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ABOUT THE CARIBBEAN & CENTRAL AMERICA

The Caribbean islands are a group of islands on the Caribbean Sea, commonly grouped as West Indies along with few mainland countries like Suriname, Guyana and Belize. The Caribbean is regarded as one of the top tourism destinations on earth with the pristine beaches and natural beauty.

Central America is the central geographic region of the Americas. It is the southernmost, isthmian portion of the North American continent, which connects with South America on the southeast. When considered part of the unified continental model, it is considered a subcontinent. Central America consists of seven countries: Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama. Belize is one of the most sought after destinations for medical education in the region due to the English speaking local population and the courses being taught in English.

The Caribbean region has in the last 35 years has developed into a medical education hub for international students, especially from USA, Canada, India and European countries, thanks to the American Education system and curriculum strictly followed by the universities, also that have their clinical sites all over the United States. Studying Medicine at the Caribbean is a clear and easiest pathway to continue medical education and practice in USA. Most students studying in the Central American / Caribbean Medical Universities have been successful in the Residency placements and are working in over 45 countries, especially USA, Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand, etc.

EDUCATION

Few of Recommended Universities:

  • St George’s University, Grenada
  • Spartan Health Sc. University, St Lucia
  • Trinity University School of Medicine, St Vincent & Grenadines
  • St Martinus University, Curacao
  • American International Medical University, St Lucia
  • Central America Health Sc University, Belize

Key Reasons to Study Medicine in the Caribbean islands & Central America:

  • Caribbean medical schools strictly follow the US Education system and curriculum and are focused on preparing Physician workforce for countries like USA, Canada, etc.
  • Opportunity to pursue 2 Years of Clinical rotations program in teaching hospitals in USA / UK.
  • MCAT, SAT, IELTS / TOEFL Scores not required
  • Practical and Perfectly planned education curriculum and pattern that results in high success rates in licensing examinations like USMLE, MCI FMGE, PLAB, AMC etc.
  • Dedicated USMLE training / preparations during the course of study
  • Up to 5-10 times lesser cost than studying Medicine in USA or other major developed countries
  • In most Accredited Universities we suggest, students write the NBME - National Board of Medical Examiners’ examination - USA's board examinations.
    • NBME is the body that conducts the board exit examinations for Medical students in the US Universities.
    • NBME is the body that governs the USMLE examinations as well. Hence, most of these universities follow the same curriculum followed in USA / Canada and impart USMLE practice from Semester 1.
  • Shorter course durations: 4 – 5.5 Years. Premedical qualification is not mandatory in few universities for students with strong academic background
  • 100% FREE, Globally recognized post graduate training in USA / other developed countries on successful completion of USMLE or other respective licensing examinations
  • Stipend paid during Post Graduate Education (Minimum of 3,500 - 8,000 $ pm)
  • High standards of living; Safe, secure and peaceful environment.
  • Climatic conditions similar to India (temperatures ranging from 25⁰C to 35⁰C), Good for Clinical exposure.
  • Over 2.5 million / Approx 30% of people in the Caribbean are of Indian origin (Source: Wikipedia).
  • Few universities here are run and facilities governed by Indian managements; Good number of Indian students.
  • Three intakes a year: January, May and September
  • High Visa success rate and lower documentation requirements
  • The Medical Universities we suggest are all recognized and approved by global bodies like
    • MCI – Medical Council of India
    • Governments of the countries they are located in
    • ECFMG – Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, USA
    • FAIMER’s IMED – Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research’s International Medical Education Directory, USA
    • ACGME – Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education – Residency / Teaching hospitals in USA
    • MCC – Medical Council of Canada
    • WHO – World Health Organization’s Avicenna Directories, etc.,

In general terms, these universities are similar to IIT and other entrance exam Olympiad schools operating in few parts of India. Apart from imparting medical education, the universities focus completely on the licensing examination [USMLE (USA), MCCQE (Canada), PLAB (UK), AMC (Aus / NZ), etc.] and prepare the aspiring students to be successful in the same.

Hence the programs are career oriented, yet cost effective / value for money.

Program Structure:

The programs are structured such that once the students clear Step 1 of NBME / USMLE after finishing Basic Medical Sciences in Yr 2 (in some cases Yr 3) they could continue their 3rd and 4th year – Clinical studies (in few cases 4th and 5th years) in affiliated teaching hospitals in USA(Optional). Students can do the clinical rotation in UK even without clearing PLAB/USMLE.

After finishing USMLE Step 1&2 with a decent score (Either in USA / UK or Central America), Students get a Temporary / Provisional License to pursue the Residency program in USA / Canada.

“Residency” is an option for students to pursue Post Graduate training / Specialization in a teaching hospital in USA / Canada / UK, etc, on work based study mode. The PG program is 100% free of tuition fee. A very good stipend is paid during the program. Minimum Stipend ranges from US $ 4,000 and may be up to US $ 12,000 / Month. Students generally earn back what they have spent on their UG education within a span of 1 – 1.5 years. They also have very good chances of settling down in the countries from which the finish Residency.

Further, Students who complete Residency program in USA / Canada / UK / Australia / New Zealand have additional benefits back in India too. They NEED NOT WRITE MCI SCREENING TEST IF THEY ARE COMING BACK TO INDIA TO CONTINUE THEIR PRACTICE.

5 EASY STEPS

  • Consult My MBBS Abroad team. Know about the eligibility criteria and requirements, entrance examinations, universities, costs, visa success rates, future career prospects, etc
  • Apply for the university of your choice with academic documents, statement of purpose, reference letter, etc
  • On successful admission and payment of a part of tuition fee, prepare the Visa documents and apply for Visa and make travel arrangements
  • On Visa approval, fly to Central America / Caribbean. Enroll with the University.
    • Study Pre Medical course (8 Months – 1.5 Yr if required depending on University criteria).
    • Study Basic Medical Sciences – 5 Terms (2 Years).
    • Write NBME Board Exams and USMLE Step 1 (USMLE is optional)
    • Study Clinical Sciences in USA / Canada / UK / the Caribbean teaching hospitals (2 Years)
    • Write USMLE Step 2 CK and CS (Optional)
    • Write NMBE Clinical board exams
    • Graduate – Earn a Doctor of Medicine – MD degree equivalent to MBBS in India
    • Apply for Residency program in USA through NRMP after successful USMLE Step 1, Step 2 – CK and CS scores
  • Pursue Residency in USA / Canada / other countries. Study PG free of Cost, earn stipend of USD 4,000 – 12,000 /month. Earn Specialization / super specialty in desired field of medicine. Clear USMLE Step 3, Board Certification and BECOME A FULLY LICENCED PHYSICIAN IN USA / Canada / other countries! FMGE (MCI Screening) not required after UG/PG/Licensing in USA, Canada, UK, Australia and New Zealand!

UNIVERSITIES

Suggested Universities:

  • St George’s University, Grenada - click here to more
  • Spartan Health Sciences University, St Lucia-click here to more
  • Trinity University School of Medicine, St Vincent & Grenadines-click here to more
  • American University of Antigua, Antigua-click here to more
  • St Martinus University, Curacao - click here to more
  • American International Medical University, St Lucia-click here to more
  • Central America Health Sciences University, Belize-click here to more

List of Current Medical Schools in the Caribbean:

S No Medical School Country/Territory Established
1 All American Institute of Medical Sciences Jamaica 2011
2 All Saints University College of Medicine Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 2011
3 All Saints University School of Medicine Dominica 2006
4 American International Medical University School of Medicine Saint Lucia 2007
5 American University of Antigua College of Medicine Antigua and Barbuda 2004
6 American University of Barbados School of Medicine Barbados 2011
7 American University of St Vincent School of Medicine Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 2012
8 American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine Sint Maarten(NL) 1978
9 Atlantic University School of Medicine Saint Lucia 2010
10 Aureus University School of Medicine Aruba(NL) 2004
11 Avalon University School of Medicine Curacao(NL) 2003
12 Caribbean Medical University School of Medicine Curacao(NL) 2007
13 Destiny University School of Medicine and Health Sciences Saint Lucia 2001
14 International American University College of Medicine Saint Lucia 2004
15 International University of the Health Sciences (IUHS) Saint Kitts and Nevis 1998
16 International University School of Medicine Bonaire(NL) 2005
17 Medical University of the Americas - Nevis Saint Kitts and Nevis 1998
18 Ross University School of Medicine Dominica 1978
19 Saba University School of Medicine Saba(NL) 1994
20 Saint James School of Medicine Anguilla(UK) 2001
21 Saint James School of Medicine Bonaire(NL) 1999
22 Spartan Health Sciences University St Lucia 1980
23 St. George's University School of Medicine Grenada 1977
24 St. Martinus University Faculty of Medicine Curacao(NL) 2000
25 St. Matthew's University School of Medicine Cayman Islands(UK) 2002
26 Trinity School of Medicine Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 2008
27 University of Health Sciences Antigua School of Medicine Antigua and Barbuda 1983
28 University of Medicine and Health Sciences Saint Kitts and Nevis 2008
29 University of Science, Arts & Technology Faculty of Medicine Montserrat(UK) 2003
30 Washington Medical Sciences Institute Saint Lucia 2011
31 Windsor University School of Medicine Saint Kitts and Nevis 2000
32 Xavier University School of Medicine Aruba(NL) 2004
33 Central America Health Sciences University Belize Medical College Belize 1996

EXPENSES & SCHOLARSHIPS

EXPENSES:

Expenses involved in studying medicine in the Caribbean may vary from university to university. On an average, the cost may vary from INR 30-70 Lakhs overall, inclusive of food accommodation, academic and miscellaneous expenses, travel, etc. In very few universities the cost may go too high.

However, the cost involved in pursuing a similar course in USA is very high. The students, on clearing USMLE / other licensing examinations get an entry into the residency program, which is lucrative enough for the student to retrieve the cost completely in Maximum 1 – 2 Years.

SCHOLARSHIPS:

Scholarships are available to aspiring students based on academic performance and merit, passion towards studying medicine, need, etc. My MBBS Abroad team would support all eligible students in the process of applying for scholarships.

APPLICATION PROCESS:

Medical universities in the Caribbean have 3 intakes every year – January, May and September.

Students should apply at least 2 months prior to the course start date for successful admissions. The documents required for application are:

  • 10th std mark sheets and pass certificate
  • 12th std mark sheets and pass certificate
  • UG Mark Sheets and Certificate (If any)
  • Copy of passport
  • Statement of purpose
  • Reference letters

The documents required may vary time to time. Kindly contact My MBBS Abroad team for updated information and assistance on your application and subsequent process

VISA INFORMATION:

Caribbean or Central American countries normally provide easy visa access to students planning to study medicine.

Most countries initially offer 1 Year visa for the students, which can be renewed on arrival / yearly basis.

The following documents are required for the Visa application and renewal:

  • Academic documents (10th, 12th, etc)
  • Medical Certificate
  • Passport
  • Admission and acceptance letters, etc

My MBBS Abroad team would process the complete process on behalf of the student.