News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Weds. December 20, 2021: Do your education plans include attending a medical school in the Caribbean? Many US-based college graduates do this every year, either because they didn’t participate in state programs or because they were put on a long waiting list.
Caribbean medical programs also provide a solid opportunity for students whose grades or MCAT scores were at the limit or just below the levels required by US schools. However, if you are planning on traveling to the Caribbean to acquire an MD, you should do additional research to ensure that the facility you choose is properly accredited, has a low rate of wear and tear, and is recognized by the hospitals or professional associations for you want to work in the states.
Here are four key facts you should know before you get your MD degree and move to the Caribbean.
Determine our funding in advance
Often times, the smartest and most effective way to cover all of the medical school-related costs is to turn to a private lender. In fact, you can get assistance from private credit sources for academic credit or university-level medical schools. The main benefit of going this way is that you can get the loan on your terms, take the time to look for a low interest rate, and at the same time invest in yourself to ultimately become a doctor.
Check the accreditation
Checking accreditation in advance is easy enough, but many students just don’t take the time to do it. See exactly which organizations are accrediting the schools you have on your shortlist. It is important that you research through the accreditation agencies. Some are fake and have no weight in US hospitals or medical societies. However, there are several MD programs in the Caribbean that have been approved by major regulatory agencies that routinely dispatch doctors to U.S. internship programs.
Find out about the rate of wear and tear
A school’s wear and tear, or school dropout rate, can tell you a lot. If it is low, it means that the majority of those who start the program are earning their diplomas. And while these statistics alone don’t tell the whole picture, they’re a good place to start. You should probably avoid institutions with high wear rates. Typically, a high number means that few actually finish the program. It is an unfortunate waste of time and money entering a medical school where there is greater than a 50 percent chance that you will not be able to take home a diploma. That’s a lot of hard work and money down the drain.
Find out about license and residence rates for license exams
Talk to representatives of your prospective programs to find out the percentage of graduates who pass their medical licensing exams in the United States and how many are accepted into residency programs. These two numbers paint a more complete picture of the overall quality of the facility. Along with the rate of wear and tear, you can get an accurate sense of whether a particular Caribbean medical school is worth your time and money. If in doubt or cannot get enough information from the facility’s office, check with some US hospitals in your area to see how they feel about the schools on your list.