Navigating Residency: A Comparative Exploration of Medical Training in the US and Canada

Embarking on the journey of medical residency is a pivotal moment for aspiring physicians, especially for Canadian medical graduates. The decision to pursue residency in the United States or Canada adds a layer of complexity to their career path. In this comprehensive exploration, we’ll delve into critical aspects of the residency experience in both countries, with a focus on the unique considerations for Canadian medical students from Caribbean medical schools.…

Life of an EM Doctor

Are you considering a career as an emergency medicine physician? The medical education of an EM doctor differs slightly from that of other specializations, so it’s important to be prepared. At Saint James School of Medicine, we prepare students to succeed in their chosen specialization. As the premier medical college in the Caribbean. What Is Emergency Medicine? Emergency medicine focuses on treating patients with severe or immediate medical needs, such…

How an Olympic Athlete Passed Step 1

Are you enrolled in or considering medical school but worried about all the exams? Saint James School of Medicine wants all its students to succeed, no matter their background. We’ve based this article on episode 34 of the Med School Minutes Podcast. Keep reading to discover how one student learned to use her training as an athlete to conquer her Step 1 examination. Even if you’re not an athlete, you…

Surviving the First Days of Residency

After graduating from your medical college, you’ll apply the skills you learned in real-life situations as a resident. How do you survive the first days of your residency following medical school? Whether you graduated from Harvard Medical or SJSM, you can use the tips below to navigate this transition smoothly. Your First Day of Residency: From Med Student to Resident Many new residents find the first few days of residency…

Prep Before First Day of Residency

Are you done with medical school and waiting to start your residency program? Keep reading to discover the best tips for residency preparation, so you give yourself the best chance of success. Complete Paperwork and Orientation Complete all your necessary paperwork before your first day of residency. For your medical license, DEA registration, and pharmacy license, consider how long it takes to process after you submit the paperwork and leave…

Interview With a Program Director

A successful career as a physician begins with a comprehensive medical school education and ends with graduate medical education in a residency program. Although landing a coveted residency requires a record of demonstrated achievement, candidates also need to reveal to program directors what they will bring to the practice of medicine. To help students stand out in a crowded field, Saint James School of Medicine spoke with residency program directors…

Caribbean Medical School vs. U.S. Medical School

If you want to attend medical school, you might wonder if there’s a difference between medical schools in the United States vs. those in the Caribbean. Keep reading to discover the important ways in which they’re different and how they’re alike. As an aspiring med student, you want to lay a firm foundation for your future residency and beyond. A Caribbean medical school can help you achieve your goals as…

What Is MSPE?

Anyone who enrolls in medical school and wants to someday practice medicine should understand what an MSPE is. These documents contain a telling overview of a person’s experience in medical school, spanning beyond a simple transcript. MSPEs are created mainly to inform the future residency programs of the student’ activity and performance during the medical school.  The residency program directors want to accept candidates into their residencies that are hardworking,…

Questions to Ask During the Admissions Process

Traversing the path to medical school can be a stressful feat, especially with competitive applications and financial support necessities. Still, keeping focused during admissions can help ease tension and ensure you have the necessary information. While the schools select you, you also choose them. Remember to ask several important questions during the admissions process to find the medical school you want to attend. These questions can help you narrow down your options…

Mistakes to Avoid During Clinical Rotations

Clinical rotations, also known as clerkships, are among the most essential requirements during any med student’s education. They provide hands-on experience at healthcare sites, allowing the student to become more familiar with core medicine and eventually find their specialty of choice. At the same time, clinical rotations are opportunities for preceptors to evaluate and guide students.  In order for medical students to get the most out of their clinical rotations,…