The demand for Med School places in the UK is at a record high – and more students are meeting the conditions of their offers than ever before. The last two summers have seen chaos with over-subscribed Medicine courses and last-minute scrambles to find places for those who had been accepted. Instead, many determined Medics are looking to the Caribbean as their best option for getting into Medicine.

Why Study Medicine In The Caribbean?

Some of the benefits of studying Medicine in the Caribbean include:

  • Diverse and international curriculums
  • Links around the world for international placements
  • Plenty of choice between Medical Schools
  • Appealing locations with pleasant weather, beautiful scenery and beaches, friendly people and blend of cultures
  • Affordable accommodation and cost of living
  • Scholarship options to help fund studies

Who Should Consider Studying In The Caribbean?

It’s a good idea to consider studying Medicine in the Caribbean if you want to gain an international education but still have the opportunity to return home and practise Medicine there.

Some Caribbean Medical Schools offer rolling admissions, which means you don’t have to wait until the UCAS deadline. You can even start at different times in the year, with multiple start dates at some universities.

Furthermore, many Caribbean universities don’t require the UCAT or BMAT, which makes their entry requirements ideal for anyone with a strong academic background but who might have under-performed in the UCAT or BMAT tests.

Caribbean Medical Schools

There are a number of Caribbean Medical Schools to choose from, including:

  • American University of Antigua College of Medicine – in Antigua
  • Saba University – in Saba
  • St. George’s University – in Grenada
  • Ross University – in Barbados
  • American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine – in Sint Maarten
  • Medical University of America – in Nevis
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Spotlight On American University of Antigua College of Medicine

American University of Antigua College of Medicine has a curriculum that focuses on small class sizes with a a 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio during the first academic period. This changes to a 20:1 ratio for the remainder of the Preclinical Sciences curriculum.

Furthermore, its curriculum is comparable to that of the UK, US and Canada but complemented with a welcoming and supportive environment. They can complete clinical placements in the US, UK and beyond. Plus, it’s possible to begin Basic Science studies at AUA, then transfer to Warwick Medical School and receive your Medical degree from them.

AUA is an innovative Medical School. It’s dedicated to providing a learner-centric education of the highest quality, granting opportunities to underrepresented minorities, fostering a diverse academic community, and ensuring that its graduates develop the skills and attitudes of lifelong learning, compassion and professionalism. AUA also provides students who would otherwise be unable to receive a Medical education with the opportunity to become successful physicians.

AUA has a 4.5-year MD programme that covers:

  • Pre-Clinical Sciences (Preclinical Sciences) at AUA campus in Antigua – 2 years.
  • Preclinical Science Integrated Course (BSIC) intersession at AUA campus in Antigua – 10 weeks; followed by USMLE Step I examination.
  • Clinical Sciences consisting of clinical clerkships (Core and Electives) – 84 weeks at affiliated teaching hospitals in the United Kingdom*. Clinical rotations may also be available in the United States, Canada or India.

Watch this video to learn more about why Sean King chose AUA – and see what a day in the life of a Med Student is like:

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Returning Home To Practise Medicine

For AUA Graduates

AUA’s Medical education satisfies the Medical School requirements for licensure to practise Medicine in all 50 US states. AUA graduates who meet the qualifications for licensure in countries outside the US, such as Canada, India or the United Kingdom, may also be licensed in those countries.

Their alumni have distinguished themselves by becoming chief residents, earning significant awards, and obtaining competitive fellowships. Find out more about AUA’s residency placements.

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