The regents endeavor to compare the academic and professional performance of students from domestic and foreign schools. The Government Accountability Office, a federal agency, attempted to do so in a report aimed at determining whether the overseas schools should continue to be eligible for federal loans.
The report, released in June, found that overseas-educated students, on average, lagged behind their American-educated counterparts when they passed medical admissions exams. However, in the past decade they had bridged the void, particularly in the area of clinical knowledge of the exams, which 75 percent of Americans with foreign education passed on the first attempt in 2008, up from 57 percent in 1998. For students in the US and An Canadian schools subject to the same accreditation process, the rate was 94 percent in 2008, roughly the same as it was 10 years ago.
The report found few differences in the frequency of disciplinary action or payments for wrongdoing between overseas and US-trained doctors.
A memorandum sent to the regents this month by Frank Muñoz, an assistant state education commissioner, noted that the best Caribbean schools like St. George’s, the American University of the Caribbean and Ross have succeeded in delivering their academic achievements provide.
“There is evidence,” said Muñoz, “that the more mature Caribbean schools” accept students from very competitive backgrounds. It appears that many of these students have not been given access to domestic schools due to the limited number of places available. “
New York schools say they would send about 4,400 of their students to clinical education in New York hospitals in their third and fourth years of life, expanding it by 15 to 30 percent to address the medical shortage.
According to the state, foreign schools send around 2,200 students, more than 90 percent of them from the Caribbean. In St. George’s alone, about 1,000 students are being sent, many of them under a 10-year, $ 100 million contract with New York’s Health and Hospitals Corporation, which operates public hospitals. (A senior St. George’s official who served on the board of directors of the City Hospital Society was fined for a conflict of interest in his role in soliciting clinical traineeships for the school.)