What do you think about Carribean Medical Schools? Is it worth the investment?
ohh, good question! Thank you, annakolb! :)
Caribbean medical schools are worth the investment if: 1) you absolutely want to go into medicine but you are not getting into those US/Canadian/other med schools for one reason or another 2) you are from or want to practice in the Caribbeans in the future.
I think the education you get is great; most Caribbean schools these days send their students to the US to do third and/or fourth year rotations. My friends are certainly equally knowledgeable as any US, Canadian, or European med student I know! Medical competency is not an issue!
What can be tough (surprising to me, by the way!) is cost. The islands are focused on tourism, so day-to-day living expenses rack up quickly. On top of medical school tuition…that may not be desirable, especially if your budget is a big issue. Also, despite a more laid-back atmosphere, medical school is still medical school. One friend I have has only gone to the beach twice in the six months he has been at school, which actually demoralized considerably. Therefore, psychological toll should be considered, too. Also, while this has decreased considerably, there are still folks who look down on the Caribbean med schools. Obviously, just screw ‘em, but it’s easier said than done. If you know you want to pursue tough subspecialties or specialities like derm or radiology, please think about that angle, too. An unfriendly work environment can drag even the best doctor down. Finally, a knowledge of Spanish is necessary.
If you want to continue discussing in private, I’d be more than happy to do so too! Thank you and much love! :)
Thinking of Medical school in the Caribbean? Think again says NY.
Photo by atran.photographyOriginally, I was going to post a series of interesting news about medical students in Canada. Indeed, during my search I came across at least a couple of things I wanted to discuss with you. That was until I came across a really relevant article in the NY Times. As I have written previously about the Caribbean schools - even that little guide stirred some debate in the comments. It seems everything is changing these days - MCAT requirements and autobiographical sketches being dropped in favor of other methods of selection (more on that in a later article), MCAT itself being in the process of being changed, MMI’s replacing the traditional interviews, emphasis in medical schools switching from specialist medicine to general practice… Well, now the New York state schools are getting on board of the anti-Caribbean train (somehow, I am not surprised). Read the article and let me know what you think in the comments section:
- Do you think Caribbean graduates are less competent? If so, why?
- Should the Caribbean continue to supply U.S. with doctors? If not, where would you realistically get the difference?
For a generation, medical schools in the Caribbean have attracted thousands of American students to their tiny island havens by promising that during their third and fourth years, the students would get crucial training in United States hospitals, especially in New York State. [more after the jump]
All About Caribbean Medical Schools
It is vital for you to determine what medical institutions are accredited well before deciding upon the suitable medical school to attend. You may be at an edge if you select a med university which has connections with United states teaching hospitals. If you explore the online resources of med schools in the Caribbean, you will not overlook the credentials pages with accreditation content as these schools keep these things with highlighted pride.
Within each training period, a large number of aspiring doctors find it hard to enter into U.S. med colleges more specifically for all those enrolls having a low Grade point average and below average MCAT rates. Surprisingly, there are also plenty of good and skilled applicants who are actually thinking of getting their particular medical diploma from the Caribbean medical schools.
There are certain points to think about when considering to get into a Caribbean school of medicine. Exactly how do you ascertain what’s the most suitable choice for your requirements? Will you be able to get a residency in the USA? To help and direct you if perhaps attending Caribbean medical schools is the best course of action, read on about the framework for assessing some Caribbean med universities.
The clinical rotations during the 3rd and fourth year of med school and the initial two years in basic sciences could differ among the list of different medical schools. But the requirements in graduate recognition in the USA, are the same for all of the premeds graduating coming from all offshore educational institutions. The two years in general sciences and the clinical positions in the third and 4th year of medical study can vary amongst the various med schools. What is consistent is that the credentials needed for grad certificate are the same for both U.S. and Caribbean medical educational institutions.
Through the years, MD graduates have progressively undertaken and practiced medicine in the United States. All these graduates have given their expertise in residency training in the U.S. which is presently presumably plummeting short of skilled doctors. The official certification approach is non-reflex per se and that is the reason why not all med universities in the Caribbean undergo this evaluation for certification.
The federal government provides financial loans for medical educational institutions in the Caribbean who are properly certified in similar stipulations much like the LCME official recognition system. It’s interesting to note that among the list of sixty or even more Caribbean med educational institutions, only 3 are awarded this sort of financial loans.
The Unites States education department establishes whether or not the process done by the institutions who give certifications is the same as that of the med education Liaison Committee ME on accreditation procedure. Med institutions in the Caribbean are classified into offshore and regional schools and they are rated based on the degree of standards set in place by US benchmarks. They are acknowledged by various states in America and are listed in the World Health Organization.