Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Applying to a Caribbean Medical School

Many college students, as well as college graduates dream of becoming a doctor. Unfortunately, the majority of medical school applicants are rejected each year. Many of these students are encouraged to attempt to improve their application and then apply again the following year. 

However, this isn't a guarantee of acceptance. In addition, this means that your dreams will be delayed for at least an additional year. Luckily, there is another option. There are a number of Accredited Caribbean Medical Schools that can help you to achieve your dreams in a more timely manner. These schools are modeled after the American schools and offer a very similar program. In addition, many great doctors have graduated from these schools. 

The medical schools in the Caribbean have the same general requirements as the schools in the US, including biology, physics, inorganic and organic chemistry, as well as calculus. In addition, they also require the MCAT exam, and the application itself is similar. However, these schools are more lenient as far as your science GPA, your overall GPA, and your MCAT score. They are also more forgiving of mistakes along the way and are more open to non-traditional students. This will help protective students achieve their dream of becoming a doctor.
The curriculum itself is modeled after the US schools, but many schools divide the year into trimesters. This, in addition to the rolling admissions process allows you to start at three different times over the course of the year. This means you don't have to postpone your dreams of becoming a doctor for another year, and you are able to begin much more quickly. In addition, while the first couple of years are spent on the island, many of these schools complete their education in the United States.
You will be doing your clinical rotations in affiliated hospitals alongside other medical school students. While medical school graduates from the US schools are given preferential treatment during the match process, Caribbean graduates are still able to obtain residencies. However, they are less likely to be in the more competitive specialties. This doesn't mean you wont be able to become a doctor, but you are more likely to be a physician in general practice than a surgeon. However, once you are a practicing physician you will be judged on your ability rather than where you went to medical school.
While the admissions process is easier at Caribbean Medical schools, only dedicated students will be able to actually graduate. These schools produce fine physicians and are worth applying to, particularly if you want to become a doctor but don't want to put your dreams on hold.


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