Originally posted by yonathan13:
St. George is the best med school in the carribean- but it is a notch below the above schools.
Ok, most of what people said in these posts is incorrect. There are many, many great medical schools around the world. Even in Africa. University of Witwatersrand and University of Cape Town in South Africa are spectacular. The first heart transplant was performed there. There are 5-10 great schools in the British Isles (Cambridge, Oxford, Imperial College, Queen Mary, Dublin), Germany, Japan, South Korea and Singapore.
The US probably has an affiliation with Sackler because of US-Israeli relations more than the fact that it's a great school. American University of Beirut has just as good of a reputation. Doctors trained in Iraq, Iran and Saudi Arabia are all wonderful. Most of these posts are completely US/Euro-centric views.
hello. I am applying to u.s. md schools right now and not having much luck. but who knows. but anyway i've read countless threads on premed forums that for residency match u.s. m.d.> d.o.>>>>>>>>foreign schools.
So people here have mentioned the following foreign english-language schools are supposedly better than caribbean: dublin, israel, and australia. I understand there are many universities worldwide that have a better reputation in research than some of the american m.d. schools. But I do not care about that. Do you have any reliable information to show that dublin or israel or australia matches well into u.s. EM or Anesthesiology (slightly competitive for u.s. grads) residencies?? How would you even go about signing up for USMLE and clerkships in the u.s.?
And my other concern with foreign school is of course tuition. If I go to a U.S. school I can do military hpsp which yields me free tuition and a $25k/yr stipend. I could use that to go to Europe or the Caribbeans on my winter breaks! I could own a car. Basically I could be a person.
So the question is are those foreign schools realistic for someone who does not feel comfortable asking his parents to pay for school (my parents already paid about $150k for my ugrad and I feel bad enough)? I would feel terrible if I lived in dublin or israel and I could not go on vacation to the Alps and buy some other girl a ticket to keep me company.
One of your main concerns when choosing a medical school shouldn't be about how much of the extra money you have can be used to go on a Europe vacation during winter break.