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Getting a Good Medical Education in the Caribbean Islands like St. Kitts and Curacao

Updated on July 13, 2012

Caribbean Islands

A breathtaking view of Caribbean Medical Schools
A breathtaking view of Caribbean Medical Schools | Source

Premeds Take the Road Less Travelled

In the past decades, getting a good medical education in the Caribbean Islands is a far-flung consideration among many aspiring doctors. The medical schools garnered a substandard mark since they were not attracting excellent students.

Today, the trend in medical education has changed and is slowly turning in favor of the islands’ progressive medical education environment . The Caribbean medical schools are now becoming popular destinations for students fail to get into U.S. medical schools.

The United States medical schools admissions committees are now becoming increasingly competitive. It is likely that aspirants with low GPA as well as poor MCAT scores may rule out trying to get in an American med school and head on to the Caribbean.

As these hopefuls grow by the numbers, the more competitive U.S. med school admissions become. This is why med schools in the Caribbean have become the alternative destination growing in popularity among med school admissions hopefuls.

Medical schools outside of the U.S., more specifically the med schools in the beautiful islands of the Caribbean are fast gaining popularity with med school admissions aspirants falling short of the prerequisites set by the U.S. med schools. These med schools in the Caribbean islands fall under two classifications - offshore or regional.

A medical offshore school predominantly caters to premeds from the United States who express intentions to return back to their native lands to do residency after graduating. The basic science courses are conducted in the Caribbean campus during freshman and sophomore years and the clinical rotations are done mainly in U.S. hospitals. Many offshore medical schools have systems that is set up on dual-campus curriculum programs.

Regional medical schools in the Caribbean cater to applicants who wants to practice medicine in their home region or country where the med school is situated. There are more than sixty listed medical schools in the Caribbean islands and thirty one of which are offshore schools and twenty nine regional campuses.

Most of the schools are accredited by medical institutions, listed in IMED or “International Medical Education Directory of Foundation for the Advancement of International Medical Education Research” or FAIMER. Some schools are accredited and listed in the DORA, a directory of member organizations of FAIMER that recognizes and accredits medical schools.

The earliest established Caribbean medical schools were started in early 70's. More colleges have been put up since then to accommodate the growing number of applicants from the United States, Canada and from other different countries. In the last ten years, the Caribbean universities with faculty of medicine mushroomed parallel to the increasing number of applicants enrolling in the three cycles of every school year. IMED has in its list more than sixty one regional and offshore medical colleges in the Caribbean and still growing.

Caribbean Medical Schools

St. George's Caribbean Medical School, Grenada
St. George's Caribbean Medical School, Grenada | Source

OFFSHORE CARIBBEAN MEDICAL SCHOOLS

Offshore Medical Schools
 
All Saints University
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
American International Medical University
Saint Lucia
American Univ. of the Caribbean
Sint Maarten
Antigua College of Medicine
Antigua / Barbuda
Atlantic University School of Medicine
Saint Lucia
Avalon University
Curacao
Caribbean Medical University
Curacao
Destiny University
Saint Lucia
International American University
Saint Lucia
Saba University
Saba
Saint James
Anguilla
Spartan Health Sciences University
Saint Lucia
St. Martinus University
Curacao
Trinity School of Medicine
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
University of Health Sciences
Antigua / Barbuda
University of Science
Montserrat
University of Sint Eustatius
Sint Eustatius
University of the West Indies
Jamaica
Washington Medical Sciences Institute
Saint Lucia
Windsor University
Saint Kitts and Nevis
All Saints University
Dominica
Aureus University
Aruba
International University of the Health Sciences
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Medical University of the Americas
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Ross University
Dominica
Saint George's
Grenada
Saint James
Bonaire
St. Matthew's University
Cayman Islands
University of Medicine and Health Sciences
Saint Kitts and Nevis
University of the West Indies
Barbados
University School of Medicine
Barbados
Xavier University
Aruba

REGIONAL CARIBBEAN MEDICAL SCHOOLS

Regional Medical Schools in the Caribbean
 
SCHOOL
LOCATION
Ciego de Avila Faculty of Medical Sciences
Cuba
Institute Superior of Medical Sciences of Habana
Cuba
Institute Superior of Medical Sciences Santiago of Cuba
Cuba
Latino Americana School of Medicine
Cuba
Quisqueya University
Haiti
University of Medical Sciences Cienfuegos
Cuba
University of Medical Sciences Granma
Cuba
University of Medical Sciences Guantanamo
Cuba
University of Medical Sciences Holguin
Cuba
University of Medical Sciences Las Tunas
Cuba
University of Medical Sciences Matanzas
Cuba
University of Medical Sciences Medicas de Villa Clara
Cuba
University of Medical Sciences of Camaguey
Cuba
University of Medical Sciences Pinar del Rio
Cuba
University of Medical Sciences Sancti Spiritus
Cuba
University of the West Indies
Trinidad and Tobago
Etat d Haiti University
Haiti
Institute Technology of Santo Domingo School of Medicine
Dominican Republic
Luminiere University
Haiti
Notre Dame University
Haiti
Pontificia University
Dominican Republic
Universiity Autonoma de Santo Domingo
Dominican Republic
University Catholic Nordestana
Dominican Republic
University Catholic Technology of Cibao
Dominican Republic
University Central of the East
Dominican Republic
University Iberoamericana (UNIBE) School of Medicine
Dominican Republic
University National Pedro Henriquez Urena
Dominican Republic
University Technology of Santiago Caballeros
Dominican Republic
University Technology of Santiago Santo Domingo
Dominican Republic

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      Cynthia 4 years ago from North Myrtle Beach, SC

      Very informative and beautiful pictures!

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      medicaribbean 4 years ago from Caribbean

      Thank you very much. Thanks for dropping by.

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      ellebyam 4 years ago from North and South Poles

      This is a very informative hub. I have a cousin who's very much interested in getting into med school. Will forward this useful information. Thank you very much for sharing.

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      medicaribbean 4 years ago from Caribbean

      Thank you elle. Hope your cousin get to the Caribbean real fast.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      I will never go to medical school but you have a very good hub on Caribbean medical school. The school is very pretty. Lots of good information. Voted Up

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      medicaribbean 4 years ago from Caribbean

      Thank you moonlake for voting up and dropping by. Appreciate your comment.

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      Norma_Fay 3 years ago

      You have good information and I love the pictures. I have been looking into the Accredited

      Caribbean Medical Schools and there are definitely some great options. It looks like an amazing place to place too.

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      sapphire 3 years ago

      Am so glad to hear dis, I hope St vincent nd Grenadines aint a bad idea too... And I hop caribbeans ar not racists cos am a nigerian

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