St. George’s University (SGU) in Grenada, in the Caribbean, has announced it has relaunched its popular SGU familiarisation programme, which was put on hold due to the pandemic. The programme gives education agents and affiliate schools from different parts of the world the opportunity to tour SGU’s True Blue campus in Grenada, West Indies, and experience what it is like to be a medical student, along with seeing some breath-taking views and Caribbean sunsets.
The delegation saw the state-of-the-art simulation centre utilising the latest robotic technology, took a lesson on ultrasound, and engaged with the international student support services that are available at SGU. They also attended a panel discussion on student life that explored safety and security, housing options, local amenities, balance and wellness initiatives, and other extracurricular facilities.
The SGU familiarisation programme brings together groups of education agents, school counsellors, and advisors to learn more about the School of Medicine
In addition, the education agents and school counsellors attended a roundtable entitled The Medical Education Journey: From Basic Sciences to Residency. The in-depth panel session featured three of SGU School of Medicine’s leading faculty members and aimed to highlight students’ professional pathways to life as qualified physicians.
As a part of the programme relaunch, a delegation of education agents and school counsellors from different parts of the world, including MENA, experienced all that SGU’s True Blue campus has to offer
Following the action-packed programme, participants shared their experiences:
Philip Wenturine, University Counsellor from Dubai American Academy, said: “It was a fantastic week of learning from professors and staff at SGU, seeing students in action, and even getting to play doctor myself – seeing cadavers being dissected, learning how to conduct an ultrasound, and using virtual reality gear to get close up looks at major organs.”
Tegan Minzie, from NCUK, a university pathway provider in the UK shared: “The programme enabled me to interact with the students to find out first-hand what it’s like to study at SGU. As well as being able to see the campus and get a feel for what it would be like to live and study at SGU.”
Steven Cusumano, Director, International Student Recruitment, Strategic Initiatives, at St. George’s University, explained: “We are delighted to have welcomed back our successful SGU familiarisation programme. These valuable visits allowed education professionals to experience our School of Medicine from the perspective of students, discovering first-hand our holistic approach to medical education allied with the highest standards of pastoral care.”