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Q: Where is Spartan Health Sciences University, School Medicine (SHSU) located?
A: SHSU is a foreign medical school located in Vieux fort the contry of St. Lucia, West Indies.
Q: What about the School’s existence?
A: 34 years of existence.
Q: What are all the programs offered in SHSU?
A: Medical/ Pre-medical/ Nursing.
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: What is the length of MD program?
The total length of MD program is 40 calendar months, ie., 4 academic years.
Q: What is the length of Nursing program?
A: The total length of nursing program is 3 years( 6 semesters).
Q: What is the Length of Pre-medical program?
A: The total length of the Pre-medical program is 16 months(4 trimesters).
Q: When does the admission starts for all the programs?
A: There will be 3 admissions in a year for Medical and Pre-medical where they are in January, May and September,and 2 admissions in a year for Nursing in January and August.
Q: Is MCAT required?
A: MCAT scores are preferred(optional), 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)
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.
Q: What are the procedure and criteria for transferring?
A: Official transcripts from accredited medical schools/no direct transfer to clinical rotations/ Must enroll into one trimester (5th tri) providing that basic sciences is completed at previous university.
Q: Is there any availability of student loans in SHSU?
A: Yes ,there is an availability of loans for eligible students. For more information please contact SHSU’s admission office at Ph.no: 454-6128 & 454-8285.
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 is not 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: 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/graduates signature authorizing the request. Students 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: Does SHSU offers any financial aid/scholarship’s?
A: Yes .SHSU offers upto 40% of Dean’s scholarship for the applicants with high GPA – 3.2 and above. Eligible students can contact the financial department at ph.no:516-203-7226.
Q: Is there any payment plans through the university?
A: Yes . For details contact the financial department of SHSU at ph.no:516-203-7226.
Q: Is there any residency programs offered in SHSU?
No,Our students who get residency program in the USA medical schools after their graduation from Spartan. Q:
How many students match every year? A:
Nearly 10 to 15 students match every year. Q:
What are the areas for match ? A:
Mostly they match internal medicine/Psychiatry/Pediatrics/Surgery/Family practice. Q:
Which states do most students get residency? A:
Mostly students get residency in Mid-north/East coast/north west.
Q: What is the pass rate for USMLE Step 1 and 2 ?
For Step 1 pass rate: 70%
For Step 2 pass rate : CK – 80%/CS – 100%.
Q: What are all the Clinical sites/states?
A: The clinical sites and states are Chicago/Baltimore/Las Vegas/Miami/Atlanta.
Q: Do you do UK rotations?
A: In SHSU no UK rotations.
Q: Can clinical rotations be done in St. Lucia?
A: Yes .Electives/ core rotations in the future.
Q: Do you have Canadian residency/electives?
A: Yes, we do have.
Q: What is the procedures for the Jamaica rotations?
A: Complete Basic sciences/apply to Mona Campus in Jamaica with official transcripts.
Q: What are the states a graduate cannot practice in the US?
A: Graduates cannaot practice in California/Idaho/Kentucky,MI there are more states of US*!!.
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 Medical Examination (NBME) as our exit exam.
Q: Where do you have the location of 5th trimester ?
A: 5th trimester may be located in St. Lucia/New York.
Q: A: Can I take the test in 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: 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.
Q: Where do currently SHSU graduates are licensed to practicing in the world?
A: 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: Do SHSU have New York State approval?
Q: From where does SHSU got Accreditation?
A: SHSU got the accreditation from the Government of St. Lucia/CAAM-HP.
Q: What is the Class sizes/student population/student nationality in SHSU?
A: It is between 20 – 30/ 165/Multi ethnic.
Q: What is the Professor/student ratio?
A: 1 : 10 is the professor/student ratio.
Q: In which format the exam’s are conducted?
A: They are conducted in Computer Based Test/six mini exams during the term/End of term final comprehensive exam.
Q: What is the Grading system?
Q: May I know the library hours?
A: 6.00 am to 12.00 am.
Q: What are all the students activities taking place in SHSU?
A: The students activities are AMSA clinics/field trips/barbeques/white coat ceremony/End of basic sciences farewell ceremony/taste of Spartan/sports week/Bonfire.
Q: How do I Purchase the textbooks?
A: Purchase books online before arriving on the island.
Q: May I know the Visa formalities?
A: Applicable only to students who require visas prior to travelling to St. Lucia. Student has to be accepted/tuition fee for one trimester has to be paid in full/documents has to be sent to the visa office for processing.
Q: Can family members accompany student while studying?
A: Yes ,but family member is responsible for their visa extension(US$75 monthly).
Q: Can you tell me the details about living accommodation (housing – Dorms, hostel, rental, location, distance from the university, utility bills etc.)?
No available dorms.
Most apartments are available within walking distance.
For apartments located further, the school’s bus is available for pick up to the university.
Rent is on a monthly basis/Price range between US$350 – US$600.00; Electricity bill has to be paid by tenant.
Q: There are many "Caribbean Medical Schools" Why should I choose Spartan?
A: Because of its proven medical education program which has been established over 25 years. Its true international identity with over 90 nationalities among its student body and faculty. Its affordable tuition fees which is reasonable and lowest among its carribean counterparts. 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: What about the living in St. Lucia?
Cost of living->US$16,000.00 (20 months).
Availability of food variety->There are supermarkets (with a variety of foods)/Fish Market/Fresh vegetable market.
Weather-> Tropical island with sunshine or rain .
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: Is there any age limitation?
A: There is no limitation and conditions in age/sex/regular/disability/race.
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 have started its pre-med program for high school students since 2010. The program will be five (4) trimesters where the student will complete all pre-med requirements and secure the required credits.
Q: Can Spartan students practice in 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.