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10 Reasons SJSM is a Smart Choice for Medical Education

October 05, 2018
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If you’ve been considering Saint James School of Medicine to pursue your dream of becoming a doctor, here are 10 reasons why it is the smart choice:

1. Non-traditional students welcome:

There are a number of reasons that students may diverge from the traditional path to their medical degree – they started a family, pursued a different career path or didn’t make it past the application process. As a result, some students with the potential to become excellent physicians miss out on a medical education. International schools like SJSM, offer students the opportunity that many US and Canadian schools don’t. The opportunity to pursue their dreams.

2. No MCAT:

Saint James School of Medicine does not require the MCAT. When we evaluate your application, we consider a number of factors; including your undergraduate GPA, your volunteer and/or work experience, your letters of recommendation, your personal essay, your interview and your motivations for studying medicine. We take a broad overview of our potential medical students’ abilities and motivations. This enables us to accurately determine those likely to succeed in medicine.

3. Accreditation:

The most important thing you can do for your long-term medical career is to attend an accredited medical institution. SJSM holds the following accreditations and recognitions:

  • International Medical Education Directory by FAIMER
  • Listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools with an ECFMG® Sponsor Note. For the graduation years indicated in the Sponsor Note, our students and graduates are eligible to apply to ECFMG for ECFMG Certification and USMLE® as a step towards ECFMG Certification.
  • Recognized by the Medical Council of Canada
  • Our students are eligible to sit for the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE)
  • Our students can sit for Part 1 & Part II of the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) for their Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC)
  • Vincent campus is registered with the National Accreditation Board (NAB) of the Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines

By staying accredited, Saint James School of Medicine can continue to graduate top-quality physicians, offer residency-training programs and help our students be part of a medical degree program they can be proud of – and one that meets national standards.

4. Cost:

Heavy competition for medical school programs and high tuition fees mean that many excellent potential doctors get left behind. At Saint James School of Medicine, we believe that a medical career should be attainable for everyone with the commitment and ability to succeed. We offer a quality medical education with the most affordable tuition amongst all accredited medical schools.

5. Matches:

Saint James School of Medicine has an exceptional residency match rate with many of our graduates currently working in US and Canadian hospitals as physicians, researchers or teachers. In fact, the International Medical Graduate matches were the highest since 1993.

6. Loans & scholarships:

Funding your medical education can be the biggest hurdle for qualified candidates. SJSM offers a variety of scholarship and loan opportunities. One is the Meritize loan, a unique way to fund your education, on your own merits, showing your promise as a professional in medicine. Providing your transcript – whether high school, college credits or previous skills-based school experience – Meritize will use your learning history to enhance your credit evaluation and improve your loan options.

7. Experienced faculty:

Our faculty is made up of accomplished medical professionals dedicated to scientific instruction and academic excellence. All faculty members hold an M.D., a Ph.D., or both. Many of our teachers are medical school professors from the US and Canada. SJSM enjoys a faculty-student ratio of 1:10 for more personalized attention while also offering tutoring, mentoring, one-on-one guidance, and research support.

8. USMLE Step 1 Guarantee:

The USMLE STEP 1 is one of the greatest factors for being selected into a residency. Over the years, Saint James School of Medicine has graduated many doctors who are now successful physicians throughout the United States and Canada. We strive every day to improve our programs and curriculum to ensure the success of our students. That’s why Saint James School of Medicine is the only school to offer a Guarantee on the USMLE Step 1.

9. Customized MD Program:

As many of our students come to us through non-traditional means, pursuing their education doesn’t always follow the same path as others. Saint James offers flexible pathway options to pursue your degree. If you’re struggling to adjust to the amount and complexity of material presented in your current program, you have other obligations in addition to your coursework prohibiting you from dedicating the time required for medical studies, or you’re experiencing personal circumstances requiring a significant amount of your time for a prolonged period of time, a customized program might be right for you.

10. Location, location, location:

Medical school is an intensive undertaking, so why not pursue it in a relaxing, laidback environment. Saint James School of Medicine has two campuses on two beautiful Caribbean islands – Anguilla and St Vincent. We provide a quality medical education, faculty, and facilities on both picturesque campuses.

If you are interested in Saint James or would like some answers to your questions, please call the admissions team at 800-542-1553. You can also request information by clicking the "request info" button and completing the short form. One of our admissions advisors will be in touch soon.

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