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    wajahan is offline Newbie 510 points
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    Caribbean Medical Schools- Why not?

    So I have been snooping around this forum alot and I have read some posts by sucessful caribbean medical school students who had no trouble getting their MDs. Additionally, many claimed to have succesful clinical rotation and residency placements!

    I am curious as to why do 'we' [people down in North America,espeically Canada] consider Caribbean medical schools a poor option? Furthermore, am aware that most caribbean MD graduates are able to return back home to continue with their medical proffession.

    apart from the heavy loan, what else might be considered a disadvantage about graduating from Caribbean medical schools?

    any opinions/facts/arguements will be greatly appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrendaB_MD View Post

    Note, the study only included schools that graduate over 200 students during the period of study. Small flaky schools were excluded.

    The point is that the attrition continues all along the way.
    Exactly how many graduate 200+? The # of carib schools probably total 40 or even 50 schools? Most are small, flaky. The Big 4 (not sure...Saba?) graduate hundreds every yr. If one's super-driven when stepping on island, doing nothin' but medicine, then one should have better chance with the the ones that graduate 200+ students, right?

    Because, if one becomes valedictorian/salutatorian or even Top 10 from a grad class of a large school, then there is nice chance to grab a top residency. Conversely, small, flaky ones' successful MD grads will still get shut out of some states, since a good # of U.S. states would not license them, or their hospitals won't select them as residents?? If can't be a resident, then GAME OVER.
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    I know the Match statistics are for ALL IMGs applying to ALL specialties. I assume there are significant differences in the competitiveness of specialties...I was wondering what the Match statistics would be for someone planning on entering family medicine VS. a more competitive specialty.

    Also there seem to be a certain number of spots that go unfilled every year. For example, University of Western Ontario seems to have 25 spots that are left vacant in family medicine residency each year. Why would this be when the CaRMS match rate is so terrible for IMGs? (9-10%). Can anyone shed some light? Thanks,

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    Quote Originally Posted by LisaTMD View Post
    Also there seem to be a certain number of spots that go unfilled every year. For example, University of Western Ontario seems to have 25 spots that are left vacant in family medicine residency each year.
    Those were CMG (not IMG) spots. The IMG spots filled right off the bat. Those spots would be snapped up in the second round by CMGs who went unmatched in the first round.

    Why would this be when the CaRMS match rate is so terrible for IMGs? (9-10%). Can anyone shed some light? Thanks,
    Why is the CaRMS match rate so bad for IMGs? It's just numbers:

    229 IMG positions available 2010*
    1,232 Canadians who trained abroad applying for those positions

    * the number of IMG positions offers has dropped by 4% year over year for the the last few years, while the number of Canadians doing med school abroad has increased
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