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.