medical Program Admission

Requirements
Selection Factors
Admission Process
Application Deadlines
Advanced Standing
Standards for Admission, Retention and Graduation

Requirements

For North American Applicants
1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited university is required. Candidates accepted during the final year of undergraduate study are accepted with the assumption that their undergraduate degree will be completed before matriculation into the School of Medicine; candidates’ acceptance will be withdrawn if the degree is not obtained.

2. The following specific undergraduate coursework (or its equivalent) is required as part of the premedical program requirements for admission: one year General Biology or Zoology with lab; one year Inorganic Chemistry (General or Physical) with lab; one year Organic Chemistry with lab; one semester Physics with lab; one semester Math (Calculus, Computer Science, or Statistics); and one semester of English.

In addition, the Committee on Admission strongly recommends one more semester of Physics (one year in total), two semesters in social science courses (Psychology, Sociology, etc)  and courses in Biochemistry, Microbiology, and Physiology as preparation for medical school. In today’s increasingly technical environment, a basic knowledge in the use of a computer is imperative.

3. Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). All North American applicants must submit MCAT scores. (The University’s MCAT code is 21303.) Inquiries concerning application, test dates, and locations should be directed to:

Association of American Medical Colleges
Medical College Admission Test
655 K Street, NW, Suite 100
Washington, DC 20001-2399

Phone: +1 (202) 828-0690
mcat@aamc.org
aamc.org/mcat

The new MCAT, expected in Spring 2015, will be a new experience for both students and medical schools.  At this point, we only know what the AAMC has provided to help guide us as we interpret the new MCAT.  What we do know is that it will have four different sections - (1) Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems, (2) Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems,  (3) Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior and (4) Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills. Each section will be scored from 118 to 132, with a total overall MCAT score ranging from 472 to 528.  The total score midpoint will be 500.  Additionally, the individual score reports will provide more information beyond the actual scores, including percentile ranks, confidence bands and score profiles.

That being said, the Committee on Admission policy remains the same in that there are no cut-off or minimum MCAT scores and SGUSOM will continue to carefully review all the information presented in each student's application. Applicants should take note that required courses are currently under review by the SGUSOM Committee on Admission in light of the new MCAT. In the meantime, applicants are advised to take the recommended courses stated above.

For British Applicants
1. A bachelor’s degree with a strong science background is necessary.

2. Applicants with passes at the Advanced Level of the General Certificate of Education will be assessed individually and will be considered for entry into Year 3 of the premedical program.

3. If English is not the principal language, the applicant must have achieved a minimum score of 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based), or 100 (internet-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or a 7.0 overall score on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). (The University’s TOEFL code is 2864.)

For Applicants from Other Systems of Education
1. Successful completion of secondary school (12 years post-kindergarten, comprising four years post-primary/elementary that is in itself at least eight years long), preferably in a science curriculum or track.

2. A bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent), which includes a science background and the study of English.

3. If English is not the principal language, the applicant must have achieved a minimum score of 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based), or 100 (internet-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or a 7.0 overall score on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). (The University’s TOEFL code is 2864.)

Admission to the Keith B. Taylor Global Scholars Program
Students should apply to St. George’s University School of Medicine for the Doctor of Medicine degree, noting that they wish to be considered for the Keith B. Taylor Global Scholars Program.

Prospective students must also include an additional 500-word essay, which demonstrates a commitment to dedicating at least a part of their professional lives to practicing medicine in developing countries.

All Applicants

Applicants are advised that the Committee on Admission requires an academic indicator (completed coursework or exam score) within the three years prior to making application. North American applicants are advised that MCAT scores may be used as a recent academic indicator.

ADMISSION PROCESS AND STUDENT SELECTION

Admission Process

The faculty of the School of Medicine seek students for its MD program who exhibit strong academic potential; who are compassionate, competent, flexible, motivated, perceptive, and empathetic with strong communication skills; they must be aware of the realities of medical health care delivery in the 21st century and be familiar with the ethical questions they will face on a daily basis. They must have a sense of community responsibility and have interest in and exposure to knowledge creation. The faculty also seeks students from diverse backgrounds, cultures, countries and various states within the US.

A student’s whole background will be taken into account during this process: academic achievement and trajectory, volunteer and job experience, extracurricular activities, and exposure to the medical profession.

  1. Upon receipt of an application, an admissions counselor on the Office of Enrolment Planning staff is assigned to the applicant. That counselor will aid a candidate in ensuring that all supporting documentation is in and complete and that minimum admission requirements (courses, degree or diploma, tests, etc.) have been satisfied.
  2. When an application is complete (all required documentation is in) the counselor informs the applicant that the application is being presented to the School of Medicine Committee on Admission (SOMCOA). The SOMCOA reviews the application and determines whether it will go to the next step (the interview) or whether the applicant is not suitable for admission.
  3. Applicants that are granted an interview (about 60%) are informed of this by phone and by email. They are given the name and email of the interviewer (generally a graduate), the interviewer is given the name and email of the candidate and they set a date and time suitable to both.

    The SGU Office of Admission encourages candidates who have been approved for an interview to request interviews in Grenada and will schedule one upon the applicant’s request. The University recognizes that financial considerations may prevent many candidates who reside at great distances from Grenada from choosing this option. Interviews, therefore, may be conducted in the United States, the United Kingdom, Africa, the Middle East, the Far East, the Caribbean or other locations that best serve the diverse applicant pool. The interview gives us a chance to know candidates better and gives the candidates a chance to articulate themselves in ways that might not show in an application.
  4. After the interview has been completed, the interview form is added to the candidate’s application and the SOMCOA makes a final determination on the candidate.
  5. These determinations can be:
    1. Accept (sometimes into an academic enhancement program)
    2. Not Accept
    3. Wait list/Accept to a later class
    4. Accept into another program with a guarantee of MD later upon requisite performance markers

Acceptances cannot be deferred. Applicants who wish to matriculate in a later term than the one offered must put their request in writing to be reviewed with the application by the Committee on Admission for a final determination. Applicants should be aware that there is no guarantee that they will be offered the same terms of acceptance as all candidates are reviewed with consideration of the existing pool of applicants.

At all times an applicant is encouraged to contact the Admission Counselor with question and concerns.

Student Selection

The Committee on Admission takes seriously its charge of choosing future physicians who will contribute positively to the world’s community of healthcare practitioners. The selection of students is made after careful consideration of many aspects: academic ability, emotional and professional maturity, academic achievement, community service, indicators of responsibility and motivation, Medical College Admission Test scores when applicable, health professions experience, and letters of recommendation regarding the applicant’s personal qualities, character, motivation, and academic abilities. Candidates for admission will be invited for an interview.

SGUSOM's Desired Medical Student

SGU seeks students, who exhibit strong academic potential; who are compassionate, competent, inquisitive, flexible, motivated, perceptive,  empathetic and exhibit a high ethical standard. Students must be aware of the realities of medical practice in the twenty-first century and be familiar with the ethical questions they will face on a daily basis. They must have a sense of community responsibility and have some interest in and exposure to knowledge creation. SGU seeks students from diverse cultures, backgrounds, countries and all states within the United States.

Throughout the review process, which includes an interview, the Committee on Admission evaluates the candidates for:

  • Knowledge of the changing profession of medicine in the twenty-first century
    Understanding of the ethical complexities facing medical doctors;
  • Self-assessment of personal academic achievement and experiences with patients in clinics and hospitals;
  • Commitment to the profession of medicine;
    Ability to work effectively and collegially within a team of professionals;
  • Development of advanced communications and interpersonal skills;
    Ability to deal with ambiguity, to respond resourcefully to change and ambiguous situations and learn from one's mistakes;
  • Awareness of the challenges and rewards of studying in an international school;
    Comprehension of the financial ramifications of this course of study;
  • Capacity to experience positively the multicultural experience of SGU;
  • Facility with the English language; and
  • Dedication and motivation for a life of continuous learning and of service.

The medical school faculty specified the following non-academic and academic standards which applicants/medical students are expected to meet to participate in the medical education program and the subsequent practice of medicine.

Observation Skills The applicant/medical student must be able to participate actively in all demonstrations and laboratory exercises in the basic medical sciences and to assess and comprehend the condition of all patients assigned to him or her for examination, diagnosis and treatment.

Communication Skills The applicant/medical student must be able to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients in order to elicit information, describe changes in mood, activity and posture, assess non-verbal communications, and be able to effectively and efficiently transmit information to patients, fellow students, faculty, staff and all members of the health care team. Communication skills include speaking, reading and writing, as well as the observation skills described above.

Motor Skills The applicant/medical student must have sufficient motor function to elicit information from patients by palpation, auscultation, percussion and other diagnostic maneuvers, be able to perform basic laboratory tests, possess all skills necessary to carry out diagnostic procedures and be able to execute motor movements reasonably required to provide general care and emergency treatment to patients.

Intellectual-Conceptual, Integrative and Quantitative

Abilities The applicant/medical student must be able to measure, calculate, reason, analyze, and synthesize. Problem solving, the critical skill demanded of physicians, requires all of these intellectual abilities. In addition, the applicant/medical student must be able to comprehend three-dimensional relationships and to understand the spatial relationships of structures. The applicant / medical student must have the capacity to perform these problem-solving skills in a timely fashion.

Behavioral and Social Attributes The applicant/medical student must possess the emotional health required for full utilization of his or her intellectual abilities, the exercise of good judgment, the prompt completion of all responsibilities attendant to the diagnosis and care of patients, and the development of mature, sensitive and effective relationships with patients and others. An applicant/medical student must also be able to tolerate taxing workloads, function effectively under stress, adapt to changing environment, display flexibility, and learn to function in the face of uncertainties inherent in the clinical problems of many patients. Compassion, integrity, concern for others, commitment and motivation are personal qualities which each applicant/medical student should possess.

A student’s acceptance into the School of Medicine is granted upon the presumption by the Committee on Admission that: (1) All courses currently being taken by the applicant will be completed prior to registration.(2) All statements made by the applicant during the admission process, whether oral, written, or in submission of academic documentation, are true and correct. If it is subsequently discovered that false or inaccurate information was submitted, the University may nullify a candidate’s acceptance or, if the student is registered, dismiss the student.

Application Deadlines

Admission Deadlines for August and January Matriculation
The School of Medicine begins first-term classes in mid-August and again in mid-January. The Committee on Admission utilizes a rolling admission policy in the School of Medicine; therefore applications are accepted and reviewed on an ongoing basis. The final deadline for receipt of applications and all supporting documentation is June 15th of the current year for the August class and November 15th of the preceding year for the January class.
Prospective candidates should note that entering classes are highly competitive and applications completed early have the advantage of being reviewed at the beginning of the admission's process.

The time necessary to secure official transcripts, standardized test scores and letters of recommendation should be taken into consideration. The Committee on Admission reserves the right to defer an application to the following semester if there are no available seats.

Advanced Standing Applications

Applications for advanced standing are considered rarely and only for the beginning of the second year. The Committee on Admission does not seek or encourage transfer applications. A candidate seeking advanced standing should write to the Chairman of the Committee on Admission to determine whether an application will be considered. The letter should include the citizenship of the candidate, the prior medical school with years attended, a brief summary of academic achievement and the reason for leaving. Should the Committee on Admission consider the application, the candidate will be notified of the procedures for applications.

Standards for Admission, Retention and Graduation

Behavioral qualities, cognitive skills, participation in premedical preprofessional activities, and personal attributes are all evaluated, and must reach acceptable standards before promotion can be considered. Any conduct of students that can reasonably be seen as disgraceful, dishonorable, or unbecoming will be considered as a major component in the academic decision regarding retention and promotion.

Quantitative Standards
The anticipated time allocation for the premedical program is up to three academic years or six semesters. Students are placed within that program based on their educational background. Students will proceed in their course of study as defined by the premedical academic program.

Qualitative Standards
At the conclusion of each term, all students are required to submit an Explanation of Academic Performance (EAP) Report to the Director, Premedical Program.

Committee for Academic Progress and Professional Standards (CAPPS)
The Committee for Academic Progress and professional Standards will determine whether students with a grade point average (GPA) less than 3.2 or who has failed to meet the professional standards of the School of Medicine in Terms 1-4 of the Premedical Program will:

  1. Be Dismissed
  2. Repeat a course
  3. Continue on Academic Probation and be required to participate in an Academic Program designed by the Director, Premedical Program
  4. At the beginning of next semester, remedy any deficient grades by taking a comprehensive examination for courses in which a “ D” or an “F” grade is earned. If a student does not exercise the opportunity to take this exam at the scheduled time at the beginning of the semester, he or she forfeits the opportunity to do so and will be required to repeat the course.
  5. Continue their academic program on academic probation.
  6. Continue their academic program but be required to audit a course in accordance with an academic enhancement program designed by the Director, Premedical Program.
  7. Have his or her registration placed in hold and be required to meet with a professionalism panel in order to address professionalism concerns should the CAPPS determine that the student has not demonstrated the behaviors and attitudes considered by St. George’s University to be essential for the profession of medicine.

The Committee for Academic Progress and Professional Standards will determine whether
a student in the Year 3 Premedical Academic Program (Term 5 and Term 6) who has not met the requirements for promotion (I.e. a Year 3 GPA of 3.2 , a science GPA of 2.75, maintenance of the professionalism standards of the School of Medicine, a PMSCE pass) will:

  1. Be Dismissed
  2. Repeat a course
  3. Continue on Academic Probation and be required to participate in an Academic Enhancement Program designed by the Director, Premedical Program
  4. At the beginning of next semester, remedy any deficient grades by taking a comprehensive examination for courses in which a “ D” or an “F” grade is earned. If a student does not exercise the opportunity to take this exam at the scheduled time at the beginning of the semester, he or she forfeits the opportunity to do so and will be required to repeat the course.
  5. Continue their academic program on academic probation.
  6. Continue their academic program but be required to audit a course in accordance with an academic enhancement program designed by the Director, Premedical Program.
  7. Have his or her registration placed in hold and be required to meet with a professionalism panel in order to address professionalism concerns. Should the committee determine that the student has not demonstrated the behaviors and attitudes considered by St. George’s University to be essential for the profession of medicine.
  8. Be permitted to re-sit the Premedical Science Comprehensive Exam at the start of the next semester.
  9. Take the PMSCE after auditing or repeating coursework.

Students who do not meet the nonacademic standards may be dismissed or may be allowed to continue in the premedical program on nonacademic probation for a specified period of time with a prescribed course of action. Students will be monitored in accordance with the method described in their letter defining the terms of the probation.

Students are normally permitted to sit the PMSCE a maximum of two times, as determined by the Committee for Satisfactory Academic Progress and Professional Standards. A third attempt will only be permitted if approved by the Premedical Appeals Panel. Students must make a formal written appeal outlining in detail their study plan to the Appeals Panel, via the Dean of Students, copying the Premedical Program Director.

Year 3 into Basic Sciences
For promotion from the third year of the premedical program into the first year of Basic Sciences.
Satisfactory Academic Progress for students enrolled in Term 5 and Term 6 of the Premedical Program is determined by each student’s cumulative GPA for courses completed in Term 5 and 6 only. As it relates to coursework completed in Term 5 and Term 6 of the Premedical Program (i.e. Year 3 Term 1 and Year 3 Term 2 respectively), the minimum GPA and professional standards for promotion into Basic Sciences must be met at the conclusion of each term.

  1. For purposes of determining promotion, retention, and recognition of academic distinction, for all students enrolled in the Year 3 Premed Academic Program, the Year 3 GPA constitutes the cumulative GPA for all courses included in Term 5 (Year 3 Term 1) and Term 6 ( Year 3 Term 2).
  2. Students who are dually enrolled in the B.Sc in Medical Sciences/MD Combined Degree Program retain a cumulative GPA for the purposes of degree completion, graduation and academic distinction which is determined at the conclusion of the B.Sc program.
  3. Students enrolled in the final year of the Premedical Program are promoted, retained, dismissed or receive academic distinction based on academic activities completed in Term5 (Year3Term1) andTerm6 (Year3Term2) only.
    • 3a. Students must obtain a grade point average (GPA) of 3.20 or better in all Year 3 coursework (for example, those courses listed on Terms 5 and 6 of the official premedical curriculum).
    • 3b. Students must obtain a minimum science GPA of 2.75 in all Year 3 coursework of the premedical program.
    • 3c. Students must pass the Premedical Science Comprehensive Examination (PMSCE).
    • 3d. Students must meet the School of Medicine standards for admission and professional conduct.

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