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Caribbean Medical School Links
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Caribbean Medical School Statistics
An academic publication in the Journal ‘Academic Medicine’ in 2011 found that as of June 2010, there were 56 schools in the Caribbean, including Cuban medical schools and schools without English programs. In the past 10 years, 5 schools have closed and 22 schools have been educating students for 10 years or less. Although a few medical schools close down every couple of years, approximately 10 new medical schools are in development and this shows a trend towards more places to study medicine in the Caribbean in the years to come.
Caribbean Medical School Accreditation
Not all Caribbean medial schools are accredited, even if their websites say that they are accredited and that they allow you to write the USMLE. In addition to that, a number of caribbean medical schools publish biased USMLE pass rates and omit to mention important facts on their website such as the number of green books hospitals included in their rotations. These become very important when you come to look for a job after medical school. To find out more, visit Caribbean medical school accreditation. A lot more detail on this topic is also available in our guidebook.
There are several statistics that illustrate how many Canadian and US students study medicine in the Caribbean. For example, out of approximately 10,400 international medical graduates certified to practice in the US in 2009, approximately 25% (2,600) graduated from the Caribbean, and from Canada alone, there are approximately 2000 students currently studying in the Caribbean. To learn about the number of Caribbean medical schools currently in operation, visit List of Caribbean Medical Schools.
Although most 4 year Caribbean medical programs require you to have completed 90 credits at an accredited university, they do not necessarily require you to have obtained an undergraduate degree. It is good to note that some schools in the Caribbean do not require the MCAT.
The average GPA of entering students at Caribbean medical schools is roughly 3.2 to 3.4, with scores ranging from 2.7 to 4.0 at some schools. The average MCAT score for enrolling medical students is usually around 25, with most competitive applicants generally scoring above 20. To learn the basics of the MCAT including test structure, scoring and costs, visit Introduction to the MCAT.
Students usually submit applications directly to the schools and complete an interview by phone or at a site near them with a university representative. To find out basic information about how and when to apply, visit Introduction to Caribbean medical school application.
You may find more introductory information on Caribbean medical school application by browsing our website or by visiting the following pages:
You can also find information on medical school application at home and abroad: