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.

  • Tyler Clark, Family Medicine, WA
  • Emily Drake, Family Medicine, Canada
  • Lidya Golub, Internal Medicine, IL
  • Brian Malki, Anesthesiology, MI
  • Pamela Milano, Family Medicine, IL
  • Anshul Acharya, Family Medicine, LA
  • Veronica Acosta, Internal Medicine, IL
  • Talha Baloch, Psychiatry, IL
  • Quang Cao, Family Medicine, WI
  • Mayada Elian, Family Medicine, PA
  • Thalia Kamel, Internal Medicine, IL
  • Eric Lessard, Family Medicine, SC
  • Robyn Lovitt, Family Medicine, OK
  • Mohammad Luqman, Internal Medicine, IL
  • Daniel Mendrek, Family Medicine, Canada
  • Saad Mohsin, Family Medicine, WI
  • Mohammad Moiz, Family Medicine, IL
  • Faraaz Nayemuddin, Internal Medicine, IL
  • Michael Randazzo, Internal Medicine, MI
  • Syed Zia-ur Rehman Shah, Internal Medicine, IL
  • Noah Simon, Family Medicine, IL
  • Habeeba Sirajuddin, Family Medicine, IL
  • Seth Sturdivant, Family Medicine, IL

Hopefully next year, the list will be longer than this.  As the need for more doctors are being demanded in Congress to make up for the new Obamacare, students are like us can fill the demand.

If you are a current SJSM student on the island, take this list as a reminder that you will soon reach this position.  Study smart and work hard and you will get into residency in no time.

    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.

    The certificate came in via FedEx and it was inside a hard paper cover. As you can see from he screenshot above that it looks nice and clean.

    ECFMG CertificateThe certificate was placed under a plastic over. I displayed my certificate but I blurred out and blacked out my key information because I don’t want my information out there on the web.  As you can see this is it; this is what we were striving for the past couple of years. In order to get this certificate you have to pass the USMLE Step 1, USMLE Step 2 CK, USMLE Step 2 CS. The certificate displays the dates of the exams you passed, which is displayed on the bottom left corner.  It also has the date the certificate was issued on the bottom right corner.

    All in all, I’ll tell you, if I can do it then you can too. It requires persistence in times of difficulty and confidence from the beginning to the end.

    So what does it mean now?
    What it means now is that I finally get to have DR before my name and MD after my name.  Also, I am now eligible to take the USMLE Step 3, which also depends on the State of residence.

    How Much Money Do OB/GYN Doctors Make

    Obstetrics and Gynecology

    OB/GYN is the abbreviation for obstetrics and gynecology.  This is the specialty of medicine that focuses on everything related to the medical science of women and everything dealing with the women’s body.  Now gentlemen, keep in your pants (LOL).

    Obstetrics
    Pregnancy, child birth, and postpartum care.

    Gynecology
    Deals with the female reproduction, which includes the entire reproductive system of the female, including breast, sexuality, and family planning.

    Obstetrics and gynecology overlap in most cases.  Doctors in those specialties usually practice both.  When it comes to caring for their patients, they usually do so in a long-term doctor-patient relationship.

    OB/GYN doctors also do surgery procedures such as cesarean section and fibroid removal.  These doctors can work in either in a clinical setting or in a hospital setting.

    There is unpredictability in the caring of patients due to the nature of the woman’s body.  Therefore there is no set schedule.

    How to be a OB/GYN Doctor
    – Get a bachelor’s degree with the pre-medicine criteria fulfilled (4 years).
    – Get into medical school and get a Doctor of Medicine Degree (4 years).
    – Get into an OB/GYN specialty (4 years).

    So basically it’ll take you 12 years to be a OB/GYN doctor.

    How much do OB/GYN Make
    OB/GYN residency offers a base salary from $45,000 to $60,000 based on the program.  Usually the more rural the program is the higher the salary. Or in some programs in New England states, the salary is much higher.

    Obstetrics and Gynecology DoctorAfter completing residency, a fully licensed OB/GYN doctor makes in the range of $200,000 to $250,000.  From Medscape compensation report, it shows in 2005 the median income was $210,000.  In 2010 the median income was $225,000. According to the US Labor and Statistics, as of 2012, OB/GYN specialists make a median salary of $301,737 before taxes and malpractice insurance fees.  Since that’s just the median salary, that means there is evidence of making more than that.  So the salary is increasing exponentially every year.

    So if you plan to go into OB/GYN, just keep in mind that you will need to complete 12 years of schooling and training.  After residency you’ll land with the potential of making more than one-third of a million dollars.