlier. You will become a doctor! - Although there is still a stigma about Foreign Medical Graduates, you will not be denied your dream if you are aggresssive and hard working. If you don't have an open mind about new cultures and experiences, you will not thrive at this school. - Going to St. George's not only gave me an excellent education but I had a great time in medical school as it allowed me to balance work and play. The island is gorgeous, campus amazing, faculty very personable and students very down to earth and bright. Although I was homesick at times, going to Grenada isolated me from all the distractions back home in NY and made me focus on school while at the same time giving me an out of this world experience. Most students also had the opportunity to visit the nearby islands. The clinical years, you're more in the hands of hospital personnel so it varies. Most students have had pretty good experiences and have gone on the get excellent rotations.
  • The above rankings are compared to US med schools. With regard to thing that are ranked "low" here- its may not be bad comped to other schools offshore. Resaerch for example is better than most. The "poor" for students with disabilities relates to access compared to the US. Its not a reflection of school attitudes. The admin is very dedicated but can be an exercise in frustration. And yet again not half as problematic as many offshore schools. When reading other reivews ask yourself if they are comparing to US schools or other offshore schools, and do they have a point of comparison.
  • Admin in NY has NO idea what goes on down here in the caribbean.
  • If you cannot get into a US med school, SGUSOM is the next BEST place to learn medicine!!
  • DON'T DO THE MD/MPH program....it has been a huge disappointment
  • I'm very satisfied with my decision to attend sgu. Outside of your medical education you learn a lot about life. You learn to live in a much different environment and meet many people of different cultures, colors and beliefs. I feel like a more well-rounded person for the experience. I also was able to spend 3 weeks in prague for a hospital selective and plan to do a rotation in england. So, the travel opportunites and experience in several types of medical systems is another plus.
  • The locals dislike americans - not a happy island nor an honest one - had the ash tray in my overpriced beat up car stolen - for the change? - nice.
  • I have really loved my experience at SGU. The years on the island seemed difficult at the time....but reflecting back....I had the time of my life!
  • All this money really?? And the locals and stores try to bleed you for more cause to them if you are white especially, than you are a white rich American.