The Elite Six Caribbean Medical Schools
There are nearly 60 offshore and 35 regional medical schools that can be found in the Caribbean. Unless a prospective student is a resident of one of the Caribbean Islands, they cannot enroll at a regional medical school, as they only accept residents from the specific island that each medical school is located on. This leaves nearly 60 offshore Caribbean medical schools from which prospective medical students can choose from. This is still a large number of schools from which to choose from and the goal of this article is to narrow the field down to six medical schools for prospective students to research further. We call this the Elite Six Caribbean Medical Schools.
What are the Elite Six Caribbean Medical Schools?
The Elite Six Caribbean Medical Schools are:
- The University of Medicine and Health Sciences
- St. George’s University – School of Medicine
- Ross University School of Medicine
- Saba University School of Medicine
- American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine
- American University of Antigua College of Medicine
Are The Elite Six Caribbean Medical Schools legit?
Yes, absolutely the Elite Six Caribbean Medical Schools are legitimate! Each of the schools is approved either by ACCM or CAAM-HP or both. This means that students are eligible to become licensed in the United States. Probably the most significant statistic for each of the Elite Six Schools is being able to boast a 90 percent or higher Residency match rate. Another great statistic is for USMLE pass rates in the 90+ percent range! Additionally, each school has a legacy of success with at least 1000 licensed graduates.
What are the worst Caribbean medical schools?
The worst Caribbean medical schools for US and Canadian residents are those schools that are not recognized by either the ACCM or CAAM-HP. In the US the governing body for accrediting medical schools is the LCME (Liaison Committee on Medical Education). There are no schools located outside the United States and Canada that are accredited by the LCME.
The National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation (NCFMEA) is in charge of evaluating whether the accrediting requirements for a medical school outside the US are “comparable” to those of medical schools inside the US. The NCFMEA is a US Department of Education committee. The NCFEA has recognized that medical schools that are accredited by either ACCM or CAAM-HP are acknowledged as having standards similar to those of Medical schools in the United States. Thus students attending Caribbean Medical Schools without ACCM or CAAM-HP approval will not be eligible to become licensed in the US or Canada.
- UMHS – The University of Medicine and Health Sciences
- SGU – St. George’s University School of Medicine
- RUSM – Ross University School of Medicine
- SABA – Saba University School of Medicine
- AUC – American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine
- AUA – American University of Antigua College of Medicine