You have to know some Spanish for the PR schools. From what I understand the books and exams are in English but some Prof. will sometimes speak in Spanish. The PR shools in the MSAR (Ponce and Caribe) are A+++ b/c they are LCME approved. Graduating from one of them is like graduating from any school in the US. This is NOT the case for schools in the Carribean. I think that PR schools get confused w/ the Carribean schools b/c PR is in the Car...NRAI2001 said:Do US students who go to med school in Puerto Rico (carribean style schools) need to learn Spanish before marticulating? Do they complete rotations in the US?
If you do a residency in Puerto Rico, will you be eligible to practice in the US? Or must you do a residency in the US for this?Ramon y Cajal said:Puerto Rico has been great. There are three LCME accredited schools here (UPR, Universidad Central del Caribe and Ponce School of Medicine). Classes are taught in Spanish. The overwhelming number of students in each school are native Spanish speakers, but textbooks and the teachers' Power Point presentations are all in English. You should know Spanish before coming down here, however, that being said, the administration (at least at UCC and Ponce) feel that you have the first two years of basic sciences where you can get by with limited Spanish to improve your Spanish before you clinical years where knowledge of Spanish is essential.
Pretty much anything that you would want in the States you can find here. Plaza las Americas is one of the nicest malls I have ever been to, including the US and Europe and all major US chain stores and restaurants can be found here (i.e. Gap, Bed Bath and Beyond, Ruby Tuesday's, Chili's, Burger King, Taco Bell, etc.)
3rd year rotations, as is typical in the mainland schools, are done locally, and 4th year you have the option of doing all of your clinical rotations (18 weeks) in the mainland, but you must spend 12 weeks in PR (6 wks of Ambulatory medicine, 4 weeks of Neurology and 2 weeks of Topics in Medicine (during the Match)) - at least this is how it works at UCC.
Many students do their residencies in the mainland. In fact, there are not enough residencies in Puerto Rico for those who wish to stay.
Hope this helps.
Hola ,NRAI2001 said:Do US students who go to med school in Puerto Rico (carribean style schools) need to learn Spanish before marticulating? Do they complete rotations in the US?
Hey,I'm a med student coming to PR for part of the summer and I'm having a hard time finding housing. I've checked craigslist, and there's nothing that works for me there. I thought maybe some of you out there would be subleasing your homes for the summer. I'm looking for something in the northeast, maybe close the airport. San Juan would be great too. Anything at this point would work! Please let me know!