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    Just Completed MD at MUA

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    I recently completed my MD program at MUA and wanted to share some facts for future students who are considering a Caribbean school.

    (1)All Caribbean schools are challenging to complete the program. While some are better in providing somewhat better services, at the end it is up to the student.
    (2)Do not expect traditional University environment. You have to do a lot of soul searching and decide for yourself that you are determined to come out with the degree.
    (3)Many students leave the program because they are not able to put the effort required or have the wrong perception of the program. Typical drop outs are those come in to the program due to parental pressure, not prepared to handle Caribbean island living, shock of the level of effort required for the program, & etc. All Caribbean schools know this and they over recruit and eventually only those who can survive will come out with a degree. They advertise the passing statistics based on those who sat for the USMLE Steps 1 & 2 and not based on how many were recruited at the beginning of the program.
    (4)Clinical rotations are not easy to organize, this can be nerve wrecking if you have to move from once City to another in the US every 6 to 8 weeks.
    (5)The highest risk is the residency match. The pecking order for residency match is US grads from US med schools, US Citizens who are IMGs, IMGs who are non-US Citizen. I am a Canadian so I was on the bottom of the list.
    (6)If you are a Canadian, you can only focus on those programs that will sponsor your visa. This further restricts your ability to apply for all the programs that is available to a US Grad from US school.
    (7)If you know all of the risks that you can anticipate, you can make an educated decision in choosing your path. This is not an easy route become a physician.

    I got matched with a reputable University for a good residency program, and therefore, it is doable. The quality of those who come out successfully from the Caribbean school and get matched are those should have gained entrance to a traditional medical school in the first place. When I ask my collogues who have come out of the program, they generally say "If I had worked as half hard as in the Caribbean medical school, I could have entered a traditional medical school".
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    Good for you, people certainly underestimate the difficulty of Caribbean schools

    Were there additional fees for the clinical/hospital rotations??? Or does your annual tuition cover them?

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    Thanks for sharing this valuable information. I am interest to join MD degree at Caribbean Medical University most of the students recommends me all saints university SVG but i need more details about which is the best college or university to join.

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    There are no additional fees for clinical rotations. Typically, the fee for rotations, which goes in a semester format, is higher than the fee you will be paying for the basic sciences in the Caribbean.

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    In my opinion, schools that can be considered at the higher scale are St. George, Ross & AUC. They are also more expensive than others. Other schools can be considered at a lower scale. One of the difference comes is in providing access to clinical rotations. Upper tiered schools are better organized and connected with relatively better hospital systems. At lower tiered schools, you will have to work hard with the schools to get the clinical rotations organized specially when it comes to organizing electives. If you are hard working, there is not much difference in basic sciences done between the different schools in the the Caribbean.

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    congrats. residency will go quicker than medical school. I am a canadian and an attending in canada now. Amazing how fast the time goes. enjoy the process; I wish I did that more.
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    “At lower tiered schools, you will have to work hard with the schools to get the clinical rotations organized specially when it comes to organizing electives”

    Explain this in more detail please. I always thought, even at low tiered schools you still get access to clinical rotations

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    Clinical rotations consists of core rotations and electives rotations. You will get core rotations arranged by the school - typically this is OK. At lower tier schools arranging elective rotations can be challenging. During the elective rotations, you will be picking up rotations that will strengthen your residency field that you are interested in. Sometimes choices are limited and you may not find the electives you wanted. So you will end up picking up what is available to complete program.

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    Thanks, that makes A LOT of sense

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