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  • Medical school is insanely competitive.

  • In the most recent data available from the AAMC, only about 41% of applicants were ultimately

  • accepted to a U.S. medical school.

  • Osteopathic D.O. schools have been gaining in popularity in recent years as well, forcing

  • less competitive applicants to turn to Caribbean medical schools in pursuing their dreams of

  • becoming a doctor.

  • Are Caribbean medical schools a good option?

  • Here are the pros and cons.

  • Dr. Jubbal, MedSchoolInsiders.com.

  • It's important to understand that the medical school you attend is not the final determinant

  • in whether or not you'll be a good physician.

  • I know a great deal of highly impressive physicians who trained at Caribbean medical

  • schools, and other physicians who trained in the U.S. who are not nearly as impressive.

  • That being said, we believe in full transparency and making educated decisions.

  • At Med School Insiders, we're surprised how commonly Caribbean medical schools are

  • suggested and recommended to pre-med applicants, without regard for the significant drawbacks.

  • But first, let's first cover the benefits.

  • First, Caribbean schools are less competitive and therefore you have a higher chance of acceptance.

  • It's no secretthe main reason and biggest

  • benefit in attending a Caribbean medical school is that it's less competitive than getting

  • into a U.S. allopathic medical school.

  • The average MCAT of U.S. matriculants in 2018-2019 was 505.6, and the average GPA was

  • 3.47 and 3.71 for science and non-science, respectively.

  • The average MCAT and GPA for Caribbean medical school matriculants is much lower.

  • For this reason, the schools have been described assecond chance medical schools”,

  • offering students a chance who would otherwise not be realistic candidates for U.S. programs.

  • Number two, excellent climate. Location-wise, the Caribbean is not the worst

  • place to be.

  • You'll have warm, tropical climates to enjoy year-round, without having to worry about

  • commuting in the snow.

  • Not all United States medical schools can say the same.

  • Number three, rolling admissions. In order to apply to U.S. medical schools,

  • you must apply through AMCAS in a set timeframe.

  • Caribbean schools, on the other hand, practice a rolling admissions process, meaning you

  • can apply throughout the year and matriculate shortly thereafter.

  • But now, the drawbacks.

  • First, it's challenging to match into a U.S. residency.

  • The NRMP regularly publishes the Match data for U.S. graduates

  • as well as U.S. IMGs (that's international medical graduates).

  • In 2018, 94.3% of U.S. medical school graduates successfully matched.

  • In comparison, only 57.1% of U.S. IMGs were accepted to a U.S. residency program.

  • That's not a comforting number.

  • Even the best Caribbean schools only reach around 70% match rates on the higher end.

  • Number two, a cut throat and less supportive culture. Most Caribbean medical schools are in the

  • for-profit business, and profit as the bottom line is a major driver in their motivation.

  • As a result, student support systems and student wellbeing is not as highly prioritized compared

  • to many U.S. programs.

  • In addition, you're less likely to find a collaborative atmosphere, given that you're

  • competing with one another to get a coveted U.S. residency position.

  • In stateside medical schools, pass/fail systems are more commonplace and the chances of going

  • unmatched are far lower.

  • Unsurprisingly, attrition rates are significantly higher at Caribbean medical schools.

  • While the literature doesn't demonstrate strong evidence regarding wellbeing in Caribbean

  • students versus stateside medical students, I'd wager that burnout and stress levels

  • are higher in the Caribbean.

  • Number three, Limited Options in Terms of Specialty. As much as you may think you know what specialty

  • you want to practice long term, you'll likely change your mind

  • (and often times more than just once).

  • For example, I was positive that I was going to practice pediatric gastroenterology when

  • I first entered medical school, but I ended up matching into plastic surgery.

  • A significant limitation with attending a Caribbean medical school is that you are significantly

  • less likely to be successful in matching into a competitive specialty.

  • We've outlined and ranked the most competitive specialties

  • beforeunderstand that if you're going for specialties like neurosurgery, plastic

  • surgery, or orthopedic surgery, you're much less likely to be successful than if you graduate

  • from a U.S. allopathic medical school.

  • Again, it's not impossible, but you'll be at a significant disadvantage.

  • But let's say you're going for a less competitive specialty. Maybe you just want to match into a desirable residency program.

  • Even then, you'll need to make up for the fact you attended a Caribbean medical school

  • by performing higher on USMLE Step 1 and Step 2CK compared to if you attended a U.S. program.

  • Number four, Inconsistent Quality. There are over 60 Caribbean medical schools,

  • but the quality at each is subject to vary.

  • Unlike the LCME in the U.S., which is the accrediting body for U.S. medical schools,

  • the accreditation system in the Caribbean is less standardized and less robust.

  • As a result, some schools have good results and good performance from their students

  • upwards of 95% passing USMLE Step 1 and a high percentage matching into U.S. residency

  • programs.

  • But others have a Step 1 pass rate as low as 19 percent with equally abysmal residency match

  • rates.

  • And number five, Increased Cost & Debt Burden. Some Caribbean medical schools have secured

  • federal financial aid options for their students.

  • But still, graduates are left with similar amounts of student debt, hovering around $200,000.

  • Combined with the fact that you'll be less likely to secure a residency position (and

  • therefore practice clinically as a physician), it becomes clear that this is a riskier financial

  • option.

  • So Is a Caribbean Medical School Right for You?

  • For most students, I recommend delaying your application by a year and strengthening your

  • application in order to apply to stateside osteopathic or even allopathic medical schools.

  • Students are often surprised by how much they can strengthen their application in just one

  • year.

  • For other students who may not have the patience to strengthen their app or because

  • of other factors limiting them, Caribbean medical schools may be their last option.

  • Our team of top physician advisors have helped hundreds of students get into U.S. medical

  • schools and we can help you as well.

  • From planning out your next year to helping you craft a masterful personal statement that gets you accepted,

  • we've got you covered.

  • And we're invested in your success.

  • After all, we win when you win.

  • Visit MedSchoolInsiders.com learn more.

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  • And if you made it this far, you'll also enjoy our Instagram.

  • Follow @kevinjubbalmd and @medschoolinsiders.

  • Thank you so much for watching, and I will see you in that next one.

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