October 31, 2018
Benefits of studying at a Caribbean medical school | UMCAS

The Benefits of Studying at a Caribbean Medical School

You want to become a doctor. But medical schools in Canada and the United States are among the most difficult in the world to gain admission. And that’s not necessarily because they have higher standards than medical schools elsewhere in the world.

Demand for admission to North American medical schools continues to outpace the growth in available spaces. Also, Canadian and American schools are amongst the few in the world that require a graduate degree as a prerequisite for admittance.

Fortunately, for aspiring medical students in Canada and the U.S.A., Caribbean medical schools offer a viable option that isn’t far from home.

And that’s just the first of many benefits of studying at Caribbean Medical Schools.


4 Benefits Of Choosing a Caribbean Medical School for Your Medical Education  


1. Lower Tuition Fees

The cost of tuition at a Caribbean medical university is generally lower than in Canada and the US. They are also generally lower than those in Australia and Ireland, which are other popular options for North American medical students.


2. Get Your Medical Degree Sooner

The time from when you begin your studies in North America, including your graduate degree, to when you graduate from medical school, can be far longer versus getting your degree in the Caribbean. In addition to needing a graduate degree, the demand for places in Canadian and American medical schools means you can wait for years to be accepted.


3. Similar Quality of Education

Caribbean Medical School curricula are based on North American models. A survey conducted by CaRMS, the Canadian Resident Matching Service, found that 94% of Caribbean students rated their satisfaction with their medical education as ‘high’.


4. Get Clinical Experience Sooner

Many Caribbean Medical Schools offer clinical experience earlier in your studies than schools in Canada and the US. This means that you’ll be able to gain practical, useful experience during your studies.


Like anywhere else, it helps to apply to more than one Caribbean medical school at a time to increase the chances of being accepted to the schools of your choice. At UMCAS, we help you with the application process to many of the best medical schools in the Caribbean. Our universal application form allows you to apply to multiple Caribbean medical schools with one application. To learn more, check out our list of medical schools abroad or feel free to contact our support team at any time.

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