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    UWI Mona


    I thought I would do a post about University of the West Indies in Mona, Jamaica (Kingston). I have matriculated for the class of 2023. A few things:

    -The MBBS program is 5 years long. Many students enter straight from 6th form, however, some do have first degrees.

    -(CAAM-HP) accredited. Caribbean Accreditation Authority.

    -Mostly geared towards students wanting to practice in the Caribbean. Hard to get into if you don't have Caribbean or Latin American citizenship. Accepts about 1-3 Canadian and American students annually.

    -In order to get the government sponsored tuition, you have to have 1's across CAPE or As across A-level. Government sponsored tuition is about $5000 US. Students not having this CAPE requirement have to pay the 28,000$ US despite having a Jamaican or Caribbean Citizenship. Make sure you get citizenship before you apply to the program!!! It's very easy to get Jamaican citizenship through parents or grandparents. I am not sure about the other islands or nations but assume it's the same if you have descent from that island. You will not be allowed to switch from self sponsored to government sponsored.

    -Applications open November, and close March 31st. If you have a first degree you will find out earlier depending on how early you apply. If you do not have a first degree, you have to wait until middle of August for CAPE results to be released to receive a decision. Also, no interviews.

    -Out of a starting class of 280, about 90ish or so make it to the final year. Many students change majors, drop out because of finances, or fail out.

    -Many of students making it to the last year undertake residency in the US.


    -Students possessing first degrees must have at least a 3.0 in a basic science bachelors degree with credits earned in chemistry and biology with B marks in chemistry and biology in high school.

    -If you have an associates degree, you must have a 3.5 in that degree with a triple major of chemistry, biology, and another science. B marks in chemistry and biology in high school.

    -If you have a bachelors degree other than science, you need a 3.3 in the science courses you have undertaken and B marks in chemistry and biology in high school.

    -If you have an allied health degree, you can be considered if you have a 3.3 and B marks in chemistry and biology in high school.

    -If you don't meet the requirements for MBBS you can apply for BBMedSci earn that degree in 3 years, and transfer to the medical program afterwards. I believe you also get credit exemption as well shortening the time for the MBBS program.

    Class Schedule/Examinations:

    -8am-12pm, 2-4pm on lab days
    -One examination in each of the courses at the end of the semester. First semester consists of Anatomy (Locomotor System), Embryology and Histology, Introduction to Medical Practice (pass/fail course), Cell Biology, Fundamentals of Disease and Treatment, Molecular medicine.

    Overall, I'm really happy with the program so far! I really couldn't afford to pay the $60k+ some other medical schools wanted for the year so the price is a winner for me. Downside, clinical practice doesn't start until Year 3, Semester 2. So you have 2.5 years of basic clinical sciences. I have tried to overcome that by being involved in clinical research where consultants will teach you how to take blood pressures, etc.
    Last edited by cakepops; 09-21-2018 at 08:13 AM.

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