So, now Bonaire campus will no longer be taking new students and the accreditation of the Bonaire has a time limit to end. I graduated from Bonaire and I am in my clinical clerkships and I’m less than a year left till I finish. So the question is should I stay with SJSM or transfer out to a better school. Either way I will be counted as a transfer. However, it would look worse to have two transcripts from two different schools. If I stay with SJSM then there will be one transcript. I could wait and see what happens but I need to register for Step 2 CK and especially Step 2 CS. It’s better to register for Step 2 CS because of the wait time it requires.
Having a transfer counts as a negative and so I have to do extra things to make my application look good on top of a great Step 2 CK score. Such as having good letter of recommendation from a director of a program, have good clerkship grades, and also include research. I have to cover all angles.
Research is required by SJSM in order to graduate anyways and so you may as well start research ASAP. Also it’s better to have Step 2 CK and CS completed and get ECFMG certified before you apply for residency on September 15th. When I mean ECFMG certified that is having the certification in your hand. You only get the certification after you pass Step 1, Step 2 CS, and Step 2 CK. And having the certification will allow you to apply to more residency spots.
So basically I will stick with SJSM because transferring is another pain in the butt and getting refund from SJSM is another headache.