One of the most difficult challenges associated with obtaining a medical degree is actually being accepted into a medical school. According to recent statistics, less than half of the students that apply to medical schools in the United States each year are accepted. This leaves many aspiring doctors feeling as if they are more likely to win the lottery than be accepted into medical school. The process can be so frustrating that many students simply end up choosing another career path. With so many brilliant minds abandoning their dreams, it is worth examining alternatives. One alternative to U.S. medical schools is enrolling in a Caribbean medical university.
In fact, there are some exceptionally powerful reasons why students should consider applying to Caribbean medical schools.
1. A Holistic Evaluation Process
The sheer volume of student applications to U.S. medical schools makes it impossible to holistically evaluate each student, so a disproportionate amount of weight is given to MCAT scores. Conversely, most Caribbean medical schools do not require that a student submit an MCAT score in order to apply. Many experts in the medical field understand that test scores and GPA alone do not necessarily a reflection of a student's capacity to become a knowledgeable and successful physician. There are schools in the Caribbean that will offer entry interviews to anyone that meets the minimum criteria — giving candidates an opportunity to reveal their passion, and prove their capacity to be successful.
2. Significantly Higher Success Rates than in the U.S.
More than 49,000 students applied to U.S. medical schools last year, and of that number, only 20,343 were accepted meaning that only four out of ten students applying to medical school in the U.S. will be accepted. When Ivy League schools like Harvard are examined, the number climbs to one in every 25 applicants being accepted. Because Caribbean Medical schools don't have the high volume like Medical schools in America, they are not forced to reduce a student to their MCAT score, examining their capabilities more thoroughly.
3. Accelerated Study Programs
Attending a Carribean Medical University can also allow you to trim a couple of years off of your total course time, meaning that you will be able to start working that much sooner. Caribbean medical universities tend to offer accelerated study programs through the use of articulation agreements. Some schools will allow their students to complete pre-med studies in as little as two years. Qualified students who complete the program are automatically accepted into the school's medical program.
Many students who desire to become doctors have a passion for medicine and helping others, and that passion should not be denied based on denial of acceptance into U.S. medical schools, when there are highly qualified schools in the Caribbean.