o.k check it out... can you practice in the caribbean after you get your MD from there.... ie: can you practice in St. Maartan after getting your degree from AUC or in Grenada after getting MD from St. George....?!?
Why not? I think all that it would depend on is securing licensure in the country you intend to practice in. Many of the professors at Ross are also practising physicians in Dominica. They are quite highly respected by the locals as well.
Remember, at most Caribbean programs all you are doing in the islands is your basic science training. You do your clinical training at teaching hospitals in the U.S. Once finished, you complete a residency at a ACGME approved site. Then you are licensed to practice in the U.S., namely the individual states that recognize your credentials. If you want to, say, practice in the U.S. Virgin Islands, I would imagine that you would have to apply to their medical board for approval. If that islands accepts your credentials - again - why not?
We've had this discussion before, but just to reiterate: an M.D. is an M.D. regardless of where one did their training. I don't see any reason why a particular island in the Caribbean would not accept a physician's license, especially if that license is from the U.S. Of course, the key is completing one's training in the U.S.
Originally posted by Stephen Ewen Depends on WHICH island-nation. Essentially, if it is a place were a lot of doctors would love to go to retire, don't count on it. Others--well, you may be very much needed.
I know, specifically, Saba grads can be licensed in the Netherlands Antilles. I believe this is also true of AUC grads. I'm also pretty sure SGU grads can be licensed anywhere in the Carib.
Ithink the only place anyone might have problems is in the french islands since they are considered "overseas departments" of France and, I believe, have the same very strict pre-requisites for licensure.
in the dominican republic, you are required to complete one year's service which they call "pasantia" for which you are assigned the location by lottery. you don't know where on the island you may be assigned. you have some say in the matter, but i don't know how much. it doesn't pay much, but pays more the more underserved the population. basically, you get to play town doctor in the middle of nowhere sometimes. if you have connections, you might be able to maneuver something cushier.
i had a professor (a kentucky native) who was doing this (because he married a dominican woman and moved to santo domingo). he had practiced urology in the united states.
you are expected to complete this pasantia prior to entering residency, if you're trained there.