547 thoughts on “What is UWI medical school like?

  1. kenliano says:

    That’s very cool. I like that they make that particular emphasis. One complaint against the UWI is that it tends to produce graduates who passed exams, but are otherwise worthless. :/

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    • Kevin Daley says:

      No UHWI trained doctor is worthless. How you interact with them boils down to their social training and ability to interact with people. I assure you the clinical exams were up to the last decade internationally accredited and a UHWI trained doctor can work now in Australia, the Caribbean , Singapore and Canada without doing a board exam. That is a pretty solid position to be in #ProudPelican .

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      • kenliano says:

        I’m glad to hear! I wasn’t referring to doctors, but graduates from other faculties. UWI, it is said, tends to produce graduates who have book knowledge, but little practical experience… That’s just what I hear, though.

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  2. Suzanne says:

    I am Jamaican and have been living in the US for the past 17 years. I am considering applying to UWI Mona for medical school as the program is both exceptional and affordable, in light of the exorbitant and rising costs to study medicine in the US. Do you think this is a wise choice?

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  3. Suzanne says:

    Robin thanks ever so much for responding and for your well wishes. My sole reservation to returning is my safety. Are my fears unfounded?

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    • sonya says:

      Suzanne, it can be more costly. I am a Jamaica american who was in your same position. thought it would be cheaper but its costing me way more and there is not much help here financially. The school basically charged me as an international student, did not get the sponsorship from the government despite I had the grades.

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      • Suzanne says:

        Sonya thank you ever so much for responding with that bit of information. My attendance, if accepted, is contingent on being able to pay the subsidized tuition rate. If not, as you mentioned, it would not be worth it financially to attend. Instead my plan is to apply to a one year post-bacclaurate/masters in medical science program since I have been out of college for a while and then attend medical school in the US. So that I understand why they deemed you an international student, could you tell me a little bit about your background. How old were you when you migrated to the US? Did you attend high school in Jamaica and sit for CXC?

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  4. Suzanne says:

    Thanks Doc! I wish you all the best with your studies and future medical career. Keep up the great work. I thoroughly enjoy reading your blog enteries. Maybe I’ll see you around on campus next year.

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  5. misty says:

    I applied to Uwimona Medicine faculty for 2014-15 and I got a response from Science and tech. Faculty. accepting me. to that Faculty , even thought I didn’t apply to them. My friend who got accepted last year said that when she applied she got acceptance from Science and Tech Faculty at 1st and even when to that faculty’s orientation but soon after got a letter from medicine accepting her. Can you say if you got accepted in the same manner? I am just wondering if this is the norm.

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    • Read Robyn says:

      No, I was accepted straight into medicine. However the acceptance letters from that faculty (med sci) are released fairly late in comparison to other faculties.

      I wouldn’t say it was the norm. More than likely you and your friend must have had selected Science and Technology as your second choice when applying for degree programmes which is why you would have gotten acceptance from them.

      Other offers from the faculty of medicine include being deferred for a year, or getting full-fee paying status.

      You may get your acceptance letter soon; SciTech tends to reply earlier than medicine. Don’t worry too much yet.

      All the best!

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    • Pumps says:

      Based on what present med students have told me, that’s the norm. Only persons who do really well in their first year of sitting CAPE will get an early conditional acceptance letter however, many persons receive their acceptance letter in mid-late august after results have been published for year 2 exams (usually unit 2s).

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  6. shanna says:

    There is a new medical school in black river,st elizabeth, jamaica. The program is US based and good. Students got high grades on USMLE exams. They were all over the caribbean news

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  7. Suzanne says:

    Robyn how does UWI determine who is a sponsored versus non-sponsored student? How much does a non-sponsored student pay for medical school tuition, 20%, 50% or 100%?

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    • Read Robyn says:

      Sponsored students hail from UWI contributing countries, a list of which can usually be found on their website (mostly Caribbean islands).

      Non-sponsored students are usually subject to full tuition costs, but a breakdown can also be found on the UWI’s website.

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  8. Suzanne says:

    Thanks Robyn. One last question. When does UWI’s Faculty of Medicine inform students as to whether or not they’ve been accepted? The anticipation is killing me. LoL

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  9. Jodi-Ann says:

    Hi Robyn! I was wondering if you could tell me whether or not any students from UWI pursued a double major i.e. worked for the MBBS degree whilst doing a degree in another faculty e.g. Science and Technology. Thank you!

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    • Read Robyn says:

      Wow, that sounds like a full plate. I don’t really know of anyone doing that. Most people transfer fully from SciTech to MBBS and drop the first programme. I’ll ask and let you know what kind of responses I get.

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    • Read Robyn says:

      Based on the schedule on the MBBS school year, I don’t see how that would be feasible. Perhaps if the second degree was from a faculty that offered mostly evening classes it would be able to work? But most of the time the MBBS programme (between studying and being at the hospital) precludes any other involvement.

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  10. DocBreem says:

    Good day I am currently doing CAPE unit 1 exams and is hoping to get into medicine or dentistry respectively for this coming year 2015. I am doing 5 A levels(Carib. Stds.,Bio.,Chem.,Law.,Pure Math.,) but is not too keen on one which is pure math do you think my acceptance will be jeapordized although they stated that only Biology and Chemistry is compulsary at A level and and a social science (Law) can be used?

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    • Read Robyn says:

      I’m really not the best person to answer your question; you should contact the Faculty directly for a more authoritative opinion.

      I know our medical schools prefer students with a strong science background, but they also give weight to co-curricular activity involvement and evidence of strengths outside of pure academics. Doing Law in CAPE won’t hurt your chances but dropping a science subject like Math might.

      I highly recommend that you talk to someone with a little more experience than men, though. Best of luck!

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  11. Suzanne says:

    Hey Robyn great news. I received my MBBS acceptance letter yesterday. I am beyond ecstatic! Thanks for all your help in answering my questions.

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      • Suzanne says:

        Thanks Robyn. I’m looking forward to it. Securing loans for tuition and living expenses is my next concern. Do you know the funding options available to students? Ofcourse I’ll have to meet with someone from Student Financing in the near future.

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      • Read Robyn says:

        The Office of Student Financing offers several scholarships, grants and bursaries that are usually open for anyone to apply. The UWI also offers various bursaries that pay up to 50% of the cost of tuition for medical students. You can also approach other loan institutions. Banks like to offer education loans, for one.

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  12. Jermaine Jr Reid says:

    Is there a major difference between medical students which were accepted with CAPE subjects and students which has a degree? Interms of academic performance, number of courses compulsory,or even preference.

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    • Read Robyn says:

      Based on my class I wouldn’t say I see a clear preference. There are a lot of people straight out of high school with only CAPE subjects and a lot of people who did a first degree before.

      Academic performance carries a lot of weight and I’ve heard that the more courses/subjects you successfully complete the better your chances are. But that’s just hearsay.

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  13. Jermaine Jr Reid says:

    I am currently sitting unit 1: Chemistry, Biology, Physics,and Communication Studies. Coming September if God’s willing i will be pursuing Both units of Pure Math and Caribbean Studies. Does doing Math increases my chance of acceptance significantly? And in reference to my level of passage in both units, do i have to obtain all ones to consider an opportunity of acceptance?

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    • Read Robyn says:

      Frankly, if you really want to do medicine you should apply no matter what your grades are like. Most people apply to the Faculty of Science and Technology as a back up because it facilitates a smooth transition into MBBS as well.

      But since grades are the first thing they consider, scoring all 1s in CAPE would certainly get you over that first hurdle.

      Math and Physics are weighted similarly. I don’t know if Math will significantly increase your chances, but it won’t hurt them.

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    • Cindy Thomas says:

      It really doesn’t matter whether you do Maths or Physics, all you need is Bio and Chem. The third subject can be anything; they are all weighted the same.

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  14. Jermaine Jr Reid says:

    I am very grateful for your Robyn! I don’t fully apprehend the so called ‘Best degrees’ or courses; to improve admission chances. For example, i was told that the best degree to pursue is Biochemistry. Or all degrees withing the faculty provides equal chance of acceptance but is based from the class of degree acquired?

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    • Read Robyn says:

      I’m really not sure of the details. Biochemistry would definitely help your understanding of the foundation courses of medicine but I don’t know how they weight qualifications in the admissions process.

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  15. Alicia says:

    I have been reading your blog for around a year now and i never noticed that i could comment without a wordpress account. I do have a question though, How much do you think it costs you for the year for tuition, housing, transportation, food

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    • Read Robyn says:

      I actually had to write out a budget earlier this year and I think it came up to about 1.1 million JMD (give or take a couple hundred thousand). But I live on the frugal side of life. Housing and tuition alone is 800K (again Jamaican dollars). Aside from those baseline costs, the rest is up to you.

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  16. Rafael says:

    I am going in second year and I work in the libraries 2 nights a week and thinking about getting a job in the bookstore. Is it possible to maintain these jobs when starting clincial years?

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    • Read Robyn says:

      I have a friend who worked in the library for his first two years, but he stopped when he started clinicals. I also know of people who have part-time jobs away from campus that they are able to maintain during the clinical years.

      What you choose to do is up to you and it depends on how you plan to manage your time and what you’re willing to sacrifice. Just know that the school hours for clinical years are a lot less predictable and tend to run far later than you’re used to in pre-clin. And that doesn’t include study time.

      Hope this helps you figure everything out, and good luck with your journey. :)

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  17. Leonardo says:

    Got 1s in unit 1 bio ,chem and 2 in math haven’t received my acceptance letter to med but got for pure and applied sciences ….should i be worried ??

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    • Read Robyn says:

      The Faculty of Medicine is usually one of the last faculties to send out their acceptance letters but they are usually out sometime in July.

      If you’re especially concerned you could probably call the faculty and check whether they’ve sent them out as yet.

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  18. Dr. Breem says:

    I was just wondering, are all choices processed at the same time? or are they processed one by one then transferred down to each choice? did you get an acceptance letter for all your choices?

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    • Read Robyn says:

      To be honest, I only applied for Medicine so I had no other choices to wait on. I think each choice is processed separately by each faculty so it depends on the different administrations as well as the volume of applications.

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    • Ms. A. Rohan says:

      Hi there, I am a pre science student. I skipped cape. Besides that, at Trinidad’s campus there’s little to no information on the previously exposed point system fo acceptance. If possible can you please tell me about the point system in you year?

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      • Robyn says:

        I’m not clear on the details (sorry) but I do know that they weighed academic performance with co-curricular activity. I wish I could be more specific, but I really don’t know.

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  19. Leo says:

    I have tried calling and emailing uwi admissions about the lack of response, only to receive no feedback. Maybe i have to sit out a year.

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    • Read Robyn says:

      I would strongly recommend you keep trying different avenues; UWI is not known for their communication skills. Have you tried calling the Faculty of Medicine directly to see whether they have sent out letters of acceptance?

      Now is when they usually release them but I would have expected a letter of denial if that was the case. Phone the Faculty to be sure.

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    • Suzanne says:

      Do not be disheartened that you have not yet received a response. In the event that you do not gain acceptance this year use the time to acquire hospital volunteer or research experience if you haven’t already done so to help bolster your application. I wish you all the best and the key is to never give up.

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  20. Leo says:

    Admissions told me that they will make a final decision once they have received cape 2 results.Hopefully everything works out accordingly.

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  21. Tahlia says:

    Hey Robin,

    I love your blog. I have 2 grade twos and the rest ones. Do you think the 2s in chemistry harm my chances of getting into medicine at UWI? I have heard if persons having 3 ones and 3 twos and getting in but i am not sure.

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    • Read Robyn says:

      The grade IIs won’t harm your chances *that* much – remember that a II is still a distinction in CAPE. Those are pretty good grades.

      Academic competition is stiff, but they also put a good amount of weight on co-curricular involvement and leadership activities, so there’s a good chance of you getting in.

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  22. Carlos says:

    My Unit 1 result : 2 in Biology, 2 in Chemistry, 2 in Com studies, 3 in Physics and 3 in Pure Math. So i guess my chance of admission is very slim or impossible from the get go. Can Unit 2 make a big difference, if i get 1 in Biology and Chemistry? Or it will be too little to late?
    Anyone who got accepted to UWI Medical School willing to share their CAPE results? So i can validate my dream; if it is possible or all hope is lost

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    • Jamerican says:

      I was granted admission this year to the MBBS program. I took 8 subjects including Biology, Chemistry and Physics years ago when it was known as CXC not CAPE and received all I. In addition, I have a Bachelors in Biology, years of neuroscience research experience with publications and volunteered bedside in an orthopedic operating room. Perseverance is key when pursuing your dream. All hope is never lost if you want it bad enough and are willing to commit yourself. If you do not gain admission this year, I would advise that you take science courses at the college level for a year or so while you reapply and ensure that you get As. I wish you all the best.

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      • Read Robyn says:

        Hey Jamerican, CXC and CAPE are different exams. We still call CSEC (the high school exam) CXC sometimes, whereas CAPE is the sixth form/Associate Degree level exam.

        But your advice about pursuing science courses at the university is excellent. :)

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      • Candese says:

        Hello, I’m quite worried about my future. I have just done my CSEC exams, where I got eight ones and four distinctions. But that is the problem, I only got FOUR distinctions, not 8. I got distinctions in Physics, Math, English B and O.A. Should I be worried. Does distinctions really matter in my acceptance to med. school?

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  23. Tahlia says:

    I must say, Robyn, I love the fact that you are so busy yet you find time to help us who want to pursue our dreams. A million thanks. I have heard that the offers are done based on a points system. Grade ones are awarded 5 points and grade twos are awarded four points and since 3 double unit courses are required, that means a maximum of 30. I also heard that the minimum is 24 for acceptance. I have 28 points if this is the fact…I also have voluntary hours, and have held many positions of leadership. I can only continue praying and hope that soon I will see an offer of acceptance. I have only been accepted to FPAS. If I do not get an offer, would you recommend calling the dean of FMS? or admissions (for the one millionth time!)?

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  24. Carlos says:

    Thank you very much Jamerican:)! So while i am at UWI pursuing a undergraduate degree in Biochemistry for example; before i complete the undergraduate degree. Can i apply each and every year?

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    • Jamerican says:

      You’re very welcome Carlos. I see no reason why you cannot. From earlier posts on this blog, I have gathered that this is often done by students. I am almost twice as old as the average 18 year old student studying medicine at UWI so trust me when I say that if becoming a doctor is your true calling, you will never rest until you have answered that call.

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    • Read Robyn says:

      Sometimes, too, you may be offered a space in the next batch instead of the upcoming one.

      And to add to what Jamerican said, there are quite a few mature students in my class who’ve though the time was right for a career change. No worries about that!

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      • Leo says:

        I got accepted aswell but it’s not subsidies…..Guess I’m at ground level again. I was wondering if perhaps,they offer any other financial aid other than government subsidy.

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      • Suzanne says:

        Congratulations Leo! I am so happy for you. Gaining acceptance is the first hurdle, obtaining the necessary loans and funding is the next. As Buju seh, “It’s not an easy road!”

        Robyn do you know what the requirements are for a student to receive the subsidized tuition rate?

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  25. Leo says:

    Thank you :D . Correct me if i am wrong but, i heard that only those who obtain a minimum requirment of 29 points gets the subsidy based on the 3 core subjects you do(carib and comm studies not included)…as for me i only obtained a miniscule amount of 27 points therefore i was unable to obtain the subsidy.Not sure if the wisest decision is to sit out a year and redo 2-3 subjects in order to get ‘ones’ instead of ‘twos’. Doing med with non-government subsidy fee is out of the question.

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    • Jamerican says:

      The reduced tuition rate without compromising education quality is one of the reasons why I applied to UWI. Here in the United States, the average tuition rate for medical school is a whopping $40K a year. The range can be anywhere from $20K to $75K yearly rendering it not uncommon for students to owe the exorbitant amounts of $300K to $500K upon completion when living expenses are factored in. Compounded with interest, paying that off is no easy feat.

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      • Tahlia says:

        Carlos there is also the option of accepting the option for The Science and Technology Faculty. Work really hard and attain a good gpa for semester one, apply for a transfer to MB,BS in January. You have to make sure you do really well though. CAPE resits are not done in January. Just something to consider

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  26. Carlos says:

    Yeah Leo i think i am going to do just that. Well my average is 86% but i tend to choke at the big moment, when everything matters; i am a choker just like Asafa. Since you guys are my idol; what am i missing, i tend to study from the syllabuses and not practice past papers. I am smart, but i don’t know how to prepare myself for an exam. How do you guys study? By practicing past papers? Or both past papers and syllabus? Or should i go to evening class? Help me please guys; especially Tahlia who got all distinctions.

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    • Tahlia says:

      The syllabus is important because you need to study the relevant information. However I would say that past papers are EXTREMELY important. I got past papers from years back and printed them and made them into a book. I did every single question because most often the questions are simply reworded. It works. For Bio last year, I found that time was running out on me and I hadnt started studying certain topics and I simply stopped reading and did only past papers. Simply reading your notes and from textbooks will not suffice as you may think you know the information but you have no idea how to apply it when answering a question. And lastly, i went on the cxc.org website and looked at the examiners’ comments for every year of the particular exam. It tells you exactly what examiners are looking for when answering and common mistakes made by candidates. I compared what the examiners said to how I answered the questions. I hope this helps and all the best in your endeavours.

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      • Leo says:

        I think i will be resitting too in order to get that subsidy,since i am clueless as to how i can pay that monsterous tuition fee by september 1. Though,i am not going to give up until the expiry date of the acceptance letter. I heard uwi offers 50% bursary fee,sadly, it’s still unpayable for me. Any ideas guys?

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  27. Carlos says:

    Thank you very much Tahlia. I think practicing past papers and learning how to apply the knowledge obtain from various texts was my problem. With the help of the Almighty, i hope in the next two years or so i will be able to post that i have being accepted just like you guys.

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    • Suzanne says:

      Carlos I concur with Tahlia. You have to begin with the end in mind. Answering past paper questions is the best way to adequately prepare for any exam. Make it happen.

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  28. Carlos says:

    I am more focus and determine than ever to achieve my dream Suzanne; It will happen. I can’t reiterate enough how important it is to me, receiving helpful tips and hints from you guys. I hope one day i meet you guys in person on campus.

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  29. samantha says:

    Hi. I was just wondering if Trinidadian students would also Gate funding if they do decide to attend medical school in Jamaica? I applied to Mona med this year and thankfully I was accepted however I deferred my acceptance in order to make some funds. My concern really is whether or not Trinidadian students will receive Gate funding if they attend medical school in another UWI?

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    • Read Robyn says:

      As far as I know (so far I haven’t heard any different), if Trinidadian students get funding, they get it no matter which campus they study at.

      However, I did hear some news that Trinidadian government would start cutting back on their funding. But Trinidadians would be in a better position to know than I would. :)

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  30. Hannelore says:

    Hey there! I’ve been following your weblog for a long time now and finally got the bravery to go ahead and give you a shout out from Austin Tx!

    Just wanted to mention keep up the good job!

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  31. samantha says:

    Good night. I have a friend who completed his Bsc in Biochemistry and Chemistry. His GPA is 2.77 and he would like to know what his chances are in getting into Mona to do medicine and surgery?

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  32. emma says:

    Robyn,
    is the curriculum for faculty of medicine the same at mona and st Augustine campus?
    Is the courses for pre-clinical the same at both campuses?

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  33. dellyjm says:

    What are you thoughts on someone looking to do a career change. I’m 36, been a software engineer for about more than a decade but do you think older candidates would be able to succeed? Share anything else you feel I may need to know. This was a really helpful post.

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    • Read Robyn says:

      There are several older candidates in medical school, and I know two personally in my class. Your chances of success are not really affected by age. One disadvantage is that you tend to have more external responsibilities as you get older, but one advantage is that patients are more likely to trust a more mature looking person.

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  34. Jai says:

    Hi, I am currently doing 1st year pure and applied and I am doing biochemistry, chemistry and Spanish. In high school, I did the IB program and I got a 6 in Biology, but 4’s in Chemistry and Economics HL. I spoke to the dean and he told me that I can carry my Biology grade with me to apply for Medicine and that I will have to get A’s in Chemistry and Biochemistry or Spanish. However, I forgot to ask him about my ‘O’ level grades. I got D’s in Chemistry and Physics for ‘O’ levels. Will this affect my chances of getting in? Please reply soon. Thanks!
    Jai

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  35. Jai says:

    Hi, I forgot to tell you in case you were wondering what IB is. It is an international exam where a 7 is the highest and below 4 is a fail. Since I got a 6, that is equivalent to a B or a 2 in both CAPE units 1 and 2, and a 4 is equivalent to a 4 in both CAPE units 1 and 2 or a D.

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  36. Mollisa says:

    If i have 9cxc, 6 grade 3s and 3 grades 2s along 5 capes all at grade 5 no science subjects included. Can i apply to medical sciences department to do my Bsc in nursing. Will i stand a chance to be accepted to the UWI. My dream to attend.

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    • Read Robyn says:

      To be honest, I have no idea what the matriculation requirements for the School of Nursing are but you can easily find them online or by calling the University itself.

      Best of luck!

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  37. Reanna says:

    Just a quick question. You mentioned some students take the USMLE on their own and I just wanted to know if students get competitive scores like 240s or 250s and do you have to go the Kaplan route to excel at the exams?

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    • Read Robyn says:

      Honestly? I’ve no clue. I assume we get competitive scores because I see people migrating (and I assume they got jobs).

      I don’t know if the Kaplan route helps or doesn’t, either. You could speak with Kaplan and see if they get a lot of medical students or you could talk to some more medical students. I don’t think Kaplan is a necessity to excel, but they can’t hurt, right?

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  38. Jon says:

    What are my chances of being accepted into the MBBS program at UWI with a bachelors degree in Biochemistry from NCU and a cumulative GPA of 3.37?

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    • Read Robyn says:

      I can’t tell you your chances (I wish I had that kind of information), but I can tell you what the Faculty considers when choosing applicants.

      This link – http://bit.ly/1wTn5Bm – talks about matriculation requirements to the UWI MBBS if you have a 1st degree:

      Persons holding degrees from Universities other than the UWI will also be considered provided that:
      The University which granted the degree is recognized as competitive.
      Credits have been obtained in Biology / Zoology and Chemistry
      A minimum cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.0 or its equivalent has been obtained.

      Of course, there are general non-academic requirements like the 300 word autobiographical sketch and participation in extra-curricular activities (which is pretty well-weighted in the selection process).

      Overall I’d say having a first degree gives you a competitive edge, but there is no guarantee of admission (not with the masses of people applying to medical school these days).

      That said, I wish you all the best and I hope it all works out in your favour).

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  39. Shari says:

    Hi everyone and thanks Robyn for creating this blog! I am currently applying to the MBBS program at uwi for 2015 cycle and was wondering if those who were recently accepted received their acceptance via personal e-mail, mail or their online portal? Thanks!

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  40. Shaniel says:

    my name is Shaniel Simpson and I got accepted to Science & Technology at uwi mona. i badly want to do medicine badley. is it possible for me to transfer from science and technology to med science as long as my grades are good or with a bachelors degree in science and technology?

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    • Robyn says:

      Hi Shaniel, a lot of students transfer after their first year of SciTech and quite a few also enter the MBBS programme after finishing their Bachelor’s.

      Good grades are important but it would also help to talk to the UWI administration to see what else they might require.

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      • Shaniel says:

        Thank you Robyn. Just one more thing. What if I transfer from Science and technology after my fist year and get accepted into med science. If I can’t afford to pay half of my tuition for med science is there a way that I could get some form of loan or grant to cover all the tuition fees?

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      • Robyn says:

        That’s a tough one. There are scholarships and grants provided by UWI; some of them are academically based and some are based on other things. Very few of them cover all your tuition fees, however.

        Banks and other lending institutions are always available but you’re going to need collateral. You just have to keep asking everyone about all the possible options and figure out what works best for you.

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    • Robyn says:

      The SLB grants loans only to government sponsored students of contributing countries. If you are full-fee paying or half-fee paying (which is often the case in the Med Sci faculty) they will not offer you the loan. Good luck!

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      • Shaniel says:

        ok thanks for your reply. Here is my situation. I am a Jamaican but I’m currently in the US. I got accepted to UWI mona from 2012 but I had to deffer my acceptance. I finally accept the offer to start August 2015. I will be going into the faculty of science and technology. how can I get into med science through science and technology? I’ve always wanted to do medicine.

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      • Robyn says:

        You would be applying for a faculty transfer which likely has to be approved. Start your first year in SciTech and talk to the administration about their specific requirements for a transfer to Med Sci, and see where that takes you. All the best!

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  41. Shari says:

    okay thanks Robyn. Also Shaniel, if you don’t mind me asking when did you complete your application and when did you get the decision? Did you apply to the science/tech faculty as a second choice or did they just recommend you for the sci/tech faculty? Do you mind sharing your stats? I am waiting to hear from them as well so I wanted to get a general idea if that is okay.
    Thanks
    Has anyone applied to either of the other two campuses: st. augustine or cave hill?

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    • Shaniel says:

      Ok Shari. I applied in 2012 when I just left sixth form. In 2012 I chose MBBS my first choice but I got accepted in the faculty of science and technology. I deferred the acceptance because I was coming to the Us. Anyway, my request for deferral was granted for science and technology that is but I’ve fulfilled the academic requirements for radiography. I requested that it be added to my application so I’m still waiting for an answer.

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  42. Shari says:

    Hey Robyn,
    Have you heard anything about the MBBS program at Uwi cave hill? I know it is fairly new and its know for Law, but I wanted to know if you heard anything in regards to the quality of teaching, resources etc for the med students there.

    Also if accepted to uwi, do their students get decent financial aid: scholarships/grants etc? Can they apply for loans? how do you recommend going about seeking other forms of aid? Also, what is a sponsored vs nonsponsored student?

    thanks!

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  43. Astrid says:

    Hey Robin,

    In your post, you mention the first two years focus on pre-clinical medicine. Can you tell me what the last 3 years focus on. Thank you!!

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    • Robyn says:

      The last 3 years are about your clinical apprenticeship. They take place in primarily clinical rather than classroom settings and focus on the management of patients.

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  44. Calvin says:

    What is the best place to stay ( cost & safety) for a new student at Cave Hill B’dos UWI ?
    Looking for a 2 br apt furnished within walking distance of Campus ( Med Sci)

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  45. Smiles says:

    Hi Robyn! I rcently got accepted into the MBBS program at Cave Hill. Ive heard that Mona is the best campus (all from graduates of Mona and mainly because it is the oldest) but does it really mean that Cave Hill’s credibility is poor?

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    • Robyn says:

      Hi Smiles. Of course not! Cave Hill may be the youngest campus but that doesn’t mean it’s substandard. And you should bear in mind that Mona alumni will be pretty biased.

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      • Nancy says:

        hi Robyn,
        I understand that Trinidad medical students cannot do their internship in Jamaica. Is that true?

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      • Robyn says:

        I don’t know about “cannot”. I have seen Trinidadian interns at some hospitals, but I don’t know what the official policy is. I do know that we have a strong preference for Jamaican students (especially since intern spots are limited) as well as graduates of UWI who do not have internships available in their home country. Most Trinis opt to go back home though.

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  46. Romaine says:

    Good day.. I did my first year in the FST and have applied for a transfer in January for the MBBS programme . I recently got my final results and GPA (3.71). Do you know any who transferred? When we’re they contacted? Do you think I have a good chance of being accepted for the sponsored programme?

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    • Robyn says:

      I hope you’re gotten a response by now. If not, there’s still a little bit of time left (til the end of July usually). I think faculty transfers are contacted around the same time as everyone else or maybe a little bit before.

      I think you have as good a chance as anyone with all 1s in CAPE. 3.7 is an impressive GPA – congrats!

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    • Smiles says:

      Hi Romaine, I assume you applied at the Mona campus. However, this may still be helpful – the Cave Hill transfers were notified in April. Ive had a few friends go this route.

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      • Candese Michael says:

        RE: CONDITIONS TO OBTAIN THE SUBSIDY
        HI ROBYN!
        I AM TYPING IN BLOCK CAPITALS SO EVERYONE CAN SEE THIS.
        So, I called UWI today and they said that you need 29 points to qualify for the subsidy from six core subjects not including Caribbean studies or communication studies. How these points are calculated are as follow:
        Grade 1- Five points
        Grade 2-Four points
        Grade 3- Three ppoints
        Grade 4- Two Points
        Grade 5- One point
        Grade 6- No point
        So, basically, you can get a minimum of one two to qualify for the subsidy and of course 5 ones. Please add this to your information above.
        And no, having 28 points will not make you qualified.

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      • rb says:

        Hey, I know I may be off track here, but what do any of you know about the licensing exam to practice here? I’ll be going oversees for my mbbs.

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  47. Livi. M says:

    Hello robin. I love your blog. I have applied to medicine and the advice on this page has been helpful. Do you have any advice on good on campus housing?

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  48. Scott96 says:

    Hello
    I applied for MBBS. In my CAPE Unit twos, i got 1 in bio, chem, cs and a 2 in phys. I havent gotten an acceptance as yet, should i be worried??

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    • Robyn says:

      Sounds like you’re worried already, At this stage, I was just finding out my acceptance status, but some people also found out much later. It really depends on the administration.

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  49. Romaine says:

    As it relates to transfer what is used to assess the person .. The person’s transfer GPA or his results.. I had applied last year and was accepted for non sponsored and that is why I did my first year in FST to transfer to medicine… What do you think? Anyone?

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    • Suzanne says:

      Hi Kimberly I was also accepted to the MBBS program last year and was forced to defer to this year fall. You can only defer your acceptance once. There is no entry in spring.

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  50. Ashley says:

    Good Morning All –
    I am applying for the doctoral program at UWI at the CAVE hill campus for the Fall semester 2015 . I currently am a US Citizen. Is there any aid available other than the financial aid given from UWI? Did anyone have any luck with FAFSA? Does UWI have a federal student code for the FAFSA ( US federal aid) Secondly when do they send out acceptance letters?
    Thank you in Advance

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    • Robyn says:

      Hello! I haven’t the first idea how to help you out (sorry) but I’m approving your comment so that someone else might be able to answer your questions.

      When all else fails, you could call the institution and speak to the administration directly.

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    • Suzanne says:

      Good day Ashley. I too am a US citizen who was born and raised in Jamaica, was accepted to study medicine at UWI Mona and am having difficulties securing a student loan. There are no banks here that grant funding to the UWI however Royal Bank of Canada does have a loan agreement with the institution. If you have two qualified Bajan or Canadian cosigners you should be in luck as they have branches in Barbados. I hope this helps. All the best.

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    • Robyn says:

      There’s never a guarantee of acceptance into medical school. But an upper second class honours does meet the prerequisite for GPA, so you’re well on your way.

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  51. Carlos says:

    Ok, thank you Mark.
    My Unit 1 grades are : 2-Bio and Chem; 3-Physics; 4-Carib; 2 – Pure Math.
    Unit 2: Distinction in Bio and Chem; 2-Physics; 3-Pure Math; and 3- Com studies.
    For a reality check, so I know what’s up. Do I have any chance whatsoever of getting accepted to Medicine?

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    • Smiles says:

      I think you should call and find out for sure but I believe they’ve been sent out already as rgistration begins this and next week.

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  52. SL says:

    Hi! Could any one tell me what is the cutoff grade point for International students this year. Is it 26 or 24. .
    I receive offer letter from Science and technology , no offer letter from Med School. Requested for deferral status .My grade points n CAPE 23 (International Student). I wonder , if I accept offer from FST can I request it to Med School. Any suggestions please.. the dead line to accept and deferral is 5th Oct.
    Thanks in advance.

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  53. PJ says:

    I am trying to understand the credits assigned to each module or course in Stage II of the MBBS programme. Can you advise on whether there is any such credit weighting?

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    • Robyn says:

      There are credit weightings, which are available on the online Student Administration System. Courses range from 9 credits (core disciplines like Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Pathology & Microbiology) to 2 credits (pass or fail courses like electives).

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  54. Suzanne says:

    Robin considering the limited medical resources at most hospitals in Jamaica, how do you rate your clinical rotation experience? Students are encouraged to take the USMLE to qualify for residency rotations in the US. How easily do Jamaican graduates qualify for and make the transition to US residency?

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    • Robyn says:

      My clinical rotation experience was good, despite the low resources. The teaching was usually great (and you know that doesn’t depend on resources) and while you’re in school everyone is keen to point out that even though this difference between the ideal and what we actually do in practice so you don’t lose out on 1st world academics. Plus in your exam, you’re supposed to respond like you have all resources available to you.

      I don’t generally see us having a problem with USMLEs. The people I talk to who say they’re leaving actually do end up matching and taking off.

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    • Robyn says:

      Haha, I wish. It’s really just swotting. Try finding mnemonics – there are quite a few resources online, especially for anatomy. Try the Netter flash cards – carry them with you every where and see if that helps. Go over it with a group of friends. And at the end of the day, sometimes you just have to memorize. Unfortunately with anatomy (but not with clinicals!) there’s really no principle to apply to help you remember the fine print details. Just have to go to class & review sessions and pay attention to the things the lecturers emphasize.

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  55. Slim says:

    Hello, Robyn,
    I first want to say thank you for your posts they have been very helpful to a med school hopeful such as myself. And here we go… I am a US citizen who was recently accepted into UWI mona MBBS program. I have a BS in bio and MS in Physiology. I deferred the 2015 school year in hopes of getting accepted into a US medical school but it seems that may be a loss. Both of my parents are from the west indies, one of them being from JA. I still have family in the Kingston area. I am very hesitant on doing my medical education at UWI not because I do not think it is good school but because I would like to complete a residency and specialize in the US. to be honest I know I do not want to practice medicine in the Caribbean. I have been given some gruesome details on the match rate for IMGs (international Medical Graduates…regardless of citizenship) less than 40% of all (the entire world…) actually get placed regardless of stellar Step scores and grade. I would hate for me to put in 5years of work + more student loans then find out that I can’t practice medicine at home. I am kinda at war with myself and I would love an outside opinion. Have you met anyone in my position? What is the match rate for UWI student who want to do residency in the US if they were matched how did they measure up did they do amazingly in all courses or did summer programs in the US. Lastly do you guy have linked residency program in the US or preferred schools that match UWI students?

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    • Suzanne says:

      Hi Slim I am also a US citizen in your exact position with similar concerns.

      1. Will you be taking out student loans to pay your way? If so, where were you able to get funding.
      2. Have you considered doing a postbacc or masters for a year with linkage? Quite a few US osteopathic and allopathic medical schools have them. This is the route I will be pursuing because of competitive residency match and student loans concerns.

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    • Robyn says:

      You’d have to contact the UWI directly to see what the procedure is for transferring between programmes. But as long as you have the prerequisites I don’t see why not.

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  56. kk says:

    Hello Robin,
    If you wish to do the preliminary year of biochemistry then transfer into the mbbs program at the Mona Campus, how hard is it to do that? What sort of grades should you attain and should you be heavily involved in extracurricular activities?

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    • Robyn says:

      I can’t comment on how hard it is, but the matriculation requirements re grades are on the UWI website (something like a 3.3 GPA or higher) and extra-curricular activities have never hurt anyone (unless they’re impacting your academics)

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  57. kevin says:

    hi, im a final year student at the university of Guyana, persuing a Bsc degree in Medical technology. My GPA is 3.38, i have one more semester to go and those grades will be out until mid August.

    what are my chances of getting accepted into med school?

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    • Robyn says:

      It depends on a lot, Kevin. Your grades are weighted along with your involvement in co-curricular activities as well as (sadly or happily) your ability to afford the full tuition is necessary. So I really can’t comment on your chances.

      But best of luck to you!

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  58. Karishma g says:

    Can someone please inform me of what medicine school is like in barbados as compared to the other 2 uwi faculty please thank you

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  59. Manasa says:

    hey ive been reading this website alot :D i have a total of 27 points and so did my friend, she however got accepted on priority ( she finished her application before dec ) while i didnt, could i possibly be rejected even though we had the same grades? I know for sure it weighs more in academics because she didnt submit ANY cocurricular and she got in.Let me know your thoughts please

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  60. Abigail says:

    Hi Robyn! for my CSEC I got 8 1’s for the 3 sciences,math,english a and b, it and add math.
    For CAPE unit 1 I got 2- comm studies, 3- biology, 3- chem and 1 in math. For Unit 2 I got 4 ones.
    I know I may not get the subsidy, but do you think I have a good chance of being accepted in august for MBBS?

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    • Robyn says:

      Hey Abigail, gonna be honest with you. Med at UWI has gotten super competitive over the last free with years, significantly more so than when I started. Those are good grades but I can’t possibly predict your chances of acceptance. Sorry I’m not more help but good luck in August!

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  61. Noriagua says:

    Hi I am a student at the university of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus. I have completed my preliminary year in the falculity of Science and Technology formerly called “falculty of Pure and applied sciemce”

    My grades are:
    Biology 1 -B+
    Preliminary chemistry 1 – A
    Preliminary Physcis 1 -A
    Biology 2 -A
    Preliminary Chemistry 2- A+
    Preliminary Physics 2- A

    Over all GPA- 3.93
    I also left college with an associate degree in Medical Laboratory Technology over all gpa 3.02

    I have taken part in may organizations and had many roles

    Do I have a good chance of getting into medicine at any of the campuses. All my classmate who applied with lower gpa’s than me got in and I am just a buddle of nerves.

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    • Noriauga says:

      Hi thanks, I called Mona and they say they cant find my form. I sent it through uwi cave hill and the cave Hill records department say they sent it

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  62. Sam says:

    I applied to both St. Augustine & Mona.. I was made an offer by Mona for a bachelors degree in science though I didn’t make a second choice in my application. The email said something along the lines of applications to other programs I have applied for are still being processed & accepting would not affect my chances because I could accept a more favourable offer at a later date… I haven’t responded yet because I want to study medicine hence the reason why I didn’t select any second choice in my applications.. but browsing through the comments I saw persons saying you could start off studying one thing then transfer to med if you do really well.. Do you think I should accept just incase to atleast have that as an option? & I was wondering if I were to get into med school wouldn’t I have gotten a response by now??? Based on the point system mentioned I have 25 points, which is OK but I fear it’s not good enough.. Do you think I have a shot?? The anticipation is killing me! #FreakingOut

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    • Robyn says:

      Acceptance to med school can happen late, like late July early August. But if the email said you can accept that now then accept a more favour me option later then I think you should go ahead and do that. Or you can wait and see if you get into med school. Do what you think is best for you.

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  63. Dencharlo says:

    Hi guys could you all explain the point system to me please? What is the total points you can get and What is the weighting for extra curricular . Thanks much guys.

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    • Labreeka says:

      Grade 1- Five points
      Grade 2-Four points
      Grade 3- Three ppoints
      Grade 4- Two Points
      Grade 5- One point
      Grade 6- No point
      Core subjects :bio and chem plus one other approved subject. You need a minimum of 29 points to qualify for the 80% subsidy.
      Thus, you can onky have one two for both units in your core subjects to qualify

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  64. Ross says:

    Hello , I’m from trinidad I recently got accepted to med in cave hill but uwi mona is my first choice. I was told that mona is harder to get into than cave hill . My cape unit 1 grade are 2s in chem,bio comm and 3 in physics and cape unit 2 grades are grade 1 in bio grade 2 in chem and grade 3 in physics. Can I get into uwi mona with these grades? Or can I attend cave hill and transfer into mona later ?

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    • Robyn says:

      Tbh I’m not sure those grades are competitive enough to get into Mona. And I’m not sure if cross-campus transfers happen often if at all. Another option would be to do the natural sciences at Mona (if that was a 2nd choice for you) and transfer to medicine from that faculty.

      But the best people to ask would be the campus administration at both Mona and Cave Hill to see what your options are for transfer. I’m curious though, why didn’t you apply for St. Augustine?

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  65. Sam says:

    I got my acceptance letter from mona. I’m so elated!
    Is it possible for you to get accepted without physics at csec?
    I have a friend who has the same exact grades as me for a levels but she didn’t do physics at csec.. She actually sent in her application before I did but she hasn’t gotten a reply yet

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  66. Alex says:

    Wow, I have 26 points from CAPE and I’m yet to receive an offer. Could it be that it’s more competitive for Jamaicans?

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  67. Jamal Dawkins says:

    I got accepted to FMS to do mbbs at uwi mona. My cape grades are all 2s hence 24 points. They offer me a 50% subsidary. If I do well in year 2 and up can I increase my subsidary to get the normal 80%?. Thank you

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  68. Janae Miller says:

    wwooiiiiii!!!, I cant believe this. I got accepted for Mbbs at uwi mona today. What puzzled me is that my cape grades were filled in on the student portal. I have 27 points and i will be recieving the 80% subsidary. I love your blog robin .Its been an inspiration to me. Thank You.!!!!!!

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    • Dencharlo says:

      Well then you should hear something soon. Don’t worry! I’m still waiting to get a response from STA, I’d prefer to go to MONA but you know home is home.

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    • Dencharlo says:

      I heard that they are reviewing persons that did summer school applications next week. So I guess after that you’d get some word. Have you tracked your application online?

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      • Sharig says:

        Yeah, I have. No word yet. I got in to mona btw, but I would rather STA for personal reasons. Thanks for the response.

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  69. Jessica Witham says:

    I got 27 points and was denied acceptance to mbbs at uwi mona. I just have to do the FST transfer. I feel so disappointing. Nice blog btw Robin. keep It up

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  70. Ackalia says:

    I have a question….

    I have a two in bio unit one, a three in bio unit two and a three in chem unit one. Is there even the SLIGHTEST chance that I would be accepted in the mbbs programme? Or do I need to do bio unit two and chem unit one again?

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    • Robyn says:

      Ackalia, there is always a chance. However those grades are not competitive enough to get into Medicine straight away. Rather than repeating your CAPE subjects I would suggest doing a Natural Sciences degree (in the Faculty of Science and Technology) and then re-attempting your application either partway through that programme or when you have completed it. That way you would be moving forward in your academic career, rather than repeating the same level.

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  71. Natasha says:

    I have no science back ground…have an Ass degree in Business, BSc. in Business and is planning to take CxCs in the sciences this year…is that a good strategy to get into med school….

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    • Joann says:

      You can take CXCs in the sciences and apply for the Pre-Science programme which lasts Two semesters . Then apply for med. At least in UWI STA you can apply for medicine like this. Just look at the requirements on their website to see exactly what you need to do then do it and make sure you ACE those science subjects.

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    • Robyn says:

      Building on what Joann said, the Preliminary Sciences Programe is a sort of fast track into Medicine. You complete both units of CAPE in one year instead of two and apply for university at the same time.

      You can complete CSEC Biology, Physics, Chemistry (or whatever the requirements are for the Preliminary science programme) then try to get into Medicine through that route.

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  72. SL says:

    Hi Good evening!!.. any body any word from STA campus…. plz …. …
    When is the expected date to be announced….the results I mean admissions….

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    • Joann says:

      Looks like mid- late August… Can’t really be anything else! :) I wonder why they take so much longer than the other campuses.

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    • Sharig says:

      No word yet for me either. Can you let me know when you receive any word so I can at least be aware if they started releasing acceptances. I’ll do the same.

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  73. Nella says:

    I have 24 points I got in unit 1 chem-1, bio-1 physics -4 and in unit 2 chem-3,bio-1,physics-2 uwi Mona general orientation starts next week and I was told by admissions that no decisions was made on my application does this means that my chances of being accepted as sponsored is slim because of my physics unit 1 grade and chemistry unit 2 as well

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  74. Sharig says:

    No word yet for me either. Can you let me know when you receive any word so I can at least be aware if they started releasing acceptances. I’ll do the same.

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  75. Sharig says:

    No word yet for me either. Can you let me know when you receive any word so I can at least be aware if they started releasing acceptances. I’ll do the same.

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  76. Nella says:

    If I have not got an acceptance letter being that next week Mona general orientation start does that mean its highly unlike for me to get accepted to do mbbs

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  77. Shepherd says:

    I haven’t got word yet from uwi mona but I got responses from the others does that mean I didn’t got accepted to uwi mona ?

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  78. SL says:

    HI SAM, WHEN DID YOU RECEIVE THE LETTER AND WHAT’S YOUR POINTS PLZ… IS IT CAPE OR PRE SCIENCES… YOU DID.. DONT MIND OUT OF TENSION..ASKING..PLZ

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  79. Nella says:

    Hi I’ve been reading this blog for a while now and have noticed that those who got accepted had noticed that pending cape results was automatically added on the admissions portal I still haven’t received anything concerning being accepted and i am freaking out at this moment I know 24 points is hardly competitive for MBBS and just wanted to know by the way if something is wrong with my application since cape results are out but the grades on the portal for me was not updated.

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    • Lauren says:

      Hi Nella. I suggest you call or visit admissions to ensure all your grades and supporting documents are on the system! I did csec and both units of cape this year and they got all results from cxc since I had on my app that I was awaiting cxc results .
      Stay calm.. Keep praying.. But call to ensure everything is in

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  80. Lauren l says:

    I hear registration is on the 25th and I have yet to get a reponse from uwi. Feeling a bit nervous here. I have a total of 28 points and a 1 in csec physics. Is there a possibility I won’t get through since I have not heard back as yet?

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  81. Ayanna says:

    Hi there,
    I have a total of 26 points and ones and twos in all CSEC and cape subjects( bio, Chem and a second language ).
    However I am yet to get a response from mbbs at uwi Mona. I am very worried since this is orientation week. I also called and they said that they’re still processing applications…

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  82. SL says:

    Hi!Good evening.. today when I call STA admissions people they say emails are being updating and they will send the mails soon.. anybody had any word from them..if so plz ….don’t forget to inform plz….

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      • TM says:

        Nella, I suggest you go straight to the faculty. My daughter also has 26 points and we went up to Mona this morning to the Dean’s office after hearing a few of her friends went that route. We were basically told that over 24 points qualify you for entry but only on the self sponsored programme. You would have to apply for a bursary separately because the faculty does not offer this. The long and short of it is you can getting in is not the problem (six 2s in CAPE are basically 24 points), affordability is.

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    • TM says:

      Nella, I think you should go straight to the faculty. My daughter also has 26 points and got her letter this afternoon after our visit to the dean’s office at Mona. Today we were told you can technically be offered a place providing you get 24 points (six 2s will qualify you for entry) but you need to be able to demonstrate that you can fund the programme. You may also apply for the bursary from UWI but this is not guaranteed. So basically affordability is the major issue. Posted a reply earlier but wasn’t sure it was uploaded.

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      • Nella says:

        Thanks TM for reapplying I realized that it would be non sponsored yesterday when I called in yesterday and admission was saying I could come into to the dean. So depressed right now but I guess I will be redoing some cape subject and reapplying.

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    • Ayanna says:

      I got in to uwi Mona with 26 points but I cannot afford it as well. So I have decided to take a gap year and re sit three of my cape subjects that I got twos in. I will then reapply to try and get the subsidy next year. So no it is not the end of the road. If med is something you really want to do you won’t stop going after it. Besides there are many benefits to a gap year.

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      • Labreeka says:

        I am also taking a gap year to resit one unit of Chemistry so that I can wualify for the subsidy so it is definitely not the end of the road for me also.

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      • Robyn says:

        That makes more sense, from a social standpoint. We are producing more doctors than we can employ at UWI but the university is a business so they will always take any one who can pay

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      • Joann says:

        And in Trinidad we need more doctors in the public hospital as well as doctors who have the time to properly train the students.

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      • Joann says:

        Well Robyn I didn’t hear that but I know students are deferred a lot due to lack of space and I heard from a student that she had no class all week because no doctor was available to teach them. From personal experience I see a need for doctors in the public hospitals. Patients line the corridors all night waiting to see a doctor esp at EWMSC.

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  83. Reuel says:

    So if I didn’t get a email yet I didn’t get accepted? I saw my friend with 23 points got accepted and I have 25 and still no word from mona.

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  84. Alex says:

    Point of correction I have 25 points : 2’s in Unit 1 Bio, Pure Math and Chem; 3 in Unit 1 Physics. 1’s in Unit 2 Bio and Chem. 2 and 3 in Unit 2 Physics and Pure Math respectively. I was told I will be accepted only if I am able to prove that I can pay the fees without sponsorship. Would it make a difference receiving the letter of acceptance even though I have to take a year off to better my grades?

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    • Nella says:

      Would they still send an acceptance letter for non sponsored or you would have to prove you can pay as self sponsored to the dean first

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  85. Ayanna says:

    You would have to prove that you can pay. Then they will send the acceptance letter. But I suggest you take a gap year and re do the cape subjects that you got twos in. I have heard from many that quite a lot of people demonstrate their ability to pay but can only do so up until probably 3rd year and end up being pulled from the programmed because of their inability to meet payment deadlines. And I also heard that there are many who are not really qualified for the programme but are financially able and thus get accepted. I dont know how true this is but I wouldn’t say it is wise to step into med like that… Any word on this Robyn?

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    • Reuel says:

      Hence why so many trini students go mona and cave hill cause they can afford it because there government is paying for them so they sometimes get the spot because someone else couldn’t afford it.

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    • Robyn says:

      Have to say that is true. Many people who may be less qualified are allowed in because of their ability to pay. And it isn’t feasible to start without a means of continuing. Scholarships and grants are another route to pursue but they are very few. Bank loans are another way but again, they will require collateral. Gap year may be the most reliable option.

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  86. Alex says:

    Oh bra! Now I wis I wuz a Trini eh lol. Now that you guys explained to me, I understand the process. It’s all a business. I’m going to resit Unit 1: Bio, Chem and Unit 2 Pure Math.

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    • Carla says:

      Gosh Shari tell me about it! I called this week and was told keep checking online, that applications are still being processed. I’m a bunch of nerves by now and just want to stop wondering….

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  87. ShariG says:

    They told me that by Friday morning, meaning today, I should get a response but I haven’t gotten anything yet. Good luck to you.r

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  88. Nella says:

    Thanks for answering SL was offered the same non sponsored by Mona I always heard it that getting in as a sponsored student at mona was hard but I didn’t know med school was this competitive its as if you don’t get 29 or 30 points it doesn’t make sense trying. Anyways gonna do over some cape subject and try again next year hope you get through next year if that’s your plan and all the best

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    • ShariG says:

      I got a deferred acceptance from UWI STA today….for anyone want an update on UWI STA. They spaces are limited so I was offered a place next year. Good luck to anyone else who applied to UWI STA.

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      • Joann says:

        Congrats to you! Did you do pre sci or cape? Can you share your grades if you don’t mind?
        I’m going to do pre science this year. Any advice you can offer? Thanks

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      • ShariG says:

        Hi, Joann I did do prescience. I got all A’s except for Chemistry semester two and Physics semester one. However I repeated those two in the summer, since I knew UWI STA is competitive and I got A’s. So I ended up with all A’s in the end. IF you are doing pre-science this year, my advice is would be to start studying early. The work material is not hard but it is alot. Especially biology, I think I started studying the first week of class. If you want to go to UWI STA then I think you need to get all A’s and tried to avoid having to repeat classes in the summer. I think that’s why I got deferred until next year because they receive my summer grades late. Anyway good luck. If you have any specific questions feel free to ask.

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  89. Joann says:

    Thanks much Shari. I’ll be doing bio chem and math. Do you know where I can get up to date past papers? I do want to study med at UWI STA. Do you have any study tips?

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    • ShariG says:

      For bio the offer you a booklet of past paper to buy for $50 dollars, at least that what they did last year. For Chem the library has past papers that you could get online the the library website. I would offer you mine but I threw them away. For Chem, make sure to do at least five past papers before the final exam all the questions are repeats from past papers. I don’t have much info for Math except that I know that it is hard.

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  90. Jodie says:

    I realise that quite a few Jamaicans are going to China to study medicine. It could be because of the high cost of the self-financing programme.

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  91. TM says:

    How vile and irrelevant! I suspect you will be the type of doctor that might be good at what you do but none of the patients actually like. I suggest you work in pathology.

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      • Joann says:

        Good thing Robyn. I don’t know why people would want to add such a comment to a respectable blog as is. I would encourage everyone to go for their dreams no matter what. Some people have trials in life and overcome their obstacles when given the chance to become the best. We can find many examples worldwide. It all depends on your attitude.

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    • Robyn says:

      My professors used to ask the class, what do you call a doctor who had to resit the MBBS exam? The answer, a doctor.

      In this profession passion matters more than academic ability. Patient care has a lot to do with actually caring. If you have both, that’s great. But it’s so much better to work with doctors who work hard because this is what they love rather than doctors who think they’re too smart to do anything else.

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    • Joann says:

      Don’t let ANYONE get you down Nella. You know what you want.Go get it. Life is short. I know of people with a 3.6 GPA who didnt get in just because competition is so fierce. They went back and did pre sci and made it in. It is simply a preference for A levels and lack of space, esp in STA. Don’t get depressed.

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    • TM says:

      I was so happy when Robyn said it was removed. I really don’t know why people are so hateful and socially inept to not know when to say something even when they are thinking it. From the posts I’m seeing on this blog, you are all bright students with great grades it’s just that the medical programme is very expensive. Med school does have a point system and it is very competitive. Even students that are self sponsored have to first qualify. What I’m seeing here is that person’s opting for resists really have a passion. Nella, please continue trying.

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  92. neela says:

    hi was doing some research and found this blog ( good read btw)
    i received acceptance in science and tech very early (since june ) and i decided to go along with it , registration came along and no word from the medical science department as yet so i decided to follow through with the process and register my 1st yr courses. now here i am early september and uwi offers me a deffered acceptance for 2017/2018, is it possible to accept that offer for next year but finish the 1st yr courses in science and tech and maybe transfer into the med programme ??

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  93. neela says:

    great thank you ! :), was really worried about it , I’m somewhat glad they deffered the offer because it gives me time to get acquainted with the process of lectures and to develop new study habits.

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  94. ShariG says:

    Hello, anyone. What is the best way to get from the airport to campus? I am arriving late to campus and I was told that I had to find my own way to campus since the shuttle service to campus will not be available when I arrive. Any help is much appreciated.

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      • Dencharlo says:

        Hi Robyn! What advice do you have for a year one student ? Especially in terms of preparing for final exams that are right around the corner…

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      • Robyn says:

        Hi Dencharlo. In terms of advice, I come from the school of do as I say and not as I do lol. Ideally, you should have been revising topics as the semester progressed so that as exams draw near you’re fairly confortable with most things.

        If you haven’t done that, revising past papers is a good way to focus your studying. Study groups can be invaluable too. Important to remember is that you can’t study everything so you have to prioritize. Try to concentrate on the topics your lecturers highlighted.

        And get sleep the night before the exam! Sleep helps you remember the things you studied when you’re actually in the exam, and not an hour later instead. (Trust me on that one)

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      • Robyn says:

        Hi Jo! Co-curriculars are super important. They are weighted quite heavily, not as important as grades of course but they help to separate close academic candidates.

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  95. John Will says:

    Firstly Robyn, you’re the best! Taking out your time to do this for prospective students means a lot!

    A question that I had is that I’m a first year college student in the USA. I did not seriously consider UWI until recently, and your post made me love it even more!

    I graduated high school in the USA this year with an IB Diploma and 29 points (but did not take Bio or Chem). During my first semester of college, I took Chemistry 1, and by the end of the second semester, I will have had Chemistry 2 and Bio 1 taken care of.

    I’m assuming my college GPA would be a 3.0 and my HS GPA (unweighted) was a 3.47 with a 3.7 weighted GPA.

    Would it be possible to apply at this stage to start Fall 2017?

    Thanks!

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    • Robyn says:

      Hi John, thank you! You may need to complete Biology 2, as well as having Math or Physics under your belt. I don’t know how exactly your qualifications translate to ours, but definitely your GPA puts you in the running. See if you can bump up your college GPA to at least 3.3 because UWI would look at that one more than your high school GPA.

      You can find more information on the UWI website, under the section for prospective students.

      Best of luck!

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      • John Will says:

        Thank you so much Robyn! I did not expect you to apply so soon! I’m going to go ahead and contact UWI directly, but you gave me a lot of hope! I will also work to bump my college GPA to the 3.3+ range.

        Once again, you taking out your time to help students like myself truly means a lot. There are not a lot of people like you out there, so I really appreciate it. All I can say is that I hope that you have an extremely successful career filled with happiness! It makes me glad to know that doctors like you are being produced!

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  96. Jade M says:

    Hey John,

    I’m in the same boat as you. I did one year of college in the US [took all of the prelim courses] and this fall would’ve been my second year; however, I’ll be *by God’s will* attending UWI next fall, but instead doing the Prelim year to get into the med program. I do know someone in her 4th year of the med program that did IB credits (bio and chem included) and went straight into med school, but since you didn’t take those based on what they’ve told me so far, you’d have to do the Prelim year as the Med department doesn’t take transfers, they will only use your transcript to evaluate you as a student. SO hypothetically speaking, if UWI is really where you want to go, you shouldn’t waste time going into your second semester, as it would not be beneficial to your UWI career.

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    • John Will says:

      Hello Jade!

      Thank you so much for the input! I’m a little unsure know. What exactly is the prelim year? Is it part of the 5 year MBBS program or kind of like UWI’s version of Pre-Med, which then determines whether or not you’ll get into med school? If so, I feel it will be a little risk since IF I don’t make the cut after spending one year at UWI, it will be a significant financial and academic blow, since I will have lost one year where I could’ve been taking courses in the USA, and I will have invested so much money.

      Is there anyone you’d recommend that I contact? I want to see if I can fulfill the intro courses here in the USA and then go into the medical program? I’m really unsure at this point.

      With that said, I really, really appreciate your insight and input. If you didn’t give me this information, no one probably would’ve. All the best to you and I really hope it works out for you at UWI.

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      • Robyn says:

        Hi again! The prelim course is more like premed. You’re not guaranteed a place in the med school class but it does put you ahead of the stream. If you’re not 100% committed to UWI then I do recommend you continue along your course in the US. You can contact the Dept of Medicine or the UWI admissions dept to see which matriculation requirements you would need as an international student and that might help you to make your decision.

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      • John Will says:

        Thanks Robyn! Is there an email address or someone who actually checks their email that I can contact? I tried to contact one email address but didn’t get a response. That would be very helpful.

        And thank you so so so much once again! I really appreciate it!

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      • Robyn says:

        Unfortunately, email is not the best way to contact UWI. A phone call would be best, but I can understand your limitations. Do you know anyone locally who could call them for you?

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      • John Will says:

        Thanks again Robyn! I see what you are saying. Do you have the number and the country that I’ll be calling too. There is a free service online that I could probably use, otherwise, I’ll try to find a friend who has international calling.

        Thank you so so much!

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      • Robyn says:

        You can find the numbers on the UWI website. The area code is 876 (also on the website). I’m assuming you want to attend UWI Mona? If yes, that campus is in Jamaica.

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      • John Will says:

        Thank you again Robyn. I’m hoping to attend UWI St. Augustine, but I’ll find the number for that, no worries. Again, I really appreciate your time and help. I will keep you updated on how it goes for me, and once again, all the best in your medical career!

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      • jade m says:

        Well really, i’ve tried to cut all the corners. I’ve spoken to every possible person one could speak to about not having my perfect GPA and one year of paid USA education go down the drain, but unfortunately it will.

        UWI doesnt accept transfer students so you’d you have to start all over if you wanna make it into the med school. The prelim year isnt bad (ive seen the curriculum) .. as its basic Bio and chem… So basically the classes youre taking now/ similar to AP classes curriculum. You have to maintain a 3.0 avg to be considered for acceptance into the MED school, which isnt too bad. It is definitely do-able if this is the career you want to be in, then you make sacrifices to maintain a GPA that will qualify your acceptance into the med school

        Best of luck.

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  97. jada says:

    Hi Robin,

    Im curious as to when I will find out from UWi my admission status as I applied in November? I guess what Im asking is when do people generally start to get admission decisions?

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    • SANJEEVA LAKSHMI KOLA says:

      Robin you don’t mind if I answer this question..right! Hi Jada ! Actually, if you are attending CAPE or Pre sciences programme as soon as you get your results say one week after your result they will update your status. In my case I did CAPE and Prescience so I got mine on end of JULy last year. This is from ST Augustine campus.

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      • Jada says:

        I applied as someone coming of HS so they have all of the documents already. Just wondering when they start to send out notifications.

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      • Robyn says:

        Jada you applied to start in January? The medicine faculty is notoriously tardy with their notifications. Sometimes as late as a few weeks before school starts.

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    • Robyn says:

      I’m not used to applications for fall next year starting so early. Usually applications go in by March in the year of entry, with notifications going out in late July and August.

      Best to call and have a talk with the Dept.

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  98. Lizzie says:

    hey robin, i recently found your blog and find it quite useful. I do have a question though pertaining to uwi and the medical shcool department..and the subsidy aspect
    So im about to sit my cape unit 2 come may/june
    My unit 1 grades werent all that good was going through some hard stuff..
    I only got 1 grade1 and it wasnt in bio or chem, was in math.
    My question is if I choose to do over unit 1 bio and chem, but not in my year for unit 2, so during the year 2017/2018 and i manage to get all ones on those two, would they still count my one grade 1 from my “official” unit 1 year?
    Cause how i see it even if i get all ones this year for unit 2 (or at least ones in chem, bio and math) i still wont meet this 30 pts thing they have going on, I would only get 28 points.

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      • lizzie says:

        Thanks Robyn!
        I got accepted for sci and tech..my second choice.
        Havent gotten anything as yet for mbbs..first choice
        I havent gotten my documents stamped and signed as yet…i got a letter from them as well informing me of that…Do you think that could cause the hold up?
        I know of one student from my school who got accepted already
        He got 1s in bio, chem andd phys
        I got 2s in bio chem phys and a 1 in math.
        What do you think?

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  99. Tracey Martell says:

    dear Robyn, I am in quite a pickle here. Looking for a transfer. I am currently in sci tech and didn’t do extremely good in semester ONE resulting n bios C+ and B, Chem Failed and Biochem C. I wasn’t prepared as I though. Do you think its possible to get a transfer If I ace semester 2 and do over chem to at least get the THROUGH AND MAYBE POSSIBLE ATLEAST 50%?

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    • Robyn says:

      Hi, Tracey. I have to say your prognosis is guarded. It’s true that inter-faculty transfers are more readily facilitated than first time applicants, but at this point in UWI’s career it’s not so much about having the grades as it is about having the tuition fees ready.

      So yes, it’s entirely possible that you can get accepted into Medicine with less than stellar grades, but you would be looking at paying the full non-sponsored tuition fee. My advice to you (from a purely economical standpoint) would be to finish off your Science degree and see what your options with those qualifications. At the end of the day you would have much less debt to worry about.

      If you’re dead set on doing Medicine – I would strongly recommend trying one of our bilateral programmes with either Cuba or Russia because those tuition fees are fully sponsored. You would be bonded to the govt for 5 years but you would also be a fully licensed medical practitioner regardless.

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      • Tracey Martell says:

        Thanks. I really don’t want to leave jamaica, it looks like I blew my chance of getting into med school this at uwi this year year. Ughh. Nice Blog btw. Hope you become a great doctor. HNY

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      • Kemar says:

        I feel like beating myself up because I am in a similar situation what Tracey is in. I got in with CAPE but it was just full-fee with 28 points. Now Im stuck at sci tech with alright grades and based on my chance its very slim to pick up back myself and recover if I ace semester 2. I will be ‘forced’ to major in bio because that is the only thing that will be available at lv 2 since I didn’t do maths. I never intended to leave UWI. In Gods willing all I can hope for is that UWI accepts me with 50% and not full fee. Have faith Tracey, and Do very well in semester 2 and hope UWI can reconsider.

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      • TM says:

        Last year it was 29 points (that’s like 5 ones and 1 two). I don’t know if they change it based on quota or the numbers that actually make it to 29 or if in a particular year if many of the applicants have 30 points, only those get the sponsorship.

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    • Giarc says:

      It is possible to get a transfer to do another programme with your grades. I failed all of my Science and Teachnology courses at UWI, Mona and got a transfer to do radiography. Digressing a bit here- I hope that you are not thinking about doing radiography to make up for medicine like I did. Not the best choice now (speaking from experience). I finished that degree with first class honours but still wasn’t able to matriculate into medicine with it. I really wanted to do medicine so I did over my CAPE subjects after doing that degree, got the 29 points and hence the subsidy and is currently in my first year of med school. It’s a lottt of hard work though but it’s ‘doable’. My suggestion is- if you really want to do medicine, finish this semester of sci tech, do really well and still apply for medicine. if you don’t get through for your desired offer, then take the year off and do over the core CAPE subjects (bio, chem math/physics) and try to ace those and you’ll be fine. But don’t opt for the quick fix- transfer to another faculty- because you didn’t get through to medicine on your first attempt.

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      • Giarc says:

        @Jo. It wasn’t bad actually. I was a lot of more focused the second time around. I must say though that it was a bit challenging trying to remember some of the concepts for some of the subjects at first but it was good preparation for medicine, where workload is concerned. Just set small goals for yourself, get in the habit of reading constantly and keep up with the work and you’ll be fine and btw ACCCEE your IAs if you are repeating those. Also, bear in mind that you don’t have to be an Einstein to do well, you just have to work hard consistently and always keep the dream in mind. You’ve got this! I believe in you. Go and ace those exams!

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      • Jo says:

        Do you remember approximately when you got your acceptance. I am currently employed and trying to put some plans in place because of my employment.

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      • Giarc says:

        @ Jo. I didn’t get my acceptance letter until about the 3rd week of August. MBBS is usually the last programme to issue acceptance letters. They usually just offer a provisional acceptance to persons who have all 1s in unit 1.

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  100. TM says:

    Kemar, I’m sorry that you did not talk to someone before declining the acceptance. If your parents could pay the 50% it is not given at the acceptance but actually a bursary that you apply for. It is still quite expensive but it makes a big difference. Another issue is that once you accept for full tuition, even if your grades are great, you are locked in and cannot be placed on the sponsored fee structure.

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    • TM says:

      After receiving the acceptance letter. You will have to demonstrate that you can pay and maintain to pay the other 50% for the entire programme. I also think to maintain the bursary they require you to get at least a 2.8 GPA

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      • Kemar says:

        I didn’t know that TM. I thought that 50% was sponsored also. So as long as you got an acceptance for full fee you are eligible to get the 50%? or there are more criteria for 50%?

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      • Kemar says:

        I didn’t know that TM. I thought that 50% was sponsored also. So as long as you got an acceptance for full fee you are eligible to get the 50%?. Do any of you guys the minimum grades needed to get the transfer and not be sponsored?

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      • TM says:

        Hi James, the bursary which covers 50% of the full fee is not an offer that you receive with your acceptance. I’m actually not sure if some people are offered it but for most, you need to apply for the Faculty of Medical Science (FMS) Bursary. Best if you call student services to get the full information though but I do believe once you get accepted it doesn’t matter if you got in with 24 points or 28 points. Good luck.

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  101. TM says:

    Kemar, so sorry but didn’t see your question. My daughter got in with 27 points and as I just explained to James, I don’t think the bursary office even knew her grades and points she got so yes I believe once you get the offer for full fee you are eligible. The offer letter was used as a part of the application process with other documents on financial information.

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  102. Jesse says:

    After studying medicine at uwi will I be able to practice medicine at USA, Canada or UK. What I’m trying to say is uwi medicine school accredited

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  103. Jon-Claude says:

    I felt depressed on Friday, when I saw some of my friends got pinned and I was stucked over sci-tech. I hope I can get through this year. I had 28 points and they told me full fee. It must have felt like a honor to be pinned. Do you know any other things needed for the transfer other than great academic performance?

    I really rate your blog and how you try to comfort aspiring med students.

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  104. Danielle says:

    Hello Robyn and all,
    I’m curious what the class schedule is like during your pre clinical years. I’ve searched high and low and have not been able to find a time table. I’m a mom of school aged children and want to plan ahead for the amount of (hired) help I will need.
    Thanks much!
    ^Danielle
    PS – This blog is very helpful for so many people and I appreciate you keeping it going.

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    • Robyn says:

      Hi Danielle! Thank you for the encouragement. In answer to your question:

      Class schedule in pre-clin is roughly 8am to 12 noon for lectures. Then you have tutorials in the afternoon, which can vary in time and frequency.

      Anatomy tutorials/labs are usually afternoon to evening affairs, because they depend on the availability of surgical residents from the nearby teaching hospital.

      If you attend all your scheduled sessions the average day runs from 8-4, except for Thursdays where afternoon time is used for co-curricular activities. In your first year you will also need to attend foundation courses, which will usually be in the evenings (because of the 8-4 medicine schedule). But if you have a pre-existing degree from UWI you may be exempt from those.

      This hasn’t changed much over the years; I got confirmation of the schedule from a current 2nd year med student. Hope it helps you plan!

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  105. lizzie says:

    So about these classes
    I hear many persons dont even go to classes…at least not many classes
    heard anatomy is a terrible must lol
    any other classes you think are a must?

    I also heard that during those first two years one can learn enough new words that it would seem like a new language…thats rough
    any tips you think may help?

    and lastly also heard that they have some lectures on a website….or…something, maybe its specific to the school..western campus vs mona
    But how true is this…and do they do it for each…class? I dont know if i should call it subject or course..but i hope you kinda get what I mean

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    • Robyn says:

      Wow, lots to answer. I’ll try to tackle them in the order you asked.

      Begin with the assumption that all your classes are important. Not all of them are important but it’s not up to you as a 1st year to decide what you can skip without consequences. This also depends on your learning style. If you’re mainly an audio-visual learner then lectures will help. If you do better just reading then you can always revise notes and PowerPoints on your own.

      If you’re still determined to skip lectures, go ahead and ask the 2nd years what classes they wish they had skipped in 1st year. They can be your most valuable source of information

      Anatomy is unavoidable, learn to love it (or at least swot it) from early.

      The new words aren’t as overwhelming as you might think. Here repetition is the soul of learning. Use cue cards, rote memorization techniques and mnemonics to get the new terms to stick. Mnemonics are going to be your best friends.

      The virtual learning environment (OurVLE) is open to all registered students of the University. Lecturers will sometimes upload PowerPoint copies of their lectures or revision notes to the site. It’s not specific to campus ( as in Mona vs. WJC) but I think OurVLE might be specific to Jamaica.

      Hope this helped! For more info you can look at my posts tagged advice (here: http://bit.ly/2q0XbjD) or clink the link on my blog leading to med school FAQs.

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      • lizzie says:

        Thanks Robyn
        Another thing
        Majority of the people I speak to just seem completely unaware of this points system…u know 30points=subsidy
        I tried to convince even my mother about it but she still seems iffy
        She asks if it is required that one maintains a certain average or GPA or previously had a a certain GPA to still get that subsidy for the 5years for someone who only did CAPE u know and gained those 29/30pts?
        Im also concerned because I’d like to know if id need to apply for it or something?
        Sure enough I wont be able to meet it this year
        But just in case u know I was wondering how would one go about to claim this subsidy

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      • Robyn says:

        Hi Lizzie, I have to say that I am not 100% sure about how the point system works or if it even exists officially. However I do know that your CAPE grades and co-curricular involvement are taken into consideration when it come to student ranking for awarding the govt subsidy.

        The government subsidy covers 75% of tuition fees and is awarded only to a handful of students each year (somewhere between 50-75 students). It’s not something you claim, it’s something that’s offered based on your grades, co-curriculars, references etc. I would advise you to speak with the Dean directly if you want further clarification or assistance.

        Once you are offered the government subsidy you don’t lose it, ie it covers all five years. Most scholarships require a certain grade level but I don’t think the subsidy works the same way. Again, don’t quote me.

        You don’t apply for the govt subsidy but you do have to apply for the bursaries offered by the Faculty which can cover up to 50% of tuition. The govt subsidy and faculty bursary are mutually exclusive. I don’t know whether you have to maintain a certain grade point to retain the bursary.

        Hope this helps. Remember you can contact the Faculty directly for official information/answers.

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      • Nebulae says:

        Hello Robyn and all, I got basically an offer days ago to do medicine. But sadly it was a non sponsored offer to do med. I found out it was based on my grades last year in which I got 24 points so I am currently doing over some cape subjects to hopefully get 29 points this year.Anyways just out of curiosity do uwi give non governmental offers to anyone regardless of their grade or is their a specific range for which both non sponsored and sponsored are offered. Sorry for the long drawn out question.

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  106. janet says:

    Hey Robyn, I know you didn’t take the prescience courses at UWI but if you or anyone else can tell me what those days are like just so I can prepare. Do we only take the 3 designated courses? Whats the daily schedule like?

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    • Shian says:

      Hi Janet, I just completed the UWI preliminary science course at the Montego Bay Community College. To be honest its not too hard. BUT, IT IS A LOOOOOT OF WORK. I can’t stress that enough. Takes a lot of discipline. Imagine 2 yrs of cape in 9 months. Bio labs where 3hrs long 2 times a week. Chem lab was 4hrs. 1 time for the week. It was the only class i had on a Tuesday. School was from 8:30 to 5 Monday to Thursday, ends at 3:30 on a friday. Along with the 3 courses they included personal development and academic advisory 1hr each. Let me know if you have any other questions.

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      • Janet says:

        Thank you so much! How did you enjoy the Mobay campus? I’m thinking about doing the Montego Bay campus – but they told me I’d have to the Kingston campus for the remainder of the time in Med school. Also, were your classes lectures (live) or were they streamed.

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      • Robyn says:

        Hi Janet, I think you’re asking about the preclinical half of medical school, and not the preliminary science course (before med school). I did a comprehensive break down comparing the Mobay and Kingston campuses here http://wp.me/p1wJS2-Lg

        You have to do the final 2.5 years in Kingston, because the clinical aspect is mainly taught at the UHWI and other Kingston hospitals

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      • Janet says:

        Hi Robyn,

        I’m asking about the prescience years — they told me that I’d have to do the 5 years in Kingston. But thank you very much

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  107. Inez says:

    HI Robyn, 1st year med student at uwi mona. Do you know if you fail an anatomy spotter in a course if you have to do over the whole course or just the spotter? Or if you can make it up in the written exam.

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    • Robyn says:

      Hi Inez, I’m really not sure. I don’t think you can pass the course if you fail the spotter, but definitely ask one of your tutors or even a 2nd year student for current guidelines.

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  108. Nebulae says:

    Does uwi give non governmental sponsored offer regardless of your grades to anyone. Or is their a specific cape points range that they use to give both sponsored and non sponsored offers. I wrote in the response section by accident

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    • Robyn says:

      Hi Nebulae. The govt sponsorship is based on your grades, offered to a handful of students. I don’t know any details about that CAPE points system though.

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    • john says:

      They sent me the financial questionaire form recently saying i should show proof that i can fund my studies as a non government sponsored student

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      • Cason says:

        HI GOOD DAY, I have just completed year 1 of my MBBS degree at cave hill. I want to know If all those credits i have completed goes towards my final GPA for my MBBS, or just 2nd year on wards like other degree programs at university?

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      • Nella says:

        I got the same thing too. The only option I heard was to apply to the bursary for 50% of the fee or do over some cape subject or do sci tech for a year. I know how you feel. They gave this offer based on my grades last year which was 24 points

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  109. Carla says:

    Hi Cason (and anyone else this can apply to) What’s it like studying medicine at Cave Hill? How was your first year there? Are the profs good? Are you a Barbadian or international student, just want to know in terms of cost of living. I know Barbados can be expensive. Thanks for any info.

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  110. Cason says:

    HI CARLA, the degree so far went well they are 3 Indian lecturers at first it was hard to understand but with time I got use to it. the curriculum to me for classes such as FDT is to lengthy and you have to revise a whole year of work for this exam. Some of the lecturers has their ways of not uploading lectures on time but other than it going ok. I am bajan and rent starts at 250 US and up. I cant comment on food and so on becuz our Government recently increased taxes on imports which takes affect July 1st.

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  111. Celine R says:

    What’s UWI St Augustine Mt Hope like in the first year? what are the courses like and how are the lecturers??? Anyone knows!??!

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  112. Tyrone says:

    this look like a the first year nobody is transfering from sci tech to med and i feel to give up pon life. my semester i grades are A,A-,B+,B+ and semester 2 A,A+,A- B+, and they say that I never meet the prerequisites to qualify even with months of volunteering service leading up to the application transfer. Lol what am I suppose to do. My Gpa is 3.72 and I never make it. Sci Tech is truly the worst faculty and I hope them dont expect to me do level 2 of there program. Better I look a 9 to 5 or something. I really need help here.

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    • Shian says:

      So sorry to hear that Tyrone, makes you wonder what it is that they are really looking for. Smh. Did someone guide you thou on the courses that were to take? What were the four you did that you got Such great grade in.

      Maybe you should talk to somebody to query the reasons for not moving on. You should not give up tho. Go for your dreams.

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      • TYRONE says:

        I did what they asked for. Biology, Chem and Psychology. Bio is split into two courses each semester. BIOL1017 A,BIOL 1018 A-, Chem 1901 B+, Psyc1000 B+, and 2nd semester BIOL1262 A, BIOL1263 A+, CHEM1902 A-, PSyc1001 B+. I asked the med sci what courses were required and they recommended these. They say my grades aren’t good enough. I really don’t want to do level 2 of sci tech. I hope theyre waiting on cape grades so I can slip through the cracks but I am feeling false hope. Is there anything I can do or find someone to talk to? Any help is appreciable. Thank You

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      • Celine R says:

        😭😭😭😭What’s UWI St Augustine Mt Hope like in the first year? what are the courses like and how are the lecturers??? Anyone knows!??! 😓😓😓😓😓

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  113. Neiques says:

    Hello. I obtained 1-Pure Math, 1-Physics, 1-communication studies, 2-biology, 3-chemistry I’m unit 1. My grades for unit 2 are pending. What do you think are my chances of getting accepted to the MBBS if I obtained at least 2-biology, 2-chemistry for unit 2? I have 10 cxcs… 8 ones (including biology, chemistry and physics) and 2 ones (social studies and spanish).

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    • Robyn says:

      Those are good grades Neiques, but the MBBS program is very competitive with most successful applicants having all 1’s in their CAPE grades. Even when you have all ones you can still have trouble being accepted for the sponsored program. Remember that your CSEC grades are not counted as matriculation requirements.

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      • Carla says:

        Hi Robyn your profile says you are a practicing physician so can you tell us how it’s going for you so far and can you give me any advice on a mature student wanting to pursue medical school possibly at 35? Is it more difficult for the more mature students to get jobs on completion? Thank you

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      • Robyn says:

        Whoa, big question. Lemme tackle the second half of it first.

        35 isn’t particularly mature. In my class alone we had at least 2 older gentlemen switching careers (think 40-50 years old) and it’s not uncommon. I think the trick is balancing all your other obligations with the demands of medical school.

        In our setting all interns get jobs upon graduation, as far as I know. I don’t think we discriminate based on age and in fact looking mature is a useful asset in your professional interactions.

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  114. Brina says:

    Hello Robyn! I must say your blog has helped me a lot In anticipating my acceptance for the MMBS Programme @ uwi Mona. Thanks many for the time you put in to answer our queries! I have a question of my own: the students who are financially challenged, do they get the opportunity to do the work and study program to help with offsetting expenses? Or they won’t have enough time off to do so? And if they do, about how much are they able to make?

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    • Robyn says:

      Hello Brina, thank you for your kind words! Unfortunately MBBS students don’t get enough time off to do the work and study program, especially not after their first year. The summer of first year is perhaps the most accommodating since it runs for about 3 months.

      That being said, med school doesn’t deny us as many opportunities as we think it does, and it really depends on the individual to seek out the opportunity they want. I encourage you to speak directly with the coordinator of that program and see what can be worked out.

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  115. Jo says:

    @ Jen, thanks for responding, I am assuming they used your previous grades to make the offer. Has anyone else gotten a response as yet?

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      • Alexia says:

        You can reuse your lab grades if they were good. I did that this year. Just let the school which youreplanning to resit the subject/s at know you’re reusing your lab grades

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      • Jo says:

        @Labreeka so I guess you should know within a week or so. @ Lizzie you can re-use your IA grade once as if you desire. Paper 3 is also an option.

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  116. Kerome says:

    If i dont get into med i going turn a grass cutter or look a 9-5, Its med or nothing. I didnt even hesitated to reject sci tech bad lucked acceptance which i didnt even applied for. I just hope everybody get through and have a good time.

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  117. Mark says:

    What’s the age if the oldest person in your class, I never got into med and I prefer to do a degree then apply but I don’t know if I would be too old lol

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    • Robyn says:

      You definitely would not be too old. Several students choose to do another degree first, and remember that’s the trend in the US.

      We actually had a group of middle aged gentlemen who were switching careers. The oldest one had children who were almost university age. And there have been even older folks in the past.

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      • Shane says:

        Mark asked a good question. How is the interaction between those older and younger. Is it good. I plan to finish my degree over at sci tech then do med. I don’t really want to be treated as an outcast ill be 22 by the time I’m in first year which is 2020

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      • Robyn says:

        You definitely won’t be treated as an outcast because of your age. Quite a number of people in my year finished a degree and then started medicine and they managed to build lasting friendships with a number of younger folks. You’ll find that university students don’t put as much emphasis on age differences.

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  118. Neiques says:

    What is the possibility of a student who got non-governmental acceptance to UWI Mona MBBS-who cannot afford the tuition- to enroll in science and technology for the first semester, then transfer to MBBS in January and become a governmental sponsored student?

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    • Robyn says:

      I don’t think the faculty accepts transfers in the middle of the year. It’s usually at the start of the incoming batch. But you could always call and ask.

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  119. Carla says:

    Hi Robyn is there currently a limited number of internship placements after graduating from Mona and what will a graduate’s options be if he/she is without an internship? Thanks.

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    • Robyn says:

      Hi Carla, they told my class there were limited spaces because there were “so many of us” . We had several meetings, there were drafts of petitions and plans for protest. In the end nothing changed. Everyone who graduated and stayed in the island had a job come July 1. I’m sure the class of 2016 also all found jobs, and the class of 2017 as well.

      The bottom line is not to worry about whether you’ll have a job. But you asked what options there are if you wind up with out an internship. You would most likely be given first choice with the next batch of interns which is usually in January of the following year. Alternatively, UWI may decide to allow more hospitals to have interns.

      Hope this has allayed your concerns somewhat. Work hard and apply early and you should be fine :)

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  120. Ali says:

    I still haven’t gotten any emails from uwi and this year I did over some subjects and got all ones.. I now have 29 points and I called and they said I am eligible for the sponsored programme. Also, they keep telling me that by this week or next week I’ll hear from them. But I’ve also been hearing that faculty orientation is next week. So I am confused..

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    • Robyn says:

      The faculty of medicine is notoriously late with admission notifications. Sit tight and keep calling them. Don’t be surprised if you find out the day before orientation.

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    • TM says:

      Ali, I strongly suggest that you visit the faculty. Sometimes calls just don’t work. A similar situation happened to my daughter last year so I decided to take her there bright and early one morning. We got email the same evening after we went there.

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      • Ali says:

        Thanks for the reply Robyn and TM. I have constantly been calling them but it seems that calls are useless.
        I received an email this evening re an advance offer for next year… :(.. this will be my second year trying to get through. Last year I was offered the non sponsored but I took the year and did over some capes… now that I got the ones, this is what happens. I guess I will have to find a job or enroll in something else outside of uwi for the time being.

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      • Robyn says:

        Ali, I’m sorry you were disappointed. If medicine is really your passion you’ll circle back to it, but I understand the need to refocus your energy. You can use the extra year to do some soul searching and decide if medicine is definitely what you want to do with your life.

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      • TM says:

        Congrats Ali! Sorry that you are disappointed but I agree with Carla. The year will go by quickly. If medicine is your passion, don’t lose focus.

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  121. Carla says:

    Congrats Ali ! Everything happens in the right time. The year will pass by faster than you think. Use it to relax, spend time with family and do something you love

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  122. lizzie says:

    Hi
    I was wondering if anyone knows about the Scotia Professional Student Plan?
    Has anyone ever applied for it?
    It claims they only loan to medical students and it will loan about 100% of the school fee
    and they give 18 months breathing room before you start to pay unlike SLB that only gives 6 months.
    Would anyone recommend it?

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    • Robyn says:

      Hi Lizzie. When I check Google I see a few press releases about this loan plan but can’t seem to find any details on the Scotiabank Jamaica website. It does sound promising, however, and I would encourage you to find out if this is still being offered.

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  123. Mark says:

    I got into MBBS but I got the full fee 3.6 mill, which I can’t afford. I wan’t to do med but I don’t want to take my chances at sci tech, from previous post I see that if you do BBMS you get accepted to MBBS but do you get 80%?. Because I really don’t mind getting a degree then doing med just not over sci tech.

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  124. J says: