University of the West Indies
University of Medicine and Health Sciences St. Kitts
University of Health Sciences Antigua
Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara School of Medicine
St. George’s University School of Medicine
Saba University School of Medicine
Ross University
Medical School of the Americas
American University of Antigua
American International School of Medicine

Caribbean Medical Schools

Offshore medical schools have sought to provide increased access to a medical education in order to meet the demands of health care services around the world. In particular,  Caribbean medical school have served as an extensive of classrooms in the United States because of the limited spaces that are available to  all those who apply to medical school.

Complaints of insufficient health professionals are not just a result of a lack of resources on the part of medical school applicants, but rather as a result of insufficient schools to house the large numbers of persons  that a medical education.  In answering the problem of cost, Caribbean medical schools are less expensive than many in the US and other parts of the world and give thousands of individuals the opportunity to pursue their dreams, and not having to abandon the desire of becoming a nurse, lab technician, pediatrician or cardiologist.  These are two of the issues that medical schools in the Caribbean have successfully addressed, making dreams possible and realizable.

For anyone who enters a Caribbean medical school, living in the Caribbean signifies learning a new culture, a different way of life and a better understanding of the different peoples of the world.  For many, attending a Caribbean medical school might be the first experience of being away from home alone for a lengthened period of time, and is thus seen as the first time being so free, managing one’s own time, affairs and money and therefore assuming a greater degree of responsibility.

One of the advantages of Caribbean medical schools is the fact that they pool medical scholars and professionals from a variety of backgrounds and fields, thus ensuring that Caribbean medical school students are well rounded and obtain a fulfilling experience.

One challenge that Caribbean medical school students may have to face is the language barrier that they may confront if attending a medical school in Latin America or the Dutch islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao.  It is recommendable that students have an adequate level of competence in any of these foreign languages if their native language is English, French or other language.  In the absence of an adequate knowledge of Spanish or Dutch, it is important to find out if a language preparatory programme is offered by that Caribbean medical school.  Where foreign languages are concerned, for example if a person were to study in Mexico, it is also important to understand that language goes hand in hand with culture, thus making it necessary to have some appreciation for the culture of the country in which studies are intended to be undertaken.  However, in spite of a Caribbean medical school being located in a Spanish or Dutch country, one should still be informed as to whether classes are given in English, which then would mean that the foreign language should be learnt mainly for getting by.

Caribbean medical schools have become as popular as they are today because of the peacefulness of these countries and the general island living which is the total opposite of the busy cosmopolitan lifestyle.  Students can freely experience free access to the Caribbean’s beautiful white sand beaches, rivers and lush vegetation, including carnival and music which are the spice of the Caribbean.  Medical schools in the Caribbean are surely the route to a bright future and wholesome study experience.

The following are names of Caribbean medical schools that can be found in the islands: The American Global University School of Medicine, InterAmerican School of Medical Science, Xavier University of Medicine, Ross University School of Medicine, Universidad Central del Este, St. Matthew’s University, American ISOM, The Greenheart Medical University, University of the West Indies School of Medicine, University of Sint Eustatius School of Medicine,  Saba University School of Medicine, International American University College of Medicine and Saint James School of Medicine, St. George’s School of Medicine, University of Health Sciences, All Saints School of Medicine and Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara.   Countries where these Caribbean medical schools are located include Belize, Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, St. Martin, Dominica, Dominica Republic, Jamaica, Grenada, Antigua and Barbuda, the Cayman Islands, Guyana and St. Kitts and Nevis.

Most medical programmes at these Caribbean medical schools last for four years, which are divided into two or three years in the Caribbean and two in the United States, UK or other country where studies and are continued at affiliated hospitals.  Caribbean medical schools such as Ross are accredited by FAIMER and the WHO.

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