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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Canadians Who Are Denied Statement of Need

The Canadian Ministry of Health is going to cap out how many Canadian citizens are allowed to get residency positions in the US.  I don't understand the reason behind it because Canada needs doctors, but it's important to know all the facts if you are Canadian citizen.  For those who plan to get a J-1 visa, you have you re-new your work visa every year but you need Statement of Need one time for ECFMG.

Get US Citizenship If You Can
If you are in basic sciences or in clinical rotations, do your self a favor and find a way to get US green card or citizenship. A strong factor for applicants to get residency is their visa status. Residency programs do have the ability to sponsor you but they will choose not to if they can avoid it because the fees and paperwork is overwhelming; also they don't have the staff to do all that.

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Guide Others After Getting Residency

One of the most frustrating things I came up with is there is not much guidance when applying for residency.  SJSM does a good job in guiding the ECFMG and ERAS process but they stay silent when it comes to licensing questions.  SJSM encourages to research States that will offer residency licenses to their students.

I think the best thing for you is to research which programs Saint James students got residency in in order to increase your chances to get matched there.  Not only that you should also consider programs with students from other Caribbean medical schools who matched there; such schools as Windsor, MUA, AUA, St. Matthews.  Ross, SGU, AUC, and Saba are the big four and they have full accreditation of all 50 states, in addition they have a giant alumni network.

The problem with SJSM is that a lot of students graduate in different years and they do not keep in touch with the Alumni network.  Do to that, they do not care about any graduation ceremony. Fortunately, SJSM's alumni network is growing and I encourage everyone to be part of the network.

If you are a SJSM alumni who matched, then please call SJSM office at their office, and leave your contact information with them so if any recent graduates needs guidance, they can call you.

I encourage all of you from Windsor, MUA, AUA, St. Matthews, and other schools which I don't know of, to guide new graduates from your respected schools.

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