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Day in the Life – Caribbean Medical Student

Chelsea Spencer (@cspenc10) is a second year medical student at St. George’s University (SGU) in Grenada. This is a day in her life. For more information about the pros and cons of going to medical school in the Caribbean, view our other videos on the topic.

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00:53 – Day overview
01:21 – Study session 1
02:02 – Why St. George’s University?
03:02 – IMCQ
04:34 – The importance and benefits of working out
05:14 – Misconceptions about studying in the Caribbean
06:51 – Discussing match rates
07:56 – Study session 2
08:18 – Advice for students dealing with depression and anxiety
09:05 – Small group practice OSCE
10:22 – Teaching
10:47 – Wrap up of the day

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  1. This is NOT an endorsement for Caribbean medical schools. This is a day in the life as portrayed by a current Caribbean medical student.

    I've spoken my mind about the pros and cons in previous videos (link in description) and will be uploading another video in the future about my recent trip to the Caribbean. Stay tuned!

  2. Anyone else have nightmarish flashbacks to when you had to percuss lung fields? There is so much stuff in med school that you will NEVER use again 😆

  3. Having graduated from a US medical school I can tell you it’s a damn shame this girl didn’t get into one. Wish her nothing but the best of luck.

  4. M1 at an accredited medical school in Mexico, I would be down for a video to show a different option that is not Caribbean medical schools that also allows you to come back to the US.

  5. Pre 3rd year SGU student studying for Step 1 here. Earliest I ever had to wake up was 7 during my 2nd and 3rd semesters. During 1st and 4th semesters I would usually wake up at 9.

  6. I heard that you have to stay on the island for 2 years before being able to do clinical rotations in the US. During those 2 years, do you stay on the island for the entire time or are you able to go home for semester breaks like you would at a traditional college?

  7. I went to a lower tier Caribbean medical school, passed Step 1 but didn't even attempt Usmle Step 2. I knew I was not going to pass and I was doing medicine for all the wrong reasons. I didn't even have a passion for medicine. I would have failed out of any medical program whether is was a Caribbean or a US one. Its not the program its the student. Caribbean med students study from the same books and questions banks as everyone else.

    The majority of my classmates that graduated did match. The problem with Caribbean medical schools is not neccesarily the school themselves. The schools give you the bare foundation to pass the boards. The problem is that many of the students they accept ( including myself) should not be in medical school in the first place. If you go to a Carribean medical school and do well on the USMLE then you will match somewhere. Things may change in the future though with mid level providers becoming more popular.

  8. since us and osteopathic medical student seats increased dramatically in the past few years and residency spots have not gone up most residency seats will be taken by the US graduates. Most Caribbean students will have a tough time matching.

  9. i wonder if you explored the average parental income of students nationwide in the US who match into competitive specialties and also those who succeed in the caribbean, what you would find? i am willing to bet there is a correlation between success in medical school admission, competitive residency match, and parental income

  10. Hey I have a question about the match process,

    Let’s say you only apply to specialty programs in orthopedic surgery and cardiology for example, if you don’t match into any of the programs would you have a chance to apply again the next year? Or would you have to apply for something less competitive like family med or IM? For both Caribbean and us medical schools

  11. Great video! I really enjoy this series! It makes me happy that you’re allowing premeds like me to see life in med school and life as a physician in different specialties. If possible, could you do a video on a day in the life of a pathologist? My major is clinical laboratory science, and my experience as a CLS has given me the desire to study laboratory medicine and pathology. I think the medical laboratory is one of the most (if not, the most) isolated places of the hospital. Therefore, I don’t think laboratory medicine gets the recognition it deserves, especially during this pandemic, as the laboratory plays a critical role in testing. So if it’s possible, could you make a video on a day in the life of a pathologist?



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