An expedition of a student in the Caribbean Medical School
The US being the third most populous country, has a good wrap round with its education system. Competitiveness is very high that students often flourish with good grades and a better understanding of the subject conceptually.
US is the only country that possesses highly ranked medical colleges all over the world. Hence this is an ideal platform for any international student wanting to pursue medicine and also would be entitled to worldwide recognition.
Why and what to look for in a Caribbean med school?
Caribbean medical schools provide medical students with curriculum, clinical training, and residency opportunities substantially equivalent to U.S. medical schools .
Other than studies and scholastic activities, Caribbean med school students also get to experience an adventurous and spend quality time with nature. . Recreation and leisure activities are present in campus and hiking, sailing and scuba excursions off campus. Breath-taking ocean views from many Caribbean campuses are a calming presence even on the most stressful days.
If you opt for a Caribbean med school, then you must peek a glance through these points:
1. Choose Wisely: Regional vs. Offshore
Caribbean medical schools fall into one of two categories: regional or offshore.
• Regional medical schools train students to practice in the country or region where the school is located.
• Offshore medical schools in the Caribbean predominantly train students from the United States and Canada who intend to go home for clinical practice after graduation. Moreover, this is a dual-campus program and also prepare for the step 1 USMLE (United States Medical Licensing Examination).
The first factor to consider is that not all Caribbean medical schools are accredited and not all have access to clinical rotations.
Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and Health Professions (CAAM-HP): a peer review process adopted by CARICOM (Caribbean Community) to accredit educational institutions within the medical, dental, veterinary and other health professions.
Among many schools, Trinity School of Medicine is accredited by CAAM-HP.
Requirements & Curriculum followed
Caribbean medical schools place strong weightage on :
1. Degree in a science field from an accredited college or university
2.Qualifying undergraduate GPA
3.Qualifying MCAT score
4.Letters of Recommendation
The 5 year program structure:
Students in countries outside the US generally pursue medicine for about 8.5 years and also write competitive exams that are very difficult to crack. This often turns out to be a drawback in most of their career.
1.The first and foremost is the premedical course that comprises of 3 terms.
2.The doctor of Medicine Degree program is split into two steps at the end of which the student is entitled to an MD Degree.
USMLE step 1: It is a 5 term Basic science course.
USMLE step 2: It a 5 term Clinical Science Course.
3. Last but not the least is the is the USMLE step 3: A prospective student is eligible for residency when this exam is cracked
USMLE– United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) step exams are the gateway exams to U.S. Once you have passed the first step of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE), you will be required to participate in 48 weeks of clinical clerkship. You may also participate in 24 weeks of elective rotations.
At Trinity School of Medicine, 93% of our students pass the USMLE Step 1 exam on the first attempt, with an average score of 220.