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Puerto Rico

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by j66, May 9, 2001.

  1. j66

    j66 Member 10+ Year Member

    Mar 7, 2001
    Whats the deal with PR. The schools there are accredited but can you work in the mainland US fairly easily? Or is it just as tough as going to a Carribean school and getting a residency in the US?
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  3. 8deuce

    8deuce Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Apr 3, 2001
    it is the same as any med school in the u.s. they take usmle after year 2 and students can take clerkships in the u.s. if they want. at the hospital i work at there are some residents from u. of puerto rico. 2 are doing internal med., 2 doing surgery, 1 doing ent. hope this helped. good luck and take care.
  4. pcl

    pcl Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Feb 27, 2001
    I think school is taught in Spanish though...
  5. gower

    gower 1K Member 10+ Year Member

    Oct 14, 2000
    New York
    Puerto Rico is considered part of the US for licensure purposes, although it is not a state and has no representation in Congress.

    There are four medical schools in PR; three of these are US medical schools, accredited by AAMC; thus, graduates are not foreign medical graduates (FMGs).

    Universidad Central de Caribe SOM: class size 60; proficiency in both English and Spanish required. Most of class island residents.

    Ponce SOM: class size 60; proficiency in both English and Spanish required. A little more than half the class island residents.

    University of Puerto Rico SOM: strong preference for legal PR residents. Proficiency in both English and Spanish required. Highly qualified non-residents must demonstrate strong residential ties to PR; ad com reviews an applicants birthplace, HS attended, college attended and parent's legal residence. Only applicants meeting 3 of the 4 criteria will be sent secondaries. Class size 115; 2000-2001 entering class all in-state.

    There is a fourth medical school (whose name escapes me at the moment) in PR. It has applied for AAMC accreditation several times but has not met AAMC standards. Only PR recognizes it. Graduates may become licensed to practice in PR, but are foreign medical graduates (FMGs) in the US and everywhere else in the world.

    Medical schools in the US look closely at claimed URM status, especially during interviews.

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