Jackson Park Hospital vs Mercy Hospital

Students of St. James School of Medicine have two hospitals in Chicago to to do their core rotations: Jackson Park Hospital or Mercy Hospital.  The hospitals are 15 minute drive from each other.  The question is which one will you choose.

Mercy Hospital

  • It's near South Loop
  • It's a clean hospital
  • It's in a safer area
  • It's hard to get A's
  • They sponsor J1 visas for Canadian students
  • They have multiple residencies.

Jackson Park Hospital (JPH)

  • It's near 75th street
  • It's not so clean hospital, but they are renovating
  • It's in a dangerous area, Southside Chicago
  • It's easy to get A's
  • They do not sponsor any visas.
  • They only have Family Medicine Residency
The problem with JPH is that while doing your core rotation, there isn't much guidance there.  It's more scut work for students than actually teaching.  No doubt you will learn hands on on so many various cases, but the guidance isn't there.  The residents are also not the happiest there.

Mercy hospital has proper teachers and guidance.  They provide a lot of support to students.  If you do rotations there than you can increase your chances in getting a residency there.  The same cannot be applied to JPH, they rarely give any students, who did rotations there, a residency position.

So in order to get the benefits of both, schedule all of your core rotations at JPH and conduct all of your electives at Mercy Hospital.  The rotations you did at JPH, if you are weak on that subject, then schedule it at Mercy.  By doing this you will not only get all A's in your core rotations but you will also learn with guidance.

I hope this helps.


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Congratulations to the SJSM Students Who Matched for 2015

It's a huge success to SJSM due to the growing number of students who matched for the 2015 residency year.  The list is getting bigger every year as the school is expanding.  As the students are being dispersed to different states the Saint James School of Medicine is started to be familiarized with residency programs.

NOTE: As you can see SJSM always gets a high number of students matching in Illinois so, it's better for you to target to match in Illinois.  It would be nice if SJSM established an official alumni network so, future SJSM students can get tips on what to do and what not to do.  Until then I guess this blog will be the center of guidance.

The number of people who matched is more than this list.  The people from this list gave permission to publish their names online. According to the SJSM website there are more than 45 students.


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I am ECFMG Certified

The following is a guest post.  It's a contribution article from a graduated Saint James School of Medicine student.

ECFMG CertificateWell the time has come, I am ECFMG certified. Thank you Almighty for such a great success. It's such a relief and I can't believe it's done. It was a long journey and accomplishing it is a great feeling. Of course the journey is not over yet; now I have to work on getting into residency but I'll put that worry to the side and enjoy this moment and just reminisce on all the work that was put into it.

The process of getting the ECFMG certificate is a very simple process and SJSM did a great job in helping me get it. They were very supportive in getting my papers done fast and getting my credentials verified so the certificate would arrive at my house.


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