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Thursday, December 23, 2010

New York vs. Caribbean Medical Schools

An intriguing article in the New York Times today discusses that New York State medical schools are taking an initiative to limit the clinical rotations that Caribbean medical students can complete in the state. This article presents a wonderful overview of many issues facing Caribbean medical students.

New York officials argue that Caribbean schools produce "poorly trained students who undercut the quality of training for their New York peers" and that "Caribbean schools, which are profit making institutions, are essentially bribing New York hospitals..."

On the other hand, a deputy New York State education commissioner highlighted that the "more mature" Caribbean medical schools admit students with excellent backgrounds.

Dr. Janine Reinhardt, a St. George's graduate who is now an emergency medicine resident, is featured in the article. She graduated with a 3.97 GPA from Cornell but felt that the 27 she earned on the MCAT is what prevented her from gaining acceptance to a US school. At MedEdits, we work with many students who have similar stats and are accepted to US schools.  We have also worked with many outstanding Caribbean medical students who, like Dr. Reinhardt, are talented and earn coveted residency positions.

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