FAQ

Q: Where is Spartan Health Sciences University, School Medicine (SHSU) located?

A: SHSU is a foreign medical school located in the country of St. Lucia, West Indies.

Q: Is SHSU accredited by the Liaison Committee for Medical Education?

A: The Liaison Committee for Medical Education of the American Medical Association accredits medical schools located only in the United States and Canada. For example, LCME does not accredit Cambridge or Oxford Universities located in the United Kingdom. Spartan is Licensed, Chartered and Accredited by the Government of St. Lucia and its curriculum closely follows the standards and guidelines set by LCME.

Q: Does SHSU accept transfer students?

A: Yes. Students from recognized medical schools listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools (W.H.O.) and International Medical Education Directory (I.M.E.D.) will be admitted as transfer students upon evaluation of their credentials. Transfer students who have completed the Basic Sciences program from an accredited Medical School must complete at least one trimester of our basic science program before advancement into clinical sciences program. Students are not directly accepted into the clinical program.

Q: How much time do I have to spend in St. Lucia?

A: SHSU curriculum is an accelerated program which could be completed in 40 consecutive calendar months (3,5 calendar years). Of those, you must spend 20 months (5 trimesters) in St. Lucia for the basic science and pre- clinical science program and the remaining 20 months (5 trimesters) in United States for the Clinical training program. In the near future, we will offer a five trimesters of basic sciences and pre-clinical science program.

Q: Does the University offer scholarship or any other kind of tuition assistance programs.?

A: Currently we do not offer any scholarship or other kind tuition assistance programs. Please note that our tuition cost is one of the lowest and affordable between the all Caribbean International and US Medical schools.

Our Canadian students may apply for student loans through one of the following banks:

  1. Royal Bank of Canada
  2. Bank of Montreal Student Line Of Credit
  3. TD Canada Trust
  4. Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC)

Q: Can I mail all my Admission Documents directly to St. Lucia instead of the New York office?

A: Yes. Unfortunately, the mail from United States to St. Lucia, West Indies takes more than three weeks. If you send mail to New York, it will be electronically transferred to St. Lucia. You can send the mail by United States Postal Service (Regular Mail / Express Mail / Priority Mail / Certified Mail) to the following address to expedite the mail service to St. Lucia:

Mailing Address: New York Information Office 418, Stanhope Street Brooklyn, NY 11237 Ph: (718) 456 6446 Fax: (718) 425 9878

Q: Once I submit my application package, do I require an interview?

A: Yes. Telephone interviews are conducted with all prospective students to relieve them of financial burden such as airline tickets and hotel costs etc. But students are encouraged to come for a personal interview if they feel that would enhance their chance of acceptance.

Q: When I call the New Mexico office why isn’t the phone answered as "Spartan"?

A: The university is located in St. Lucia, West Indies. It would be misleading and technically incorrect to imply that Spartan is located in the United States.

Q: Can I buy my required textbooks in St. Lucia?

A: Currently there is no bookstore in the school but you can place an order through Amazon or other book retailer.

Q: What is the Comprehensive Exit Examination?

A: Comprehensive Exit Examination is conducted at the end of the basic sciences and pre-clinical program in St. Lucia. Passing score is required and is mandatory to start clinical rotations. Since January 2009 Comprehensive Exit Examination will be replaced by National Board Exit Examination (NBME).

Q: What happens if I fail the Comprehensive Exit Examination?

A: Student has to come back to St. Lucia, West Indies and retake the examination at the end of the following trimester.

Q: Can I take the test in the New Mexico office?

A: No. Spartan Health Sciences University is located in St. Lucia, West Indies. All the tests are conducted at the school in St. Lucia.

Q: Where can the students do their clinical rotations?

A: Clinical rotations can be done in the United States. It is the responsibility of the University to arrange the clinical rotations for all its students. Student’s own arrangement is not allowed and not accepted by the University.

Students are given an extensive orientation in the final trimester of basic sciences and pre- clinical program as a group and also individually. List of all available hospitals are provided and procedures to follow are discussed at length and in detail. The hospitals list and clerkship placement requirements do change from time to time.

Q: How do I request for a transcript and how long does it take?

A: Request in writing on a "Transcript Request Form" with proper payment enclosed. Also provide the information as to where it needs to be sent with student/graduate’s signature authorizing the request. Student’s file has to be complete and with no financial obligation to the University. All Basic Science course grades have to be recorded and original clinical evaluations have to be received by the University and are on file. Clinical rotations grades are entered on a trimester basis, i.e. every 16 weeks.
It takes about 7-10 business days to mail the transcript once the request is received.

Q: What is the USMLE pass rate?

A: Based on the data collected during the year 2006, the results are:

Step 1 72%
Step 2 86%
CSA 100%

Q: How can I be licensed in the United States?

A: You must pass USMLE Step I, Step 2CS and Step 2CK examinations, obtain ECFMG Certificate and complete an accredited Residency Training Program.

Each State has different licensing requirements for international graduates. When you are ready to apply for a licensure, you should contact the medical licensing Board of a State in which you may wish to practice medicine.

At the present time, Spartan graduates are licensed and practicing in 46 States of the United States and 42 countries in the world. Hopefully, graduates would apply in those remaining States in the near future.

Q: Who will make arrangements for my housing?

A: The housing committee will help you find appropriate housing upon your arrival in St. Lucia.

Q: There are many "Caribbean Medical Schools" – Why should I choose Spartan?

A:

  1. Because of its proven medical education program which has been established over 25 years.
  2. Its true international identity with over 90 nationalities among its student body.
  3. Its affordable tuition fees which is reasonable among its counterparts.
  4. But above all, you will be part of a true family in a school where everybody knows you and cares to help you to reach your goal.

Q: Do I need MCAT scores to apply to Spartan?

A: MCAT scores are preferred but not mandatory for being eligible to apply.

Q: What are the pre-requisites to applying to Spartan?

A: You are required to have 90 college credits. College and university studies should include:

  • General Biology with Laboratory (1 year)
  • General Physics with Laboratory (1 year)
  • General Chemistry with Laboratory (1 year)
  • Organic Chemistry with Laboratory; (1 year)Or Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry sequence is acceptable
  • Mathematics (1 year)

The above courses must be taken at a minimum of freshman college or University level.

Q: I have 90 college credits but am short of one of the required subjects. Can I still apply to Spartan?

A: You may still apply and explain of your intentions to complete the missing subject in due course. The Admissions committee will review your application subjectively and may give you reasons, if any, for rejection.

Q: I have completed Basic Sciences elsewhere and wish to transfer to Spartan for my clinical clerkships. What is the procedure?

A: Spartan is governed by the St. Lucia Monitoring Committee, which requires every student to study for at least one trimester on the island, before they can graduate out of Spartan. Hence you will be given credit for your past education subject to the discretion of the admissions committee.
You will be admitted into our Fifth trimester in St. Lucia. On completion of this, you may move into the clinical phase. You are required to clear USMLE Step -1 in order to secure good rotations.

Q: Where are all the clinical rotations for Spartan students held?

A: Clinical rotations are held in various affiliate hospitals in Illinois, Maryland, Florida, New York, Georgia and Jamaica, West Indies.

Q: I am not a US National. So where can I do my rotations if I do not get a US visa?

A: You can do your rotations at the University of West Indies, Kingston, West Indies.

Q: Does Spartan help in visa/transit visa process for students that require them?

A: For details on countries requiring visas and immigration help please follow this link to our web site : http://www.spartanmed.org/pages/view/3/admission.html#visa_info. Admission letters sent to students who are accepted into the program, can be used for visa purposes.

Q: Does Spartan help students procure residencies?

A: Graduates can seek guidance while applying for residency. Spartan does not however guarantee any residencies.

Q: Does Spartan help graduates with their licensure procedures?

A: Spartan will provide the various State Boards with all relevant information that may help facilitate the licensure process for our Graduates.

Q: I am a high school student. Does Spartan have a pre-med program for me to move into the MD program?

A: Spartan should be tentatively starting its pre-med program for high school students in the fall session of 2010. The program will be five (5) trimesters where the student will complete all pre-med requirements and secure the required credits.

Q: Can Spartan students practice in the UK?

A: Spartan students have been licensed to practice in the USA, UK, Canada and 25 other countries across the globe in the past 30 years. Spartan also meets the GMC requirement of having 5600 clock hours of study during the MD program.
The letter from General Medical Council (GMC), UK states that it "...will consider holders of PMQs issued by Spartan HSU who started their course of study during or after January 2009 on a case-by-case basis. In doing so, we will be seeking to be satisfied that they hold a PMQ that complies with all of the relevant GMC criteria. The PMQ must satisfy those criteria both at the point the holder graduated, and at the point at which they apply for registration."

Q: What is required from a transfer student seeking GMC registration in order to practice in the UK?

A: The following special case is applicable to all transferring students who would like to apply for GMC registration in United Kingdom. They have to spend one year and 8 months (1.8) of basic science and preclinical studies in our St. Lucia campus in order to qualify for GMC registration as our regular students. In the case when the transfer students will not be able to complete the one year and 8 months by the end of the 5th trisemester, they should make-up the remaining time with clinical observership in St. Lucia in order to qualify for GMC registration.