SHSU Student Life

Spartan Health Science University,School of Medicine is not only committed to excellence in education but also to the support of its students starting from registration to graduation and beyond.

STUDENT’S ORGANIZATIONS

AMSA

The American Medical Student Association (AMSA) is a national organization representing more than 35,000 physicians-in-training. U.S. citizens in international medical schools are eligible for affiliate membership in AMSA. AMSA offers a number of exceptional benefits and services:

SSA

The Spartan Students Association (SSA) is the main on campus students’ organization that represents the overall student body. The SSA executive officers are elected each trimester as well as each class representative. They liaise with the administration of the school to meet the needs of the students.

AMSA offers a number of exceptional benefits and services:

  • The New Physician AMSA magazine focuses on social and political issues of concern to physicians-in-training
  • Discounts on books, such as the CIBA collection of medical illustrations
  • NOVARTIS Clinical Symposia
  • Group Insurance Plans – health, life disability, auto and tenants
  • Master Card Program – employment related HIV supplemental income protection and Spring Service
  • Revolving Line of Credit
  • Discount Travel
  • Career Planning Publications
  • Conferences and Workshops

STUDENT ACTIVITIES

The White Coat Ceremony is an esteemed event for the incoming trimester whereupon there is an “invitation” into the Spartan Health Sciences University family and the medical field. Those in attendance come to honor and welcome first trimester students to Spartan, consisting of both returning students and faculty. The ceremony is followed by a delicious meal that is frequently followed by an “after” party.

The initiation of the Spartan AMSA humanitarian events for each trimester is celebrated at the beginning of each trimester with a BONFIRE and BBQ event organized by the AMSA executive members. This usually takes place on the second Friday of each trimester at a nearby beach “Sandy Beach”.

The cultural diversity of Spartan Medical School adds up to its uniqueness. This is particularly observed every trimester during an on-campus major school event called “The Taste of Spartan”. It exemplifies our differences in culture and shows the family bond we have achieved over the past thirty three (33) years, and the harmony in which we coexist during our pursuit of professional careers. The event shows how our efforts as a group surpass our individual undertaking. During this event, students, staff, faculty, and their family members showcase their talents in either cooking, or performing on stage in their respective traditional attires. It is a night of varieties of food and entertainment. The cultural outfits represent countries from Africa to Europe, from America to Asia, and the Caribbean.

A series of sports competitions are organized during the course of one week. The games include Basketball, Volleyball, Table and Lawn tennis, Pool, Foosball, Weight lifting, Chess, etc. The competitions are either between classes or individual groups. Winners are presented with awards at the end of the competitions. This event is also organized by the SSA.

The Island tour or boat ride is organized by the SSA executive once a trimester. It gives students the opportunity to explore the beauties of St. Lucia so that they have something more to say about this beautiful Island apart from their experiences at Spartan medical school. The tour includes site seeing, a visit to the Piton mountains (world heritage site), the Sulphur Springs (the world’s only walk-in volcano), the diamond waterfalls, swimming, snorkeling, etc.

Spartan’s Health Fair is a free health screening event, open to the local community of St. Lucia. The event is held few times per semester and is put together by members of the AMSA (American Medical Students Association). Numerous students and faculty members participate in these health and prevention efforts.