Central America is the central geographic region of the Americas. It is the southernmost, isthmian portion of the North American continent, which connects with South America on the southeast. When considered part of the unified continental model, it is considered a subcontinent. Central America consists of seven countries: Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama. Belize is one of the most sought after destinations for medical education in the region due to the English speaking local population and the courses being taught in English.
The Caribbean islands are a group of islands on the Caribbean Sea, commonly grouped as West Indies along with few mainland countries like Suriname, Guyana and Belize. The Caribbean is regarded as one of the top tourism destinations on earth with the pristine beaches and natural beauty.
The Caribbean region has in the last 35 years has developed into a medical education hub for international students, especially from USA, Canada, India and European countries, thanks to the American Education system and curriculum strictly followed by the universities, that have their clinical sites all over the United States. Studying Medicine at the Caribbean is a clear and easy pathway to continue medical education and practice in USA. Most students studying in the Central American / Caribbean Medical Universities have been successful in the Residency placements and are working in over 45 countries, especially USA, Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand, etc.
KEY REASONS TO STUDY MEDICINE IN CENTRAL AMERICA / THE CARIBBEAN:
- Central American / Caribbean medical schools strictly follow the US Education system and curriculum and hence are focused towards preparing Physician workforce for countries like USA, Canada, etc
- In most Universities, students write the NBME - National Board of Medical Examinersâ€™ examination, USA's board examinations on completion of Basic Medical Sciences and Clinical Sciences. (In other countries, the exams are all internal or conducted by the local governments' examination authority)
- NBME is the body that conducts the board examinations for Medical students studying in the US Universities.
- NBME is the body that conducts the USMLE examinations as well. Hence, most of these Medical universities follow 100% the same curriculum followed in USA / Canada.
- Particularly, Pathology, Internal, Family and community Medicine modules are the same as in USA (In other countries its different)
- High standards of living; Safe, secure and peaceful environment.
- Shorter course durations: 4 â€“ 5.5 Years for Indian High School passed outs
- MCAT Scores not required.
- Premedical qualification is not mandatory in few universities for Indian students with strong academic background
- IELTS / TOEFL scores are not mandatory in most universities
- Dedicated USMLE training / preparations during the course of study
- Chance to do 2 Years of Clinical rotations program in teaching hospitals in USA / UK(In other countries, it can be maximum of 12weeks CLERKSHIP)
- Chance to do Clinical rotations in Government hospitals in the Caribbean region as well.
- 100% free recognized post graduate training in USA / other developed countries on successful completion of USMLE or other respective licensing examinations with good score
- Stipend paid during Post Graduate Education
- 1000s of Indians are settled in the region hence offering comfort and tranquility for the students. By some estimates, over 2.5 million people in the Caribbean are of Indian origin.
- Few universities here are run by Indian managements with good number of Indian students.
- Practical and Perfectly planned education curriculum and pattern that results in high success rates in licensing examinations(Like USMLE, MCI, PLAB, AMC etc)
- Up to 5-10 times lesser cost than studying Medicine in USA or other major countries
- Three intakes a year: January, April and September
- High Visa success rate and lower documentation requirements