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I can get into an American med school and think I might actually want to give it a go at St. Georges. Is this insane? The opportunity to do my clinical years in the UK and practice internationally is so appealing. I'm just wondering if any of you guys have actually chosen this school OVER a US school and why?

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Why wouldn't you just apply to an Irish or English school then? They have good reputations. Trinity college in Dublin is better than some allopathic schools in the states and MUCH better than St. George's in the Carribbean.
 

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It is virtually impossible to get into a UK or Irish school if one is not British or Irish. St. Georges seems to offer the best opportunity to do clinical years and practice abroad. Getting into an international school is almost an impossibility. If I'm wrong, let me know, but from the research I've done--this is the case.
 
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I heard of a guy who graduated from Saint Georges and then got a job as a gyno with some internet website.
 

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Originally posted by dramy
I can get into an American med school and think I might actually want to give it a go at St. Georges. Is this insane? The opportunity to do my clinical years in the UK and practice internationally is so appealing. I'm just wondering if any of you guys have actually chosen this school OVER a US school and why?

Thoughts? Feelings?

Thanks

you can practice internationally with your US MD.
 

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First of all, any medical school in the US can send you to do a few rotations in the UK. The only reason carribean medical schools send kids to the UK is because sometimes there are limited # of rotation slots in the US. If too many students want to rotate in the US they are sent to the UK.

Choosing to pursue a medical education, being a US citizen, somewhere other than the US puts you at great disadvantage when competing for residency slots. You will have the last pick, so to speak, and if you do land a competitive residency it will most likely be at a community hospital. You will also have to go through the extra hoops of ecfmg certification and spend mucho dinero moving from hospital to hospital while completing you rotations. FMG=lots of headache.

If you really want to be a general internest or family practitioner going international is fine and will get you there, but you are handycapping yourself in the process. Remember, its only the rest of you career so be sure to make a wise deicision based on future possibilities. Nothing in this world is certain and I see no reason why one would choose to jeapordize that for "fun".

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Originally posted by Squat n Squeeze
I heard of a guy who graduated from Saint Georges and then got a job as a gyno with some internet website.

Oh my gosh! Squat n Squeeze is back! We've missed your insightful comments (see above) ;)

BonBon
 

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About St George med, I think that if you are a good student you have a high chance of getting into a Irish med school directly. The program there is 5 yrs though!
 

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Go read the nightmare-ish posts about the carribean schools in the carribean forum of SDN. You don't wanna go there.
 

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Go read the nightmare-ish posts about the carribean schools in the carribean forum of SDN. You don't wanna go there.
Yea I read those posts. It was sad. Nothing beats bats flying above you while you're trying to watch a movie in the theater.:D
 

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I'm more afraid of getting attacked by wild dogs and getting searched by guards for trying to sneak in a PB&J sandwich.
 

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I'm more afraid of getting attacked by wild dogs.
You're right. Nothing's worse than some wolf knawing on your leg.
 

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A few people have chosen Irish (Atlantic Bridge) schools and Australian schools (U of Sydney or Flinders) over American schools and done quite well. I got accepted to U of Sydney but declined just due to the hassle of being an FMG.

You would be crazy however to choose SGU over a U.S. school. Living in Ireland or Sydney Australia might have an inherent appeal but I doubt Grenada would.

And since the cost of SGU is usually the same or higher than a US school, you are trading good for not as good. If I couldn't be admitted in the US however, I would consider SGU.
 

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Yea I read those posts. It was sad. Nothing beats bats flying above you while you're trying to watch a movie in the theater.:D
Amazing how people feel the need to find humor at the expense of others.
 

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Anyone who would consider SGU over an american medical school deserves to give up their spot to somebody else!!!!!!!!!!

It's f***** ridiculous.
 

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Amazing how people feel the need to find humor at the expense of others.
It was sarcasm. What's wrong with bats flying above you anyway. No one gets harmed either way.
 

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Well I do agree that if you have a chance of getting in to a US or Canadian medical school (no matter which one) you should definetly pick it over SGU or ANY other caribbean school or for that matter international school. The reasons are:

1) licencing will be much easier when you try to practice in the US

2) you have a MUCH better shot at 'competitive' residencies or for that matter any decent residencies graduating from a US medical school.

3) I hate to say this, but unfortunately you will be discriminated against by your colleagues in the future, or other people in the profession after graduation.

4) Well it will cost you more money in the future, namely plane tickets/travel costs during clinicals (moving to different locations) and the licencing process (need the CSA certificate etc...).

HOWEVER, with all that said I personally believe that SGU is a great school and the education is DEFINETLY on par with US allopathic med schools. So if you want a great education and can't get in to a US school than SGU is definetly the right way to go. I'd choose it over Irish schools as it has the same curriculum as the US and grooms you to practice there!

Good Luck regardless of your choices
 
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