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Is it easier to go to medical school outside the US?

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Shivani’s Answer

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It is true that Caribbean medical schools are less competitive to get into than traditional US allopathic and osteopathic medical schools. HOWEVER, keep in mind that in order to get a residency and practice in the US, you have to take a set of examinations that are separate than examinations needed for credentials in the Caribbean schools.

Students who attend Caribbean schools statistically have poorer USMLE pass rates (standardized test) and lower residency match rates into american residency programs.

However, these schools are quite a unique experience and can offer patient care experiences and opportunities not common in the states. I highly recommend you talk to somebody who actually graduating from one of these schools and got a residency. It is better to hear first hand how that experience went from a student who completed the process.
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Estelle’s Answer

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There are some medical schools outside of the US that are less competitive. If you are looking for a less competitive option, Puerto Rico and Granada have medical schools that feed into the US residencies. Remember that international graduates sometimes appear less competitive when applying for residencies in the US, however.
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Prit’s Answer

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My take it on this question is very similar as the others. It may be easier, but might not be worth it in the long run. You may become a medical student, but you may not end up becoming a medical doctor in the U.S.A if you venture out to Carribbean or out of country medical schools. With the merger of residency programs and the USMLE exam officially becoming P/F in about 2 years, it will be even hard to obtain U.S medical residency. Overall, try you best in getting accepted by U.S M.D or D.O program. Take a couple years off to enhance your application if you really have to.
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Gisel Amanda’s Answer

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Caribbean medical schools are considered to have less competitive requirements than US medical schools. The material itself is not easier per say outside out of the US therefore the easiest part would be getting into medical school but you have to go through the rigorous material that is entailed in medical school.
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