Caribbean Medical Schools are schools that cater to North American students that are looking for an alternative approach to medical school. Many of the students that choose Caribbean Medical University do so because they did not succeed academically and could not get into their first choice schools in the United States or Canada. Canadian students comprise less than 10% of students who choose this route, but the number is rising because of the success of returning doctors.
The requirements for these programs are usually similar or the same as universities located in North America. These programs want an application that proves that you’re a competent student who’re ready and willing to work for their medical degree. While these schools are a second choice option for students who needed academic help, that doesn’t make them party schools or free-for-alls. The workload in these schools is just as heavy as it is in continental North America, and this should be considered before applying to such schools.
It is important to know is that these schools are primarily based for students from the United States, but all of these schools accept Canadians, including the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, or AUC. These schools have a wide variety of students, who all have the desire to learn in common.
As mentioned before, the location of these schools does not intrinsically mean that they will get you an easy degree. Caribbean Medical Schools have such a high rate of students who go onto successful residencies because they are good schools to attend, ones that teach their students the required skills to become a doctor. You should not expect to arrive and find yourself in a pleasure paradise. Instead you should prepare to buckle down and work hard to get the degree you have dedicated yourself to pursue.
Studying at a Caribbean Medical University is often a shock to students unfamiliar with the culture and climate surrounding them during their studies. Many students are so focused on needing to get their degree that they don’t realize where they’re studying until they get there. It’s important to have realistic expectations about where you study, and researching the country and area you’re planning to go is a necessity. This can be achieved by making sure you’re up-to-date on any inoculations you needs, making sure you know the currency rate and how you’re going to transfer money, and ensuring that you know how to communicate with locals in a friendly and respectful manner.
Caribbean schools are great options for students who feel like they have nowhere else to turn, and the unfamiliar area may intimidate some students, but as long as you expect to work hard and know how to assimilate into the local culture, these programs will give you the degree and life experience you need.