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Med School Minutes: Residency Prep

Med School Minutes: Residency Prep

The process of applying for residency is complicated and often stressful. For a medical student who has spent the past few years immersed in books and lectures, the outside world can seem a bit intimidating.  So, this article will attempt to offer some advice on how med students can prepare themselves for a residency application and interview process.

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How to Build Successful Study Habits for Med School

How to Build Successful Study Habits for Med School

If there’s one thing that students learn in med school, it’s that you can be a smart, successful student without feeling stress or burnout. In fact, the most successful students are often the ones who approach learning as an adventure. They relish each challenge they face with curiosity and optimism.

It’s not always easy to stay motivated when you’re studying for long hours every day and dealing with all those life changes that come with med school, but if you set up some intelligent study habits early on, it’ll make a massive difference down the road. Here are some guaranteed methods to improve your successful study habits at SJSM.

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DEAN’S LIST SUMMER 2021 TO SPRING 2022 – ST. VINCENT CAMPUS

DEAN’S LIST SUMMER 2021 TO SPRING 2022 – ST. VINCENT CAMPUS

Saint James School of Medicine – St. Vincent Campus announces the Summer 2021 to Spring 2022 Dean’s List. To be eligible for the Dean’s List a student must achieve a minimum 3.5 grade point average for the semester on a 4.0 scale.

Congratulations to all of our students who made the Dean’s List these semesters!

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SJSM ALUM SHARES NATIONAL AAFP CONFERENCE EXPERIENCE

SJSM ALUM SHARES NATIONAL AAFP CONFERENCE EXPERIENCE

By Dr. Saad Hanan, SJSM USMLE Counselor, SJSM Alum;

My trip to the National Conference for AAFP in Kansas City, was an exciting opportunity for me, my colleague Dr. Nizamani, and SJSM. The conference took place from July 28th-30th and we were extremely thrilled to support SJSM’s Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG), which was being honored with a Program of Excellence Award in Professional Development. Out of 100+ applicants, SJSM was the only Caribbean medical school whose interest group was recognized at this event.

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Building a Great Resume for Your Medical Residency Application

Building a Great Resume for Your Medical Residency Application

You’ve been working hard to get into medical school, so now it’s time to do your homework on the next step: applying for residency. A solid medical residency application resume is critical for showing admission committees that you’re ready to practice medicine and have the skills needed to succeed. We’ve put together some tips and best practices to help make sure your application stands out—and gets noticed!

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World Champion Powerlifter Follows Dream of Becoming a Med Student

World Champion Powerlifter Follows Dream of Becoming a Med Student

One of the beautiful parts of attending the Saint James School of Medicine is our diversity of students. People come to our campus from all over the world and from such varied backgrounds. Sit down with any of our med students, and you will experience an incredible backstory unique to each individual.

As an example, we recently had the opportunity to talk with Mrs. Chandler Babb, a current third-trimester student at SJSM who just so happens to be an internationally recognized World Champion in Powerlifting. So, let’s dig into our discussion.

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HOW TO GET A QUALITY LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION

HOW TO GET A QUALITY LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION

Getting a quality letter of recommendation is an essential step in landing the opportunity you want. We’re going to break down everything you need to know about getting your dream letter of recommendation, how to get in touch with the right person and what information they need from you, and how to do all this without annoying the heck out of them.

Whether you are applying to medical school for the first time or seeking a new career in a healthcare-related field, the power of a letter of recommendation can be the key to success. Take your time, be prepared, and you will have a valuable tool for attaining the next step in your life.

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An Interview with Olympian Kelly Hurley on Med School Minutes

An Interview with Olympian Kelly Hurley on Med School Minutes

On our most recent episode of Med School Minutes, we had the distinct pleasure of speaking with famed Olympian, Kelly Hurley as she makes the transition to life at Saint James School of Medicine on the beautiful island of Anguilla. We should start by saying Kelly is a 4-time All-American athlete who has competed in fencing since she was 17 years old. She was the only woman epee fencer from the United States to qualify for the Olympic Team in 2008. She is a four-time Olympian competing in 2008, 2012, 2016, and 2020 Olympic Games. Kelly brought home the bronze medal for team fencing at the 2012 London Summer Games and is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame in 2010.

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Alumni Networking Event

Alumni Networking Event

Saint James School of Medicine is proud of the achievements of its alumni. Alumni play an important role in the development and continuous improvement of the school. In order to strengthen the bond between the school and the alumni, SJSM has planned several annual events during which the current students, graduates and the administration will meet to exchange ideas and help facilitate the creation of a true SJSM community.

On April 28th 2022 SJSM organized the first Alumni Networking event that was meant to help current students and alumni get together and exchange ideas, experiences, and connections.  This successful event is the first of several to come this year.

Check out the video from this event by clicking HERE.

We invite all our alumni to join us during these events. Please visit alumni.sjsm.org to join the alumni association and to stay informed about any future events and opportunities with the school.

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A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A DEAN AT SAINT JAMES MEDICAL SCHOOL ANGUILLA

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A DEAN AT SAINT JAMES MEDICAL SCHOOL ANGUILLA

We wrapped up another insightful and exciting episode of our popular Med School Minutes Podcast about life, study, and what it is like becoming a doctor at Saint James Medical School of Medicine on the beautiful island of Anguilla. The previous episode featured a special guest, Dr. Claude B. Iliou, the Dean of Basic Sciences, who was kind enough to spare a few moments from his otherwise demanding schedule. This was a fantastic conversation that covered not only the unique background of one of our administrative leaders, but also insight into his perspective of education at SJSM.

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MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS: 5 WAYS TO REDUCE STRESS AS A MEDICAL STUDENT

MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS: 5 WAYS TO REDUCE STRESS AS A MEDICAL STUDENT

Medical school is a time of great learning, but it’s also stressful and creates anxiety. You are busy, and you have a lot of responsibilities and deadlines to meet. You have to read lots of textbooks, take exams, write papers, and do all kinds of other academic work.

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STUDENT’S LIFE ON ST. VINCENT

STUDENT’S LIFE ON ST. VINCENT

In our recent episode of the Med School Minutes podcast, supported by the Saint James School of Medicine, we had the fantastic opportunity to sit down with four current MD students. Our goal was to dive in and find out what life is like on the beautiful island of St. Vincent and why it is the favored home of so many international students looking for a rewarding healthcare career. Our guests covered so many topics, so let’s just skip all the formalities and get right to the good stuff for our readers to enjoy.

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FINDING LOVE WHILE ATTENDING MEDICAL SCHOOL

FINDING LOVE WHILE ATTENDING MEDICAL SCHOOL

In our most recent Med School Minutes Podcast, we welcomed Dr. Drake to talk about catching the love bug while studying towards your medical degree. Dr. Drake comes from a family medicine practice in Northwestern Ontario, Canada. Her clinic covers pretty much everything you can imagine, from emergency care to working with an indigenous population. Dr. Drake is a proud St. James alumnus from Anguilla and part of one of the earliest classes in January of 2010.

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THE EXCITING BENEFITS OF JOINING THE SJSM ALUMNI ASSOCIATION

THE EXCITING BENEFITS OF JOINING THE SJSM ALUMNI ASSOCIATION

Saint James School of Medicine (SJSM) has remained one of the top Caribbean-based medical schools for years. As more and more students graduate from this highly regarded institution, the opportunities to enter the workforce with a leg up from the connections and relationships built over time are only elevated by joining the SJSM Alumni Association. This will allow you to reconnect with valued friends and mentors and provide the opportunity to give back to a program that accelerated your career.

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IMPORTANCE OF PARTICIPATING IN STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

IMPORTANCE OF PARTICIPATING IN STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

Medical school is one of the more challenging pursuits that anyone can undertake in their educational development. Between clinicals and the amount of studying required for exams, it always feels like there is little time for any other pursuits. However, integrating extracurricular activities is critical to your development as a student and medical professional. They provide you a challenge for reinforcing the lessons you learned in the classrooms as well as exposing you to different lifestyles, ideas, and philosophies that you are sure to encounter among your future patients or research.

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10 KEY TIPS FOR INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL STUDENTS LIVING IN THE CARIBBEAN

10 KEY TIPS FOR INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL STUDENTS LIVING IN THE CARIBBEAN

Being a medical student is more than memorizing procedures and preparing for the next round of tests in medical studies. It is also about experiencing the culture and local history of the island you live on. That is why the Med School Minutes podcast recently sat down with Dr. Jose Ramirez, the Assistant Clinical Dean at Saint James School of Medicine (SJSM), a leading Caribbean medical school, and Dr. DeJuan Kinchelow, who is an SJSM graduate and a student counselor.

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PREPARING FOR THE MEDICAL RESIDENCY MATCH

PREPARING FOR THE MEDICAL RESIDENCY MATCH

Prospective and current medical school students wonder what it takes to make it through a competitive medical school program. What is required, not only to survive, but to excel. The Med School Minutes podcast met with Dr. Aqsaa Chaudhry, an alum of Saint James School of Medicine (SJSM), and Joe Torres, the Assistant Manager of Clinical Services at SJSM.
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The New Accreditation Outlook for International Medical Schools

The New Accreditation Outlook for International Medical Schools

All Caribbean Medical Schools must be legitimately accredited by 2024 Due to a requirement by the Education Commission of Foreign Medical Graduates, only students from schools who are accredited by a World Federation of Medical Education (WFME) recognized accreditor would be allowed to appear for the USMLE Exams starting 2024.

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ECFMG Year 2024 Rule- what it means to you!

ECFMG Year 2024 Rule- what it means to you!

The Education Commission on Foreign Medical Education (ECFMG) is the primary body in the United States that oversees the policies and regulation around licensing International Medical Graduates (IMGs). In order to take the USMLEs, and to apply for residency all IMGs must be certified by ECFMG.

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USMLE Step 1 Dec Blog

USMLE Step 1 Dec Blog

Every three to four years, the USMLE Management Committee conducts an extensive review and analysis of the passing standard for each USMLE Step 1 exam. This is done to ensure the passing score is consistent with the expectations of the level of content proficiency needed to apply important concepts to the practice of medicine.

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The Time I Led a Code

The Time I Led a Code

The one question I’ve never been capable of answering properly, or in a completely satisfactory way is, why do I want to become a physician? It probably has the same answer as “why am I a writer?” and I cannot answer that either. I want to be both. Perhaps we do the things we know that we can do well.

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A Letter from A 2021 Alumni | Dr. Jennaire Lewars

A Letter from A 2021 Alumni | Dr. Jennaire Lewars

Fellow (impending) new grad doctors. As our graduation season is upon us, I just wanted to extend a few words. As we enter this phase of our lives, with the acquisition of our new roles and responsibilities.

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Dean’s List Spring 2021

Dean’s List Spring 2021

The one question I’ve never been capable of answering properly, or in a completely satisfactory way is, why do I want to become a physician? It probably has the same answer as “why am I a writer?” and I cannot answer that either. I want to be both. Perhaps we do the things we know that we can do well.

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