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« Thread started on: Apr 22nd, 2011, 8:32pm »

I know couple of people who did not meet the match for residency in March 2011 and few had applied for the second time and got denied. I can understand a person who was denied the first time trying again, but what about the person that was denied the second time, go for the third or study something else? Waiting a year is long enough, I canít imagine what goes in the minds of those who had re-applied and got denied the second or third time. If a person canít get a residency after 2 or 3 attempts what good is the degree? Itís a worthless degree. The pain of the medical student feeling like a complete failure and the money lost to a worthless degree and coming back home feeling horrible.

The problem with the Caribbean Medical Schools is they accept students who have no chance of graduating or being competitive for the match. Itís about collecting the fees from the students and letting them deal with their problems or challenges. It is about profit. It could spare a lot of pain, dollars, and such if the these institutions be rigorous in their admission process so that qualified people can compete for medical school seats so they can be prepared for the obstacles that they will face for clinical, residencies and fellowships. One thing, I like about US medical schools is that they are tough in the selection process, I do agree there arenít many seats for the number of qualified people, but seriously if a person has low grades and low MCATs or average scores do not get into a US medical school. They are given a thin letter that says rejection. Seriously, people who do not have competitive marks should not go into medicine because the chances of passing the tests and such are slim. Itís better to get a degree in something else.

As far residencies, they are becoming very competitive it has to do with the number of applicants from US medical schools having more seats, new MD/DO schools, foreign medical students, and people who are making a career change and deciding to go into medicine. I expect a lot of people not making the match because there arenít many slots for residencies in the US added there are too much competition. Even the US medical students must be aware that if there scores arenít high, then expect a Caribbean or foreign or US medical student attaining that spot. The competition is fierce and they will be challenges for many in order to become a licensed doctor. I expect 2012 match to be more challenging than this yearís. If a person is pressured into becoming a doctor, then do something else, if you have low marks and MCAT scores really consider doing something else then heading off to the Caribbean. Any person that seriously wants to become a doctor must do a lot research online, talking to other doctors or medical school people, and more. Donít believe all the stats that are said about certain schools and what they say especially these profit schools or Caribbean schools that tend the exaggerate.

Research a lot before applying to medical schools and be prepared of any roadblocks.

I went to an Open House for one of the Top 3 Caribbean Schools in one of the cities in the US and this was in the year 2004. I was impressed with the presentation show, speakers, and all. The event was packed with people that many people had to stand. The speakers and medical students graduates made it seem that going to medical school at this school was better than attending a US medical school. It had given me an impression that if you had a bachelors degree and decent MCAT scores that you will be enrolled into their school and will become a medical doctor. The speakers talked about their experiences and the residencies that they had and what other students gotten in. They had one speaker who went to Harvard for dermatology. To me, it didnít seem that going to Caribbean was a bad idea if a person wanted to badly become a doctor. Since average grades and scores seem alright for admissions to accept students.

At the end, of the event I spoke with my family member about the event, but I had decided to pursue another branch of science that was my primary choice. I was impressed by this school and their students though. In 2008, I researched about medical schools and the process because I saw more people that I knew heading to medical schools in general. I researched online and gotten feedback from students from medical students in the US and Caribbean. I realized that the school that I went to the Open House in 2004, did not talk about the extra hurdles realistically that a student would face and that their was no guarantee of a residency spot in the US. This school has a website of their students who had matched or gotten pre-matched through the affiliated hospitals, but does not show the actual statistics of how many students entered into the medical program for that year and follow up of how many had gotten a residency successfully. There are no specific statistics of this, which it makes people believe that most are obtaining the residencies. I had read many articles about medical schools and caribbean schools and I have a new perspective about medical school.

The problem is in 2004, I was given that impression that anyone with decent scores can become a doctor if studying at the Caribbean. I realized recently that there are people who get scooped up into thinking they will become doctors and there are many who donít become doctors. They come home with debt and strike out in the first year or unable to get a residency and give up after 2 attempts or 3 and with massive debt.

I really hope that US has stringent requirements that really test whether a person is doctor material or not. Itís not only for foreign medical students, but everyone. It scary that institutions take students with no Mcatís or low or average MCATís and its about profit. I really feel that US in general allows these shady schools to collect US dollars and leave the student as a victim. For example, in US there are many for-profit schools like University of Phoenix, Westwood College, shady online programs, and others that scam students and military people who think their time, effort, and money will pay off. These profit schools are like leeches that suck the money from the students and usually the students end up having debt to their eyeballs and not getting a degree or education that they truly deserve. I feel that Caribbean schools have become a big business and they have made a lot from their marketing and all. How many students did not graduate medical schools and got scammed from them? How many students dropped out after not getting residencies from multiple tries? People need to research a lot before considering of going to a school. Go to a reputable school and that will help you succeed in your dreams whatever that may be.
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