St. George’s University Graduates Celebrate Match Day 2018


Match Day 2018 has long been circled on the calendars of St. George’s University School of Medicine graduates. On Friday, the wait was over, and the celebration commenced.

Hundreds of SGU grads matched into highly competitive programs across the country, including in such fields as diagnostic radiology, anesthesiology, neurology, surgery, emergency medicine, and pediatrics, among others.

Click here for a full list of 2018 residency appointments

Dr. G. Richard Olds, President of St. George’s University, toasted the more than 150 newly matched residents who convened at SGU’s annual Match Day Luncheon in New York City. Among them were Phoebe and Tommy Martin, MD SGU ’18, who will begin their residency at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock this summer. The two met as students in Grenada, and were thrilled to match into their top-choice program through the couples match.

“It’s a dream come true to go to such an incredible hospital facility, and to be able to go there together,” Tommy Martin said. “We’re ecstatic. We could not be happier.”

Pauline Nguyen, MD SGU ’18, was with her boyfriend and his father when news arrived that she had secured an OB/GYN residency at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in New Jersey.

“Once I saw OB/GYN, I was speechless,” she said. “It was the most incredible moment of my life.”

As they begin residency this summer, the 2018 class will join the more than 15,000 physician graduates of SGU, who have gone on to practice in all 50 US states, as well as around the world. Look for complete coverage of Match Day 2018 on the SGU website and across all of SGU’s social media channels.

Celebrating 10 Years of Beyond Spice Family Weekend

Photo: Visiting families gather at the University Club for a Family Weekend Sunset BBQ.

Edie Reeves left her home in Nashville, Tennessee and traveled over 2,000 miles to visit her son, Cody, a first-term student at St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine. Not only was it her first time visiting Grenada, it was her first time out of the country. Still, she made the journey, along with many other families from North America, the Caribbean, and Europe to attend SGU’s 15th Beyond Spice Family Weekend.

“This experience has been phenomenal. It’s more than I ever thought it would be,” said Mrs. Reeves. “From exploring the island on the heritage tour to witnessing my son put on his white coat, I could not be prouder of him. I would recommend that all parents check out SGU’s Family Weekend.”

Celebrating its 10th year since establishing Family Weekend, SGU continually looks forward to opening its doors to host students’ families who’ve come to visit the country and campus that their students now call home. The bi-annual family weekend festivities include guided campus tours; a historical sightseeing tour of Fort Frederick, the famous Grand Etang Lake, and the 30-foot Annandale Waterfalls; and lunch at Belmont Estate, a fully functional and historic plantation, among other activities.

Photo: An aerial view of Grand Etang Lake, one of the tour stops during Family Weekend.

Additionally, SGU family members are not one-time visitors. Anna and Anthony Rubano made a second trip from Bethlehem, Connecticut to visit their son, John, an incoming med student, who followed in the footsteps of his cousin, Nicholas Verdura, MD SGU ‘05. The couple arrived a week in advance to soak up as much sun, sea, and sand in the Isle of Spice before attending the momentous School of Medicine White Coat Ceremony.

“We’ve visited Grenada twice now; the campus is beautiful and every time we come back it seems to be expanding” said Mrs. Rubano. “It’s been an emotional day, but we are very proud of our son because he has worked so hard to get here. He learned about SGU through his cousin, who’s a surgeon specializing in minimally invasive surgery. After shadowing him for some time, John decided that he also wanted to become a doctor at SGU.”

Yet, Family Weekend is not a venture that only benefits SGU but has a large impact on the Grenadian economy as well, since many family members stay at local hotels, purchase handmade items from local vendors, and dine in local restaurants.

“We love hosting SGU families during Family Weekend,” said Glenroy Boatswain, Online Marketing Manager, True Blue Bay Boutique Resort. “The influx of visitors to Grenada and to our hotel and restaurant in particular has provided a much-welcomed boost in our occupancy rates. We usually see a 15-to 20-percent increase.

“The families also seem to really enjoy our daily themes when dining at our restaurant, which include Tuesday Grenadian Night, with live steel pan music, and Mexicaribbean night on Fridays, serving up Mexican and Caribbean dishes and salsa dancing, which both seem to be a big hit.”

“It is heartening to see the growth of our Family Weekend activities. From inception, it was designed to give our visitors an opportunity to learn more about Grenada and the University along with having meaningful interactions with our top administrators,” stated Colin Dowe, Associate Dean of Enrolment Planning. “The face-to-face engagements and sharing of stories has brought this part of our community closer together and argues well for building stronger relationships as we collectively support our students in realizing their various academic and professional aspirations.”

Family Weekend Fall 2018 is set for August 30 – September 2. Learn more about the festivities by visiting the Family Weekend webpage or by emailing

– Ray-Donna Peters

Photo: Families gather for photographs following the January 2018 School of Medicine White Coat Ceremony.

St. George’s University Announces New Direct Pathway to Medical School for Students at the College of Saint Elizabeth

College of St. Elizabeth in Morristown, NJ

TRUE BLUE, Grenada (January 25)Today, St. George’s University launched a new combined degree program with the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, NJ.

Qualified students will be able to receive simultaneous admission to the College of Saint Elizabeth and St. George’s University School of Medicine. If they maintain certain minimum academic standards as undergraduates, they’ll be eligible to continue on to SGU to pursue postgraduate medical degrees.

“We at St. George’s University and our friends at the College of Saint Elizabeth are committed to seeking out students who are passionate about medicine and committed to academic excellence.” St. George’s University President Dr. G. Richard Olds said. “We’re thrilled to offer these high-caliber students admission to our medical school at the beginning of their college careers.”

“We look forward to this new partnership with St. George’s and the possibilities that it brings for our students,” said College of Saint Elizabeth President Helen J. Streubert. “As a College with a long history of STEM education, this combined degree program builds on our strengths and gives our students the opportunity to seamlessly join a high-quality medical school.”

Students interested in the new program must declare their intention when they apply to the College of Saint Elizabeth. The two institutions will conduct interviews with qualified applicants to determine whether to offer admission to the combined degree program. Undergraduate students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.4 and achieve an MCAT score within five points of the average for students who enrolled at St. George’s the previous term to achieve full admission.

After students complete the agreed-upon premedical curriculum and meet other standard requirements for admission to SGU, they will be eligible to spend their first two years of medical school in Grenada. Students will complete the next two years of clinical training at hospitals in the United Kingdom or the United States. They will be encouraged to return to New Jersey for their clinical rotations and residencies.

The College of Saint Elizabeth joins St. George’s University’s 30-plus partners across 12 countries. It is SGU’s 19th institutional partner in the United States, and fourth in New Jersey.

“Our network of partnerships ensures that we’ll have a diverse array of students from all over the world,” Dr. Olds said. “We look forward to welcoming the College of Saint Elizabeth’s most talented graduates to our campus in Grenada—and helping them pursue their dreams of becoming doctors.”

Brooklyn Hospital Foundation to Honor St. George’s University Founders Charles Modica and Patrick Adams

On September 27, the Brooklyn Hospital Foundation will honor St. George’s University founders Charles Modica and Patrick Adams for their substantial contributions to the hospital and the broader medical education community at its 29th annual Founders Ball.

“As a native New Yorker, I feel particularly fortunate to be honored by the Brooklyn Hospital Foundation,” Modica said. “St. George’s University and The Brooklyn Hospital Center have been friends and partners for years, and we’re grateful for the high-quality residency training that the hospital has provided to hundreds of our graduates.”

From left to right, St. George’s University founders Edward McGowan, Louis Modica, Patrick Adams and Charles Modica.

Modica serves as Chairman of St. George’s Board of Trustees and Chancellor; Adams is a Trustee and officer. Over the past 40 years, St. George’s has developed into an international education center, graduating over 15,000 physicians who have gone on to practice in all 50 states and over 50 countries.

St. George’s University is the fourth-largest source of licensed physicians to the United States, and the number-one provider of doctors into U.S. first-year residencies. In 2017, more than 900 of its graduates took residencies in the United States, three-quarters of them in primary care. The Brooklyn Hospital Center will host 32 St. George’s University graduates for first-year residencies this year.

“Charles and Patrick have helped open up opportunities for our graduates in hospitals worldwide,” said St. George’s University Chief Executive Officer Andrew Sussman, MD. “That is exemplified by St. George’s relationship with The Brooklyn Hospital Center. Many SGU students have gained valuable experience at TBHC by training alongside top-notch doctors and nurses, and caring for local patients.”

Modica and Adams are two of the four honorees at this year’s Founders Ball, which will feature football legend Joe Namath as a special guest.

“Our mission in founding St. George’s was to change the status quo in medical education, and we’ve been doing that for 40 years,” Adams said. “Our graduates have made a difference in countless communities around the world—including Brooklyn. I share the Brooklyn Hospital Foundation’s recognition with them and with the entire St. George’s community.”

Chancellor Charles Modica and Patrick Adams cut the ribbon to officially open SGU’s largest auditorium, Patrick F. Adams Hall, in March 2011.

Global Students Celebrate Annual White Coat Ceremony at Northumbria University

St. George’s University medical students from across the globe were welcomed to Northumbria University on August 18 for the 10th annual White Coat Ceremony.

Students were presented with their White Coats by leading medical professionals, including keynote speaker and critical care trauma expert Daniel Herr, MD SGU ’82.

The students are part of the Keith B. Taylor Global Scholars Program (KBTGSP), which allows St. George’s University medical students to complete their first year at Northumbria University‘s campus in Newcastle. The program is an exciting option for students who want to gain an international perspective on global health care.

Dr. Daniel Herr, Associate Professor at St. George’s University and Chief of Critical Care Services at University of Maryland Medical Center, has a special interest in the use of hypothermia for resuscitation and in the avoidance and treatment of acute confusional states in the ICU.

“We are incredibly proud of our partnership with Northumbria University and it is very rewarding for us to see all the students attending the White Coat Ceremony today,” said Dr. G. Richard Olds, President of St. George’s University. “This is a significant milestone in the life of a doctor as it symbolizes their first step into the world of medicine. Dr. Herr’s speech was extremely moving, not only for students, but for the entire faculty. His career and his studies are an inspiration for all future doctors.”

The White Coat Ceremony is a longstanding tradition that began in 1993 at the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Columbia University, and is now seen at many universities around the world. It symbolizes the induction of students into the medical profession, and affirms their obligation of service to others.

Students will undergo their first year of studies at Northumbria University, with the remainder of their degrees being completed at St. George’s University, followed by clinical studies in the United States and NHS hospitals in the United Kingdom.

St. George’s University Graduate Elected President of New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians

A primary care physician in the state for more than 30 years, Peter Carrazzone, MD SGU ’83, has been named President of the New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians (NJAFP), and will represent the membership and its best interests during his term of office.

Dr. Carrazzone practices family medicine with Vanguard Medical Group in North Haledon, NJ. He is also the Medical Director for the John Victor Machuga Diabetic Center at St. Joseph’s Wayne Hospital.

“I can promise this board will be focused and work tirelessly to improve the Academy and the landscape for family physicians in this state,” he said during his acceptance speech at the NJAFP’s Annual Scientific Assembly in Atlantic City on June 27.

Peter Carrazzone, MD SGU ’83

The NJAFP, the largest primary care medical specialty society in the state, is comprised of more than 2,000 physicians statewide, and is a leader in health care practice transformation and advocacy. Dr. Carrazzone has chaired the Academy’s Government Affairs Committee for the past three years, and as President, pledged to represent all NJAFP members, from the debt-ridden family medicine resident, to the family physician working in academic medicine, to the solo and large group family physicians and more.

Dr. Carrazzone said he has two primary focuses for his tenure as president – addressing family medicine resident debt and loan forgiveness, and a thorough review of the state’s family practice bylaws. He said that New Jersey has been dubbed a “primary care desert,” with family physicians leaving the state to pursue higher-paying opportunities elsewhere. As a result, New Jersey has the second-highest cost of care per patient in the United States, yet ranks 49th according to quality-of-care metrics.

“For our patients, for our families, for the specialty of family medicine, this is the time we must be advocates,” he said. “This is the time we need to communicate to our legislators. This is the time our collective voice needs to be heard. This is the time to promote value and quality. This is the time to promote a stronger primary care infrastructure to insurances and our government. This is the time to cure a broken health care system. This is the time for family medicine.”

Upon graduating from SGU, Dr. Carrazzone completed his residency in family practice at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Paterson. In addition to his longstanding tenure with Vanguard, he has taught at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ).

Dr. Carrazzone came to St. George’s University in 1979, and has used the experience as a foundation for his career in medicine. Although he has yet to return to Grenada since his basic science studies, he routinely guides his alma mater’s clinical students who rotate through St. Joseph’s. “It’s a strong academic program,” he said. “The students are bright and motivated, and I don’t see much of a difference between them and students coming from US schools.”

Dr. G. Richard Olds, President and CEO of St. George’s University, Visits With BBC to Discuss Physician Maldistribution

Dr. G. Richard Olds, President and CEO of St. George’s University, appeared on the BBC to discuss how we can assist in reversing the medical brain drain from developing and middle-income countries. This is an important topic as physicians are already scarce worldwide and demand for foreign-born doctors is stretching resources in their home nations to a breaking point. What’s more, many of these people never return to work in their own communities.

Click on the Play button below to hear Dr. Olds outlining his ideas on how we can help mitigate the problem, or visit the World Service here.


St. George’s University Students and Graduates Flourish on Match Day

On March 18, Match Day once again yielded tremendous results for St. George’s University School of Medicine. 831 students and graduates secured highly competitive first-year residency positions at institutions across the US, many at their top-choice programs, through the 2016 National Residency Matching Program (NRMP).

Match Day students celebrating with signs

SGU alumni will report to PGY1 residency programs in the following specialties this summer: anesthesiology, child and adolescent psychiatry, child neurology, diagnostic radiology, emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, internal medicine/pediatrics, neurological surgery, neurology, obstetrics & gynecology, orthopaedic surgery, pathology, pediatrics, physical medicine and rehabilitation, psychiatry, and surgery. Residencies were secured in 41 states as well as the District of Columbia. In addition, nine students matched through the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS).

“St. George’s University continues its proud tradition of providing the US and Canadian health care systems with highly qualified physicians,” said G. Richard Olds, President and CEO at SGU. “We applaud these students and graduates for the commitment to their goals and to the communities they will serve during the next chapter of their careers.”

Among them is Justin Roberts, who was overjoyed to have matched to an anesthesiology residency at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Staying local was of utmost importance to the New Jersey native, and he and his fiancée celebrated at home when news arrived that he had matched with his top choice. Mr. Roberts will begin his postgraduate experience this summer by conducting a preliminary year with Jersey City Medical Center’s internal medicine residency program, a position with which he pre-matched.

Match Day students hugging

“I fell in love with the program at Rutgers,” he said. “I really liked the program director and the feel of the place. It’s everything that I wanted in a program. I look forward to practicing anesthesiology because I love working with my hands and I enjoy being around a patient in a true time of need.”

Fellow 2016 graduate Nicole Bilbro spent three years in Grenada – the first to complete a Master of Public Health and the next two studying the basic medical sciences. She had “an incredible experience” at SGU and on the island, and looks forward to starting her general surgery residency at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, her top choice in the field, this summer.

”When I found out, I was ecstatic,” Ms. Bilbro said. “Maimonides was my number one choice because of the outstanding faculty and residents. The hospital also has the only dedicated breast cancer center in Brooklyn and was a perfect fit as I plan to pursue a breast surgery fellowship following residency.”

Since opening in 1977, St. George’s University has graduated more than 13,000 physicians who have gone on to practice in all 50 US states and more than 50 countries worldwide. According to published information, SGU has placed more doctors in first-year postgraduate positions than any medical school in the last five years combined.

Stay tuned as SGU is learning each day about more postgraduate positions gained through the Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP) or outside of the Match entirely. For a complete list of 2016 residency appointments to date, visit the SGU website.

Published on 3/22/16

SGU Partners With Medgar Evers College to Host Principals Forum

Over 60 secondary and primary school principals and educators attended a two-day forum held by St. George’s University in collaboration with Medgar Evers College (MEC) of the City University of New York and the Ministry of Education in Grenada, on January 28 and 29 at Allen Pensick Hall.

Principals forum with group

Spearheaded by Dr. Allen Pensick, Provost of SGU, and Mr. Eugene Pursoo, Director of the International Affairs Center at MEC, the event was to provide Grenadian instructors an opportunity to empower and improve the quality of education on the island as a whole by inviting the school leaders to hear and interact with prominent individuals from North America in education.

“The forum was incredibly well received,” said Dr. Debbi Johnson, an Associate Professor in SGU’s Department of Educational Services. “The best part was that the the principals walked away with real information that they could use and a real desire to use it.”

Dr. Rudolph Crew, a nationally acclaimed educator whose career has spanned from the classroom to the chancellorship of America’s largest school district, New York City Public Schools, shared new and fresh ideas with the local educators about the role of education in the community and the role of community in education.

“Dr. Crew’s keynote address set the tone for the next two days of the forum,” Dr. Johnson said. “He explained the relationship between a community and education, and challenged the principals to think about the importance of what they were doing and come up with plans and strategies for meeting their goals and objectives.”

Principals forum speaker

In addition to Dr. Crew, the principals heard from Dr. Sheilah Paul, Dean, School of Education, MEC, who spoke on the topic of the unique educational challenges in the Caribbean. Ms. Jenelle Bullen and Ms. Tamara Stuart-Barry also covered the use of instructional supervision in the classroom, and SGU’s own Dr. Barbara Landon gave a presentation titled Becoming Brain Smart.

“Although Dr. Landon’s speech ran about 20 minutes into lunch, there was no desire to leave; not one person from the audience seemed to mind because they were all listening attentively and fully engaged,” said Dr. Daniel Flynn, Director of Faculty Development, SGU. “She addressed some deeply scientific information but in very accessible terms.”

“To see 55 or so principals actively engaged in worksheets lets us know they are excited about the information they’re getting and what they’re doing,” added Dr. Flynn “The forum has meaning and value to them and they were investing in this activity.”

At the end of day two, the educators were asked to create a Principal’s Wish List, where they discussed what they would like to see featured in future Principals Forums, what are some of the needs of the Grenadian educational community, and how SGU and its partners can better tailor future presentations to help them in tackling these challenges

Published on 3/8/16

Chancellor Charles Modica Awarded Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of the Nation

St. George’s University Chancellor Charles R. Modica was awarded The Most Distinguished Order of the Nation – Commander 2015 by the Government of Grenada at the 42nd Anniversary of Independence Celebrations at the National Stadium on
February 7.

Charles Modica Awarded Commander of the Most Distinguished Order Nation

Conferred on Dr. Modica by Governor General Dame Cecile La Grenade, The Most Distinguished Order of the Nation is given to an individual who has rendered distinguished and outstanding service to Grenada.

“I am deeply humbled to have been awarded this honor and I thank the country of Grenada for opening its doors to a lifelong partnership with SGU,” said Chancellor Modica. “In the nearly 40 years since my co-founders and I started this University,  I am gratified to see how the University has grown to become an active and vital member of the community, something that could not have been possible without the people of Grenada embracing SGU and nurturing its development.”

Charles Modica Shaking Hands Awarded Commander of the Most Distinguished Order Nation

Under Dr. Modica’s visionary leadership, SGU has solidified its reputation as one of the leading education centers in the region. The University offers degrees in medicine, veterinary medicine, public health, business, and science and features a diverse community of students, faculty, and staff from more than 140 countries. More than 15,000 professionals have graduated from St. George’s University, and with a staff of over 600, SGU is one of Grenada’s largest employers.

Chancellor Modica continues to serve as Ambassador-At-Large for Grenada, an honor bestowed on him in 2005 by Grenada’s Prime Minister, Dr. The Right Honorable Keith C. Mitchell. Through the University, the Chancellor has worked diligently to promote tourism, trade, and investment activities for Grenada, as well as assisting the Government of Grenada in the ongoing development of the country.

Dr. Modica has a strong sense of civic responsibility and currently serves the Grenada Heart Foundation, the Vincentian Children’s Heart Fund, and Co-Chair of the Fund for the Orphans and Elderly of Grenada. The Chancellor earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence from Delaware Law School in 1975 and has been the recipient of several awards and honors, including an Honorary Doctorate of Civil Law from Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK, in 2009, and an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Barry University School of Law, Miami Shores, Florida, in 2000.

Published on 3/7/16