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Upcoming Trend - Getting into Caribbean Medical Schools Admissions with Less Difficulty

Updated on July 13, 2012

Beyond Sea, Sun, Sand and Shore

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

A Closer Look

Considering that the actual level of competition for admission to medical universities in America is incredibly rigorous, a lot of applicants consider likely going to Caribbean medical schools. The majority of these aspirants attempt their chance elsewhere and their particular exploration bring them towards the medical universities in the beautiful Caribbean Island destinations.

Weigh Your Options

There are various things to consider when thinking about getting into medical schools in the Caribbean. An in depth research is necessary so that you can determine the best choice that will work for you. Will you have the capacity to get yourself a post degree residency back in the United States? Jot down an index of important questions you have in mind and locate the right answers by thoroughly searching and doing in depth evaluation on each institution you come across with.

Increasing Popularity Prevails

A growing number of med students have emerged every period in more than sixty med schools in the Caribbean. The speedy rise in the volume of universities is now a far cry since leading med colleges had been set up in the seventies. Currently, there are approximately more than 61 Caribbean med schools in the IMED roster.

Over the years, Caribbean med schools medical grads have progressively carried out and practiced medicine in the states. All these graduates have contributed their know-how in residency programs in the U.S. which happens to be now allegedly plummeting short of proficient medical professionals.

Promise of a Learning Haven

Medical Schools in the Caribbean - A learning paradise
Medical Schools in the Caribbean - A learning paradise | Source

Flexible Curriculum Program

The initial couple of years in basic sciences and the clinical positioning within the third and 4th year of medical study will vary amongst the numerous med academic institutions. But the requirements for grad recognition in America are similar for all of the med students graduating coming from all foreign universities and colleges. A couple of years in fundamental sciences as well as the clinical placements during the third and fourth year of med study may vary among the different med schools. What's constant would be that the prerequisites set for graduate certification are identical for both Caribbean and U.S. medical institutions.

Liberal Admissions Requirements

One of the prevalent factors affecting this new trend of getting a medical career offshore is perhaps the stringent admissions requirements of U.S. med schools as opposed to the Island medical schools more liberal medical school admissions system. Moreover, there are three admissions cycles being implemented in most Caribbean medical schools that allow premeds sufficient time to be fully prepared with their application documents and submit them on or before a lenient deadline.

While United States medical schools firmly impose above standard MCAT scores and GPA, most medical schools admission committee members in the Caribbean islands require only a minimal grade point average of 3.0 and a e MCAT score of at least 30 across the board. Some schools do not ever look into MCAT score. What is more important for some admissions committee members is the ability of the student to express himself well with a good personal essay.

Spend Two Years in the Tropics and Two Years Back Home

One great positive factor worth taking note is that the academic program in offshore schools is geared towards giving foreign students the opportunity to carry out clinical clerkship in United States medical schools. The first couple of years are duly spent in the Caribbean campuses while the continuing years are spent in affiliate teaching hospitals in selected states back in the U.S.

The latter years doing clinical clerkships provide students a window of opportunity in obtaining a post degree residency match. Some schools may also offer shorter fundamental science courses as opposed to the 2-years standard medical education in U.S. schools. Finally, having a 3-cycle entrance schedule allows shorter semestral breaks that are too good to resist.

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    • medicaribbean profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Caribbean

      Thank you for flying by and voting up strong guardian angel! The Caribbean medical schools are not just for the wealthy. I know some students who are scholars of some rich philanthropists and non-for-profit organizations and foundations.

    • brittvan22 profile image


      6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Great read and the scenery is beautiful. I recently hubbed on getting ready for college, good to see other hubs that are available for people to read. In some parts they still consider education for the wealthy and beyond their reach, voting up!

    • medicaribbean profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Caribbean

      It is indeed a learning paradise . I am going to write more about the alternative route in my next hub after I read your cooking techniques group hubs. :). Thank you very much for dropping by.

    • anglnwu profile image


      6 years ago

      What a beautiful place to do medicine. The scenery is so gorgeous , it must make learning easier. Thanks for sharing on this topic--it's very competitive to get into med school in the U.S. Glad there's another route. Rated up.

    • medicaribbean profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Caribbean

      Hello there my first friend from lake erie. Thank you very much for the all-out support. Cold beer at 5:15am? I must try! I work night shift too and just coffee to perk me up. A couple of beers would be a welcome change. Much obliged. Keep well.

    • epigramman profile image


      6 years ago

      Hello my friend from lake erie time ontario canada at 5:15am - what a nice place it must be to attend medical school in the Caribbean of all wonderful places in this world - lol lol - thank you for the insight and the education and the enlightenment on your particular situation - and naturally I wish you good luck with these warm wishes and positive energy and thoughts sent to you right now while playing my music loud and having a couple of beers after night shift work


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