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Why did I pick St James School of Medicine

By Med stu - Thursday, August 19, 2010 9 Comments
There are several reasons that St. James does stand out from the other Caribbean schools.




  • You spend less time in the Caribbean, you spend 16 month with St. James while with other school you spend 20 months. 
  • The school has been here for 10 years, so they are doing something right to survive this long. 
  • Small class sizes really help you concentrate.
  • Island is very friendly and cheap, so you have low living expenses compare to other places. 

9 comments to ''Why did I pick St James School of Medicine"

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  1. Island is not so cheap, but it is extremely safe, no people asking money on the streets or trying to sell you crap unlike other carribeans

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    1. My neighbor was tied up in his house and robbed at gunpoint during the day. I was chased by wild dogs everyday on the way to school (on bike) and bitten twice. My lanlord broke into my rental while he was drunk one night (and said he was justified because he owned the place), and never gave me my $900 deposit back. One girl was kidnapped in my first semester and literally chopped to pieces and her body parts found in the ocean.
      However...That was 5 years ago, and since I have heard that the island has become safer (especially since changing governments).

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  2. I forgot mention I was talking about Anguilla

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  3. yea never seen anyone asking for money on Bonaire either; but Anguilla is more developed than Bonaire, people have more money, and you feel more at home compared to Bonaire. But one advantage of living on bonaire is the low cost of living which might go up thou when Netherlands Government takes over.

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  4. How many people are in a class roughly?

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  5. depends our class was like 24 then went up to like 30 but there are some classes with 60+ student it really varies among semester

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  6. Do you know if you can practice in California once finished?

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    1. Nope. If you want Cali, try a med school in europe. My friend transferred to one in poland just to get a cali residency.

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  7. Even though the tuition is only $62,800...through all the hidden fees and living expenses I somehow managed to spend $274,000!!! An no, I did not live any life of luxury. I am on a private loan with my parents house as collateral and a total combined family income of <$50,000. So that was my whole family's life's savings right there.
    I have nothing against SJSM. But had I known this, I really would have gone the military route or went to a school that qualifies for government loans. Because now, since I am set back due to residency programs preferring the more recognized schools, if I don't get a residency...I have pretty much doomed me and my family forever.
    Please think about this when applying to so called "cheap" med schools. You really get what you pay for, and have to end up working 10x as hard as everyone else. However, I must say, if you do go the carribbean route, then SJSM is a good choice compared to many of the others (like MUA, which many of my friends had an extremely hard time even booking their Steps since with SJSM they let you take it when you feel you are ready and at your peak....but with other schools you have to jump though all these hoops just to take the exam...and by the time you do that, you are not ready anymore.)

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