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Study medicine in the Caribbean

Offshore medical schools in the Caribbean

Medicine can be studied at over 60 different medical schools in the Caribbean

There are both regional and offshore Caribbean medical schools:

  • Regional schools - provide medical training for practice within the country/region.
  • Offshore schools - focus on training students who later apply for residency programs within USA or Canada.

Off-shore schools are usually for profit enterprises which vary in size, with their head office (ownership) operating from a mainland US based administrative office.

There is quite a range in size: the smaller (newer) schools will sometimes call themselves ‘boutique’ medical schools, while the larger ones can have their parent companies being listed on the stock market.

For this reason, competition between them is strife and each will have you believe they are the best on the planet.

As the list of medical schools is quite long, we are unable to include all of them here. Please complete the form on this page and we will be in touch to discuss the best options for you, specially for the Caribbean.

For successful applicants from outside the USA/Canada, we are also able to look into enhancing your application, as around a third of international applicants have been awarded large scholarships too.

Offshore medical schools usually offer a 4-year MD course. The first 2-years if study are usually in the Caribbean island and the final 2 clinical years are usually taught at various clinical sites based on mainland US.

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These are usually graduate entry - so Pre-Med courses are required which can be completed on the Caribbean island, extending their 4-year course to 5, 6 or even 7 years in duration depending on your academic background.

Some also have sites in the UK too, attracting students that are from Europe and wish to practice medicine in Great Britain.

For admission the Caribbean medical schools, Pre-Med courses can also be completed in the UK and in countries local to you, which are also accepted my UK medical schools too. Please contact us to discuss your specific requirements.

Prior to applying, it is crucial to check that the Off-shore medical school in the Caribbean has appropriate reputation, facility and accreditation.

This includes accreditation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) since this body determines eligibility to sit the USMLE.

The medical school should also have appropriate accreditation by an accrediting agency which is recognised by the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME), approved by the National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation (NCFMEA), or approved by the New York State Department of Education, or approved by the Medical Board of California, etc.

Applying to a Caribbean medical school is less competitive and the average GPA required for admission is also lower than the average for most US/UK medical schools.

It is important to consider that although the medical courses may be easier to be accepted into, the residency programs that you will be eligible to apply for may be more limited. In addition to this, getting a residency program within the more competitive specialties may be especially difficult for graduates from Caribbean medical schools. The tuition fees for Caribbean medical courses are high so this is also an important factor to consider, especially since only a small number of Caribbean medical schools have approval for its students to be eligible for federal student loans for US/Canadian citizens.

Please complete the form above and we can help you decide on whether studying medicine in the Caribbean is an option for you and if so which medical schools you should consider and how to maximise your chances of admission and scholarship.

Applying to a Caribbean medical school is less competitive and the average GPA required for admission is also lower than the average for most US/UK medical schools.

Another feature of Off-shore medical schools in the Caribbean is that they usually have three intakes per calendar year in January, April and August each year. This allows flexibility to students ready to start their medical degree without having to wait till September of each typical academic year.

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