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Caribbean Medical Schools

Offshore medical schools have sought to provide increased access to a medical education in order to meet the demands of health care services around the world. In particular,  Caribbean medical school have served as an extensive of classrooms in the United States because of the limited spaces that are available to  all those who apply to medical school.

Complaints of insufficient health professionals are not just a result of a lack of resources on the part of medical school applicants, but rather as a result of insufficient schools to house the large numbers of persons  that a medical education.  In answering the problem of cost, Caribbean medical schools are less expensive than many in the US and other parts of the world and give thousands of individuals the opportunity to pursue their dreams, and not having to abandon the desire of becoming a nurse, lab technician, pediatrician or cardiologist.  These are two of the issues that medical schools in the Caribbean have successfully addressed, making dreams possible and realizable.

For anyone who enters a Caribbean medical school, living in the Caribbean signifies learning a new culture, a different way of life and a better understanding of the different peoples of the world.  For many, attending a Caribbean medical school might be the first experience of being away from home alone for a lengthened period of time, and is thus seen as the first time being so free, managing one’s own time, affairs and money and therefore assuming a greater degree of responsibility.

The University of the West Indies, faculty of Medical Sciences is one of the many faculties that the University of the West Indies, Caribbean medical school possesses. Founded in 1948 as one of the colleges of the university of London, the University of west indies, Caribbean medical school continues to expand and today has a medical faculty accommodates a facilities for Medical sciences, Pharmacy, Dentistry, advanced training in Nursing and Veterinary Science.

Teaching at the faculty of Medical Sciences, Caribbean medical school, is done with a view to ensure that student receive thorough and sound training in the areas of veterinary health research, medical practice and dental health. The focus of the Faculty of Medical Sciences, Caribbean medical school, has remained international in light of a constantly intertwined world in addition to the special interest that has been placed on the medical and research needs of the Caribbean region. This view has led the Faculty of Medical Sciences continues to stride toward implementing technology in its teaching programmes so as to offer world class medical technological solutions to health matters which affect the region. The Caribbean medical school is therefore equipped with modern research laboratories and integrates computer assisted learning techniques and programmes.

The Faculty of Medical Sciences, Caribbean medical school, has five main schools including a pre health professions programmes which is specially designed for prospective medical students who are not adequately equipped to enter medical school. This programme lasts for three semesters, about one year, upon completion of which the student is able to meet the requirements for matriculating into another of the faculties of the medical school. The main schools within the Faculty of Medical Science, Caribbean medical school, include the School of Medicine consisting of the Department of Preclinical Sciences, the Department of Clinical Medical sciences, the Department of Para Clinical Sciences, the Department of Clinical Surgical Sciences and the Department of Clinical Medical Sciences; there is also the School of Advanced Nursing Education, the School of Veterinary Medicine and the School of Pharmacy. Medical studies at the Faculty of Medical Sciences, Caribbean medical school, thus span over the areas general internal medicine, radiology, psychiatry, pediatrics, clinical psychology (MSc), orthopedics, surgery, urology, ophthalmology, anesthetics, emergency medicine (MSc) and obstetrics and gynecology. The qualification obtained at the school of nursing is a Master of Science in Advanced Nursing, while for veterinary medicine qualifications include the DVM – Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and the MPhil and PhD in Veterinary Sciences. Studies at the School of Medicine last for five years shared into 2 clinical years and 3 years of pre-clinical science, the DDS or Doctor of Dental Surgery extends over a 5 year study period divided into 2 years of preclinical sciences taught using a Problem-Based Learning methodology and an additional 3 years of clinical study after which successful students graduate with a DDS degree. Graduation is followed by a 12 month general dentistry programme required for certification by the dental Council before being able to practice anywhere within the region.

The University of the West Indies Faculty of Sciences, Caribbean medical school, has a long history of excellence and very high standards. Studying at the University of the West Indies is a winning experience in many ways, which include studying at an institution of very high repute, international recognition and experiencing the beautiful island of Trinidad and Tobago, known for its flamboyant culture, music, people and carnival.

If you have the self discipline and focus to study in paradise, medical schools in the Caribbean Islands are a possible alternative to medical schools within the continental U.S.

If you have the self discipline and focus to study in paradise, medical schools in the Caribbean Islands are a possible alternative to medical schools within the continental U.S. or any other part of the world where English is the medium of education for medical and dental studies.

The Benefits of Studying Medicine in the Caribbean are as follows:

  • Studying in a Caribbean medical school allows you to leave your country without having to learn a foreign language as the medium of instruction is English.
  • Quality education at a public or private medical school that qualifies you to be an MD.
  • There are 154 medical schools in the continental U.S. with approximately 17,000 openings each year. Competing with around 50,000 applicants may encourage you to apply to a Caribbean medical school. Students in other countries face a similar situation.
  • Cost of medical school is  less expensive in the Caribbean than European and North American universities.
  • One of the advantages of Caribbean medical schools is the fact that they pool medical scholars and professionals from a variety of backgrounds and fields, thus ensuring that Caribbean medical school students are well rounded and obtain a fulfilling experience.
  •  Plenty of recreation in your free time.


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