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Advantages of Caribbean Medical Schools
Usually less expensive. Many Caribbean Medical Schools are affordable compared to U.S. medical schools. However, make sure you include the costs of travel abroad, travel student health insurance, and other miscellaneous costs in calculating the cost of medical school abroad. Often the education is a bargain even when these extra costs are included.
To get an idea of how your application might fare at a U.S. medical school try the MCAT score comparison tool.
Usually easier to get into. The medical school requirements for GPA and MCAT scores are lower than most U.S. Medical schools. There are also 3 application periods in a year. Nonetheless, your medical school personal statement should be tailored to these schools.
Disadvantages of Caribbean medical schools
Not all are accredited. This is very important. If you plan to go to a foreign medical school make sure your degree will be accepted in the U.S. or Canada (depending on where you want to practice). Not all schools are accredited – so you must be sure your MD will count. Four states (California, Florida, New Jersey, and New York), evaluate foreign medical schools individually – most Caribbean medical schools are not accredited in all four of these states.
You might need to know Spanish. Find out what language courses are taught in, and what language your patient interactions will be in. Many foreign medical schools are taught in the native language of the country. You might be at a disadvantage when competing for strong residencies. However, your USMLE scores are an important determinant of your residency match – strong USMLE scores make up for a lot and can be a great equalizer.
Limited clinical rotations. Often the clinical rotations are done in U.S. medical schools. Many Caribbean Medical Schools have arrangements with U.S. hospitals, but your options in rotations might be limited compared to the options available to a student in a U.S. medical school.
You’ll have to take the CSA (Clinical Skills Assessment) in addition to the USMLE tests.
More about Caribbean medical schools
Be sure you are attending an accredited medical school in the Caribbean
Consider residency placement after Caribbean medical school
Hear from a former Caribbean medical school instructor
Learn more from websites of Caribbean medical schools
Things to consider when choosing a medical school in the Caribbean