The quality of education in medical

Half of Belize is covered by rainforest and it has three medical schools, Grace University School of Medicine, Central American Health Sciences University and the American Global University School of Medicine. If you prefer your Caribbean islands with a Dutch influence, head for the Lesser Antilles. You can attend St Martinus in Curacao, or Xavier Univerity School of Medicine in Aruba, which has the added advantage of no MCATS for admission. Maybe the island of Nevis can tempt you with the Medical University of the Americas. Its neighbor, the island of St Kitts is positively flush with medical schools including St Theresa Medical University, Windsor University School of Medicine, and the University of Medicine and Health Sciences. The choice is yours.

With so many offerings, how do you choose? Cost is a big concern of course. All offer financial aid, though some are much cheaper than others. Saba boasts a cost of around ten thousand dollars a semester, considerably cheaper than its US competitors and the island competitors of St Georges University in Grenada and Ross University in Dominica. Lifestyle is a factor too. The island of Dominica is much less “Americanized” as far as food and shopping than either Grenada or Belize. The quality of education is also a major factor. All Caribbean medical students must take United States Licensing Exam, the USLE, after their second year of medical school. Grenada leads all the other islands with a first time pass rate of 84.4 percent. Dominica comes in second at 69.7 percent, while St Lucia scores a dismal 19.4 percent. Compare that to the US/Canada pass rate of around 95 percent, and you can see what you are up against.

While the quality of the Caribbean schools may not equal those in the United States, for a large population of want to be medical students, it’s the only choice. Besides, you know what they call the St Lucia medical student who got the lowest passing score on the USLE? Doctor.

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