By 2011, there were up to 60 Caribbean medical schools that offered training opportunities to foreigners. This number significantly increases the chances of American students becoming physicians since there are only 137 M.D and 26 D.O medical institutions of learning in the U.S. Furthermore, the schools have been graduating doctors for a while who develop to become successful medics all over the U.S.
There are two kinds of medical colleges in the Caribbean: regional and offshore medical schools.
Regional medical schools
Regional schools train the local students to practice medicine in the country in which the institution operates.
Offshore medical schools
Offshore colleges teach American and Canadian students to practice medicine in the U.S and Canada respectively. Students admitted into these universities spend their initial years in college learning basic sciences. The learners spend the remaining years in clinical rotations in the U.S. along with other U.S medical students. Many offshore schools are managed and run by organizations in the U.S. They, therefore, follow the U.S curriculum and operate as American schools.
Accredited Caribbean medical colleges admit students the same way as U.S institutions. To gain entry into the schools; the applicants must complete the following courses:
1. Organic chemistry
3. Eight hours training per semester for one year
4. Biology and zoology
5. Inorganic chemistry
7. Language (English)
The best Caribbean medical schools teach their students in English. This, however, is not applicable to all medical schools in the Caribbean. Before applying for enrollment into any of the medical schools in the Caribbean, it is important to have prior knowledge of their language specifications. Enrolling into a school that does not train in English can be detrimental to you since you will have to study a second language plus the medicine course.
It is accurate that not all medical schools in the Caribbean are accredited. The accreditation process for schools in the Caribbean is quite complicated. However, graduates of accredited institutions can practice medicine in the U.S with no limitations. The following requirements are reviewed by accrediting agencies to approve medical universities:
• Government charter: The Institute has to get a charter from the state in which it plans to operate. A charter confirms that the government of that state has allowed the university to operate and award degrees
• Directory listing: Schools have to be listed in the directory to be accredited. Additionally, only graduates from schools enumerated in the WDOMS are allowed to take USMLE exams and partake in matching
• Accrediting body: The Caribbean medical university must then be approved by an accrediting body if it meets the standards set by the body