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St. George's University School of Medicine (Grenada, Caribbean)
St. George's University School of Medicine (Grenada, Caribbean)
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St. George's University School of Medicine (Grenada, Caribbean) (SGU)
Allopathic Medical School
Great River
  • SDN RANKING 2
  • INTERVIEW FEEDBACK 4 107 Responses
  • SCHOOL REVIEWS 5 1 Responses

Overview

Overview

School Stats

  • Resident Tuition $49,282
  • Non - Resident Tuition $49,282
  • Application Fee $75
  • AVG MCAT 503
  • AVG GPA 3.4
  • LIZZYM Score 61.0

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Admissions Information

  • c/o University Support Services, LLC, the North American Correspondent
  • Building 300
  • 3500 Sunrise Highway
  • Great River 11739
  • United States

School Overview

School Info

St. George’s University was founded in 1976 on the tiny island of Grenada in the Caribbean, and is now a recognized leader in global medical education. The University provides unique cross-cultural and international learning experiences to faculty and students from more than 140 countries, and has produced more than 11,000 physicians, who have practiced medicine in 50 countries across the world. In its over 35 years of academic achievement, St. George’s School of Medicine students and graduates have continually demonstrated excellence in all measures of testing. In 2012, the overall first-time pass rate on the USMLE Step 1 for St. George’s students was 97%, marking the fourth consecutive year that SGU’s overall first-time pass rate on the examination surpassed 90%. These students have come to SGU from 37 countries, with Canadian students achieving an impressive 100% pass rate. St. George’s University often places students into prestigious and diverse US residencies every year and they are often matched in the positions of their choice, including sought-after residencies, such as surgery, radiology, orthopedics, neurology, and emergency medicine. By one year after graduation, 97% of reporting US eligible 2011 graduates have received US postgraduate training positions.

Curriculum

St. George’s University provides a wide range of entry options and an extensive foundation for students with varied academic qualifications in the three-year premedical and four-year MD programs that lead to the Doctor of Medicine degree. Students may enter St. George’s seven-year Bachelor of Science/Doctor of Medicine program after high school through programs such as those offered through affiliations with the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Caldwell College. However, most students from North America who hold a bachelor’s degree with the appropriate premedical courses enter directly into the four-year medical program. The majority of St. George’s medical students will begin their study on Grenada’s True Blue campus. However, the Keith B. Taylor Global Scholars Program provides students with an opportunity to spend the first year of the four-year medical program in Newcastle, United Kingdom, on the Northumbria University campus. Immersed in the UK culture, students follow a program identical to the first-year program offered in Grenada, further encouraging their international experience. The clinical sciences take place in the final two years. All students complete clinical training in the University’s 60+ affiliated hospitals and clinical centers in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, all of which are done on services with approved postgraduate training programs. An exciting option beyond the stand-alone MD degree, dual MD/MPH, MD/MSc, and MD/MBA degrees are available to St. George’s medical students. Dual degree graduates are able to participate in a wide range of classes with practical exercises that hone many of the skills required to positively impact private practices, rural hospitals and health care systems, multifaceted large hospital systems, and more.

Facilities

The stunning True Blue campus in Grenada is the heart of the University. This $250+ million state-of-the-art University community is located on the southwestern corner of Grenada, on a peninsula overlooking the Caribbean Sea. The wireless-enhanced campus has recently seen the construction of more than 65 new buildings, including a library, anatomy labs, dormitories, lecture halls, and a research institute. The campus houses over 2,000 students. Free bus transportation is available from 6 am to 2 am to accommodate those students living off campus in various areas of the island.

Interview Feedback

Interview Feedback

Results Overview

How did the interview impress you?

Response # Responders
Positively 76
Negatively 6
No change 3

What was the stress level of the interview?

Response Avg # Responders
3.37 106

0 = low, 10 = high

How you think you did?

Response Avg # Responders
8.12 106

0 = low, 10 = high

Select Questions & Recent Responses

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"they suck as hard as an admissions office can suck. Good luck dealing with them" More from this Member | Report Response

"N/A" More from this Member | Report Response

"The admission office has by far the fastest response time in terms of e-mail, telephone, etc. If you have any questions, concerns, or just want some encouraging words, the admission office don't mind you contacting them :)" More from this Member | Report Response

"None" More from this Member | Report Response

"SGU admissions office is very organized and reponses very quickly with email and phone calls." More from this Member | Report Response

"Love the Resource Hotline!!" More from this Member | Report Response

"let the interviewers have a personal investment in the interview and not just be a person to read yo" More from this Member | Report Response

"Let me in." More from this Member | Report Response

"There were about 33 lines to write out the essay (yes, I counted), which is just about alright, but" More from this Member | Report Response

"Keep up the great work!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Just keep in touch." More from this Member | Report Response

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 1)?

"How do you overcome struggles with difficult coursework?" More from this Member | Report Response

"...it's been a while. Sorry, but I don't remember specifics. What I can tell you is it was a very casual discussion that revolved around "Are you SURE you don't want to just try again for the US schools?" The interview was encouraging me to do so." More from this Member | Report Response

"Cultural life on the island" More from this Member | Report Response

"What type of doctor do you want to be?" More from this Member | Report Response

"I actually applied to the School of Veterinary Medicine. Similar to the school of medicine, they ask you to write a 10 minute essay in which you pick from 3 topics. I picked to name 3 characteristics that help me in my persuit of veterinary medicine." More from this Member | Report Response

"Before any questions are asked, you have to write a short essay... no big deal, you take about 10-15 minutes to answer one of 3 questions... just be prepared to answer one and you'll be fine. 1) Describe a life changing experience of yours. 2) What are three characteristics you possess that will help you in your pursuit of a career in medicine? 3) Who is an inspiration to you and why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How many schools have you applied this year? Any acceptance? How many schools have you applied previous year?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What motivates you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"You start with an essay that you are given 10 minutes to complete. You choose one of the following topics and write about it 1) Discuss three characteristics a good physician should possess 2) Describe a notable life changing experience 3) Write about someone who inspires you and why." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to go into medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Specific questions about whether I was aware of programs at SGU such as GSP and MD/MPH program. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Why medicine ? Why SGU ? Tell me abit about yourself" More from this Member | Report Response

"1. Why SGU 2. Why do you want to become a doctor " More from this Member | Report Response

"Why would you want to be a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your volunteering experiences? (since I volunteer at the ED of a hospital, he asked me what exactly I do there)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Looks like you did some research, give me an overview and tell me your findings. Guessed ahead of time that SGU would arrange for a cardiologist who had done echocardiography research, just so they could quiz me about my paper. It's a niice. " More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you find out about SGU? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your research and volunteer experiences." More from this Member | Report Response

"Have you applied to other schools? If so where? Any interviews? If so where? Decisions?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your eventual goals in medicine? " More from this Member | Report Response

"set wages? bad? good?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Remember these three questions, you will need to write about one of them for 10 minutes. 1. List 3 traits that make a good physician" More from this Member | Report Response

"why do you want to be a doctor? where do you see yourself ten years from now?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Name a key reason why medicine interests you? (I basically said about three, its difficult to say just one)" More from this Member | Report Response

"posted already...Why medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Essay Option: Describe a defining moment in your adult life" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to attend SGU?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you know about St. Georges?" More from this Member | Report Response

"how i feel about being a forigen med school grad." More from this Member | Report Response

"What is an ethical issue in medicine, talk about it." More from this Member | Report Response

"will you be okay with living on the island? " More from this Member | Report Response

"standard questions: How did you hear about SGU? How will you finance your education? Which other schools have you applied to?" More from this Member | Report Response

"1. What will be you as 5 years later?" More from this Member | Report Response

"why go to a school in the caribbean?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Are you aware of FMG's?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Your strengths and weakness described by a best friend." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you think there is such a disparity between your GPA and MCAT? High GPA, Low MCAT" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe volunteer experience." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to become a physician instead of continuing your career in research?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to be come a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you hear about SGU?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why SGU?" More from this Member | Report Response

"He asked me about all my research, what was each one about, what did I do exactly and did I get published." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why St. George's?, How will you pay for school?, Why do you want to be an MD?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to change careers and go into medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What type of physician do you want to become?" More from this Member | Report Response

"why sgu? why medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"(1 of 3 Essay topics, same as everyone has listed thus far, 10 min to write) Fav and least fav classes, (science and non science)" More from this Member | Report Response

"quality that friend would describe you as" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was the last book you read" More from this Member | Report Response

"First off is a 10 minute essay on 1 of 3 topics: 1) Who influenced you the most? 2) List 3 characteristics that you have that will make you a good doctor 3) A defining moment in your life" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to be an MD. What volunteer experience do you have. Do you have any questions for me. How will you pay for school. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Although I wasn't asked any questions, here are the questions I put together and studied: St. George’s University Interview Prep Essays 1. Define three characteristics that will help in your pursuit to become a physician. 2. Describe an influential event in your adult life. 3. Describe someone who impacted your life. 4. Describe the moment that affected your life the most 5. Describe the 3 characteristics a physician should have. Interviewer’s Questions 1. Do you mind being called an FMG? 2. What do you know about St. Vincent? 3. List 3 reasons you want to become a doctor. 4. Describe yourself in one word. 5. By moving away from family & friends, how will you adapt to survive on the island? 6. Why do you want to become a doctor? 7. How will you pay for Medical School 8. What volunteer experience do you have? 9. What does your resume not tell me about you? 10. What field of medicine would you want to practice if you had your choice? 11. What extra-curricular activities have you participated in that show your conviction for a career in medicine? 12. What do you see doing with your life? 13. Did you do any research? 14. Describe your volunteer experience. 15. Have you lived or traveled outside the US? 16. What other US/non-US schools did you apply to? Where did you get accepted? 17. How many schools did you apply to last year, how many secondaries did you send/ how many acceptances do you have? 18. Have you thought about PA School, you have a husband, it would be better for you. 19. Are you interested in an MPH as well as an MD? Ethics Topics 1. Stem Cell research 2. Abortion 3. Euthanasia 4. Private vs public healthcare (b/c in personal statement) 5. List 5 medical issues in the world 6. Organ transplants & harvesting Questions for Interviewer 1. What is the Faculty to Student ratio? 2. What are the educational backgrounds of the faculty 3. What is the Drop-out Rate? 4. How are the residency Matches? 5. What was your experience like living on the island? 6." More from this Member | Report Response

"What does your resume not tell me about you? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about current medical issues." More from this Member | Report Response

"Did you do any research? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Discuss an ethical issue. What's your take on it? (I don't think it matters which side of the ethical issue you lean towards, as long as you understand all aspects of the issue and use sound reasoning to explain your side.)" More from this Member | Report Response

"How many med schools did you apply to/secondaries/acceptances" More from this Member | Report Response

"Three reasons why you want to become a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to be a doctor" More from this Member | Report Response

"Are you interested in getting an MPH at St. George along with your MD?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?" More from this Member | Report Response

"see above" More from this Member | Report Response

"what are the ethical issues in medicine today? Name 5 reasons for why you want to be a doctor. " More from this Member | Report Response

"How are you going to pay for this?" More from this Member | Report Response

"viewpoints regarding euthanasia?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do u think about having a foreign diplom" More from this Member | Report Response

"How will you finance your education? Why do you want to be a doctor? What do you know about foreign medical graduates?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why apply outside the United States?" More from this Member | Report Response

"why should we select you and not other applicants?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why were some grades bad?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do your parents do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to become a physician?" More from this Member | Report Response

"WHy Doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Name one ethical issue facing medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what three factors influenced you to want to become a dr?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How are you going to pay for school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why St.george?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How many offshore schools have I applied to. How many US Schools I have applied to and how many interviews I've gotten. " More from this Member | Report Response

"What are the defining factors that have influenced you decision to pursue a career in medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Would you go here if you got in?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself" More from this Member | Report Response

"Explain a yearlong leave of absence from school." More from this Member | Report Response

"what are some difficulties doctors are facing today?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How will you pay for school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"how do you think you will handle it there on an island" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to be a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Can you study in paradise?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How many US medical schools have you applied?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you think you were not accepted at any US med schools?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where have you scuba dived before? (We had a lengthy conversation about diving because we're both into it)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think will be the most difficult part of living on island for you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Have you previously been to an open house for this school? (there were previously open houses around CA but I didn't go :( I said that I will go after the interview!)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Can you explain both sides to a current medical ethics issue?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you have research experience and what was it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you know about foreign medical graduates? The positives and the negatives of being one?" More from this Member | Report Response

"A couple of ethics questions about end of life care and stem cell research. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Your own family member is suffering from terminal illness and you are faced with an ethical issue. Will u increase the dose to an extent that increases your loved one's pain or would you prefer to give that person death than to purposelessly increase their life with drugs?? your take on stem cell research ? " More from this Member | Report Response

"5. Lets say its Sunday morning, you are waking up from a night out, have an exam tomorrow, your boyfriend calls he says he's fed up and cannot do this anymore, your mother calls and says that she is seriously ill. How will you handle this situation." More from this Member | Report Response

"How will you adapt to life on the island?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are you going to do in Grenada besides studying" More from this Member | Report Response

"None - all prescripted questions, read from SGU's list for interviewers. Nothing original at all. Though do be prepared to talk about a prominent ethics topic (choose one from UW ethics site). Just an overview with a few points is fine. " More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you do if you got into a fight with somebody on the island, or if you did poorly in a course?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you know about Grenada? " More from this Member | Report Response

"So you`re a competitve badminton player . . . (going through some elements of my profile)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Coming from high school to college you have had to leave and take with you different things. What is one thing that you could never sacrifice upon coming to the island for med school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing." More from this Member | Report Response

"Who is your favorite soccer team in the world? And what do you think about the match-fixing scandal in Europe?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What area of medicine do you intend on practicing (important, because interview noted the difficulty on obtaining some residencies, specifically dermatology and opthamology)" More from this Member | Report Response

"none" More from this Member | Report Response

"Seeing that both your parents are physicians, are you just doing medicine to please mummy and daddy? (I actually laughed when I was asked that!)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Something along the lines of...list 3 economical ways that people at Grenada make money? or something like that...i only thought of one. " More from this Member | Report Response

"All pretty staight forward, from the paper. " More from this Member | Report Response

"What is a typical day in your life like? How do you divide up your time to study and still have a personal life?" More from this Member | Report Response

"I was well prepared. " More from this Member | Report Response

"98 year old, overweight woman, diabetes and 3 heart attacks, do you send her into surgery that could potentially make her better but at the same time kill her?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your goals in life, other than medicine" More from this Member | Report Response

"Are you going to change into more comfortable shoes before you get on the subway? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Why didn't you apply in Canada?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Who is a person who knew well in the world? What he/she will describe your 3 characteristics? (This asks your strength!)" More from this Member | Report Response

"what happened in college?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Are you aware of FMG's?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you feel the MCAT is a true reflection of a students ability?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Perhaps not the most interesting (the interviewer asked me a total of 3 questions) but the question that most caught my attention was whether or not I would be interested in the MPH Program at SGU. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The most interesting would probably be what kind of medicine i wanted to get into whether academic or otherwise. I found this interesting because I clearly realized that i didn't know what academic really meant. My interviewer didn't make me feel stupid for not knowing, but he educated me about the different ways one can go with medicine, and even went on to say that he didn't know this until he got knee-deep into the process of deciding what he would do with his MD. I appreciated him for this." More from this Member | Report Response

"Are you concerned about being a foreign medical student? About being stereo-typed?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Since I chose euthanasia as one of the topics I discussed with the interviewer he asked what I would do in a certain situation (from his own experience) as a physician. " More from this Member | Report Response

"If my MCAT and GPA reflect my true ability." More from this Member | Report Response

"If someone were to write a book about you in 5-10 years, what do you think they would say about you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you rank SGU compared to DO schools? Which would you rather go to?" More from this Member | Report Response

"There were no really interesting questions, just the usual." More from this Member | Report Response

"An ethical question about managed care. What would you do if a managed care person refused to pay for your request for a CT scan." More from this Member | Report Response

"I'm a bit older (36) than the average applicant. The interviewer asked why the career change and at such late stage. (I expected this.)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Are you aware of ethical issues in medicine today?" More from this Member | Report Response

"pick a controversial topic and tell me both sides." More from this Member | Report Response

"pretty standard questions" More from this Member | Report Response

"I was asked to role-play a situation in which the doctor portrayed a non-cooperative patient and I was the resident trying to convince her to give a sample of blood. I was surprised and caught off guard by this, but the doctor was respectful of my attempts and gave sound advice." More from this Member | Report Response

"one quality that your best friend would describe you as" More from this Member | Report Response

"Have you ever considered becoming a corrections physician?" More from this Member | Report Response

"N/A" More from this Member | Report Response

"None--Standard Questions (He read from a sheet)." More from this Member | Report Response

"I wasn't asked any questions. Instead the interviewer (Dr. Lane, in Atlanta, GA) was more of a counselor and mentor rather than an interviewer. He gave me excellent insight about St. George's. " More from this Member | Report Response

"There were two questions that I felt important to answer. The first was why I wanted to attend St. George's University. The second what specialty in medicine I wanted to pursue." More from this Member | Report Response

"Who has been most inspiring in your life?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Stem cell research." More from this Member | Report Response

"what do you see yourself doing with your life?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your research." More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing" More from this Member | Report Response

"About Stem cell research" More from this Member | Report Response

"I wasn't asked any questions" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe yourself in one word." More from this Member | Report Response

"What I knew about the islands; I actually learned interesting information from him." More from this Member | Report Response

"essays: define three characteristics that will help in your pursuit to become a physician. describe an influential event in your adult life. describe someone who impacted your life. " More from this Member | Report Response

"No particularly interesting questions" More from this Member | Report Response

"Talk about an experience and how it has influenced you" More from this Member | Report Response

"what are the different viewpoints regarding euthanasia?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me how X experience changed u" More from this Member | Report Response

"None. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Grenada?" More from this Member | Report Response

"why do you want to become a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are three ethical issues in medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If someone where to write a novel about you 15 years from now, what would it say?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you think you'll be able to cope with life in grenada." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your part-time job as an Aquatic Specialist." More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you plan on adjusting to living in a 3rd world country?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What's the most recent movie you've seen in the theater? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Are you re-taking the MCAT (Why do you need to know that if you are interested in selecting me now)? and How many other medical schools did you apply to? How many do you still have the chance of getting into?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing fascinating just your standard questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"If a patient who had ovarian cancer came to me, and asked me to help her end her life (euthanasia question). (It was interesting because he was a heme/onc fellow and I said that I wanted to do ob/gyn, so he incoporated both our fields to the question.)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are three of the biggest ethical issues facing physicians today?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What did your advisor say when you decided to apply here?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Ethical question about cloning- What do you think about cloning?" More from this Member | Report Response

"With all the recent lawsuits over Vioxx and other drugs, do I feel as though they should be pulled from the market and why/why not?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think about being a foreign grad as opposed to a US grad? And have you really thought about what its like to live on a small third-world island?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How would you cope with living in in Grenada" More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing; The interviewer, and alumnus from SGU SOM, was very positive and welcoming. " More from this Member | Report Response

"there were no interesting questions" More from this Member | Report Response

"how do you think you would far on an island?" More from this Member | Report Response

"As you know, medicine has quite a few ethical issues. You don't have to tell me your side of the issue, but explain to me the two sides of abortion, and their points in their arguments. " More from this Member | Report Response

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Are the elective rotations easy to obtain?

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"the reputation" | Report Response

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