Healthcare Education/Graduate Medical Education
I get emails from prospective students who can’t decide if they should go to SJSM or another Caribbean school. And it’s very appalling to see that these prospective students still haven’t figured out the risks of going to a medical school overseas. Healthcare education or graduate medical education is changing and it’s without doubt it will affect all of us.
Waiting List to Get Residency
Yes, SJSM has a long list of alumni who are in residencies now but it wasn’t easy for them. Usually SJSM students have to wait a year or two to get into residency. In addition to that, it’s getting harder every year for all Caribbean medical graduates to get into residency.
Do not think that just because you do well in your classes, or if you get a very high score in the USMLE tests, that you will get a lot of offers for residencies. Every year or two, the NBME is changing the USMLE exams and they are making it harder. Third-party companies who create products to study for these exams, such as UWorld and Kaplan, cannot keep up with all the changes.
President Donald Trump
We now have President Donald Trump in the picture. His extreme decisions will impact how healthcare education will be delivered and how many doctors to train. My Canadian readers, this is a message is especially towards you: do not go to the Caribbean medical schools, not even St. George or Ross. It’s easy for residency programs to not sponsor VISAS than to just hire a US citizen or a Green Card Holder. Every year, American Medical Graduates are applying to specialties, which IMGs usually get, such as Family Medicine and Internal Medicine
Choose to go to US Medical Schools
If it’s your dream to be a doctor then do not take the shortcut. Study for the MCAT, get into a US med school, and then getting residency for you will be easier. If you have the opportunity to go into a DO school then go for it. Don’t let the stigma of “DOs are not the same as MDs” change your mind. DOs do the exact same thing as MDs and they have just the same credibility. If I know then what I know now, I would jump on to the DO route, if I got it before being accepted to a MD school.
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