I heard is very hard getting a competitive residency for IMGs... what exactly are you guys interested when you graduate ?
I know the University of Maryland Medical center takes IMGs... cause there is a cool doctor down there that got one in pathology and she graduated from a carribean school...
... BUT She 1st graduated from a US vet school before wanted to do medicine
These numbers sound about right. I'm sure that there are few in the "lower set" that are given a chance too. Ross (not that anyone was asking) has a lot of bright people, but I imagine that St. George's is still more competitive and Ross will tend to select for those "diamonds in the rough". Then again, St. George's (I believe) tends to select-out for higher-caliber students up front. Either way you slice it, the best students make through each program.
Are you from GA? If so, what part? I am from Athens. As I stated on my earlier post, I am finishing my second year at SGU and so far have been very impressed with the education. I have friends at both Mercer and MCG and frankly, they are not getting as good instruction as we are. Having said that, alot of your education will depend on what you put into it, not necessarily how many famous profs you have.
i am from atlanta. i was wondering if i could get your email and maybe ask you some questions about SGU. I am starting january. i wanted to know about tix and other stuff. i also have friends who go to mcg and mercer..
Slightly off topic, but Dawg MD and Soccerfever, could I get your e-mails and/or ask you some questions about your experiences applying to MCG, Mercer (Emory)? I am a non-traditional applicant from Ga Tech (with a "Tech GPA" -- read "low") and I'm trying to find what range of numbers -- GPA and MCAT -- they will give serious consideration.
if you are not a urm(under represented minority), and you haven't participated in any oustanding research or extracurricular activities, then i would definitely put more effort into either going to the caribbean, or applying to d.o. programs. not to be discouraging, because anything is possible, but your gpa is low, and most likely will have a difficult time getting into a us md program.
getting back to this post's central theme . . .
i was fortunate enough to finally get accepted to a medical school, sgu jan '03. i graduated from uw(seattle) with a 3.51 gpa and i scored a 32q on the mcat.
as far as residency postions go, if one takes a look at either sgu's match list or just browses through the many post concerning sgu, i imagine that you will objectively conclude that sgu is not that bad, in fact, it most likely will get anyone who does well on the boards a residency that is comparible to a u.s. md graduate, w/ acception to some of the more difficult residency, like ortho, ent, etc. these seem to be a bit more unlikely, but that is how it goes even if you graduate from a top program. we can't all be super specialist anyhow . . .
as far as island life goes, it sounds interesting, but i get the feeling that off campus is quite poor, more so than lets say some "more" developed countries in south america, like ecuador, or peru, or colombia, but that is just a gut feeling. it is possible that folks who haven't lived in a third world county before might get a bit annoyed and burnt-out because of the inconveniences, but i don't see why most won't be able to adapt and get used to it. i am bit concerned with hurricanes myself, but i want to be a md, so what it comes down to for me is the rather trite phrase "beggars can't be choosers".
i look forward to meeting some of you folks in january.