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Why International schools other than the caribbeans

Discussion in 'General International Discussion' started by Flin, Dec 29, 2008.

  1. Flin

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    So, in general I want to know that if no foreign medical school other than the top-tier caribbean schools are US accredited , then why do some students still choose international schools other than the caribbean. this is a call out particularly to those doing MDs in Poland, Ireland, Uk.
    Graduating from these medical schools doesnt it mean that you'd have less chances of getting a residency spot in US as opposd to those students who are coming from US accredited caribbean schools?
     
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    The US does NOT accredit Caribbean (or any other foreign) schools. Therefore, all else being equal, students at Caribbean schools are at no advantage in the residency match than students at other foreign schools.
     
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    ...Except that most of the carib schools have specifically designed their clinical rotations to occur in the US. So, you automatically get US clinical experience. This is both a strength and a weakness -- it's a strength because it's easy/automatic. It's a weakness because the US rotations tend to be in smaller programs, non-univerisity based, less well known. So, if you go to medical school in Ireland and then come to the US (while a medical student) and do some rotations at a known univeristy program (again, this would likely all need to be arranged by and potentially paid for by you), then that might be better than simply being a carib grad who does the usual carib rotations.
     
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    helpful..thanks
     
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    People choose schools in the Philippines because they are highly affordable, and easy to get into.

    The schools use English as the medium of instruction and follow a US style curriculum using international editions of US medical textbooks.

    I don't believe that anyone thinks that a Filipino medical school gives them an advantage in the Match over schools in the Caribbean, Ireland or other locations.

    Instead they tend be chosen by students who either enjoy studying in the PI or who have a Filipino family connection.
     
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    If it would have been more convenient for me (financially and logistically), I would have chosen Ireland or the UK for medical school based on their long academic history and excellent training. Imagine training in a university that is older than the United States! Another reason has to do with the novel insight into the non-North American perspectives on medicine. It will only help you in the future.

    The bulk of the advantage that top-teir Carib med schools offer rest on the fact that the basic sciences are one long USMLE prep class. In addition to the focus on the USMLE, the schools also tend to make or break people who are forced to push themselves beyond their comfort zones.

    In reference to aProgDirector's comment concerning the lower-teir clinical rotations (for Carib students), that is not always true. Especially for those who have the opportunity to complete their cores in the UK and then their electives in the US. That is a huge advantage compared to the limited exposure many US medical schools offer their students (in their medical centres). Usually, the UK/Ireland rotations are reserved for the best students in the US schools.
     

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