the success of medicine

It’s a cruel fact for would be medical students. Each year over 39,000 people apply for admission to a US medical school, but only about 47% are admitted. What do the remaining 53% do? Well, instead of sitting around feeling sorry for themselves, a huge number are running away to an island…… and going to medical school. One vacationer’s beautiful tropical island is another student’s campus. Some are gaining as good a reputation as those in the United States.

In the late 1970’s Caribbean islands realizing that tourism can be fickle began to look for other streams of income. They hit upon the idea of medical schools, primarily for US students who were being shut out of medical schools in the United States. In a short time St Georges University in Grenada, (which benefitted from some unsuspecting exposure when the US invaded Grenada in 1983) Ross University on the island of Dominica and the American University of the Caribbean, originally on the island of Montserrat, opened their doors. They were and are extremely successful. In the years that followed it seemed a medical school opened on nearly every Caribbean island. The choice became as much about the quality of the education as what the island itself offered.

No one can doubt the success of St Georges University in Grenada. It was so successful, they have branched out to include a school of veterinary medicine, a school of arts and sciences and a graduate studies program. But maybe you can’t take the steamy heat in Grenada. Maybe diving is your pastime. If so, head to Bonaire, the island known for its incredible diving and enroll in St James School of Medicine. The remote island of Sint Eustasius, (St Statia), is also known for its underwater beauty as well as the University of Sint Eustasius Medical School. If you get bored there, head to its neighbor island Saba and attend the University School of Medicine. Is a rainforest more your interest?

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