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    Caribbean Medical Schools- Why not?

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    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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    You are closing the door to possibly gaining admission to a US medical school. The first, best option.

    It might be a best option but how is it any different? don't they end up getting MD and licensure ANYWAYS?

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    Ah!
    THERE is the missing piece I was missing all along.


    Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrendaB_MD View Post
    This data I cited (Acad Med. 2006;81(10 Suppl):S112S115) is from the ECFMG and pertains only to USIMGs from carib schools. Historically, only 61% of USIMG carib students who register for Step I ultimately obtain a residency. This number does not include those who drop out prior to Step I. There is also significant attrition prior to step I (you indicated this in a prior post). So, assuming 10% attrition prior to step I (a very conservative estimate) roughly 50% of carib students fail to make it to residency.
    50% of caribbean students or graduates fail to make it to residency ever?
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