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How to Find an Appropriately Accredited Medical School in the Caribbean

Many Caribbean/offshore medical schools falsely advertise that they are “recognized by the Medical Board of California, ECFMG, IMEDs or FAIMER”, but essentially that has little meaning. Some Caribbean medical schools state that say they are accredited by: Medical Board of California FAIMER ECFMG NCFMEA These kind of statements are a red flag because they are not using the appropriate terminology between recognition and accreditation. The accrediting body for the medical schools in the Caribbean is CAAM-HP - is an accrediting body for medical, veterinary, and dental schools in the 15 member nations of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). Medical schools that claim [...]

How to Find an Appropriately Accredited Medical School in the Caribbean2017-02-02T01:04:18-05:00

The Looming 2023 deadline: Why 1st year international medical students may not be able to practice in USA

In 2013, the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) declared that effective in 2023, physicians applying for ECFMG Certification will be required to graduate from a medical school that has been appropriately accredited. In order to do this, accreditation agencies must go through a formal process of recognition of their medical curriculum that uses criteria comparable to globally accepted criteria. This does not mean that individual medical schools need to be accredited through this process, but the national accreditation agency or body that accredits the medical school in that country needs to be recognized. Although 2023 seems far away, students [...]

The Looming 2023 deadline: Why 1st year international medical students may not be able to practice in USA2017-02-02T01:04:18-05:00

Rejected to US Medical School… What Are My Options?

Being accepted into a medical school in the US has been increasingly competitive, with the average acceptance rate for fall 2015 being 6.9 percent, among 115 ranked medical schools, (Source). Average MCAT scores have risen to 507 (30-31 for old MCAT). The total number of applicants to medical school rose by 6.2 percent to 52,550, exactly double the percentage increase from the previous year. First-time applicants—an important indicator of interest in medicine—increased by 4.8 percent to 38,460. (Source) With high competition, not all those who are interested in becoming a physician are accepted to US medical schools. If you are rejected, where are your [...]

Rejected to US Medical School… What Are My Options?2017-02-02T01:04:18-05:00

How and Where to Apply for Clinical Electives in the USA and Canada

There is a strong desire to apply for electives in the USA by medical students worldwide. Whether you are a US citizen at a Caribbean medical school, or an international medical student at a foreign school, there are a number of channels of applying for electives in the USA/Canada. The amount of time involved to research clinical placements, gather documents for requirements, and planning housing and logistics can be stressful. Here are some services and ways that can help you begin your search for clinical rotations in the USA/Canada. Applying to Canada AFMC – Student Portal The Association of Faculties of [...]

How and Where to Apply for Clinical Electives in the USA and Canada2017-11-16T16:17:14-05:00

Where to Publish Articles While in Medical School

Graduating medical school and finding a training program has become increasingly competitive. Now, residency program directors are not only looking at your exam scores and grades, but they are also looking at your presentations, research, or whether or not you published articles. It’s already tough trying to balance time between classes, studying, sleeping, family, friends, and preparing for your national exams, but prioritizing research and publishing sets you as a competitive applicant for residency. Journals Targeted by Medical Students The International Journal of Medical Students (IJMS)  The International Journal of Medical Students (IJMS) is a peer-reviewed scientific journal, that is targeted for [...]

Where to Publish Articles While in Medical School2017-02-02T01:04:18-05:00

Why You Should Get Credit for AP Sciences in High School before College

High school students who are interested in becoming a doctor should highly consider taking as many AP science courses not only to increase their GPA but to also place out of the basic science courses in the beginning of freshman year in college. Not taking the AP science exam at the end of the high school year is a big mistake. Here’s why. Getting Credit for AP Courses could save you up to $6,000+ per course. If you tested and received college credit for AP Chemistry, that equals approximately $4000 in savings if you went to a private college. (Source) If [...]

Why You Should Get Credit for AP Sciences in High School before College2017-02-02T01:04:18-05:00

Entering Medical School at 18 in USA: Introducing BA/MD Programs

Most students balk at the idea of being in school for the next 8-10 years. This includes 4 years of undergraduate university, 4 years of medical school, and 2 years minimum in a residency training.  After a minimum of 10 years, you can finally begin practicing medicine. The Long Road to Being a Doctor With the average age of entry into medical school being 25, that means you may be finally finishing up training in order to fully become a practicing physician at 35 years old. The amount of student loan interest that has accrued over those years, including any new [...]

Entering Medical School at 18 in USA: Introducing BA/MD Programs2017-12-05T01:25:48-05:00

Over 40 Medical Schools Closed in Turkey: How This Will Impact the Future Healthcare System

Since the military coup that occurred on July 15, 2016, President of Turkey, Erdogan has taken extreme measures in crushing all opposition and catalysts related to the parallel state – including universities and medical institutions in Turkey. Over 40 medical schools have dissolved overnight in Turkey, with medical students’ future in shrouded in uncertainty. Some of these medical schools were private or foundational schools, including Ipek University, Izmir University, Turgut Ozal University, and Sifa University, however, they were labeled as being affiliated with the Gulen movement. However, students from medical schools that have closed may be transferred to other medical schools [...]

Over 40 Medical Schools Closed in Turkey: How This Will Impact the Future Healthcare System2017-02-01T21:16:21-05:00

IFOM vs USMLE: Are They the Same?

Almost every medical student in the USA knows the unforgettable acronym USMLE Step 1-3 Exams – the dreaded exam, which plays one of the most important factors in selection to residency. For those who do not know, the USMLE is comprised of a basic sciences exam (typically taken after 2nd year) and the clinical skills exam (taken after 4th year), and your scores depend heavily on whether or not you will be matched. The National Board of Medical Examiners, NBME, created the USMLE, and all three steps of the USMLE exam must be passed before a physician with an M.D. degree [...]

IFOM vs USMLE: Are They the Same?2019-10-05T00:13:27-04:00