Step 2 CS Tutor Available

One of the senior SJSM students is offering Step 2 CS tutoring via online video conference for those who are seeking guidance for the test.  This student has extensive knowledge of what to do and what not to do.  He has passed all his USMLE tests on first-attempt so he is he go-to guy for tutoring.  I highly recommend him.

If you are interested then please contact me regarding his contact information and pricing.


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Facts to Know About Residency Process

The residency process is no easy ride. It will be harder than studying for the boards.  If you study for the boards then you have a good chance of doing well.  However, when it comes to residency you can have all your requirements but there's still no guarantee of getting residency, even if you get a lot of interviews.

Consider the following when you apply for residency:

  • Apply to all your programs on the first day, it's usually September 15th.
  • Don't expect to get interviews from all the programs you applied to.
  • You will be disappointed from time to time, but always keep your head up.
  • Make sure you get all your USMLE scores submitted before September.
  • Make sure you "waive" your right to see your letters of recommendation.
  • Research the programs before applying to them; make sure you fulfill all their criterias.
  • Do not rely on "hookups" from your friends who are already in residencies.
  • The best and the only person you to impress is the program director.
  • Go to medical conferences before September.
  • Always apply to Family Medicine programs even if you are seeking another specialty.
  • When applying broadly, it means apply to multiple specialties, but remember to back your choice up if you get interviews.
  • Always be kind and courteous to everyone, especially to program coordinators, they are the gateway to a residency position.
  • Timing is everything so doing everything before September gives you the upper hand.
I hope this helps, and please give me your feedback.


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No More SJSM Bonaire Campus

So what started in 2013 is about to be completed.  The debate of if Bonaire campus closing is finally here.  SJSM has confirmed it from their website.  At least students now don't have to worry about the mistreatments by the locals.  During my stay there, the Bonaire locals gave me a hard time even when I did follow their rules.  Of course not all locals were like that, there are few from the rest that were very polite and nice.

This is bad news for the Bonaire economy but good news for St. Vincent, as the students bring in about $10 million a year as I heard when I was a student there.  I'm sure it's more now with the new campus on St. Vincent and expanded class size.

SJSM St. Vincent has a sole campus built from ground up.  As of 2015, the school will be 15 years old clearing its way to apply for California whenever they apply for it.


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