Archives for October 2011
This is supposed to be a motivational post because that’s all everyone needs in order to be successful from Bonaire/Anguilla and also in Chicago and elsewhere. When you find something very tough, don’t give up because it’s hard, the words “give up” should not even be in your vocabulary if you’re a medical student.
If you think about it, when you set your mind on something and be passionate about it then your body will shape your actions to reach that goal. The keyword in the last sentence was being “passionate”. People who are passionate in what they do are the successful ones. For example, the late Steve Jobs who died recently, was passionate in creating innovational products and he created very successful products like the iPod, the iPhone, and the iPad.
If you think about something in your past, there was something you always wanted and you kept on thinking about it and you wanted that something really passionately and eventually you go it. Now think, how is that any different than getting and MD, or a residency of your choice? It’s not; it’s the same concept and by following that concept is how I survived Bonaire. In my mind my goal was to pass all my classes in Bonaire and get out ASAP, and that’s what I did.
What I’m trying to say is you want something really badly then you will willingly and passionately work for it then eventually you will get it, God willing. A normal person has the mental and physically capacity to reach his or her goals regardless of what they are. And make sure you set your goals very high because if you work harder then you are supposed to then the results are satisfying.
Here’s the news people, SJSM raised their tuition $300 for basic science and $350 for clinical science. Here is the news letter with the updated info. SJSM was known to be the cheapest medical school in the Caribbean that had descent accreditation but I guess that change. I hope loans come out soon and stay permanently otherwise students will have trouble paying so much for clinicals. In my opinion if you want to go to SJSM but you don’t have money then take 2 years and save up the money, of course by then the tuition can go up even more. SJSM is gaining good accreditation and it’s developing very fast if you look into it. People in Bonaire told me the new MD1 class has 90+ students plus more students from the pre-med group. I don’t know how they could fit so many people in those two campuses. My class had 50+ students and we felt crowded.
As I progress through the months, I realized that AICM could’ve been well optimized if and only if I was better prepared in Bonaire. AICM can be a good program if taught by certain teachers but it can be a waste if it was taught by other teachers; however, the same can be said with Kaplan and Falcon review courses as well. My biggest mistake was that I started to prepare late. I cannot emphasize enough on that enough. When you’re an MD4 use every second of your free time to prepare for the USMLE Step 1. Of course you have to keep up with the MD4 courses, and that should come first, because without passing those you’re not getting off the island. Preparation early is the best option, but the living conditions in Bonaire was horrible for me so I was tired and I was not motivated to study. In MD4 semester all I could think of is how much longer till I get off the island and get back to the beautiful United States of America. But anyways that’s my two cents for now.