There are lots of ways to research a Caribbean medical school. Message boards, online reviews, a friend of a friend of a friend, etc. However, you’re bound to find a good amount of misinformation out there. Here are some ways you can get a better representation of the medical schools you’re applying to:
Attend a Webinar
This is probably the best way to get a comprehensive overview of your choice medical schools: A) it’s convenient, B) admissions reps and alumni answer questions, and C) all the details about the MD program are included. You’ll learn everything you need to know and you won’t even have to leave the house.
Did we mention that AUA is hosting a webinar tomorrow? Register today!
Go to an Open House
Unlike a webinar, open houses or information seminars take place at a physical location. Since it’s tough to just stop by a Caribbean medical school campus and say hello (unless you live next one), they typically take place in major metropolitan areas. These are usually hosted less often than webinars and last longer (typically around three to four hours), but they do give you direct access to admissions representatives, who host these events.
Visit the Website
This may seem obvious but it needs to be emphasized. Pretty much everything you need to find out about a Caribbean medical school can be found on its website. Before you apply, check out the admissions requirements, tuition and financial aid, and accreditations and approvals pages. These will give you a general sense of whether or not you qualify for the program and if the program qualifies you to practice in the U.S. and Canada after you graduate.
Request a Viewbook
Viewbooks are brochures filled with all the details of the MD program (essentially, the condensed version of a webinar). These are especially helpful if you just want to hand over information to family members in a concise format. They are even available digitally.
Ask an Admissions Rep or an Alumnus
It never hurts to ask. Used all the resources above and still can’t find the answers you’re looking for? Contact the school’s admissions department. We made it easy to reach out to your admissions rep with this handy page. You can even get advice from alumni and learn about their experiences. Or just reply to the email that included a link to this post. It probably came from us (it definitely did).