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    advice please

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    I was wondering whether entering a Caribbean medical school after 90 credit hours is a good idea, or if it is better to finish the bachelor's degree?

    Thank you..

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    hey

    Hey. I am in the same boat as you. I am actually very tired right now, but as soon as I wake up tomorrow, I will let you know what I decided and what your options are. take care

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    No ** here

    I went with no **, but I had lots of clinical experience prior to matriculating.

    My personal opinion is that a ** is just a piece of paper. People say there are some states which won't license you without a ** even if you have an MD, but no one has been able to show me which ones yet. The ones I am interested in practicing in, I plan on checking their licensure requirements to make certain no ** is required. Of course, I can always take a couple of classes through the mail to finish up if it becomes a major stumbling block.

    Just my $.02
    bleh

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    get the bachelor!!!!!!

    A bachelor's degree is actually a better idea. You may not think it is worth it, but in the long run it is - just 30 credits extra. Also if medical school doesn't work out for you or should a malpractice take away your licence to practice, you have your bachelor to fall back on. furthermore, why make life difficult for yourself as an img by not finishing college. Have patience, time goes by really fast, b/4 you know it you'd have finished. Believe me, it gives you pride to have a bachelor degree especially when it is your first real graduation in life and you'd also be glad you completed it. patience , patience, patience - it is a virtue.

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    I agree, get the bachelors

    Something I have learned in life is that you always want to have plan b and plan c. What happens as the last post suggested, what if you lose your license for some unfortunate reason. Things HAPPEN, and to be unpreppared is a bad thing. What happens if you decided medicine isn't for you ? I would much rather decide that and then jump into another direction asap if that is what I wanted to do rather than go BACK to school and take classes to obtain the degree. I agree, a degree IS a piece of paper, and although it doesn't mean you are any more or less in MY eyes, doesn't mean that it isn't required for particular interest.

    As for posing a problem with licensure, don't know too much about the requirements, from what I have come across, I agree with trMedic ? that I have never seen that being an issue with some places. Obviously you won't be practicing in CA, and few others, I think NJ, DC, and I think one other one that I know of that requires particular things. Don't quote me on those states, but bottom line. If you are going to cut corners, you better be sure you have mapped out what your path is going to be and then investigate any road blocks. As far as certain states, ** degree or not, just going to a carib school you are cutting corners, so some have additional hurdles to jump ie california.

    Not sure how old you are and if time is a factor, but I'm 31 and just going to med school. I don't think your as "old" as me, but take your time.
    Get the **, it gives your more options and other doors if one may close. Remember, Plan A, Plan B, and Plan C. Good luck!!
    Sometimes in life we have to be honest with ourselves in what it is in our best interest, even though it goes against our "want's" or egos.

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    advice please

    Quote Originally Posted by deeptango
    I was wondering whether entering a Caribbean medical school after 90 credit hours is a good idea, or if it is better to finish the bachelor's degree?

    Thank you..
    Do you know where you want to work? What kind of doctor you wish to become? Are you certain of these things? If not, finishing your bachelor's degree is probably a good idea.

    If you're absolutely positive that you want to become a GP (or some other field easily obtained by an IMG) in a state that doesn't require a ** to practice, then skip the undergrad.

    Personally, I found my undergraduate studies to be a colossal waste of time and money with regards to medical school preparation.

    Best wishes,
    The Trifling Jester

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    advice please

    Quote Originally Posted by deeptango
    I was wondering whether entering a Caribbean medical school after 90 credit hours is a good idea, or if it is better to finish the bachelor's degree?

    Thank you..
    Hey I am also a student who has decided to go into medical school without getting my bachelor's from a USA school. However, the Medical School that I am going to, which is St. Christopher's, rewards you with a ** degree after completing the Basic Science portion (first 2 years) of medical school. I think that's a great idea because you are basically taking all the science courses you need those first 2 years which should sufficiently satisfy the ** degree's requirement. However, if you really want to get you Bachelor's degree from a USA school and still want to start med school early, you can always go to med school and then during clinicals or summer break, take classes at your college to complete your degree. Getting a Bachelor's from Rutgers is something I want to accomplish so I will pick up a ** degree from St. Chris and at the same time will go back to Rutgers whenever I have chance after completing med school and get that bachelor's. Also, speak to your Dean or science department director and see if they can transfer the credits you earn at a medical school to count towards your bachelor's degree. I am pretty sure most colleges do that and then you would be doing med school and at the same time completing your Bachelors.

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    Follow Up Question

    Quote Originally Posted by ###
    1) reduced options
    You are forgoing a chance at US schools. In general, you should generally give US schools (including DO schools) a shot before going to the carib.
    DrB,
    I was wondering, why I should give US med. schools a shot before going to the carib. school. I realize that if I want to practice medicine in the US, US schools should be my first choice. But it seems to me that the Carib. schools have successful graduates who are practicing in the US; who have spend much less on their medical school education than US medical school students.

    Also, are DO schools, those of the Dominican Republic? If so, they why are these schools prefered over carib. schools?

    Thank you...

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    follow up to Vadmik

    Quote Originally Posted by vadimk
    furthermore, why make life difficult for yourself as an img by not finishing college.
    Vadmik,

    I agree that ** is good to have to fall back on but I've heard that although one hasn't finished college and went straight to medical school, and succedded, it shows their egarness and dedication to becoming a doctor.

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