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April 18, 2012
Franklin Pierce University (FPU) alumnus Craig Weeks, a native of Rhode Island, returned to his alma mater to share his insights about medical school and the quest for medical school entry with students at a Medical Club gathering on the FPU campus. In today’s world of fierce competition for medical or veterinary seats in doctoral programs, Weeks is happily pursuing his lifelong goal of becoming a doctor at St. George’s University (SGU) in Grenada.
Weeks “fell in love with the campus” at FPU when he first came to visit; he graduated from FPU in 2006 with an undergraduate degree in biology. He began his medical school career in the spring of 2010 after taking time off in between to travel and to gain work experience in a hospital emergency room. The group of FPU students who attended Weeks’s Medical Club presentation heard down-to-earth tips on best strategies for gaining entrance into medical school. Above all, Weeks stressed the importance of studying as hard as possible for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT); competition for entry to medical schools is intense and serious students must be persistently vigilant on all fronts in their efforts to pursue a career as a doctor.
After enjoying FPU’s small class sizes in his undergraduate studies, Weeks chose to do his first year of study at SGU in their Global Scholars program. This afforded him the opportunity to take his classes in the United Kingdom, where the class size was small and his “access to professors unparalleled, just like at FPU.” He credits the international atmosphere at SGU with giving students expansive opportunities in which to learn how to communicate well with diverse populations and to appreciate different styles of learning. “SGU is the powerhouse of Caribbean medical schools,” Weeks says. “This is a perfect program to get the job done and do what you think you were meant to do.” Weeks’s enthusiasm for the medical profession and dedication to his studies, combined with an engaging personality and will to succeed, will clearly serve his future patients well.
FPU and SGU have recently partnered to create a pathway program; qualified students can now pursue entrance to a combined degree program, completing their undergraduate degree at FPU and then progressing into the MD or DVM program at SGU.
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