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    Few Things To Consider Before Selecting A Caribbean Medical School

    • 5/25/2021 12:52:42 PM
    • Manikanth
    • BMU

    The United States is currently facing a shortage of doctors. According to the Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC), the U.S. will "face a shortage of between 54,100 and 139,000 physicians by 2033.” The coronavirus pandemic has magnified the need for doctors in the U.S., particularly as the population grows and ages.

    However, despite this increasing need, many qualified candidates struggle to get into medical school. Just 40.9% of applicants matriculated into a medical school in 2019, with the competition getting more challenging each year. For students with a lower MCAT or science GPA and less medical-focused experiences than their peers, they might find themselves receiving only rejection letters from U.S. medical schools.

    For these types of students, Caribbean medical schools are often an appealing option since many of them have higher acceptance rates than their U.S. counterparts.

    However, before committing to a Caribbean or foreign medical school, it is crucial to choose wisely, because acceptance doesn’t always end in success. While it might seem like an easier path to medicine, there can be unexpected hurdles along the way.

    What To Look For In A Caribbean Medical School

    Medical schools located in the Caribbean have varying accreditation levels, curriculum strengths and opportunities available to students. However, four Caribbean medical schools—known as “The Big Four”—have a solid reputation as an alternate pathway for U.S. students to study medicine. These universities are:

    • 1.      St. George’s University (SGU)
    • 2.      American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC)
    • 3.      Saba University School of Medicine
    • 4.      Ross University School of Medicine

    Before taking the plunge and committing to a foreign medical school, here are five things to consider.

    1. Accreditation

    Accreditation is important because it shows that the medical school has met the national standards for a program that leads to a medical degree. For U.S. and Canadian medical schools, the programs are accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). Read More

    Source: Forbes Magazine



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