So I have applied to US medical schools and did not get in? what should I do now?
1. Should I keep reapplying for the 6th time to US medical schools?
2. Should I go the Caribbean and get my degree? 3. Should I quit?
Well, if you truly want to fulfill your dreams of becoming a physician, option 3 should not be on your mind, no matter how discouraging it is. Many US grads are opting for the route but you must be very careful and do extensive research before going to a carribean medical school.
Here are some important facts.
1. Know the pros and cons first! 2. Research the medical schools very well! 3. If a school will accept your GPA only and ignore MCAT scores, you should be weary. That shows a low standard of acceptance. Which means they accept everyone and screen out poor candidates during the coursework which means if you fail out, you are stuck with thousands of dollars in debt! 4. Make sure the Medical school is properly accredited. 5. It could cost less or more depending on which schools you go to. Always add the cost of flying , etc. 6. It is very important that you go a school that has good affiliations with US hospitals what will allow you to rotate in your 3rd and 4th year of medical school. 7. Visit the schools before committing to go there. Talk to the students. 8. IMPORTANT: MATCHING INTO YOUR RESIDENCY OF CHOICE is the most important part of your medical career. Matching into residency is getting tougher yearly as students are raising the bar and doing exceptionally well on the USMLE exam. If you decide to go the Caribbean islands, you must be willing to work 3 times as hard when it comes to matching into residency. It is not going to be an easy process. Few students match into TOP medical and surgical specialty in the US and if you want to go into the EROADS specialties *Emergency medicine/Ear, nose and throat surgery, radiology, ophthalmology, Anesthesia, Dermatology and surgery”, you must be an exceptional student but it is NOT IMPOSSIBLE. 9. Know the match rate for the medical school!
Here are some of the well recognized offshore medical schools
Medical Schools in the Caribbean: Ross University School of Medicine – Dominica, West Indies
Ross University School of Medicine was established over thirty years ago, since then, they have graduated thousands of MDs who have gone on to successful careers in the United States. Graduates of Ross report passing U.S. licensing exams and obtaining medical residencies successfully.
Administrative Offices Contact Info:
630 US Highway 1
North Brunswick, NJ 08902
Ross University School of Medicine
PO Box 266
Roseau, Commonwealth of Dominica, West Indies
Medical Schools in the Caribbean: St. Georges Medical School – Grenada, West Indies
St. Georges is a reputable medical school that works in conjunction with the United States and Great Britain to ensure graduates meet all medical requirements to become an M.D. St. Georges School of Medicine residency programs are approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) or their British equivalents. The school also has additional accreditations and approvals.
One caveat to education at St. Georges Medical School is that the final two years of education are completed at hospitals and Clinical Centers in the United States or Great Britain.
St. Georges Medical School Office of Admission c/o The North American Correspondent University Support Services, LLC One East Main Street Bay Shore, NY 11706-8399
US/Canada Toll-Free: 1 (800) 899-6337 ext. 280
St. George’s University University Centre Grenada, West Indies
Medical Schools in the Caribbean: American University of the Caribbean at St. Maarten
American University of the Caribbean expects excellent in their students’ education, patient care, and community. AUC accepts only highly qualified students they feel can make successfully complete the rigorous coursework, which is modeled after continental U.S. medical schools.
American University of the Caribbean is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission of Colleges of Medicine (ACCM). Students of the University are eligible to sit for the USMLE and become active members of the American Medical Student Association (AMSA).
Graduates of AUC have successfully obtained licensure and residency in the United States.
Administrative Offices Contact Info:
Medical Education Administrative Services (MEAS) 901 Ponce de Leon Boulevard, Suite 700 Coral Gables, FL 33134 Telephone: 305.446.0600 Fax: 305.444.6791 Toll-Free: 866.DR2B.AUC (866- 372-2282)
American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine Basic Medical Science Campus 1 University Drive at Jordan Road Cupecoy, St. Maarten, N.A.