The Fundamentals of Carribean Medical Schools
Caribbean medical schools are currently considered as a second-chance med school because of the increased competition currently facing students who want to pursue medicine in the United States. The Caribbean region has experienced many medical schools being set up, and applicants have replicated the growth by applying to attend these institutions in large numbers. The schools are not just taking many students but the candidates who consider the schools are brilliant and talented.
The Caribbean has witnessed steady increase within the last four decades in the number of medical schools and students. Back in 1970's, the first three medical schools were established in the Caribbean which are:
Ø St. George University in Grenada
Ø American University of the Caribbean
Ø Ross University on the Commonwealth of Dominica
Many United States citizens have benefited from the schools since their inception, and there are about 60 medical schools that have been established. US health care system benefits from this medical schools since physicians from these institutions help in meeting physician shortage and other residency programs to improve health care.
Quality assurance of medical schools in Caribbean is not affected by the fact that institutions are located outside the United States since requirements for the graduate certificate are clearly set out by Educational Committee on Foreign Medical Graduates located in Philadelphia to ensure that all students from international institutions including the Caribbean meet the same targets. There are also other several ways through which medical schools in the Caribbean provides quality assurance, and some of the levels are as below:
Ø Regional quality assurance by Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine.
Ø Health professional body called Caribbean Accreditation for Education in Medicine and Other Health Professions (CAAM-HP)
Quality assurance of these schools is verified again in the US by The National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation of US Department of Education to determine whether criteria for quality assurance was conducted in a comparable manner to established process by Liaison Committee on Medical Education.
There is a tremendous success in getting residency even in competitive specialties for graduates from Caribbean medical schools. Obtaining strong recommendation letters and performing well in USMLE steps one and two is one of the ways to get residency easily for students who attend Caribbean medical schools. Students have replicated to this opportunity by increasing their occupancy application rate especially those with strong academic performance. There are also those students that are obtaining abode by pre-matching into positions that are outside National Resident Matching Program.
Board certifications and certain requirements for State Licensure are what the Caribbean medical students together with their domestic colleagues must meet after occupancy. It is necessary for the students to obtain the best possible occupancy because the quality of one's habitation is more weighted compared to that of medical school attended but helps in overcoming the bias faced by international students competing for competitive positions.