Schools on the Islands!

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  1. ninaninanina

    ninaninanina Senior Member
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    Hey people,

    I was just was wondering what other people's views are about foreign schools. I know a lot of people have mixed emotions about this topic, but anyways, it seems that time is running out to hear any good news and it would be great to have any input on this matter, negative or positive. Best of luck everyone!
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  2. vkrn

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    I know a physician who went to Guatemala for med school after finishing undergrad in the States (can't remember his undergrad).

    He is now a practicing orthopedic surgeon, and did a fellowship at Cleveland Clinic in hand surgery.

    He also makes a load of money in private practice here in downtown Chicago.

    I think that's a pretty good testament as to how far you can go, no matter where you attend med school.
     
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    hi welcome to SDN!! I am currently considering applying to SGU, although I think it will make the future more difficult.....better to deal with it now by enhancing your application and reapplying, IMO. I think that's what I'll do if I don't get in.
     
  4. ninaninanina

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    Thanks Dr. Foxy,

    I've been contemplating for awhile now to attend SGU as well. So far I have heard nothing from most schools that i have applied to, except two rejections. I am currently battling between the decision of doing my masters or SGU. Tough decision!!! Actually maybe you would know a bit more about SGU, but do you know about transferring after completing two years, or this may sound silly but once you do transfer back to the states, when you graduate will people know you actually attended the school, since most of your education will be completed in the US? Sorry for all the questions!!!
     
  5. El Jefe

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    I think most med schools don't accept transfers, period.
     
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    hey mango monkey,

    i'm also considering sgu, so i've been looking into which schools accept international transfers. i think that none of my state schools (florida) accept them. but i just found out that mt. sinai will be accepting up to 15 3rd year transfer students, in what i assume is a new policy. and, these can be transfer students from "select" international schools-- i heard from someone else that this category includes sgu--though i'm not 100% sure if that's true.

    the link is <a href="http://www.mssm.edu/medschool/admissions/transfer_policy.shtml" target="_blank">http://www.mssm.edu/medschool/admissions/transfer_policy.shtml</a> by the way.
     
  7. Ben01

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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Jefe:
    <strong>I think most med schools don't accept transfers, period.</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">not true.
     
  8. reesie0726

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    If it comes to a point that you want to start your training, then go for it. Just be aware of some of the obstacles that you may face. I have a friend currently as a school in the carribbean. She is a first year. She is doing some program in conjunction with U of Miami (or some Florida school) that will either take you as a 3rd year transfer or give you a guaranteed residency posity in family practice or internal medicine. (This is how she explained it to me) My point is that you can still become a md in the US and have a practice through an international school.
     
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    I'll move this to the International Forum for ya (and you might also find more threads there of interest to you)...
     
  10. pioneer research

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    Guys, relax already about transferring. If you want to become a doctor, either go to a US med school or an international one. Bottom line...you are a doctor! I work in clinical research and have worked with many international grads (especially from the Caribbean) and they are just as busy and successful as the US trained docs. If you already have a hang up with international schools, do not go to one. Your hesitation and negative thoughts will not stop once you are there. You will always think of yourself as a second rate doctor if you start that way. Although you will probably find some bias against foreign grads, there is also bias within the US grads as far as their med schools go. It seems that only students make a big deal out of this. Practicing clinicians, on the whole, couldn't care less about where you went to school provided you passed your boards and are a competent doctor. Hope this helps.
     
  11. KrazyKid

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    Hi, I know that I have relatively little experience and wisdom here, but I work at the medical skool here, and in the Intern med dept. doing research, and there are 3 MD's who are administrators here, one of which is person who says whether or not (does the selection) you get in to the Intern.med residency, and the other is on the selection committee for the medical skool...anyway I've talked with them and they say they do not care as to where a person went to Medical school, it does not matter to them, the only thing that they look down upon is if you want to do a residency in Hawaii in something that you will do little work, and just basically goof around. They evaluate each case individually and there is currently one MD doing a residency here from American Medical skool in St.Maarten ( I think I spelled that right) and he has said that he is not hindered at all by have made the choice of going there---that in fact he is in one of the best allergy & immunology fellowships in the US. alongside crazy smart people!
    heh... hope this helps. please gimmie some insight also... I know I have relatively little wisdom here.
     
  12. Ben01

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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by reesie0726:
    <strong>If it comes to a point that you want to start your training, then go for it. Just be aware of some of the obstacles that you may face. I have a friend currently as a school in the carribbean. She is a first year. She is doing some program in conjunction with U of Miami (or some Florida school) that will either take you as a 3rd year transfer or give you a guaranteed residency posity in family practice or internal medicine. (This is how she explained it to me) My point is that you can still become a md in the US and have a practice through an international school.</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">what med school does your friend go to? I've done a little research on foreign med schools out of curiosity and I don't think there is a program like you/our friend describes. There is a foreign med school that gives you guaranteed rotations (3rd&4th yr med school) at some Florida hospitals/med schools. But no one guarantees you can transfer or guarantees a residency.
     
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    Don't go to the caribbean if you plan on transfering. 99% chance it won't happen.
     
  14. roadie

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    I agree that you should not go to the carribean expecting to transfer. Some do every year, but they are few and chances are not good. That being said, I wouldn't even worry too much about it. The only school that I can speak with authority on is SGU, but we do all of our clinicals in the states and have had good success in residency placement. Will you be at a disadvantage for residencies? Absoluteley, to say otherwise is naive. Are there any fields that you cannot go into? Absolutely not! You will just have to work harder than your U.S. counterparts. A lot of this is up to the individual students. As far as waiting a year and reapplying, in my opinion, it depends a lot on what the weak point of your apllication is and how easy and quick it is to fix it. As far as doing a masters degree, I would strongly encourage you NOT to do that. I don't want to get flamed, so I won't get into it, but I definately think that may not be the best route. I think it is a difficult decision to make, and requires a lot of thought. I have noticed that in the last month or so, there have been a lot of negative things said about international schools that are just plain not true. My advice is do the a lot of research, and do what you feel is best for you.

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  15. ninaninanina

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    Hey roadie, I actually would really like to hear what you have to say about doing a masters. If you don't want to go into it, that's totally cool! The reason I am so iffy about it is that I can't see myself spending two years in a lab, just to eventually get into med school again, as horrible as that may sound. Currently, the professor I work for doing my thesis for a 4th year project has offered to welcome me to her lab in case I decide to do my masters, and a job for the summer months. As well, by June, I should have my research published. It is great, research is an amazing career, but it's not what I want to do. Sorry roadie, but thanks for answering last :rolleyes: time!!!
     
  16. roadie

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    If you want to hear my opinion on the masters then pm me

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