The Big Four Medical Schools in the Caribbean

by Rex Molder
Caribbean medical schools that are recognized in the U.S. are called the "Big Four."

Caribbean medical schools that are recognized in the U.S. are called the "Big Four."

Getting into medical school has never been easy, and it's only getting harder. Competition for the slots in U.S. medical schools is intense. For many aspiring doctors, foreign medical schools are their best option. In the Caribbean, there are four medical schools that are fully recognized in the United States, which is a critical factor unless you plan to work abroad. Graduates of these schools can gain certification and practice medicine in any of the 50 states.

St George's University

St George's University School of medicine is located on the island of Grenada in the British West Indies. It gained notoriety in 1983 when the United States invaded the island, under the auspice of rescuing several U.S. students. The medical school was founded in 1977, and over the years several programs have been added, including an undergraduate pre-med program as well as several post-graduate medical programs. Most recently, in 2008, the college opened its School of Nursing.

American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine

The American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine is located on the island of St. Maarten. It was founded in 1978 and initially set up campus on the island of Montserrat. But after a hurricane and later a volcanic eruption caused chaos, the school moved to its current location in the village of Cupecoy on St. Maarten. Students accepted into the program first complete an 18-month basic science course at the campus, and then move on to clinical studies at one of AUC's affiliated hospitals in the U.S., Ireland or the U.K.

Ross University School of Medicine

Ross University School of Medicine is located on the island of Dominica. It was founded in 1978 by Robert Ross. Students in the medical program spend their first 16 months on the Dominica campus studying basic medical science. Afterwards, they move on to a semester of clinical studies in either Miami, Florida or Saginaw, Michigan. Students spend the final five semesters in one of Ross University's affiliated hospitals in the United States.

Saba University School of Medicine

Saba University School of Medicine is located on the Dutch island of Saba. It received its official charter from the Netherlands in 1989. Its curriculum is based off that of U.S. medical schools including five semesters of classroom and lab work, followed by 42 weeks of rotations in the major medical fields, and finishing with 30 additional weeks of rotations in a field selected by the student. Most of the school's graduates practice medicine in the U.S. or Canada.

About the Author

Rex Molder began writing professionally in 1999 and specializes in automotive, technology and travel articles. His articles have appeared at iPad- and SEO-related websites. Rex holds a Bachelor of Arts in Asian studies from University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

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