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By Med stu - Thursday, August 5, 2010 7 Comments
Your Course as outlined by the University website.

Semester 1: Histology (10 credits), Gross Anatomy  & Embryology (12 credits), Medical & Legal Ethics (4 credits)

Semester 2: Physiology (12 credits) & Biochemistry (10 credits), Neurosciences (8 credits), Genetics (4 credits) RHM I (Research in Health and Medicine) (1 credit) 

Semester 3: Pathology I (10 credits), Microbiology (10 credits), Pharmacology (10 credits), Medical Psychology (4 credits) Research in Health and medicine II (xx credits)

Semester 4: Pathology II (10 credits), Epidemiology (4 Credits), Physical Diagnosis & Clinical Medicine (9 credits) Research in Health and Medicine III


Semeter 5: Preparation for the clinicals (AICM Program)

4 Months (Break)
1. Study for and write for the USMLE Step 1.
2. Submit PASSING score to the Chicago Office.

2-3 Weeks
Wait several weeks for the rotation schedule to begin and to settle down to the location.

32 Weeks (? not sure 100%)
Core Clinical Rotations

48 Weeks
1. Complete Elective Rotations
2. Apply for Residencies (National Match Program) and go to interviews.
3. Study and sit for the USMLE Step 2.
4. After PASSING the Step 2, you’re a MD Graduate. 

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  1. Hey there! I have a few questions that this blog post of yours brought up:

    1) What are the Research in Health & Medicine courses like? Do you have to actually do research and write a thesis paper??


    2) I see that there's a 4 month break to study and take the USMLE Step 1. During that time, are you living in Bonaire still at your apartment? Or do you have to go back home to study for it?

    Thanks!! And great work on this blog...I'm thinking of going here after I get my Master's degree.

  2. hey,
    let me answer the questoin as u asked

    1) its nothing like real research, honestly they teach you the basic, calculate probability, type of data collection methods, etc etc but it doesn't really involve any research, except in MD 4 we have to do a individual project which might require some research other than that no research at all.

    2) regarding the break , the way it work is you do 16 months in bonaire completing your basic science after that you are done from the island and u come to chicago to do a 4 month course called (AICM / 5th semester) after that u can take time off to do USMLE and during that time u can be anywhere

    and thx for reading :)

  3. Ahh thanks for responding back! That's very helpful information. It seems to me like the Research course is to teach you about Biostatistics and Epidemiology (which is a small part of USMLE Step 1) :). That's clever.

    I hope that the 4-month course in Chicago can be covered by private loans. That reminds me....How did you finance your medical education down there? What resources did you use? If you used loans, what company?

    Thanks again!

  4. well i took private loans so thats how i have been going so far :/ things kinda get tough in AICM cuz they don't give u loan and u gotto finance it urself so start saving for now

  5. Ehh I'm going to skip med school entirely. I just found out that I have to take 5 courses in order to fulfill med school prerequisite requirements, and I'm not going to do that. Med schools are saying that my chemistry courses aren't good enough, and I think that's BS. So forget med school. I'm sticking with Pathologist's Assistant as a career.

  6. I just accepted into SJSM. I need tips and advice on what to do befor i go there what to expect when i get there? I have mix feeling about going there because most people discourage me from going but am just going to do what I have to do. After am done with USMLE 2, do I need to write ECFMG before i apply for residency? I learnt am going to be treated as a foreign medical student when I return back to the state. Also I want to know how VA benefit works over there because am currently a soldier

  7. hi there Francis, did you begin the SJSM program after? Just wondering how you made out with it? If anyone is there now, I would love to hear from someone who has been or is now finished their medical degree program there and perhaps working in Canada at present?

    thank you kindly