Applying To Medical School (1)
Many people find getting into a medical school more difficult than anticipated. The first two years will be at the overseas campuses for all Caribbean medical schools, but the clinical rotations for the top schools are in the U.S. This offers a huge advantage to students in that they can benefit from the higher acceptance rates to get into the Caribbean universities while still being able to learn from the doctors at U.S. hospitals during their clinical rotations.
And, while some are better than others, no medical schools are doing very well at enrolling underrepresented minorities (except the historically black schools and the Puerto Rican schools) or at producing physicians for rural areas at anything approaching the percent of Americans who live in those areas ( Primary Care and Rural Areas , April 28, 2010).
After successfully passing the final 5th year examinations, one is awarded the degree of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery ( MBChB ). A year of internship in a hospital designated for that purpose, under the supervision of a specialist in that discipline is required before an unrestricted license to practice medicine and surgery is granted by the Uganda Medical and Dental Practitioners Council (UMDPC).
In fact, about half of all the medical schools in the US do not consider applications of other than US or Canadian citizens at all (see which medical schools accept international applicants ). Most of those, then, require that students either get their undergraduate degree in the United States, or spend at least one year at a US educational institution.
As undergraduates, students must complete a series of prerequisites, consisting of biology , physics , and chemistry (general chemistry and organic ). Many medical schools have additional requirements including calculus , genetics , statistics , biochemistry , English , and/or humanities classes.