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« Thread started on: Jun 22nd, 2004, 6:25pm »

Are you interested in going to medical school, but the high GPA and MCAT requirement is discouraging you? Then you might want to consider some alternatives such as
Dental School
Podiatry School (Foot doctor)
Nurse Practitioner
Physician Assistant

We shall explore all diff options in this post.

I asked Neil Majmudar, who is currently a student in Caribbean medical school to tell us something about Caribbean Medical School such as:

How much does it cost?
How many Caribbean schools are there and how are they roughly ranked?
How much MCAT do they require?
Is it easy to borrow all the money needed to finish the school?
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« Reply #1 on: Jun 22nd, 2004, 6:37pm »

Vijay Uncle,

I think that Carribean Medical Schools are a great choice for students who want to pursue medical school and have a hard to getting into state schools. The main Medical Schools in the Carribean are

St. Georges (in Grenada)
Ross (in Dominica)
American University of the Carribean - AUC (in St. Marteen)

There are many other Carribean Medical Schools, but these 3 schools are the best. You will have a easier time doing rotations in the United States and getting a residency with these schools. Out of all these schools, I think St. Georges would rank the highest. They are a very competitive school to get into and look at MCAT scores greatly. I am currently going to Ross Univerity. Ross is among the best schools too. In the past they required the MCAT, but did not focus on your score. Now I think they are leaning more to taking your MCAT score into consideration. AUC is a good school, but right now Ross & St. Georges have more affiliations with hospitals in the US which makes it easier to do rotations and residency.
At Ross, you complete 4 semesters on the island (which is 16months) and then you go to Miami for your 5th semester and do a couple months of pre-rotations there. Then after Miami most students go to New York to complete their rotations there.
The tuition for Ross right now is roughly $1100 per semester. I had no problem getting the money from Financial Aid. You can get about $8000 from the government through filling out the FAFSA form. Half of the $8000 is interest free and the remainder is with interest. Then I got the remaining $3000 from a private loan (Sallie Mae Company). That is how the majority of students here do it. So there is not really a problem with borrowing money.
The best thing to do is go to each of the schools websites and learn about the school. You can go to Yahoo and perform a search for "carribean medical schools" and it will give you a listing of all the schools. The Ross website is www.rossmed.edu. Another great website is www.ValueMD.com. It is a website where you can get info on all the Carribean Medical schools and post questions to students and get back replies. Spend sometime on this website and you will get a lot of valuable information.
Feel free to e-mail me with any other questions you have regarding Carribean Medical Schools and Ross University.

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« Reply #2 on: Mar 23rd, 2005, 4:30pm »

With decent mcat scores, well rounded medical and community service experiences but a less than stellar GPA, I am considering Caribbean schools as an option as well as post-bacc/special masters programs.

While I have heard both positive and negative about Caribbean schools, there is one warning I received from a former Ross student which I would like to get some input on as to its validity.

While shadowing I met a very poised M3 from a Carribean school who was originally at Ross, but felt the need to transfer. She explained that while Ross accepts many students, they often do not have enough clinical positions in the US to give to all students who successfully complete their first two years of lectures and thus fail students who deserve passing grades in order to narrow down their class size. The thought of working hard and randomly receiving grades due to a corrupt curve, quite honestly scared me.

Was just wondering if anyone knows how valid this claim is or whether this student may just be a bitter one?

Also, I know some students from my college who have been admitted to Caribbean schools who quite honestly were lazy and did absolutely nothing at our university. They failed, cheated, partied, and had to retake most of their classes. The fact that they got in has discouraged others from applying, as we've worked hard and don't want to go to the same university as them. (Not to insult Caribbean students, as I also know very many who worked just as hard and still do at Ross, etc.)

Thanks for the website, it's a wonderful service Uncle!

Also, as a registered bone marrow donor I love that you are pushing bone marrow donation through your site, everyone should register - Asian Indians work so hard to save lives as doctors - Imagine how easily you could save a life by simply registering!

Good Luck To All!

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« Reply #3 on: Jun 15th, 2010, 7:45pm »

Vijay Uncle, I'm a student from India and I've finished Bachelors in Physiotherapy. I wish to pursue a degree in Medicine. In India, my options are very limited and I have to go through 6 years for undergrad. Also, the donation is very expensive and CET will cost me another year.
St. George's is offering me a direct entry into Med school due to my previous degree(and probably Ross will, too, but they haven't mentioned so anywhere). So I will be only 4 years in school. I am only concerned about the fees. They mention different figures on various sites. St. George's is proving to be quite expensive. I believe Ross may be cheaper.
Also, I haven't come across any site mentioning dental schools in the Caribbean. I have heard that Ross might have it.
Can you kindly shed some light on these matters?
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Hi Amber,

I really do not have any information to help you. Let us hope someone reading this blog has the information you are seeking. Good luck.

~Vijay Uncle
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