Caribbean Medical Schools and Residency

Attending Caribbean Medical Schools

Apply to and attending medical school in the Caribbean is a big decision. There are over 50 Caribbean medical schools and no two schools are alike. Students pour in from all over the world with different motivations and ambitions. For some, it’s an opportunity to fast track their medical career while others seek the adventure of life on an island or another country.

Whatever your reasons, attending a Caribbean medical school sets you on a different path than your average residency candidate and it’s important to know the big picture of Caribbean medical schools.

Caribbean Schools

Caribbean Medical Schools

Fast Facts

To give you an idea of how certain Caribbean medical schools stack up, here are some fast facts about four of the most well known Caribbean medical schools.

St. George’s University (SGU)

  • Year Established - 1977
  • Alumni - +14,000
  • Tuition -
    • Basic Sciences (Term 1-4): $28,000-$39,000 per Term
    • Clinical Sciences (Term 1-5): $29,535 per Term
    • 4 Years: $265,000
  • Average MCAT - 26 (old exam)
  • % Passing USMLE Step 1 on the First Attempt - 96%
  • Residency Acceptance - 860 (2017)

Ross University

  • Year Established - 1978
  • Alumni - +12,000
  • Tuition -
    • Basic Sciences (Semesters 1-4): $21,325
    • Clinical Sciences (Semesters 5-10): $23,530
    • 4 Years: +$242,000
  • Average MCAT - 796 (new exam)
  • % Passing USMLE Step 1 on the First Attempt - 97%
  • Residency Acceptance - 786 (2016)

Saba University

  • Year Established - 1992
  • Alumni - +2,000
  • Tuition -
    • Basic Sciences (Term 1-5): $24,000-$26,000
    • Clinical Sciences (Semesters 6-10): $27-000-$29,000
    • 4 Years: +$163,000 (Tuition, not including other fees)
  • Average MCAT - N/A
  • % Passing USMLE Step 1 on the First Attempt - 99%
  • Residency Acceptance - http://www.saba.edu/images/2017_Saba_Residency.pdf

American University of the Caribbean (AUC)

  • Year Established - 1978
  • Alumni - +6,000
  • Tuition -
    • Basic Sciences (Semester 1-5): $26,204 - $27,004
    • Clinical Sciences (Semester 6-9):$24,695
    • Clinical Sciences (Semester 9.5): $12,970
    • 4 Years: +$213,000
  • Average MCAT - 497 (New exam)
  • % Passing USMLE Step 1 on the First Attempt - 93%
  • Residency Acceptance - 245 (2016)

Accreditation

Accreditation is very important to consider before and after you attend a Caribbean medical school. Some schools will allow you to be licensed throughout all 50 states, while others are more limited. Below is a list of the top 7 Caribbean medical schools based on accreditation. (Source)

Accredited, NCFMEA, NY, CA, Title IV, 50 States

American University of the Caribbean (AUC)

Ross University

Saba University

St. George’s University (SGU)

Accredited, NCFMEA, NY, CA, Title IV

American University of Antigua (AUA)

Accredited, NCFMEA, NY

Medical University of the Americas (MUA)

Accredited, NCFMEA, NY, CA Disapproved

St. Matthews University (SMU)

From Medical School to Residency

Caribbean medical schools pride themselves on successfully transitioning their students from medical school into US residency training. However, with only 48% average IMGs becoming Matched every year, it’s important for medical schools and students to work together. Some ways medical schools and their students can work together are:

USMLE Exam Scores

There are many ways medical schools and their students can work together to achieve greater USMLE results. It is the responsibility of the school to educate students in the material they need to know to pass the USMLE exams. Students can also ask their school for a potential schedule with the best suggested times to take the exams prior to residency application.

Clinical Rotations

Medical students should work together with their medical school’s clinical rotations coordinator to put together clinical rotations that will best prepare them for residency. Helpful clinical rotations will not only put students in hospitals that may potentially give them interviews but also help them make further connections.

MSPEs

Previously called the Dean’s Letter, MSPEs tell the story about a student from the perspective of their medical school. These documents outline the student’s time in medical school and what the medical school knows about the student’s performance. Typical sections include Unique Characteristics, background information, a rotations summary with comments, and a conclusion about the student. Students should request to see the MSPE before it is submitted to ensure all of the information is accurate.

Residency Application Support

The Residency Application is extensive and confusing. Medical students should begin learning about the residency process as soon as possible to better prepare themselves for when it’s their turn. It is never too early to communicate with your medical school about your steps towards residency.

Caribbean Medical Schools and Residency