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|Participating cities (LC's)||St. George's|
|Currency (how much is a Bigmac?)||Eastern Caribbean Dollar (2.26EC=1US dollar)|
|Number of Doctors and beds per 1000 people||Enter numbers|
|Member of IFMSA since...||2007|
|Number of incoming students per year||6-10|
|Who are our NEO's||Andy Molina, Milad Pezeshki, Myra Chai|
|Our official website / Forum / Facebook group||https://www.facebook.com/IFMSAgrenada?ref=ts&fref=ts|
Hello, we are IFMSA Grenada! Our reputation speaks for itself, a beautiful tropical island in the Caribbean Sea that provides medical students with great research and clinical rotation opportunities. We would love for you to join others that have been privileged enough to enjoy our lovely island, work at our hospitals, and get to know all that Grenada has to offer. Warm regards and best wishes in your future endeavors.
Grenada is an island country and Commonwealth realm consisting of the island of Grenada and six smaller islands at the southern end of the Grenadines in the southeastern Caribbean Sea. Grenada is located northwest of Trinidad and Tobago, northeast of Venezuela, and southwest of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
Grenada is also known as the "Island of Spice" because of the production of nutmeg and mace crops of which Grenada is one of the world's largest exporters. Its size is 344 square kilometres (133 sq mi), with an estimated population of 110,000. Its capital is St. George's. The national bird of Grenada is the critically endangered Grenada Dove.
Our health care system
The ministry of health is divided into 3 functional areas: Administration, hospitals and out patient clinics. The total expenditure on health per capita (as of 2005) is $561.00 Total expenditure on health as % of GDP is 7.2%
The Ministry of Health is responsible for the overall management of the health sector. They form policy, regulation and direction of health programs in the country. Their mission statement is: To promote and provide health services, that are appropriate, accessible, equitable and sustainable, by utilizing suitably qualified and motivated staff committed to excellence and professionalism.
The majority of the health care system is financed by the state, however there is a private sector in parallel with it;120 registered doctors. The majority are trained in Cuba and not SGU. Some are employed by the Government while others have their own private practice
Finally, it should be noted that St. George's University is a private medical school, as such it does not fall under the jurisdiction of the ministry of health nor the ministry of education.
The primary hospital of Grenada is St. George's General Hospital, located in the capital of St. George. There are four additional smaller hospitals as well as one private hospital. To meet the needs of a relatively dispersed population (albeit in a small area), 12 health stations have been setup with a public health nurse and a primary care physician providing primary care, screening, health education and prenatal/delivery services.
Our medical education
While St. George's University is the only medical school located in Grenada, owing to the fact that the vast majority of students are American, the school follows the American style of medical education. Prior to applying, a prospective student must have completed a degree from a 4 year college or university, fulfilled certain class prerequisites (one year of chemistry, one year of physics etc.) and taken the medical college admissions test. Admissions to SGU is generally competitive, with other factors such as research, extracurricular and volunteer experience, and letters of recommendation being important factors.
The first 2 years are preclinical and involve classes (in Grenada) in the basic medical sciences. Following successful completion of the USMLE step I, SGU students then go on to complete the next 2 years of clinical training in one of dozens of approved clinical training sites (community and university affiliated hospitals) in the United States. The 3rd year consists of "core" rotations in medicine, OB/GYN, pediatrics, psychiatry and surgery. The 4th year consists of medical sub-internships and electives. During the 4th year, students prepare for and enter the MATCH, a highly structured, competitive and formal electronic application service to obtain residency. The most difficult residencies to match into are those with relatively stable schedules and competitive salaries (radiology, ENT, dermatology).
Residencies in the United States generally last from 3 years (primary care, psychiatry) to 7 years (CT surgery) and are known (especially surgery) to be quite a grueling process. Residents receive a small salary, benefits and limited vacation time.
Life in Grenada is quite slow paced and relaxed. This is especially seen in the service industry; so when ordering a drink or food, sit back and enjoy the stunning beauty of your surroundings as it may take some time to get your order.
Within the healthcare field and the medical school, punctuality is quite important and meeting times should be respected.
Accommodation & Boarding
Students are housed on campus in a double or single. Pocket money (500EC) is given to accommodate for 1 meal per day (not including the weekends).
Seasonal provision of social programs can include (depending on month of rotation): - Cricket matches - Boat, snorkeling, and SCUBA diving trips (at additional cost) - Hash runs with Grenadian Hash Harriers - Dolphin, giant turtles, crab races, and monkey feeding - Waterfall and rain forest hikes - Carib beer tasting and Grenada Rum Factory tours - Fish Fridays (local fish dishes, drinks, and music) - Beach trips - Cacao plantation trips with cacao tea tasting -AND in August, the world renowned (well, Caribbean renowned) Carnival festival, also known as Jouvea.
Local & National transportation
St. George's University has an excellent bus service that provides students with access to the surrounding area, including bus service to: Grand Anse Beach, Lance Aux Epines, Grand View Inn, Morne Rouge, as well as off route buses after sun down for additional safety. Outside of the university, city buses and taxes are numerous and are relatively cheap (city buses cost 2.50EC one way). Other IFMSA club members also have private transportation and can always provide rides if necessary.
Although the climate is tropical and hot, it’s tempered by the northeast trade winds. In St George’s, the average daily high temperature in January is 84°F (29°C) and the average low is 75°F (24°C). In July the average daily high temperature is 86°F (30°C) and the low is 77°F (25°C).
During the rainy season – from June to November – rain falls an average of 22 days per month in St George’s. In the driest months, January to April, there’s measurable rainfall for 12 days a month; this is the best time to visit. Hurricane season runs from June to November.
When student's have time from their studies they love to enjoy a few hours at the world famous Grand Anse Beach. A 2 mile stretch of white sand beach with water containing almost every shade of blue known to man. A beautiful beach with numerous bars and local restaurants with fresh local fish. There are also venues for later in the evenings with live music, DJs, pool, foosball, and much much more. There are also numerous other clubs and organizations on campus that host events such as the Unity Ball in the evening and our famous SandBlast beach party.
Cities offered for exchange
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