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The Caribbean presently acts as a Medical Education Catalyzer and Facilitator on a largely global scale, and is becoming an increasing choice for all overseas medical students. Let us analyze the reasons briefly below :
Students who are implicitly willing to become serious Medical Professionals in their lives with dignified Specializations of their choice, but are however not able to find a place or win a potluck in intense merit lists, who are lost midst a huge throng of applicants and pursuers, have now got this opportunity, and a platform to unleash their best potential without confronting any further challenge.
The admissions in the Caribbean Universities take place thrice a year. Therefore, students don’t have to following stringent timelines in order to enroll in a particular year, and can also enroll immediate after their UG program.
A school listed with the World Health Organization (WHO) or the International Medical Education Directory (IMED) still may not qualify for licensure in the United States
What really matters is state approval. The Caribbean medical schools like American University of the Caribbean, Ross University, Saba University, St. George’s University and the University of the West Indies, are approved by all fifty states in the United States.
Studying in the Caribbean schools reduces the education costs in multifold as compared to USA, UK or CANADA, thus enabling students to direct the expenses in other areas like lodging, fooding and other requisites.
Students are not required to go through the strenuous tests of MCAT, SAT, IELTS / TOEFL Scores which are not required in the Caribbean Schools. Therefore, any student who are not willing to take these tests can freely apply for higher medical education via the Caribbean Schools. A non-biology student may easily apply by only enrolling for an additional pre-medical year
The islands of the Caribbean have come together in support of superior high education, with the Association of Caribbean Tertiary Institutions acting as a catalyst for collaboration and cooperation in higher education.
Offshore medical students are teaching students in completely USA pattern keeping total education system exactly same and globally acceptable. They run periodic tests and conduct regular seminars, and clinical rotations to ensure that students are imparted the best quality education. Thus passing out from a Caribbean school, all students are eligible to choose for a FREE PG PROGRAM with lucrative stipend, or for further study and local residency in any of the countries worldwide.
Students successfully complete a MBBS graduation at a Caribbean school are entitled to opt for further Post Graduation Programs in highly demanding countries and regions like USA, UK, CANADA, AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND, earning highly lucrative stipends even during that period. The different options to avail Free PG from different locations are :
Not all international accrediting agencies accredit schools in the same way. For this reason, the US has a National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation (NCFMEA) that reviews the accrediting agencies that accredit foreign schools to determine whether or not they have standards comparable to the LCME used in the US and Canada.
However, The NCFMEA does not determine whether or not graduates can practice in certain states. The main purpose of the NCFMEA for reviewing accreditation standards is to determine whether or not American students attending a particular international school can participate in the US federal financial aid program*. Being recognized by the NCFMEA is only one of several strict criteria for being approved for the US federal financial aid program, which I will describe towards the end of this article.
As of 2019, there are 5 accrediting agencies in 10 countries (or political entities) in the Caribbean that are recognized by the NCFMEA. Notice I mention both accrediting agencies and countries, because a country may have multiple accrediting agencies, only which a few may actually be NCFMEA approved, and vice versa. Here are the accrediting agencies:
Your Medical School may offer financial aids from different resources including some from their own funds. This you can check from their Financial Aid page on their website. However, if any College is NCFMEA recognized, you should be going for no second alternative because this is where you can claim a luck for the US Federal Government Student Aid to fund your studies.
The U.S. Department of Education awards more than $120 billion a year in grants, work-study funds, and low-interest loans to more than 13 million students. Federal student aid covers such expenses as tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, and transportation. Aid also can help pay for other related expenses, such as a computer and dependent care. Thousands of schools across the country participate in the federal student aid programs; ask the schools you’re interested in whether they do!
There are three types of federal student aid:
In order for a foreign medical school to be eligible to receive U.S. Federal Student Aid (Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965), they must satisfy an additional number of criteria: First and foremost, the school must be NCFMEA-recognized (as I have described above) and must possess the administrative capability to manage Federal Student Aid.
Also, The school must meet one of these three criteria:
Out of 30+ offshore medical schools in the Caribbean, there are only six schools where graduates can get licensed to practice in all 50 states. These six schools also are eligible to offer US Federal Financial Aid:
|TIER 1||American University of Antigua|
|These are the schools you should seriously consider.||
|TIER 2||Medical University of the Americas|
|These medical schools have at least an accreditation or approval.
MUA is New York approved and has Title-IV. However, St. Matthews is disapproved by
the Medical Board of California but has New York approval. MUA and
St. Matthews in particular have many graduates throughout the U.S. and
Canada. Spartan and Xavier have provisional CAAM-HP accreditation.
|TIER 3||American University of Barbados|
|These schools have no state approvals or CAAM-HP||
|accreditation and low residency placement rates.||
Among many approvals accreditions and licensures available in different Caribbean schools, the three below entitle a student to practice in all the 50 states and also are globally recognized for future professional choices.