Medical school is insanely competitive. In the most recent data available from the AAMC, only about 41% of applicants were ultimately accepted to a U.S. medical school. Osteopathic D.O. schools have been gaining in popularity in recent years as well, forcing less competitive applicants to turn to Caribbean medical schools in pursuing their dreams of becoming a doctor. Are Caribbean medical schools a good option? Here are the pros and cons.

It’s important to understand that the medical school you attend is not the final determinant in whether or not you’ll be a good physician. I know a great deal of highly [impressive physicians who trained at Caribbean medical schools, and other physicians who trained in the U.S. who are not as impressive. That being said, we believe in full transparency and making educated decisions.

At Med School Insiders, we’re surprised how commonly Caribbean medical schools are suggested and recommended to pre-med applicants, without regard for the significant drawbacks.

Benefits (Pros)
01:07 Less Competitive
01:49 Excellent Climate
02:08 Rolling Admissions

Drawbacks (Cons)
02:27 Difficulty Matching into U.S. Residency Programs
03:00 Cut Throat Culture
03:50 Limited Specialty Flexibility (For Competitive Specialties)
05:00 Inconsistent Quality of Training
05:37 Increased Cost

05:39 Are Caribbean Medical Schools Right for You?

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