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St. Matthews University School of Medicine

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Survey Information
Survey Name St. Matthews University School of Medicine Created Date 12-01-2005
Survey Description - Updated Date 01-08-2006
Category Medical Schools Interviews Last Answer 04-27-2011
Location Cayman Islands Your Result Never take, Click here to take
Answers 41 Overall Summary Click here to view
Result Information
5 of 11 people found the following overall summary result helpful.

Overall Summary
1. What do you like best about your school?
Overall Summary
  • N/A
  • Get back to US in one year
  • I love this great island of Cayman and the opprotunity that Matt's gives me to attain my goals.
  • It's an awsome school and I'm sure will soon be one of if not the best schools in the caribbean. The falicuty is awsome and is here to help you be all that you can be. There is no cut throat atmosphere and everyone is out to see that everyone else completes this program in good standings.
  • SMU is #1!! The best student population I have ever been around; some of the brightest medical students in the world are at SMU. Most student friendly administration I have ever experienced! Wonderful medical school!!
  • St. Matthew's is constantly trying to improve itself with more space (library/study/lecture hall/lounge), more and better professors (all with MD or PhD, most with at least MD), and better clinical rotations. I really like the student atmosphere because it is an environment of cooperative learning and not of competition. The 2 residence halls are nice and alleviate some of the stress of finding somewhere to live.
  • The island
  • Caring teachers
  • For the most part, the faculty is very helpful to students by making themselves available, and by providing many opportunities, even outside of class, to review over material. The school administration, particularly in terms of the financial aid department, is thoroughly helpful in assisting students with financial issues. The Dean also makes a great effort to be available to the entire student body on a daily basis. The Dean of Students is helpful in organizing support groups in both the academic and social arena. The library, being both spacious and comfortable, is also well stocked with ample resources including important texts, as well as electronic equipment.
  • The island is safe. Probably about as close to the US in atmosphere that you will find.
  • All of it. I feel I am getting an outstanding education, and the faculty support is second to none.
  • location
  • Great location. The island is beautiful, and has everything I need unlike other Carribean islands
  • Everything!
  • The island & getting to go to Miami in 5th semester.
  • Location, Some teachers, Great concern for students, Helpful in everyway (housing, vehicles, any questions)
  • Quality professors, especially in Maine. Smaller classes, especially in Maine. Nice introduction to clinical medicine in Patient-Doctor Relations classes.
  • Review Sessions for every subject for every test
  • I like the education I have received so far. The material is very very challenging and I have had some excellent teachers.
  • Very organized, secong two years in the USA,
  • I like how the teachers are there for everyone and they truly want the best for us. They try so hard to accomodate us and it shows.
  • Professional environment.
  • the island....
  • weather

2. Atmosphere
Overall Summary
  • Competitive: 25%
  • Cooperative: 75%

3. Atmosphere
Overall Summary
  • Poor: 7.5%
  • Fair: 15%
  • Average: 25%
  • Above Average: 35%
  • Excellent: 17.5%

4. Geography
Overall Summary
  • Poor: 0%
  • Fair: 0%
  • Average: 7.3%
  • Above Average: 4.9%
  • Excellent: 87.8%
  • Poor: 0%
  • Fair: 2.4%
  • Average: 4.9%
  • Above Average: 12.2%
  • Excellent: 80.5%

5. Supportive Environment for:
Overall Summary
  • Poor: 7.9%
  • Fair: 2.6%
  • Average: 21.1%
  • Above Average: 26.3%
  • Excellent: 42.1%
  • Poor: 2.8%
  • Fair: 5.6%
  • Average: 22.2%
  • Above Average: 25%
  • Excellent: 44.4%
  • Poor: 25%
  • Fair: 7.1%
  • Average: 39.3%
  • Above Average: 7.1%
  • Excellent: 21.4%
  • Poor: 16.7%
  • Fair: 3.3%
  • Average: 23.3%
  • Above Average: 33.3%
  • Excellent: 23.3%
  • Poor: 5.3%
  • Fair: 2.6%
  • Average: 36.8%
  • Above Average: 26.3%
  • Excellent: 28.9%

6. Academics (Years 1 & 2):
Overall Summary
  • Poor: 7.7%
  • Fair: 5.1%
  • Average: 17.9%
  • Above Average: 41%
  • Excellent: 28.2%
  • Poor: 8.6%
  • Fair: 5.7%
  • Average: 22.9%
  • Above Average: 37.1%
  • Excellent: 25.7%
  • Poor: 0%
  • Fair: 10.3%
  • Average: 30.8%
  • Above Average: 23.1%
  • Excellent: 35.9%
  • Poor: 23.7%
  • Fair: 21.1%
  • Average: 28.9%
  • Above Average: 13.2%
  • Excellent: 13.2%

7. Academics (Years 3 & 4):
Overall Summary
  • Poor: 15.8%
  • Fair: 10.5%
  • Average: 15.8%
  • Above Average: 31.6%
  • Excellent: 26.3%
  • Poor: 20%
  • Fair: 5%
  • Average: 10%
  • Above Average: 40%
  • Excellent: 25%
  • Poor: 20%
  • Fair: 5%
  • Average: 10%
  • Above Average: 40%
  • Excellent: 25%

8. Facilities
Overall Summary
  • Poor: 15%
  • Fair: 15%
  • Average: 17.5%
  • Above Average: 35%
  • Excellent: 17.5%
  • Poor: 17.5%
  • Fair: 25%
  • Average: 12.5%
  • Above Average: 30%
  • Excellent: 15%
  • Poor: 17.5%
  • Fair: 20%
  • Average: 15%
  • Above Average: 25%
  • Excellent: 22.5%

9. Administration
Overall Summary
  • Poor: 10%
  • Fair: 5%
  • Average: 12.5%
  • Above Average: 30%
  • Excellent: 42.5%
  • Poor: 7.9%
  • Fair: 10.5%
  • Average: 13.2%
  • Above Average: 31.6%
  • Excellent: 36.8%
  • Poor: 10.3%
  • Fair: 2.6%
  • Average: 17.9%
  • Above Average: 35.9%
  • Excellent: 33.3%
  • Poor: 12.8%
  • Fair: 5.1%
  • Average: 10.3%
  • Above Average: 35.9%
  • Excellent: 35.9%

10. Opportunities
Overall Summary
  • Poor: 21.6%
  • Fair: 8.1%
  • Average: 16.2%
  • Above Average: 29.7%
  • Excellent: 24.3%
  • Poor: 10.5%
  • Fair: 7.9%
  • Average: 34.2%
  • Above Average: 21.1%
  • Excellent: 26.3%
  • Poor: 11.4%
  • Fair: 5.7%
  • Average: 37.1%
  • Above Average: 17.1%
  • Excellent: 28.6%

11. Overall satisfaction
Overall Summary
  • Poor: 2.5%
  • Fair: 7.5%
  • Average: 12.5%
  • Above Average: 42.5%
  • Excellent: 35%

12. What do you like least about your school?
Overall Summary
  • N/A
  • Having to set up your own elective rotations; that is what tuition is for.
  • Don't really wana get into that on a public forum...PM me if you really wana know.
  • The Island is very nice however, it's over priced. The program itself I have no issues with and feel that I have choosen the best school for me but the living expenses can be a big burden.
  • the library is really small and the school does not provide adequate amount of space for people to study.
  • Nothing. SMU is continuing to improve everyday!
  • They really need more space. The halls get really crowded and the library (although recently expanded) needs to be larger and have more books. Study space is at a premium, so I usually study at home, which is sometimes difficult.
  • Instructors tend to favor poor students with political skills. In years 3 and 4 the school is much more of a burden than a help.
  • Cost of island.
  • Perhaps the grading criteria for each semester should be more consistent. Especially regarding the NBME shelf subject exams. Perhaps the shelf exam should not be worth such a big percentage of the student's final course grade.
  • Disorganization
  • I am not a big fan of the Cayman Islands, however, I do know there are places a whole lot worse to go to medical school.
  • lack of social/fellow student support for those in clinicals and as alumni
  • Nothing!
  • Having to attend class. I would rather learn on my own.
  • not the best with communication of schools progress
  • Cost. Frequent changes.
  • Schedule of classes is imbalanced
  • I do not like wearing uniforms and I wish the library was larger.
  • I feel like I dont know what to expect for my future years. It seems a little shakey and not convincing that the administration has assertive answers either. I know there is a plan that seems well put together, but it seems there are always changes as well that make me doubt it. Before, they told us that our GPA here didnt matter as much as our STEP1 score as far as placement for clinicals and now they say that our GPA has 75% of the weight. I wish I would have known that before because I definately would have put more effort into my grades to make them more competitive. I felt let-down by that. At least its the same as the rest of my class...we are all in the same boat. I feel like information is being thrown at us and its difficult to keep up with to know the material REALLY well. I wish there was just one more semester to really re-cap to make sure you know it really well with these amazing teachers. The teachers feel limited too because I know they are so full of great knowledge, but dont have the time to be able to give it to us.
  • No California approval and its ramifcations with other states.
  • the administration

13. Please share any other thoughts you may have about your school.
Overall Summary
  • N/A
  • Overall, pretty good...terrific potential!
  • I would encourage anyone considering medical school in the Caribbean to look at SMU. It's an awesome school and will get you wherever you want to go (with the exception of CA.).
  • You really have to be self motivated to attend this school. This school teaches you the bare basics and you must learn the material on your own to truly be ready for USMLE
  • SMU is the greatest medical school in history!
  • Grand Cayman is very nice, modern, and very safe (although extremely expensive). I think that St. Matthew's is giving us every opportunity to do very well on Step 1 (including, but not limited to, integrating the kaplan course and books into the step 1 studying).
  • You can make it if you try.
  • None
  • Safe island. Nice but inadequate teaching.
  • The school is growing, and working extremely hard to become an elite foreign medical school. They are recruiting excellent faculty, and plan to make it closest to a US school as possible.
  • -
  • great school
  • It is always trying to improve the reputation of the school. With every semester it adds new equipment and applies new teaching techniques to give the student a better overall medical education.
  • This is a young school that is advancing every semester. I think that this is an awesome school.
  • This is a great place. Im happy I decided to come here. Its a beautiful island and I feel like IM being prepared well for my career. Im confident that what I have learned in basic science will shine when Im with other students doing my clinicals.
  • Great environment, administration and professors. Needs higher level of approval in the states. ie. California, Texas, Indiana, etc...