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MBBS AT CARIBBEAN ISLANDS

MBBS AT  Caribbean islands

MBBS AT CARIBBEAN ISLANDS


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 :


AN OPPORTUNITY OPEN TO ALL

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.


FLEXIBLE ADMISSIONS

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.


LICENSURE

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.


COST OF STUDY

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.


GET RID OF TIRING ENTRANCE & ENDLESS QUALIFIER TESTS

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


STATE SUPPORT

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.


NO COMPROMISE IN 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 :

  • USA (to be hyperlinked with USA Post Graduation options)
  • UK (to be hyperlinked with UK Post Graduation options)
  • CANADA (to be hyperlinked with CANADA Post Graduation options)
  • AUSTRALIA (to be hyperlinked with AUSTRALIA Post Graduation options)
  • NEW ZEALAND (to be hyperlinked with NEW ZEALAND Post Graduation options)

ACCREDITING AGENCIES

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:

  • The Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and Other Health Professions (CAAM-HP)*
  • Accreditation Commission on Colleges of Medicine (ACCM)
  • Dominica Medical Board
  • National Council for Higher Education, Science & Technology
  • Nederlands-Vlaamse Accreditatie Organisatie (NVAO)

US FEDERAL STUDENT AID PROGRAM

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:

  • Grants—financial aid that doesn't have to be repaid (unless, for example, you withdraw from school and owe a refund)
  • Work-study—a work program through which you earn money to help you pay for school
  • Loans—borrowed money for college or career school; you must repay your loans, with interest

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:

  • The school must have had a state-approved clinical training program (like New York or California) since 1/1/1992 and remain approved to this day
  • The school must have at least a 60% non-US student body, AND have at least a 75% pass rate for all the step exams administered by the ECFMG (i.e. USMLE Step 1, Step 2 CK, Step 2 CS).
  • The school must have had a state-approved clinical training program since January 1, 2008 and remain approved to this day, AND have at least a 75% pass rate for all the step exams administered by the ECFMG (i.e. USMLE Step 1, Step 2 CK, Step 2 CS).

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:

  • American University of the Caribbean (AUC)
  • Medical University of the Americas (MUA)
  • Ross University
  • Saba University
  • St. George’s University (SGU)
  • American University of Antigua

MEDICAL SCHOOLS
TIER 1 American University of Antigua
These are the schools you should seriously consider.
  • American University of the Caribbean
  • Saba University
  • St. George’s University
  • Ross University
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.
  • Spartan Health Sciences University
  • St. Matthews University
  • Xavier University
TIER 3 American University of Barbados
These schools have no state approvals or CAAM-HP
  • Aureus University
  • Avalon University
accreditation and low residency placement rates.
  • Caribbean Medical University
  • St. James University
  • Trinity School of Medicine
  • University of Health Sciences Antigua
  • Windsor University

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.

  • CAAM-HP
  • MEDICAL BOARD OF CALIFORNIA
  • NEW YORK STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT