There are more than 70 medical schools located in the Caribbean. Caribbean medical school there are classed as regional and offshore. Regional schools train medical students to practice in specific countries and regions, whereas offshore schools train students from the United States and Canada, who plan to return home to practice. Degrees given by Caribbean medical schools are (MD) Doctor of Medicine and (MBBS) Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery degrees. The schools are indexed in the FAIMER International Medical Education Directory (IMED) and/or the Avicenna Directory for medicine.

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At one point in time, the USMLE (United States Medical License Exam) was used to evaluate a student’s knowledge and clinical application of that knowledge. It functioned as a qualitative measurement to be sure one had reached the appropriate education to continue medical training. As the test and technology have evolved, the importance of getting a higher Step 1 and 2 scores has become vital to the success of a residency match. Students studying at a Caribbean medical university face challenges that can be overcome with the appropriate preparation.

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