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BELLE, Barbados - Dec. 3, 2018 - PRLog -- 'What is the best Caribbean medical school?' is a common question asked by many a student entertaining the pursuit of a medical degree in the Caribbean.  Unfortunately, it is not that easy a question to answer, as a broad many number of variables weigh heavily in the assessment and ultimate decision. The question centers more so around the individual and specific needs of the student in question and less so on the nuances that define the individual institution under consideration.  I think a better question to ask is 'What is the best Caribbean medical school for the student with a particular learning aptitude, taste or desired academic setting?'

Let's provide some background. Since 1974 nearly 31 offshore medical schools with a US-based allopathic curriculum have developed within the Caribbean basin, Central and South America. This proliferation has been supported by an almost unending demand for medical education seats. The demand, almost universally attributable to the US and Canada's medical education infrastructures complete inability to service the growing deficit; caused by existing physicians retiring out or costing out due to malpractice insurance premiums.

So how does one choose one institution over the other? The simple facts are that these schools have more in common than differs, yet each individual institution uniquely speaks to a given student demographic, with near laser focus, upon their particular individual academic interest and histories.  One might ask how this is possible given that they are all delivering the same academic program, utilizing substantively the same curriculum and teaching to exactly the same standardized medical board examinations. The answer may surprise you. But before we get to the specific answer let us look at the medical schools in groupings of similarity.

The Big Four

Our first group of schools include three of the oldest US-based offshore medical schools and includes one newer but well established institution, who collectively are commonly referred to as the big four.  These schools were formed in a period of emergence that took place between 1976 through 1992. More than anything else what has enabled them to outpace their competition in the Caribbean has been there access to US Title IV federally guaranteed educational loans.

1.       St. George's University School of Medicine (SGU

2.       Ross University School of Medicine

3.       American University of the Caribbean (AUC)

4. Saba University School of Medicine (SUSOM)

Academically similar to the "Big four" respective ECFMG compliant allopathic curriculums and programs targeted at the USMLE standardized board examinations. these next schools are smaller, younger and offer differing educational environments.

American University of Integrative Sciences School of Medicine (AUIS) located on Barbados was founded in 1999 as St. Eustatius University School of Medicine. The school changed its name post its relocation and ultimate acquisition by International Education Management Resources IEMR, an Atlanta based investment group led by CEO Milo Pinckney. AUIS is best known for the quality of its robust clinical medicine program and student centric administration. Recent years have seen a heavy technology investment in the schools teaching environment, a focus on maintaining high student faculty contact, facilitated through small class sizes and regulated by an administratively imposed 11 to 1 student faculty ratio, which limits its student population to 115 in its basic science program. AUIS has historically produced high quality family medicine physicians.  Since its acquisition it has introduced the only NIH recognized CAM strategy enriched academic program in the Caribbean; resulting in its graduates possessing a rich knowledge of NIH compliant Complementary and Alternative medicine modalities and practices. AUIS has shown great progress since 2013 with USMLE pass scores and Residency match statistics that are competitive with its larger and more recognized competitors.

The list of Caribbean schools is too large for us to provide a synopsis of each in this article, but we have given you a brief introduction to some of the elements that will help you draw a conclusion as to which best serves your education needs.

Read full article at :https://www.auis.edu/archive/16-auis-news/434-auis-managi...
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