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Packing for Caribbean Medical Schools

Daily Health Care Items

Students should be well equipped to handle minor medical problems. Common student complaints:

  • Digestive irregularities
  • Infections
  • Sunburn
  • Earaches
  • Cuts, sprains, bruises
  • Insect bites (mosquito)

Consider havinging the following:

  • A well-supplied first-aid kit
  • Band-aids, antiseptics and ace bandages
  • Sunscreens and insect repellents
  • Pepto-Bismol and Kaopectate (Digestion and irregularity remedies)

For those coming from outside of the Caribbean:

  • Be sure to have a recent, thorough physical examination before your arrival, including your blood type and up-to-date immunizations, such as tetanus, diphtheria, typhoid, Hepatitis B and yellow fever. Veterinary medicine students are required to have additional immunizations such as rabies vaccinations.
  • Available prescription medications can vary from country to country. If you are on any medication, be sure to bring enough to last longer than your anticipated stay. The particular medication you require may not be available in the Caribbean.
  • Contraceptives are available through Family Planning at some Caribbean Medical School clinics or local pharmacies. However, particular brands and dosages of oral contraceptives are often limited. It is advisable to bring sufficient supply with you.
  • If there are over-the-counter products that you prefer, bring them with you. These particular items may not be available in the Caribbean, and may be less expensive if purchased at home.