Caribbean Medical Schools
The application deadline is November 1. AMCAS opens the application cycle in early May, and applicants can begin submitting in June, and because we use a rolling admission process, we encourage applicants to apply as early in the cycle as possible. In daily practice, however, there is no substantial difference between what a Doctor of Medicine or a Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Surgery are allowed to do. When the degree is obtained, a record is created for that new doctor in the index of the National Ministry of Education (Ministerio Nacional de Educación) and the physician is given their corresponding medical practitioner’s ID, which is a number that identifies him and his academic achievements.
The criteria for admission to a Caribbean medical school are also far less stringent than they are in the US. This is another reason why many students from the US and Canada prefer to apply to them; students who have been eliminated due to insufficient scores in US or Canada stand one more chance of qualifying as doctors.
Upon successful completion of medical school, students are granted the title of Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D..). Residency training, which is a supervised training period of three to seven years (usually incorporating the 1st year internship)typically completed for specific areas of specialty.
Although their future patients may not be concerned with where the doctors learned their trade, (but rather, only that they know their stuff!), medical students know that when applying for residencies it does make a difference where you’re coming from.
Choose Wisely Although it may be tempting to solely apply to the top-rated medical schools, don’t let the name or prestige of certain institutions deter you from considering smaller, lesser-known schools that specialize in the area you want to study.