It is not a high risk choice for everyone. (This is vital for residency you will never get) Avg. 88% seemed a bit high. I'm 29 y/o, recently graduated from medical school 2 years ago with $450,000 in student loans from both undergrad college and med school. Pre-medical students might be considering Caribbean medical schools as a way to become a U.S. doctor. Caribbean schools are for profit schools that’ll accept anyone who can pay. Don’t spend half a million to a million dollars on the Carib for these shoddy outcomes. To those who have already committed to the Caribbean, I wholeheartedly wish you luck. That's just how it is. As to your question OP - It stems from lots of sources I gather. Their match rate into residencies are about 50% last I heard compared to 98% for US MDs. It was your best option at the time, and a doctor is still a doctor if you put in the work. my mom's step son from her first marriage went to St George .he was a brilliant kid with authority issues and juvie record but he got in there based on badass test scores/decent uni gpa at state university.he now has a happy practice in Houston and seems successful. Remember that the school has its own agenda. The final group are people pressured into medicine by their family. For these people attending a Caribbean school is obviously the biggest mistake of their life, and the problem is that people are terrible at self-assessing if they will fall into this high risk demographic before throwing 100k and a few years of their life down the drain. Yeah. The people who have a realistic chance of succeeding from the Carib would be better served by taking the time to ensure they are competitive for med school. They think that because they got accepted into a medical school it means that by virtue of that they must be good enough to become a physician and will be handed an MD and a residency on a silver platter as if becoming a doctor is all but guaranteed once you get accepted, which of course could not be further from the truth. I agree I don’t think it’s worth the risk. The medical school admissions process is a difficult one to navigate, and many applicants come out looking at second, third, or fourth options. Read the below before considering the Caribbean. However, for those truly good students who just didn't have the direction early enough in life to pursue an American MD school, the Caribbean is really not a bad option and is actually not that risky if you perform well and are realistic about which specialties will be available to you. They have a high fail rate because they have a high acceptance rate. Many of those schools also purge their students by making them take a mock step exam and kicking out the ones who fail. This is a person that worked her ass off through undergrad and was determined, likely with only the mcat holding her back from US schools. Their match rate into residencies are about 50% last I heard compared to 98% for US MDs. plus, she doesn't have that failed AI robot affect that a lot of lady obgyns have, I've heard a lot more shit talking on osteopaths my entire life that I know is completely old fashioned but still so ingrained, Starting class size of 800...that's crazy man. A majority of them saw it as a chance to do what theyve always wanted to do but could not achieve state side. Also this post is about offshore medical schools in the Caribbean, not the regional medical schools that are for Caribbean people meant to practice in the Caribbean. Now the way becoming a "working" physician in the US works is you apply once a year during September, interview for a couple months, then find out whether or not you got any job the following March. The problem is that a lot of people who go to the Caribbean are delusional about their own capabilities, and about their own dedication and work ethic. I know a lot of graduates from SGU, as does my dad, who works as a radiation therapist. Ive met plenty of Caribbean students on my clerkships. he was also scribing or what? They have a high fail rate because they have a high acceptance rate. There’s a post in the sidebar that has a lot more info on why you shouldn’t go there. Some of them are in denial, as if going to the Caribbean has better match odds than Osteopathic U.S. Schools? A DO imo is way more prestigious than Carib MD. This is the group that can be most helped. Let them figure their own shit out. I am so confused on why people still attend them. It is completely up to you and how hard you work when you're down here whether or not you end up with a residency. you’re right, I didn’t even take into account them kicking out students. Some have issues with wanting to please their parents. " Go about your life, my guy. Are people attending these schools cause of undergrad flyers or out of desperation. To be fair, no one wants a friend to throw their money, time, and life away. About the Ads Our History How We Moderate Vision, Values and Policies Support for Black Lives Matter We are scheduled to graduate May 2019 and the school wanted us to take all this time to prepare for 2020 Match.