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
  • Great education that will prepare you for a career as a Doctor
  • Larger cohorts, offering more opportunities to study Medicine to a larger percentage of applicants
  • Plenty of clinical training support, with an emphasis on wellbeing support
  • 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. Instead, they usually take a holistic approach to admissions, which means they’ll consider things like your adaptability, critical judgment, intellectual and social maturity, life experiences, and volunteer work. You’ll be seen as a whole person, rather than a set of grades.

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 St Maarten
  • Medical University of America – in Nevis

American University of Antigua College of Medicine

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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 – 13 weeks; followed by USMLE Step I examination.
  • Clinical Sciences consisting of clinical clerkships (Core and Electives) – 84 weeks at affiliated teaching hospitals in the US.

* Elective rotations are also available in the US, Canada, India and the United Kingdom for eligible students.

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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AUC School of Medicine

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Spotlight On American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine

Looking for a medical program that promises opportunity, cultural competency, and diversity? Consider applying to the AUC School of Medicine. Once accepted, you’ll enjoy small class sizes, close interaction with peers and faculty, and a culture of service. AUC graduates emerge with empathy and competencies to serve diverse populations.

After the medical sciences portion of the curriculum in St. Maarten or the UK, you’ll attend clinical sites in the United States and the United Kingdom.

AUC has helped more than 7,500 graduates become physicians in a variety of specialties throughout the United States, Canada, UK and beyond.

The world is diverse. Shouldn’t your medical training be too? Learn more about applying to the AUC School of Medicine.

AUC has a 4-year MD programme that includes:

  • Medical sciences at St. Maarten or United Kingdom campus and USMLE – 2 years
  • Clinical sciences, including clinical opportunities in US and UK, plus USMLE 2 – 2 years

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St. George’s University School of Medicine

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Spotlight On St. George’s University

St. George’s University (SGU) has been providing the world with highly trained Doctors for more than 45 years. Founded as an independent School of Medicine in 1976, SGU pioneered the concept of international medical education.

No other Medical School in the world provides more new doctors to the US healthcare system, with over 990 US residencies in 2022.* SGU has contributed over 20,000 physicians to the global physician workforce, with students, graduates, and faculty from over 150 countries.**

Students also have a unique opportunity to begin their medical education in Grenada or the UK and can complete their clinical rotations in 75+ affiliated hospitals in US or UK. The SGU School of Medicine has a 4-year Doctor of Medicine degree program for bachelor’s degree holders or offers 5-, 6-, and 7-year Medical Degree Pathways for high school graduates.

Key facts about St. George’s University:

  • SGU is the largest source of physicians licensed in the US — more than any other Medical School in the world.***
  • Students complete clinical rotations in 75+ affiliated hospitals in US or UK.
  • SGU graduates have practiced at all US News and World Report Top 20 US Hospitals.****
  • Students can earn a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree and begin their studies in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK.
  • SGU operates a rolling intake, beginning first-term classes in August, January and April.
  • The UK Pathway begins in January or September.

* As the Medical School graduating the largest number of students annually, SGU places the largest number of graduates into residency programs each year, based on internal SGU graduate and residency placement data as of July 2022.
** Based on the number of students who have completed the Doctor of Medicine program from 1981-2022.
*** According to FSMB physician licensure data, 2021.
**** According to US News and World Report, 2022-2023.

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.

For AUC Graduates

American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine graduates are eligible for licensure in all 50 US states, Canada, UK and beyond.

New York, California, and Florida require institutional review and state approval, or licensure, prior to the conduct of clinical clerkships. Approval by the Medical Board of California is also necessary for physician licensure in that state. Many other states defer to California’s approval for the purpose of licensure. Review more details on these approvals on the AUC website.

Preparing students to attain a medical school residency placement is one of AUC’s highest priorities. Each year, AUC graduates apply for and obtain residencies in a variety of postgraduate training programs throughout the United States and Canada. View details of 2022 Residency Placements here.


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