These questions were emailed to me by a prospective medical student. I think it’s far more beneficial for everyone if I made it public. I’m going to answer them to the best of my abilities from what the instructor told me while I was studying in Bonaire. I would not know if there were any new changes. The email I received is in black bold and my answer is in maroon red.
I came across your blog “Medical School Memoirs” and found it really interesting! Thanks! I got a lot of useful information regarding the school. I am interested in attending the school and I wanted to ask a current student some questions to help me finalize my decision.
I read your post regarding Bonaire becoming part of the Netherlands.
So did SJSM finally become accredited by the Netherlands?
If so does that mean students can practice medicine in the Netherlands as well? If it isn’t NVAO approved does it mean it gets taken of the IMED listing?
Do you think the school provides enough equipment for the student to do well such as microcopes etc?
Is there a fully functioning library? Are there good quality journals?
Do you understand the professors?
You get what you paid for, and with $5,000/semester for basic sciences in Bonaire, it will not get you that. However there is a gym right across the street with $20 sign up free and first month and $6/month after the first month. However, the equipment is old and rusty but it does get the job done. There is a premium gym, located a 5 minutes walk from the school, and it’s $60/month.
Are lectures taught with diverse multimedia?
Lectures are taught in a typical time-consuming manner with PowerPoint slides. But for the most part those lectures hardly taught me anything when I was there. And I can say the same for more than half of my class. Some teachers just read of the slides which was a waste of our time. So what I did was watch Kaplan Medical videos while the teachers talk.
Is it normal for the school to ask for $1000 deposit in a short period of time?
How is the student population like?
Dr2016 from ValueMD.com states that
“SJSM is a non-profit medical school; the only one in the Caribbean actually. And, it is not unusual to require a seat deposit for medical school. Most U.S. schools require the same; however, not as immediate, unless, you are accepted late in the process.“