Hi, I just wanted to clear up some of the misconceptions that were mentioned in this thread. My husband is a SGU student. By the way there are scholarships, in fact my husband got 2 of them. Also, you don't pay for 5 years of school, you only pay for 4 just like the US. There are 5 academic years but that is because they count 2 six week semesters as 1 academic year, therefore making 10 terms in 4 calendar years..so as you can see no difference. In fact, anatomy is only for 17 weeks and much more difficult than american schools, which takes a whole year long. The anatomy and pathology lab are state of the art, better than 85% of US med school labs. I'm not sure where you get your information, but residency matching from here supercedes DO matching in the US. I know of several people that graduated from SGU..one is a lead neonatologist, another chief neurosurgeon, and another an OB/GYN. There are also a few family practice grads from here I know...and none had trouble getting residency. It's all how hard you work, and what you put into school, as to what you get out of it. Several students here passed up DO school to come here. Anyone who calls SGU a second rate MD degree is ignorant, and just lacks facts. Just wanted to put in my $.02. And by the way..it's pretty nice to be able to take a dip in the ocean between classes or on a break!