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    So much information, so little time. PLEASE HELP

    Hey Everyone,

    I am a high school graduate from the United States. I am very interested in going to medical school abroad to achieve a MBBS degree. I am completely open as to where to study. I searched through the internet and went to quite a few websites but I cant seem to figure out what exactly to do. My problem is that I dont know what to look for. I mean, of course every school claims to have a great program because they want students to apply. And of course they arn't going to mention all the things that they lack. So please tell me, what really matters? What's important? What should I look for.

    Well I came down to some Chinese medical schools. From my research, they are far easier to get into. They are also more affordable. So far, I havn't really found anything negative. But Im just afraid there might be a darker side that I havn't seen yet. SO, PLEASE, PLEASE help me. Please tell me the pros and the cons.
    Its July now, I was hoping to enroll in the upcomming semester, around september or october so I need help fast.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Starry Night View Post
    Dont mind if my questions seem amature..im still new at researching med schools.
    Im speculating med schools overseas to achieve an MBBS. I figured its like a short cut, not having to do premed and all...who wouldn't be enticed to check it out and speculate? I knew the picture wasn't going to be as pretty and straight forward as it seemed.
    Im not close to making any decisions and so caribbeans just as well may be in my future. You seem like u might know plenty about carribean schools. So hears a quick question: From what i'v found so far, no carribean med schools offer mbbs. They require premed. Is that correct?
    Hey, I remember I was reading some form and they mentioned about MBBS... which is recognized in India?

    Yes, I am 99% sure that no Caribbean offers MBBS. They offer MD degree, some have Animal Doctor like at Saint Matthew's and I think some has PhD.

    Not all require premed...

    Some Caribbean have premed programs where if you do well, you are automaticlly in for their medical program. You need to check on that... I know Ross, Saba, MUA-N, AUA, and Sint Eustatius have those, not sure about others.

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    Thanks...Ill check on those schools in the carribeans..

    as for the MBBS...yes its recognized in India...as well as most other countries in the world EXCEPT USA, Canada and the Carribeans...

    Its practically unheard-of here in the United States but its (i believe) much more common than an MD in the rest of the world.

    If anyone has more information on the Chinese schools...please post.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Starry Night View Post
    Thanks...Ill check on those schools in the carribeans..

    as for the MBBS...yes its recognized in India...as well as most other countries in the world EXCEPT USA, Canada and the Carribeans...

    Its practically unheard-of here in the United States but its (i believe) much more common than an MD in the rest of the world.

    If anyone has more information on the Chinese schools...please post.

    MBBS (and Bachelor of Medicine) is recognized in USA and Canada for medical licensure.

    US and Canada do not grant the MBBS/Bachelor of Medicine degree, if that's what you mean?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Starry Night View Post
    Dont mind if my questions seem amature..im still new at researching med schools.
    Im speculating med schools overseas to achieve an MBBS. I figured its like a short cut, not having to do premed and all...who wouldn't be enticed to check it out and speculate? I knew the picture wasn't going to be as pretty and straight forward as it seemed.
    Im not close to making any decisions and so caribbeans just as well may be in my future. You seem like u might know plenty about carribean schools. So hears a quick question: From what i'v found so far, no carribean med schools offer mbbs. They require premed. Is that correct?

    Essentially the valid medical schools are listed in IMED -- search here: http://imed.ecfmg.org/search.asp

    Go to any of these schools and graduate and you'll get a medical degree. Most of the schools in the world include 'premed' in their medical program. The programs are 5 to 6 years long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Starry Night View Post
    Ok.i understand what you are all saying.but heres what i dont understand...

    What if you go study in china through the english medium...then technically your not learning in chinese..your just learning in china in english..so why should it be so difficult to study for the USMLE? i mean the facts that you learn should be the same everywhere right?

    and also, i went to the Medical Board of California website and i found about 50 chinese med schools registered there. And also on the IMED there were about 150 chinese schools listed there. So i just dont understand why people who study in China hav such a hard time getting their degrees recognized in the United States. What information am i MISSING???
    California requires you to be taught in the country's native language. So, in China, the english medium programs are most likely not recognized by California.

    If your goal is to practice medicine in US, and you want to study outside US (besides the Caribbean) to get your medical degree, you will need to:
    - study USMLE on your own (or with other students?)
    - get some US clinical experience during your summer breaks (after year 4 and 5?) -- you'll probably have no need to do this if you go to a 'white' country like UK/Ireland/Australia.
    - while in US, get good reference letters
    - disclaimer: personal opinion, no first hand experience


    To practice in US, you will need to pass the USMLE exams as the first step.

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