The Caribbean islands are a group of islands on the Caribbean Sea, commonly grouped as West Indies along with few mainland countries like Suriname, Guyana and Belize. The Caribbean is regarded as one of the top tourism destinations on earth with the pristine beaches and natural beauty.
Central America is the central geographic region of the Americas. It is the southernmost, isthmian portion of the North American continent, which connects with South America on the southeast. When considered part of the unified continental model, it is considered a subcontinent. Central America consists of seven countries: Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama. Belize is one of the most sought after destinations for medical education in the region due to the English speaking local population and the courses being taught in English.
The Caribbean region has in the last 35 years has developed into a medical education hub for international students, especially from USA, Canada, India and European countries, thanks to the American Education system and curriculum strictly followed by the universities, also that have their clinical sites all over the United States. Studying Medicine at the Caribbean is a clear and easiest pathway to continue medical education and practice in USA. Most students studying in the Central American / Caribbean Medical Universities have been successful in the Residency placements and are working in over 45 countries, especially USA, Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand, etc.
In general terms, these universities are similar to IIT and other entrance exam Olympiad schools operating in few parts of India. Apart from imparting medical education, the universities focus completely on the licensing examination [USMLE (USA), MCCQE (Canada), PLAB (UK), AMC (Aus / NZ), etc.] and prepare the aspiring students to be successful in the same.
Hence the programs are career oriented, yet cost effective / value for money.
The programs are structured such that once the students clear Step 1 of NBME / USMLE after finishing Basic Medical Sciences in Yr 2 (in some cases Yr 3) they could continue their 3rd and 4th year – Clinical studies (in few cases 4th and 5th years) in affiliated teaching hospitals in USA(Optional). Students can do the clinical rotation in UK even without clearing PLAB/USMLE.
After finishing USMLE Step 1&2 with a decent score (Either in USA / UK or Central America), Students get a Temporary / Provisional License to pursue the Residency program in USA / Canada.
“Residency” is an option for students to pursue Post Graduate training / Specialization in a teaching hospital in USA / Canada / UK, etc, on work based study mode. The PG program is 100% free of tuition fee. A very good stipend is paid during the program. Minimum Stipend ranges from US $ 4,000 and may be up to US $ 12,000 / Month. Students generally earn back what they have spent on their UG education within a span of 1 – 1.5 years. They also have very good chances of settling down in the countries from which the finish Residency.
Further, Students who complete Residency program in USA / Canada / UK / Australia / New Zealand have additional benefits back in India too. They NEED NOT WRITE MCI SCREENING TEST IF THEY ARE COMING BACK TO INDIA TO CONTINUE THEIR PRACTICE.
|S No||Medical School||Country/Territory||Established|
|1||All American Institute of Medical Sciences||Jamaica||2011|
|2||All Saints University College of Medicine||Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||2011|
|3||All Saints University School of Medicine||Dominica||2006|
|4||American International Medical University School of Medicine||Saint Lucia||2007|
|5||American University of Antigua College of Medicine||Antigua and Barbuda||2004|
|6||American University of Barbados School of Medicine||Barbados||2011|
|7||American University of St Vincent School of Medicine||Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||2012|
|8||American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine||Sint Maarten(NL)||1978|
|9||Atlantic University School of Medicine||Saint Lucia||2010|
|10||Aureus University School of Medicine||Aruba(NL)||2004|
|11||Avalon University School of Medicine||Curacao(NL)||2003|
|12||Caribbean Medical University School of Medicine||Curacao(NL)||2007|
|13||Destiny University School of Medicine and Health Sciences||Saint Lucia||2001|
|14||International American University College of Medicine||Saint Lucia||2004|
|15||International University of the Health Sciences (IUHS)||Saint Kitts and Nevis||1998|
|16||International University School of Medicine||Bonaire(NL)||2005|
|17||Medical University of the Americas - Nevis||Saint Kitts and Nevis||1998|
|18||Ross University School of Medicine||Dominica||1978|
|19||Saba University School of Medicine||Saba(NL)||1994|
|20||Saint James School of Medicine||Anguilla(UK)||2001|
|21||Saint James School of Medicine||Bonaire(NL)||1999|
|22||Spartan Health Sciences University||St Lucia||1980|
|23||St. George's University School of Medicine||Grenada||1977|
|24||St. Martinus University Faculty of Medicine||Curacao(NL)||2000|
|25||St. Matthew's University School of Medicine||Cayman Islands(UK)||2002|
|26||Trinity School of Medicine||Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||2008|
|27||University of Health Sciences Antigua School of Medicine||Antigua and Barbuda||1983|
|28||University of Medicine and Health Sciences||Saint Kitts and Nevis||2008|
|29||University of Science, Arts & Technology Faculty of Medicine||Montserrat(UK)||2003|
|30||Washington Medical Sciences Institute||Saint Lucia||2011|
|31||Windsor University School of Medicine||Saint Kitts and Nevis||2000|
|32||Xavier University School of Medicine||Aruba(NL)||2004|
|33||Central America Health Sciences University Belize Medical College||Belize||1996|
Expenses involved in studying medicine in the Caribbean may vary from university to university. On an average, the cost may vary from INR 30-70 Lakhs overall, inclusive of food accommodation, academic and miscellaneous expenses, travel, etc. In very few universities the cost may go too high.
However, the cost involved in pursuing a similar course in USA is very high. The students, on clearing USMLE / other licensing examinations get an entry into the residency program, which is lucrative enough for the student to retrieve the cost completely in Maximum 1 – 2 Years.
Scholarships are available to aspiring students based on academic performance and merit, passion towards studying medicine, need, etc. My MBBS Abroad team would support all eligible students in the process of applying for scholarships.
Medical universities in the Caribbean have 3 intakes every year – January, May and September.
Students should apply at least 2 months prior to the course start date for successful admissions. The documents required for application are:
The documents required may vary time to time. Kindly contact My MBBS Abroad team for updated information and assistance on your application and subsequent process
Caribbean or Central American countries normally provide easy visa access to students planning to study medicine.
Most countries initially offer 1 Year visa for the students, which can be renewed on arrival / yearly basis.
The following documents are required for the Visa application and renewal:
My MBBS Abroad team would process the complete process on behalf of the student.